Bank Holidays these days are, apparently, not complete without a dance festival set on a river. Thankfully those clever guys down at Electric Frog have organised just such an event which will take place at the Transport Museum on the Clyde.
Sven Vath headlines on the Saturday with Loco Dice closing the show the following night as part of a line-up which also features DJ Koze, Nina Kraviz, Derrick Carter and Surgeon among many others. There’s also an after-party for the hardcore among us who either don’t give a monkey’s about getting up the next day or don’t have anything to get up for anyway. Oh yeah and there’s an after the after party…
The Riverside Festival takes place on May 27
If hadron colliders and 1980s pop ‘stars’ are your bag then Professor Brian Cox can sort you out on both counts. Realistically, however, this live show will almost certainly ignore D:Ream’s most mediocre dance music output in favour of an accessible take on serious sciency stuff.
The affable Lancastrian promises to take the audience on “a dazzling journey through Space and time” delving into high science and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos.
Let’s do that trip with Prof Cox, as he simultaneously enlightens and baffles us – perhaps like a star being ripped apart by a Black Hole. The fact that his Edinburgh show has already sold out should engender a stampede among the faithful. And if the show’s really bad then – and, God forgive me – Things Can Only Get Better.
Professor Brian Cox is at the SSE Hydro on May 19.
PLEASURE AND PAIN
An evening with French writer Guy de Maupassant, charting his tragic journey from aspiring writer into the darkness of drug addiction and madness.
Maupassant’s perfectly crafted short stories explore social and political upheaval and relationships where men and women spar and dance their way through tales of love, sex, personal tragedy and the need to belong.
Playful and funny, unsettling and brutal, Mark Thomson’s adaptation of Maupassant’s stories conjures up a florid and vivid world that reflects Maupassant’s own life and imagination. Trainspotting it isn’t!
Pleasure and Pain is on at the Citizens Theatre from May 31-June 3. Student tickets from £5.
previews by Susie Daniels