Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Music when the Lights Go Out

The Arches hosts GMFF


Behind every good film is a great soundtrack and no one knows that better than Glasgow club, the Arches. The venue has teamed up with Glasgow Film Theatre to launch their fourth annual Music and Film Festival.

The Arches Music Programme Manager, Paul Fegan, said, “I’m delighted that we’re once again co-curating the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, celebrating the strange and wonderful relationship between music and cinema.

“We have an exciting programme of performances, rockumentaries, live soundtrack events and AV explorations.

“This year’s GMFF has a stellar line-up of one-off events and incredible performances that will showcase local talent, and bring some incredible international artists to Glasgow.”

Headlining this year’s festivities is global sex symbol, Jane Birkin, an actress/ singer so famous Hermes dedicated a handbag to her, hence the ‘Birkin bag’.

Also renowned for her collaboration with the late songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg, Birkin will celebrate this relationship by premiering the movie Souvenirs of Serge at the Arches.

Then she will take to the stage, performing Songs of Serge, a collection of her lover’s best-known works.

Fegan added, “I can’t wait for this show, it promises to be an intimate performance and a rare opportunity to get up close to this enigmatic chanteuse.”

However, if you prefer your music with local tones, look no further than screenings of Whatever gets you through the Night. The film explores Scotland’s nocturnal dynamic and features music from its new artists, some of whom will be performing live, after the film.

As movie celebrations go, the largest event will be Sonic Cineplex; it will transform The Arches into an underground movie theatre, with rare screenings and live soundtracks. Headlining this festival-within-a-festival is Detroit techno icon, Jeff Mills, who will be premiering a live score to Fritz Lang’s silent classic, The Woman in the Moon.

Fegan said, “Having Jeff Mills play here will be really exciting, especially with names like Dieter Mobius, Raimes and JD Twitch also on the bill.”

Other events already ticketed include the twenty-piece Auricle Ensemble, who will be harmonising the story of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, and the Calamity Jane Barn Dance, a hoedown in tribute to Doris Day.

The full programme will be announced on January 16, via the Glasgow Film website

Tickets are available online or at The Arches box office.