Here comes summer

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WHETHER you’re recovering from Balado or an unfortunate who was stuck at home last weekend, there is a pocket-friendly (and weatherproof) festival landing closer to home this week.

Come rain or shine Summer Nights returns to King Tut’s, promising two weeks of home-grown talent — that’s 70 bands, all for the cost of one Golden Ticket.

The festival season kicks off tonight with an appearance by East Kilbride cheeky chaps Sonny Marvello.

The highly stylised group cite influences from the Beatles to Bowie, all their songs accompanied by a series of jaunty hats and waistcoats — perfect for the cabaret-loving Glasgow crowd.

Following throughout the week is a who’s who of Scottish music, including Little Eskimos, The Scottish Enlightenment, Bronto Skylift, Carnivores and Miniature Dinosaurs — to name just a few.

There’s also a performance by Bloc’s ad hoc group Blochestra on Sunday, providing a showcase of just what you’re missing if you haven’t already grabbed a noise-making tool and joined in (the band being a collection of regulars playing whatever they can to whatever tune they fancy).

And the music doesn’t stop this week, with gigs carrying on until June 28 — highlights of which include Edinburgh folk/electronic outfit Meursault and one man sound machine Miaoux Miaoux, both on June 25, as well as The Ray Summers bringing the festival to a close.

For those who still need convinced, the venue has also launched a free compilation album, available for download from its website.

Alright, so there isn’t a funfair, a portaloo, a bevy of burger vans or a swamped tent in sight — and it’s doubtful that Beyonce will make an appearance.

But for some music lovers, a 14-night stand at the legendary city centre venue may rival everything T in the Park had to offer — and for the less costly sum of £36.50 for the lot.

Even better — if the rain holds off long enough, revellers might even be able to leave the wellies at home.

Summer Nights runs from June 14-28, with acts playing in the bar from 7pm and doors open for events at 9pm. Tickets can be bought for individual shows, or purchase a Golden Ticket for access to all events. To find out more, visit www.kingtuts.co.uk/summernights.