Little Mix play the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on October 19.
The enormous success of Little Mix and their cracking of America makes it difficult to believe that they are X Factor winners. Something about them has meant they have avoided the pantomime fate of the likes of Leon Jackson and Steve Brookstein.
That thing is genuine talent and charisma; the girls perform with a with a spark and personality that has perhaps been lacking in most girl bands since the Spice Girls. Little Mix have grown a strong enough identity that they can be a lasting name in the pop world.
Meats and Beats takes place from October 20-22 at Assembly Roxy.
Suppose some crazed individuals came up with the idea of serving up a festival that mixed food and music.
Not exactly ground-breaking, I hear you say. Now mix in an ever-changing selection of tunes from the past five decades, add a pinch of retro TV gameshows then stir together with a room full of communal feasting tables and you’ve got yourself a real tasty treat.
Every hour the music changes decade, starting with the pop classics of the 70, working our way through the disco anthems of the 80s, dance tunes of the 90s and teen pop bands of the noughties until we reach 2017. Meanwhile you’ve got a meat sweat on to rival Joey Tribbiani from Friends circa 2001.
Sticky Ribs and pumping disco? Yes please!
Jerry Sadowitz – Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! is at the Pavilion Theatre on October 21.
The b*****d offspring of Frankie Boyle’s dark side and a demonic Derren Brown, Scotland’s legendary psychopath – his words, not mine – is back.
Over to his own people to sum up his forthcoming one-night only show: ‘With his unique combination of comedy, hatred, and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about YOURSELF as he bangs on about some p*sh or other.’
Hard to resist, no?
Club Noir Burlesque Club takes place at The O2 Academy on October 28.
Club Noir, the infamous, occasional burlesque night in the centre of town will dazzle you with risqué performances, retro garb, vintage music and of course plenty of hypnotic nipple tassels.
Ditch the grimey club scene and turn up classy; take in the retro vibes as you enjoy the soirée and appreciate the pin-ups doing their thing onstage.
You might even find Glasgow’s answer to Dita Von Teese! (Brenda Fae Bridgeton?)
Festival of the Dead comes to the o2 Academy on November 24. Also at Edinburgh Cav on Oct 28.
“Festival of the Dead infuses elements of carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying to bring you a fiesta like no other.
“Carnival pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.” None the wiser? No, us neither.
But what we do know is that FOTD is a riotously colourful party that mixes burlesque, face painting and fire breathing set to a house/garage musical backdrop. Oh, and that was giant skull processions. Go figure.
previews by Susie Daniels