Elvis musical will leave you all shook up

Elvis musical will leave you all shook up

From the producers of Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys and West Side Story comes the hilarious, feel-good musical featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits – Love me tender. In a small town in 1950’s USA, a guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides his motorbike into town. Is he The Devil In Disguise or a Hound Dog in his Blue Suede Shoes? The townsfolk are about to be All Shook Up and could be headed for Heartbreak Hotel, but…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up

Edinburgh Festival round-up

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part one of a two part feature, here he highlights the first seven on this year’s list. The Titanic Orchestra, starring John Hannah The original TV Rebus John Hannah makes his first Fringe appearance for 25 years in the UK premiere of Hristo Boytchev’s madcap comedy of illusion, The Titanic Orchestra. Four tramps huddle together at…

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Vamps ready to sink their teeth into Castle rock

Vamps ready to sink their teeth into Castle rock

Call The Vamps anything you want – just don’t compare them to One Direction. “We don’t really care about the comparisons, but our music is very different,” says singer James McVey, whose band kick-start this year’s Castle Concerts series, taking to the famous Esplanade on Saturday, 18 July. “We play instruments and write. However, they are probably the most successful band in the world, so we wouldn’t say no to their success. Nor, it seems,…

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Jazz Master, George Benson

Jazz Master, George Benson

If there’s one man guaranteed to get your jazz hands waving this July, it’s George Benson. A bona fide Jazz Master (as recognised by the National Endowment Of The Arts), the 72-year-old guitarist and singer makes his first-ever appearance at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festivalon Sunday 26 at the Festival Theatre. Nice! One of few jazzers to crossover to the mainstream, Benson has as many Grammy awards as he has fingers, releasing over 30…

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Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the Vagabonds

Some jazz and blues artists consider themselves lucky to get a gig at the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival. In Davina And The Vagabonds case, they’ve managed to bag not one, not two, not three – but four performances at this year’s ten-day extravaganza. Yes, folks, they are that popular. And if you’re not lucky, you might miss out on seeing the American jazz-blues outfit, as one of their gigs has sold out already. So…

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Wildfire Scottish Steak & Seafood Bistro

Wildfire Scottish Steak & Seafood Bistro

The premises are small at Wildfire but the steaks aren’t – this great little restaurant specialises in choice cuts of Aberdeen Angus and a judicious selection of seafood. It has been a fixture on Rose Street’s west end for a decade, but, unlike many of the pubs in the vicinity, it’s a good reason to visit the old thoroughfare if you haven’t been there for a while. It’s a fine example of what you can…

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Five Edinburgh bands everyone should know about

Five Edinburgh bands everyone should know about

  It’s always exciting to get on-board when bands are on the cusp of big things, so here are five Edinburgh bands for your attention. Have a listen and enjoy some brilliant home-grown music.   Honeyblood: A band from over here who sound a lot like they come from over there – Edinburgh/Glasgow dynamic duo Honeyblood embody the very best in American-inspired grunge and mid-90s alt-rock (think Throwing Muses, The Breeders, PJ Harvey, etc.). Signed…

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A trip back in time at the Waverley

A trip back in time at the Waverley

A firm favourite with the AAA team, The Waverley is one of the last independently-owned watering-holes in Edinburgh’s Old Town. A dying breed, the St Mary’s Street boozer is a throwback to a bygone age, a time-machine ride to an era where bar etiquette was adhered to without complaint – much less insult – for fear of ejection. Owner Ian Walker may be a mild-mannered, silvery-haired gentleman of pensionable age, but we’ve witnessed him man-handling…

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Five great bands you might never have heard

Five great bands you might never have heard

Not all great bands are household names. Here are five that you might never have heard before. Look down your nose at your ‘mainstream’ friends and get listening to some brilliant sounds.   The Go-Betweens: Australia exported its fair share of brazen macho rock in the 1970s and 80s, but The Go-Betweens were entirely different – literate, intelligent and sensitive: think an Antipodean Smiths with better songs and none (well, maybe a little) of the…

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High Five – Tony Black

High Five – Tony Black

Tony Black was born in Australia and grew up in Scotland and Ireland. A former Edinburgh resident now living on the Isle of Arran, he is an award-winning journalist, editor, and novelist. His journalism has appeared in the UK national press and his short fiction in a variety of publications. He is the author of the novels Paying For It, Gutted, Loss, Long Time Dead, Truth Lies Bleeding, Murder Mile, The Storm Without, His Father’s…

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