Pick of the Southside Fringe

Sinister Wink perform the Southside Fringe on May 26.
Sinister Wink perform the Southside Fringe on May 26.

IT’S the “year of the southside” according to Southside Fringe organisers — and glance at the programme suggests they might be right.

The first ever Fringe is packed with music, theatre, comedy, art and more — and over 110 events taking place in some unusual spaces.

Crawford Smith — Fringe founder alongside burlesque compere Corinna Currie — told The Extra: “The unplugged circuit is to put music in places where it wouldn’t normally be.

“There are coffee shops and bars, but not so obvious are the delis, takeaways or book shops. If the weather’s good we’ll have busking opportunities too.”

La Roche Rumba launches the festival on Friday at Bungo Lo.

And for little revellers, there’s I Love You More Than...Trees — interactive storytelling at Beanscene this weekend.

Over at Pollok Park, it’s one for four-legged friends with Who Stole My Sausage? — sensory theatre for dogs.

For the adults, there’s Sarcassy Sneek’s Southside Sweethearts — a sweet, savoury and downright ridiculous burlesque act.

Victoria Road walking tours will run throughout the Fringe weekends, allowing natives and visitors alike an insight into the lesser-seen southside.

For ghost lovers, there’s Things That Go Bump in the Shed — proof positive that gin and vodka aren’t the only spirits lurking in the southside nightclub - running Sundays throughout the month.

Ethical fashion takes a dip at Govanhill Baths, with a showcase of aquatic-inspired pieces by southside designer Betty Spoke.

Scottish prog-rock legends String Driven Thing take to Bar 1901 for a free, up-close and personal gig.

And there’s a dose of surreal satire from Sinister Wink — a ukelele-armed duo out to scare you just a smidgen. Their show is free entry, but exit by donation - so keep some spare change if you want out alive.

For everything else, there’s the Southside Fringe website — so get planning that itinerary now.