5 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this August

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  • 25 July 2018

This article is from 2018

5 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this August

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert / credit: Dave Stewart

Featuring a new film from Spike Lee, plenty of live summer tunes and the greatest arts celebration on earth

Edinburgh Festival
The naysayers might want to curtail the capital's cultural pursuits, but for one glorious month (and a bit) most of us appreciate that life just wouldn't be the same without the biggest arts festival on the planet being on our very doorstep. From the jazz festival in July through to the fireworks at the end of August, thousands of performances will rage across town with lovers of art, books, cabaret, comedy, dance, kids' shows, music and theatre all having their chance to revel in the Edinburgh Festival.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Jul & Aug

Electric Fields
It's not just our capital city that gets all the festival fun this summer though, as the Borders will reverberate to the blockbusting sounds of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Public Service Broadcasting, James, Young Fathers, Teenage Fanclub and Leftfield as well as some up-and-coming diamonds. Read our feature to find out more about the four new acts you should definitely check out this year whilst they're on the cusp of greatness.
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway, Thu 30 Aug–Sat 1 Sep

Summer Sessions
A scorching August is guaranteed with the Summer Sessions lineups featuring Tom Jones (Sir TJ to you), Rag'N'Bone Man, Paloma Faith and Brian Wilson in Edinburgh, with Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Twin Atlantic and N.E.R.D doing Glasgow.
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 6–19 Aug; Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, 22–29 Aug

Spike Lee's latest cage-rattling drama is based on the bizarre true story of Ron Stallworth, a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the early 1970s, with the director forcibly making his point that modern America has nothing to feel complacent about when it comes to ingrained and virulent racism. Check out our four-star review. Spike Lee fans will wanna get themselves to one of the special Mon 20 Aug (6:30pm) screenings at the Cameo, Vue Omni and Cineworld Fountainbridge, for a live satellite Q&A with the director.
General release from Fri 24 Aug

League of Gentlemen
After a triumphant return with their Christmas TV specials, the LoG laddies take to the road with their compulsive if totally creepy set of characters. Yep, it's a local show for local people.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 28 & 29 Aug; Edinburgh Playhouse, 30 Aug