Fancy a bit of Laura Marling, Basement and The Weeknd? Luke Hawkins knows where it’s at…

Gigs come in many shapes and sizes by Luke Hawkins

The Weeknd, SSE Hydro- 10th March 2017

I was in two minds about whether to even mention that The Weeknd is playing on such short notice because tickets are likely to be scarce. I’m sure the most persistent and determined of you will be interested to know the date and venue so you know how much time you have to beg for, borrow or steal tickets. The newly shorn Starboy will be in Glasgow this Spring in what is likely to be one of the hottest gigs of the year.

Basement, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut- 7th – 8th March 2017


Basement could quite easily have turned into a limp, non-descript pop-punk band but instead they have maintained a rough, unkempt sound that makes them stand out from the garage-rock crowd. They are a product of the Jimmy Eat World/Dinosaur Jr school of rock- catchy enough to hook a crowd and edgy enough to stay interesting. King Tut’s plays host for two nights in March and the way things are going it wouldn’t be surprising if they were to end up at a bigger venue on their next visit.

Laura Marling, O2 ABC- 10th March 2017


While The Weeknd and his fans are taking over one part of town, Laura Marling and her altogether more gentle, folky type fans will be at the other side of town; comparing cardigans and debating whether Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell would win in a fight. Having been nominated three times for the Mercury Music Prize and scooped a Brit Award, it’s fair to say she deserves all the recognition she gets. Marling has as tender a sound as the previously mention godmothers of her genre.