Wide Days music convention hailed ‘most successful ever’

Wide Days music convention hailed ‘most successful ever’

The eighth Wide Days music convention (21-22 April) has been hailed the most successful to date, with full event passes for the event selling out and showcases attracting a record 1,000 registrations from members of the public. Taking place in Edinburgh at Teviot Row House, the conference hosted on day one attracted 250 delegates for panels on topics including artist development, the future of festivals, ticketing and utilising data from digital services to plan releases and…

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Lift To Experience set for first Scottish show in 15 years at Fringe

Lift To Experience set for first Scottish show in 15 years at Fringe

Nothing Ever Happens Here – the ever-excellent series of year-round concerts at Summerhall – has confirmed the latest of its headliners for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe live music programme. Indie supergroup Lift To Experience will be bringing their fabled shoegaze to Summerhall’s Dissection Room on 17 August. This is NEHH’s second confirmed headliner for their curated run of fringe events, joining Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon two-night run, and following in the footsteps of last year’s headliners…

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Lawsuit blocks new Prince EP Deliverance

Lawsuit blocks new Prince EP Deliverance

As reported on AAA yesterday, a surprise new Prince EP was to be released this week – but it appears to have been pulled after the late singer’s estate filed a lawsuit seeking to block it. The six-track EP, titled Deliverance, was due to drop tomorrow (April 21) to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. However, the EP’s pre-order page has now vanished from iTunes and its title track,  which debuted yesterday, is no longer…

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Paramore announce Edinburgh gig

Paramore announce Edinburgh gig

It’s been a busy day for Paramore fans, with the band unveiling new single Hard Times, announcing new album After Laughter – and giving details of a short tour that brings them to Edinburgh this summer. The Hayley Williams-fronted outfit will visit the Usher Hall on June 22 on a six-date tour that also sees the band stop off in Manchester, London, Bristol, Dublin and Belfast. The album After Laughter will be released on 12 May….

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New Prince EP released this week – listen to title track Deliverance here

New Prince EP released this week – listen to title track Deliverance here

To mark the one-year anniversary of his tragic death, a surprise new Prince EP will be released this week. The EP is titled Deliverance and features six “new, undiscovered studio recordings” that the Minneapolis maestro recorded between 2006 and 2008. The EP’s title track is available to download now on Apple Music and iTunes – but according to Prince’s website, the song is only available in the US due to licensing laws. Deliverance also includes…

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Watch: The Jesus And Mary Chain release Mood Rider video

Watch: The Jesus And Mary Chain release Mood Rider video

Legendary Scottish noisemongers The Jesus And Mary Chain have released a video for new song Mood Rider – and you can watch it right here. The track is lifted from the band’s March-released album Damage And Joy – their first full-length release in over 18 years. Ahead of the album’s release, the band‘s Jim Reid hit out over the state of modern guitar music. “There’s not much of guitar music left at the moment, I don’t hear many…

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Fans get chance to perform duet with Bay City Rollers legend Les McKeown

Fans get chance to perform duet with Bay City Rollers legend Les McKeown

Ever fancied getting up on stage and belting out a duet – say, Shang-A-Lang, Saturday Night or Summerlove Sensation – with legendary Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown? As fanciful as that might sound, you might just be in luck. McKeown hosted £200-a-ticket karaoke parties for his fans while on his recent tour in Japan – and now the 61-year-old former teen idol is considering giving fans in the UK, Canada and Australia the chance to sing alongside him….

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High 5, with Ben Marwood

High 5, with Ben Marwood

Ben Marwood’s third album, Get Found, has been a long time in the making – but as anyone heading along to the talented singer-songwriter’s headline show in Edinburgh will discover, it’s been well worth the wait. After the successes of debut album Outside There’s A Curse (2011) and the follow-up Back Down (2013), Ben wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to play music again – or even if he’d want to. The Reading singer was struck down…

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2017 Billboard Music Award nominations announced

2017 Billboard Music Award nominations announced

Superstar rapper Drake and EDM duo The Chainsmokers lead the nominations at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, with 22 each. The 2017 awards show takes place on May 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other big contenders include Twenty One Pilots (17 nominations) and Rihanna (14). Nominees for the biggest award, top artist, include Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, the Chainsmokers, Drake and Rihanna, among others. The Billboard Awards have 52 categories. You can see the…

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Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

J. Willgoose Esq is reminiscing about his first visit to the Scottish capital, back when Public Service Broadcasting was still a solo project. “I know Edinburgh better than most cities that we pass through, because there was a very formative experience there doing the Fringe in 2010, ” he says, speaking from his home in South London. “It was back when it was still a solo show. And it was tough. A right old slog. I think I played…

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