What’s On in October….?

What’s On in October….? by Susie Daniel and Calvin Douglas

Samhuinn Fire Festival

I’M a firestarter, a twisted firestarter…PAH!
While dance legends The Prodigy may have appropriated nature’s most spectacular element for commercial gain back in 1997, the Beltane Society have an altogether purer approach.
The society will stage the Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh’s Old Town this Halloween – the story follows the idea of the overthrowing of Summer by Winter through performance, music and dance.
And, presumably, fire too.
The society use the festival as, in their own words, “an opportunity for us to bring our form of street theatre and performance right into the heart of the city”.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival takes place on October 31 from 7pm-9pm.

Bear Grylls Endeavour


ON the odd occasion that he’s not eating dead rodents, surviving tsunamis, surfing to the moon or hanging out with the leader of the free world, adventurer Bear Grylls hits the road to bring his methods to the masses.
In this case it’s the SSE Hydro in Glasgow!
The star of reality TV shows The Island, Mission Survive and more plans to take audiences on ‘an immersive expedition across the globe using ground-breaking technology and celebrating some of the greatest feats of courage, endurance and endeavour through the ages’.
With aerial stunts, unbelievable true stories of human endurance and breathtaking special effects, what’s not to like?
And if that’s not enough there might even be ice cream in the foyer.

Bear Grylls’ Endeavour tour plays Glasgow SSE Hydro on October 11.

THE biggest Halloween event in the country

This is The Big One. Glasgore on a massive scale with 2,000 Blood Lusters .


Club Noir – Scotland’s answer to Moulin Rouge – puts on a bloody twist with its Halloween Horror Prom. Set to be yet again the biggest burlesque party in the UK.

Jaw-dropping acts making their Club Noir debut. Henry Dagg, who was featured on the Jools Holland show, a musician who defies description. His musical inventions have been described as genius. (We’d describe them as lunacy!). There’s death-defying pole dance. Spiders Web – arachnaphobics look away now. Devilish muscle men, witch enchantresses, haunting opera, spooky singers, ballet, aerialists, gay acts, burlesque stripteasers and much more.

But the stars of the show are the audience – especially at Halloween. Club Noir’s owner Tina Warren said “clubbers have been planning this night since January.”

“No kidding. I had people asking me from the 2nd of January what the date and theme would be. It’s the big night of the year many people live for! You have to be in the midst of it all, ogling all the costumes. There are so many creations to compliment. I don’t know how people have time to see all the official entertainment on offer throughout the night.”

Saturday 29th October 9pm -3am, O2 Academy Glasgow, tickets £20.




WHO says you need to jump on the nearest Ryanair flight to experience Bavaria’s finest entertainment since Thomas Muller’s performance at the 2014 World Cup?
Depending on where you stand on Lederhosen, beer and cleavage then the Scottish take on Germany’s finest tradition could be a winner or a washout. Find out by efficiently getting yourself down to Princes Street Gardens in October (duh!) – from the fifth until the ninth.
Bundesliga levels of ale and food will ensure that your beer belly is thoroughly indulged, while at the same time the music may well bring about an inadvertent yet much-needed workout. Feel free to muse upon the irony of such a scenario over a frothy and incredibly satisfying German beer.
No guilt involved.

Oktoberfest runs from October (duh) 5-9 in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Coffee Festival


HONESTLY, where would us students be without those magical roasted beans and their associated properties?
Late-night essay-writing sessions? No chance. Exam revision until 4am? Forget it.
Coffee – and more accurately the concentration-boosting caffeine contained within – has been good to us and we should pay our respects by checking out the festival dedicated to its powers.
Around 30 exhibitors will be there with demonstrations, interactive workshops and a range of other features among the aromatic attractions.
Be warned, though – it hasn’t been made clear whether or not you’re expected to supply your own milk and sugar.

The Edinburgh Coffee Festival takes place at Summerhall on October 1.