Some cities take a slow burn approach to the start of the year. In this town? Not much. Fresh off the back of a relentlessly busy holiday season and a hectic Hogmanay, Glasgow puts the pedal to the metal in January. For starters, the winter music festival Celtic Connections has a world class programme of events; from contemporary indie to classical, trad to americana. On top of that there’s club nights, comedy and much more to look forward to besides.
Alternative folk favourite Rozi Plain returns to Glasgow in January for an all-dayer curated by Underachievers Club and Lost Map
Lost Map presents… Underachievers Club
Glad Cafe, Sat 19 Jan
Pictish Trail’s Isle of Eigg-based label Lost Map have a big 2019 planned, with the return of their Hebridean adventure of a music festival Howlin Fling and album releases in the first half of the year from Callum Easter and Savage Mansion. The latter act have teamed up with friends Happy Spendy to launch a new collective called Underachievers Club and are launching the venture with an all-day show at The Glad Cafe. Headlining the show is queer indie-pop juggernaut The Spook School, with Fence and Lost Map alumnus Rozi Plain and hotly tipped Leeds punks Mush returning to Glasgow too. The bill is completed by Hairband, plus Callum Easter - a soulful, sleazy singer-songwriter we’re extremely excited about - and the two hosts.
The Stand, Mon 21 Jan
Laid back? Safe? Not Fin Taylor. The comedian eviscerates the notion of middle of the road, an electrifying performer unafraid to ruffle feathers, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum there’s no place to hide. His cheekily titled show When Harassy Met Sally was a sell out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe; now Glaswegians have a chance to bear witness to his expertly assembled tirades in an intimate setting - The Stand Comedy Club.
Sensu presents… Floorplan
Subclub, Fri 25 Jan
One of the founding fathers of minimal techno, Robert Hood is held in extremely high regard in electronic circles. If you listened closely you might have heard a collective sigh descend upon the city last August, when his Floorplan project was forced to cancel a Sub Club date, caught up in a maze of cancelled flights. Fortunately they’ve been quick to reschedule and Hood, along his prodigiously talented daughter Lyric, return to Jamaica Street on Fri 25 Jan. Influenced by disco, and the gospel sounds Hood grew up with in Detroit, it’s life affirming house that soars and soars. Those planes better touch down on time.
National Whisky Festival
SWG3, Sat 26 Jan
Now in its third year, the National Whisky Festival celebrates the water of life in a passionate, accessible way; there’s as much for absolute beginners as there is for seasoned drinkers. After successful trips to Edinburgh and Paisley in recent years, the flagship Glasgow event returns on Sat 26 Jan at SWG3 with over 30 exhibitors and in excess of 100 whiskies to sample on the day. There’s masterclasses from expert distillers, live music, and plenty of delicious haggis to make sure you can last the distance. Last but not least; whisky isn’t the only drink on show. Wester will be present on the day; swing by our stand, have a chat and perhaps a taste of our Glasgow Distilled rum, made with love just a stone’s throw from the venue, over in Partick.
Barrowlands, Sat 26 Jan
Celtic Connections is a particularly special one for those trailblazing trad innovators Niteworks, who have their biggest headline show to date at the hallowed Barrowlands on Sat 26 Jan. The Skye natives’ show is titled Comann, translated from the Gaelic word for community; it’s an appropriate label for such a big occasion. The band are set to be joined on the night by special guests from across the Highlands and Islands, such as Julie Fowlis, Iain Morrison and Donald Macdonald. Expect a celebratory atmosphere and plenty of that signature pipe, keyboard and EDM infused sound, including tracks from the band’s sophomore record Air Fàir An Là.