Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part two of a two part feature, here he highlights the final eight on this year’s list. Follow Liam on Twitter @LiamRudden Tonight With Donny Stixx Donny has committed an act that shocked everyone. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn’t want forgiveness. All Donny wants is… his own television show. This…

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Mix and mingle at Opal Lounge

Mix and mingle at Opal Lounge

Want to spot the famous Edinburgh Hibees latest superstar signing (as if!)? Opal Lounge is your venue. Want to mix and mingle (and probably still stay single!) with the Capital’s beautiful people? Opal Lounge is your venue. Want to drink like a VIP in what is easily one of the city’s most stylish hangouts? Again, Opal Lounge is your venue. The George Street basement has had some pretty famous faces through its doors over the…

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Top five films to watch this week

Top five films to watch this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… Inside Out: Inside Out, from the studio that brought us Toy Story and Up, is an animated adventure that takes us inside the depths Riley’s mind, an 11-year-old who’s forced to move cities with her parents. As a result, her emotions – Joy,…

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Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Edinburgh-born jazz singer Niki King can certainly claim to have been around for a while. The daughter of revered local jazz stalwart Freddie King, she was still in her teens when her first band’s debut record was released on the iconic Acid Jazz label (Jamairiquai, Brand New Heavies). In 1997, King signed up for Fionna Duncan’s jazz vocal course, and though she’d been singing for years, the experience she gained from the the course proved…

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Five great Edinburgh bands sadly no more

Five great Edinburgh bands sadly no more

Our fair city has produced some brilliant bands. Whether you’re discovering these classics for the first time or harking back to the good old days,  sit back, relax and listen as we pack in more nostalgic musical moments than a sentimental granny’s Facebook page. Saint Jude’s Infirmary: We’re still scratching our heads as to why Saint Jude’s Infirmary didn’t make it big – but perhaps you get what you ask for when you name your…

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Kasabian announce Edinburgh gig in August

Kasabian announce Edinburgh gig in August

Fresh from headlining the main stage at T in the Park a fortnight ago – where they went down a storm with a hit-packed set that included a winning cover of Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life – indie darlings Kasabian have announced a show at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Thursday, 20 August. Leicester’s biggest musical import since Engelbert Humperdinck, the band have played many times in the Capital over the years, the undisputed high-point being…

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You can bank on the Standing Order

You can bank on the Standing Order

Granted, The Standing Order won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but this JD Wetherspoon-owned bar is an ideal venue for larger groups, and a decent starting point for stags and hens before going on a Rose Street bar crawl. The neo-classical building which houses the George Street super-pub was formerly the premises of the Union Bank of Scotland (rumour has it, it is still home to a 30-tonne safe, which was simply too big to move…

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Fans love Boyzone for a reason

Fans love Boyzone for a reason

Boyzone are no strangers to Edinburgh Castle. The Irish man band played a sell-out show at the stunning esplanade in the summer of 2008 – and on July 25, they’re back for seconds. “We have had a wonderful love affair with our Scottish fans over the past 20 years, so we can’t wait to see them all again in the magnificent surrounding of Edinburgh Castle,” says lead singer Ronan Keating. Mark Mackie, director of Regular…

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Jace Everett – Music maketh the man

Jace Everett – Music maketh the man

You might not be familiar with his name, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of Jace Everett’s music. Certainly, if you’ve ever tuned into HBO’s sexy, supernatural series True Blood you will have – his track, Bad Things, is the theme-song. He also co-wrote Josh Turner’s No.1 single, Your Man. As it happens, the Indiana-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is a lot better known on the other side of the pond, and he has five…

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Brazilian Sensation

Brazilian Sensation

Brazilians know how to party – that’s a universally accepted fact. Whether rubbing hips with the beautiful people on the famous Copacabana beach or dancing the night away to samba, choro and forgo beats in Rio’s riotous Lapa district, few do it with as much panache as these guys do. Southside eatery Brazilian Sensation may not have quite the same hedonistic atmosphere as those places, but you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else in…

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