The League Of Gentlemen UK tour coming to Edinburgh Playhouse

The League Of Gentlemen UK tour coming to Edinburgh Playhouse

Cult comedy The League Of Gentlemen have announced details of a huge UK tour for 2018 – including a visit to the Edinburgh Playhouse next summer. The hit sketch show from the 1990s is set to return to screens next week, and now it will also be hitting the road again. “The League of Gentlemen started as a live show over 20 years ago and in many ways performing in front of an audience gives…

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Watch: The National share new video for Sleep Well Beast

Watch: The National share new video for Sleep Well Beast

Cincinnati-based indie group The National have released the video for new single Sleep Well Beast – and you can watch it right here. The band – who went down an absolute storm during their two-night stint at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall in September – released their seventh studio album, also titled Sleep Well Beast, on 4AD a few months back. Now they have shared a video for the album’s title track. The abstract video was directed…

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Listen to new N.E.R.D. track featuring Kendrick Lamar

Listen to new N.E.R.D. track featuring Kendrick Lamar

Virginia Beach hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock fusion trio N.E.R.D. have released a politically-charged new track called Don’t Don’t Do It!, a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. You can listen to it here. The song follows on from Rihanna-featuring comeback single Lemon, Rollinem 7’s featuring Andre 3000 and Future collab 1000. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, N.E.R.D mainman Pharrell Williams explained how the track was inspired by the death of Keith…

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Phil Daniels to star in Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde in Edinburgh

Phil Daniels to star in Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde in Edinburgh

Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels will lead the company in the titular role of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh (Tuesday 10-Saturday 14 April 2018) in a new production, adapted by David Edgar and directed by Kate Saxon. A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. “I’m playing Jekyll as a posh Edinburgh…

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Thousands brave the cold in Edinburgh at Sleep In The Park

Thousands brave the cold in Edinburgh at Sleep In The Park

An estimated 8,000 people braved freezing conditions in Edinburgh during the Sleep In The Park event last night, a mass sponsored sleep-out to raise money for the homeless. The star-studded event in Princes Street Gardens, which saw performances from Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit, was billed as “the world’s biggest sleepout” and aims to raise £4million to get people off Scotland’s streets for good. With temperatures dropping as low as -6C in…

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Listen: Manic Street Preachers release first new single in four years

Listen: Manic Street Preachers release first new single in four years

The mighty Manic Street Preachers have unveiled new single International Blue – the Welsh rockers’ first new release in four years. You can listen to it here. Taken from the band’s 13th studio album, Resistance Is Futile, which is out 6 April, the single is unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers. Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French artist Yves Klein, bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire…

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Four-hour documentary about The Strokes in the works

Four-hour documentary about The Strokes in the works

A four-hour documentary series about The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and other New York bands of the early 2000s is in the works. Based on Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011, the docu-series is expected to be told in four one-hour segments, with Pulse Films acquiring the rights to the critically-acclaimed book. Pulse Films produced Nick Cave’s One More Time with Feeling, Arcade Fire’s The Reflektor Tapes…

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Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown warns fans not to buy tickets for ‘never confirmed’ gig

Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown warns fans not to buy tickets for ‘never confirmed’ gig

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown has warned fans not to buy tickets for a ‘performance’ by his band, saying that “it should never have been advertised”. The gig McKeown refers to is a Sunday Session as part of The Big Burns Supper, an annual contemporary arts festival held in Dumfries in Dumfries and Galloway. Posting on his official Facebook page, the 62-year-old legend warned fans: “It should never have been advertised… was not a confirmed…

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JK Rowling defends decision to cast Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

JK Rowling defends decision to cast Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

Edinburgh author JK Rowling says she’s “genuinely happy” to have Johnny Depp cast in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, despite the controversy that’s surrounded the actor’s casting. The Harry Potter creator admitted recasting the role had been “naturally considered” after Depp was accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard – claims which he has strenuously denied. But the 52-year-old author added that she’s now “comfortable” for him to stay as Gellert Grindelwald. Rowling has penned the screenplays for the spin-off films, the second of which…

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New Jimi Hendrix album coming in March

New Jimi Hendrix album coming in March

Forty-seven years after his untimely death at age 27, a posthumous Jimi Hendrix album has been announced, featuring 10 previously unreleased recordings. The 13-track Both Sides Of The Sky will be released on March 9 via Sony Legacy, and features a recording of Joni Mitchell‘s Woodstock, alongside collaborations with Stephen Stills, Lonnie Youngblood, Jonny Winter, and Billy Cox and Buddy Miles from Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys line-up. The new release compiles material recorded between January…

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