Scotland's top 5 events this May

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2023

With two bank holiday weekends this month, you'll be in the mood to get out and about.

To give you some ideas on what to do, we've pulled together some top events happening across the country this May.

Bill BaileyBill Bailey - Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

The celebrated comedian, musician, sage and peculiar lovechild of Mozart, Rick Wakeman and a garden gnome is back with two decades' worth of travellers tales and plenty of musical parody, looking at politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness.

Date: Friday 31 May 2019

Time: 20:00

Closest station: Ednburgh Waverley

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West End FestivalWest End Festival - Various venues, Glasgow

Glasgow's summer festival is a celebration of the activity of the city's cultural quarter, full of talks, a carnival, art exhibitions and lots and lots of live music.

Date: Friday 31 May - Sunday 30 June 2019

Time: Times vary

Closest station: Partick

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IdlewildIdlewild - Music Hall, Aberdeen

Voted the third best Scottish band of all time in 2005, Idlewild have released seven studio albums, the most recent of which, Interview Music, came out this year.

Dates: Sunday 5 May 2019

Times: 19:00

Closest station: Aberdeen

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Kinky BootsKinky Boots - King's Theatre, Glasgow

The Tony award-winning musical adaptation by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper of the 2005 movie is about Charlie, a mild-mannered shoe factory owner, who with the help of drag queen Lola turns to making shoes designed especially for drag queens.

Date: Tuesday 7 - Saturday 18 May 2019

Time: Times vary

Closest station: Charing Cross, Glasgow

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What Girls Are Made OfWhat Girls Are Made Of - Dundee Rep, Dundee

Cora Bissett, one of the best-loved Scottish performers, traces the ups and downs of her musical career, from being a small girl in Fife with a head full of dreams to touring with Radiohead and Blur. The show is based on her teenage diaries and features a live band.

Date: Tuesday 14 - Wednesday 15 May 2019

Time: 19:30

Closest station: Dundee

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