January: traditionally the month of sobriety and universal skintness. But who wants to conform to that stereotype?
Friday 11th January, AECC, Aberdeen
Everyone’s favourite X Factor judge takes the lead on his solo tour this month and the Granite City plays host this Friday night. Expect tunes from his latest album Sing, as well as some old classics and Take That favourites… but, let’s face it, you’re not going for the music anyway. Gazza = Babe.
Tickets priced at £35-£55, click here for availability
Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker
Until 12th January, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
This utterly enchanting ballet returns after a three year hiatus, with Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score providing the perfect soundtrack to Ashley Page’s choreography. An enchanted dolls’ house, an evil governess, and a nutcracker who may just be a handsome prince in disguise – sounds like a magical evening to us!
Tickets priced at £14-£38, click here for availability
75 Years Of The Dandy
Until 12th January, Lamb Gallery, Dundee
Back in 1937 who would have thought that The Dandy would become the world’s third-longest running comic? The Scottish favourite celebrates its 75th birthday this week with an exhibition at Dundee University’s Lamb Gallery. Featuring original artwork from publisher DC Thomson’s archives, stop by to view Desperate Dan and pals as you’ve never seen them before!
Free entry, for opening hours click here
Arc Studios Fundraiser
Saturday 12th January, Arc Studios, Glasgow
If you’re into hardcore, post-punk and powerviolence, you won’t want to miss this gig at Arc Studios. Featuring up-and-coming Glasgow bands No Island, Ultimate Punch and Cecilia Lisbon, to name but three, prepare yourself for a full night of banging tunes.
£5 entry on the door, for details click here
Moscow State Circus
Until 20th January, Xscape, Glasgow
Russia’s greatest circus artists hit Glasgow this weekend, with their winter spectacular. Featuring trapeze artists, acrobats and clowns aplenty, you’ll be left awestruck by the tricks and treats in store at the Moscow State Circus.
Tickets priced at £10-£29, click here for availability