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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, November 29 to Thursday, December 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 of all the things to do out there in our area. This week's picks include Roov in the heart, Loch Dress monsters, and Blas-ting away for another year...

1 MY Cousin Rachel’s gothic death-soaked tale continues to weave its beguiling mystery at Eden Court through until Saturday.

The production from Theatre Royal, Bath stars Helen George (Call the Midwife) as the titular Rachel Sangaletti, alongside Jack Holden as Philip Ashley and Simon Shepherd as Nick Kendall.

For full details about the show or to book tickets, go to www.eden-court.co.uk

2 A FREE night of music is giving Moray bands the chance to escape their practice rooms and play before an eager crowd alongside local heroes The Roov.

Escaping the Practice Space takes place at Elgin Town Hall on Friday night, featuring The Zebecks, Biblical, Blind Side and The Students of The Tom Morris Music School alongside the night’s Lossiemouth-based indie rock headliners.

Doors open at 6pm and entry is free. For more info, go to www.elgintownhall.co.uk

3 GLASGOW rock multi-instrumentalists Visceral Noise Department bring their grunge-inspired grooves to Mad Hatters this weekend for a loud one like no other.

The band arrive in Inverness on Friday on the back of the release of their debut album Distant Banging, covering subject matter including in-work poverty, sexism and social dysfunction.

Support on the night comes from Thousand Mile Stare. Doors open at 9.30pm and entry is free – go to www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk

4 HIGHLAND pop punks Spoke Too Soon return to the Ironworks this Saturday for a raucous rammy to launch their latest EP.

The four-piece come to the Inverness venue on Saturday night to launch Your Own Creation, after launching their last EP Standing on the Edge at the same venue last year.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £8. Go to www.ironworksvenue.com

5 HOOTANANNY will be dressed to kill this Saturday evening when a special St Andrew’s Day fashion show will take place within its walls.

The Inverness pub will host an evening of fun and fashion with Loch Dress. Hosted by city stand-up Zander McNally, the night promises “pure Scottish entertainment”.

The show runs from 6-8pm and entry is free. Go to www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk


6 THIS year’s Blas Festival draws to a close on Saturday – and will finish with an impressive array of musical entertainment to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

In association with St Andrew's Fair Saturday, supporting HiMRA (Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy) and Highland Supports Refugees, Blas Festival will hold seven Gaelic music events this Saturday – taking place across Inverness, Nairn, Acharacle, Strathy, Fort William and Portree.

For more information about each event, or to book tickets, go to www.blas-festival.com

7 SCOTTISH music legend Barbara Dickson comes to Elgin Town Hall next week for an intimate evening of music.

The singer/songwriter will delve into her back catalogue of songs alongside pianist Nick Holland on Thursday night’s special acoustic performance, letting her words and melodies take centre stage.

Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets cost £25 each – go to www.elgintownhall.co.uk

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