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April Showers Can't Keep You Down!

Its been a pretty busy month but I think that's due to too much partying on my part but sometimes you need to have a few blow outs, consider it training for the Summer fun's! However you don't actually have to wait that long for the fun to begin as the end of April and May looks set to be a cracker with lots of really good music, art & craft related events planned. So here's a quick run down of what to look out for this weekend and into May!

Friday 27th see's the opening of Contemporary Makers at Junction Arts & Gifts. Junction Arts hosted a rather awesome show last year featuring my good friend Stuart Simpson so should be another top show, check the blurb!

"Due to our strong belief that all types of creative practice are strong forms of art in their own right this will be our first ever show dedicated to all things contemporary in the world of craft and design.

9 wonderful creative practitioners will be taking part showin
g ceramics, jewellery, textiles and much more! They are Kevin Andrew Morris, Little Blue Twig by Lynne Strachan and Mags Grey, Kelly McAllister, Candy Coated by Fiona Thomson, Nervous Stitch by Jenny Mchardy, Ashley Morris, Siobhan Ogg and Agnes Keilloh.

Please join us on the preview evening for the chance to be the first to see the show, to meet the artists and for complementary refreshments.

The Contemporary Makers show opens Friday from 6pm - 8pm and then usual shop hours there after until June so make sure you get down for a looksie!

Then once you've bought some nice things at Junction Arts & Gifts you can make your way down to the Athenaeum for a pre game drink before heading downstairs for Everything Else Sucks. Can't remember exactly what it is they do but it's always fun whenever I've been down and the lads always make a big effort to ensure a fun night is had by all! Poster design by Dominic Mayer, nice!

Candy Belle Vintiques Fair will be popping up in the Thistle Caledonian Hotel on Saturday from  10pm - 4pm.

"Aberdeen's only Vintage Fair!! loads of stalls with vintage goodies, including fashion, accessories, homewares, jewellery, vinyls and crafts. Enjoy a lovely afternoon tea with scrummy cakes and scones - a FAB day out if you love vintage!!"

Sounds like a nice way to start your Saturday if your into kicking it old skool!

Saturday brings all the joys of Let It Bleed to the Forum again, this time with Annie Mac & Toddla T. It's always a busy day for me when Let It Bleed have an event on at the Forum, those damm TV's just wont set themselves up but I don't mind, love working with the team and love seeing people having a great time which is a dead cert if you go to this on Saturday! Also check out the Let It Bleed tumblr HERE!

Kicking off the Idlewild front we have The Birthday Suit playing at Banchory's Woodend Barn on Friday 4th May. The Barn has fairly been playing host to some cool gig's of late and is establishing itself as the perfect venue for both up & coming and established acts. Anyway comparisons between The Birthday Suit and early Idlewild have me thinking it might just be worth a trip out to the Chory, even the support bands don't sound too shabby!

Sunday 6th May see's Aberdeen's first? if not first then most decent music festival in my time at least and I remember going to see Timmy Mallet at the Duthie Park! Anyway The Big Beach Ball 2012 looks set to up the ante on what can be done with a little vision and big balls! I wasn't initially convinced it was a good idea when I first heard about it but as time goes on and more acts & Dj's are announced I can't help but get a little excited.

"The Big Beach Ball 2012 is the first edition of a new annual event taking
place at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom and surrounding area. Snuggled along the Promenade with sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, this one day festival will open it's doors 1pm-midnight, Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May, closing with after parties across town until the early hours.

On a picturesque coast of Scotland, once crowned the UK’s sunniest city by the Met Office (yes really), Aberdeen opens the summer season at one of our most iconic, historic and underused locations. With a total capacity of around 2,000 music fans, The Big Beach Ball utilizes the Ballroom like never before.

International artists, world renowned DJs, the cream of Scottish bands and party starters, vintage clothing markets, craft stalls, food and drink on site supplied by local restaurateurs and chefs, boutique cocktails and

numerous bars across the arena are just the beginning…

This is unquestionably the first of its kind for the North East, giving

the region an event it has craved for years, helping to revitalize
Aberdeen Sea Front with cutting edge production and worldwide attention.

You'll most likely find me a little worse for wear hanging out next to the Bato & TRY / Tuff Wax stall's, more on both of those later but for now check out the Big Beach Ball soundcloud for an idea of what to expect!

Finally Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble takes to the stage in The Blue Lamp via VoCoustics Promotions. I still have fond memories of going to see Idlewild in their early more hardcore days, bouncing around like the teenybopper I was, waiting for them to play a slow one so I could ask out my best friend, those were the days. However upon listening to some of Roddy Woomble's newer solo material it appears my taste has matured along with him. He was the first local hero who took the time to sign your poster after a gig and still has the best name in pop. Check out the video below!

So I think that's enough for now, no doubt there will be some more cool event's popping up before the 15th but this is more than enough to keep me going! Oh and if anyone say's nothing ever happens then I am going to ram my fist down their throat and pull out their spines, to quote the great Arnold Schwarzenegger!

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