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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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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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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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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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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Hello! Lionel Richie

Hello! Lionel Richie

“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” Yes, that’s what Lionel Richie will be saying when fans show up to his highly anticipated, All The Hits All Night Long, concert at Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade next Wednesday. The second of three Castle Concerts this July, it’s the first time in fourteen years since the five-time Grammy award winner last performed in the Capital. The question is: have you got your tickets yet? If you haven’t, then…

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