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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, August 30 to Thursday, September 5

By Kyle Walker

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Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to feast on. This week's include bards on bikes, Shaka in the strath, and terror in the Tooth...

1 AUSTRALIAN house producer Mall Grab will be hoping for a rave reception when he comes to Inverness this weekend.

The New South Wales-born DJ – real name Jordon Alexander – comes to the Ironworks on Friday night for a late night beat showcase, alongside Melbourne’s Nite Fleit and Highland producer Ally Ridgers.

Doors open at 10.30pm and tickets cost £15 – go to www.ironworksvenue.com

2 UNIQUE stylings abound as Handlebards have gotten on their bikes – with a return north on the cards.

An all-female troupe from the theatre company – who perform Shakespeare’s works from out of hampers carted around on the backs of their bicycles – will be bringing his classic comedy The Tempest to Brodie Castle on Friday night.

The performance begins at 6.30pm and tickets cost £16 (£10 children) – go to www.handlebards.com

3 DOLL Hall will be playing host to the latest Sutherland Session, with the Alastair McCulloch Trio set to perform.

With champion fiddler McCulloch being joined by Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs and former Capercaillie whistler Marc Duff, the band stop in the village hall on Friday night for the finale date of their summer Scottish tour.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 (£8 concession, free under-12s) – go to www.sutherlandsessions.com

4 WHAT the north of Scotland has laughingly called the “summer” may be ending, but Aviemore’s Old Bridge Inn is making sure it goes out with one last bang – or splash as the case may be.

And their End of Summer party has a scorching lineup outside its doors, with Bud Burroughs, FoNo, Shaka Loves You and Karawane all supplying the tunes for Strathspey revellers.

Things kick off from 3pm and carry on well into the evening, and entry is free. Go to www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk

5 CINEMA celebration Scalarama returns to the north of Scotland next month for another September highlighting the best and most hidden of film treats.

Events are happening across the north, but things kick off in earnest on Sunday – with a screening of seminal horror classic Night of the Living Dead at the Tooth and Claw, Inverness.

The screening begins at 8pm and entry is free. Go to www.scalarama.com for more information.

6 Following a highly successful performance last year, the Skibo Strings directed by D James Ross are returning to Inverness Cathedral this Saturday.

Incorporating many of the finest string players in the Highlands, the group will perform a programme of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Samuel Barber.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the concert beginning at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 on the door, with money raised going to the Highland Chamber Orchestra. Go to www.highland-chamber-orchestra.co.uk

7 OPERA Bohemia continue their tour of the north over the next seven days, as the Merry Widow’s travels carry on.

The company – celebrating their 10th anniversary – will be bringing the show to Boat of Garten Community Hall on Friday, Strathpeffer Pavilion on Sunday, and Thurso High School on Tuesday.

For more information about the show or to book tickets, go to www.operabohemia.co.uk

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