October sees a flurry of gig activity as autumn tours kick in in earnest. TV talent show types like Becky Hill and Lucy Spraggan are on tour, but there’s much more weird and wonderful stuff elsewhere. Try some of these for size:

Strange Behaviours Winter Party

The Tolbooth in Stirling welcomes the best new artists from across the Forth Valley for a boutique mini-festival on 13 October. Audiences will be getting Americana from The Nickajack Men, garage rock from Sulka and anti-folk from December ’91, amongst other things.

@ Tolbooth, Stirling on Sat 13 Oct;

David Byrne

The spiritual leader of American avant-garde rock wowed the Royal Concert Hall earlier this year with his stylishly choreographed gig-cum-theatre-show (review here). Now the arena version gives more people the opportunity to catch one of the tours of the year.

@ SSE Hydro, Glasgow on Mon 22 Oct;


Brexit-bound Britain can’t get enough of Idles at the moment, with their zeitgeisty social commentary and punk revivalist spirit. Perhaps the (white) cliff edge we’re about to jump off calls for their angry soundtrack.

@ Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow on Sat 20 Oct;

Jane Weaver

Bringer of cosmic synthy joy, Weaver is out on a short tour with her “Loops in the Secret Society” project – audio-visual variations of songs from her albums The Silver Globe and Modern Kosmology. It kicks off in Edinburgh on 17th.

@ Pleasance, Edinburgh on Wed 17 Oct;

Read our 2016 review of Jane Weaver at Hidden Door

Jilted John

After what seems like a lifetime in specs-and-turtleneck as John Shuttleworth, Graham Fellows is revisiting his original persona – the embittered loser-in-love Jilted John – for a 40th anniversary tour. Best avoided if your name’s Gordon.

@ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on Sun 14 Oct;


With new album The Art of Pretending To Swim just out (and reviewed here), Conor O’Brien and collaborators are stopping off in Glasgow for the second night of a European tour.

@ Garage, Glasgow on Thu 18 Oct;