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A Weekend Abroad: Birdie, Normal Love and Paul Kelly Films Saturday Oct 24


The Pastels have selected Saturday’s line up which features Spinning Coin, Birdie, Normal Love and Paul Kelly Films.


Birdie was formed in the mid ’90s by Debsey Wykes (formerly of Dolly Mixture) and Paul Kelly (East Village) following a brief spell as part of Saint Etienne’s backing band.  Their first single Spiral Staircase was released in 1997 on the Seattle based Summershine label.

They went on to release three studio albums between 1999 and 2001 supported with live shows across Europe and the US before taking what would become a ten year break.  Since 2011 they have surfaced to play a handful of live dates and this will be their only outing this year and their first ever in Scotland.  Debsey and Paul will be joined by original Birdie drummer Jon Chandler for a set made up of old and new songs. There are however no plans for a new record so this may be the last time they are ever heard.

Normal Love

Roxanne always seems to keep to the simple idea that the shadows are best and don’t talk about it too much, just do it. Now following on from her other groups like The Royal We, Sexy Kids and Veronica Falls, it looks like this amazing songwriter/ secret strategist is about to embark on something new,  meanwhile doing artwork and cutting cool promos for friends like Flesh World.  So, in her own low-key words, Normal Love is Roxanne Clifford presenting sad pop songs in progress and experiments with friends in a one-off performance with Eilidh Rodgers & Michael Kasparis.

Paul Kelly Films


Two film screenings by acclaimed director, Paul Kelly.  The Dolly Mixture film will feature a Q&A with Paul and his partner, Debsey Wykes.  It runs for about 45 minutes. Lawrence Of Belgravia featuring Lawrence from Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart runs for 90 minutes. Both screenings are taking place in a small cinema space.  First come, first served.

Tickets for A Weekend Abroad are available here.

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