JK Rowling feared Harry Potter follow-up would flop

JK Rowling feared Harry Potter follow-up would flop

Today, JK Rowling is a bona fide literary superstar thanks to her phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, with seven bestselling books, eight film adaptations, a stage production, theme parks, video games and more merchandise than you can wave a magic wand at. But the Edinburgh-based author has admitted that, back in the day, she feared the second book in the franchise wouldn’t live up to the first. “I remember, a week after I got my American…

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Scottish Music Awards: Paolo Nutini and Bay City Rollers win gongs

Scottish Music Awards: Paolo Nutini and Bay City Rollers win gongs

Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, Noel Gallagher and Edinburgh’s own Bay City Rollers were among the winners at the SSE Scottish Music Awards at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket tonight (Saturday 28). Held to raise much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Scotland’s flagship music industry ceremony brought together some of the country’s most celebrated acts and bestowed them with numerous awards, handcrafted for the occasion by Scottish woodwork designer, Paul Hodgkiss. Winning the Best Live Act Award was Paisley-born…

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Bay City Rollers to release Christmas album

Bay City Rollers to release Christmas album

First they announced their eagerly-awaited reunion tour – and now Edinburgh’s Bay City Rollers have revealed that a brand new album is on its way in time for Christmas. “The Christmas album is on the way,” singer Les McKeown told the Daily Record. “I think it is going to be called Christmas Shang-A-Lang: The Album. “It will have original songs plus White Christmas, Loch Lomond and Jingle Bells – all Rollerised. “There will also be…

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Chvrches announce huge UK shows

Chvrches announce huge UK shows

Scottish electro-pop three-piece Chvrches today announced two very special gigs for spring 2016 – a hometown show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 2 and visit to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on March 31. The former will be the band’s biggest headline performance to date, topping even tonight’s sold out concert at London’s Alexandra Palace. Scottish post punk trio The Twilight Sad will be special guests at the SSE Hydro show. Tickets for both shows…

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Runrig tickets on sale tomorrow

Runrig tickets on sale tomorrow

Tickets to see legendary Celtic rockers Runrig at Edinburgh Castle’s famous Esplanade next summer go on sale tomorrow (Friday 27). The veteran band, who will also headline the 2016 Hebridean Celtic Festival as part of a nationwide tour in support of 14th studio album The Story, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Runrig frontman Bruce Guthro said, “There are few better backdrops for any band, on any stage, anywhere in the world than at Edinburgh Castle….

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Star Wars releases another new trailer – WATCH HERE

Star Wars releases another new trailer – WATCH HERE

Disney has released a brand new – and much darker – trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The minute-long clip was posted on the Star Wars Facebook page today (November 26), and this time, the action revolves around the movie’s masked and hooded villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. Check it out below. The new trailer begins with a voice asking: ‘There has been an awakening…have you felt it?’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

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Additions to line-up for Off The Record

Additions to line-up for Off The Record

Stowed Out Festival organiser, Chris Wemyss, and leading music photographer Jannica Honey have been added to the speakers at Off The Record in Galashiels on Saturday, December 5. The pair will complete the line up for the youth music business day taking place at Mac Arts. Other speakers include BBC producer Amy Ferguson, leading promoter Grainne Braithwaite and Soma Records production manager, Claire Donna [for full list see below]. Wemyss, who also promotes shows throughout…

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Adele announces tour – including Scottish dates

Adele announces tour – including Scottish dates

Adele is set to embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in early 2016, and the chart-topping superstar will play two nights at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on March 25 and 26. This is the multi-million selling singer’s first tour in four years. Commencing in Belfast, the UK and Irish leg of the tour will also include dates in Dublin, Manchester, London and Birmingham. Get tickets at: www.giginscotland.com or 08444 999 990 Advance sale…

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Benjamin Clementine wins 2015 Mercury Prize

Benjamin Clementine wins 2015 Mercury Prize

British-French singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine tonight (Nov 20) followed in the footsteps of last year’s winners, Edinburgh’s own Young Fathers, to claim the 2015 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months. His debut record, At Least For Now, beat 11 other albums from acts including bookies’ favourite Jamie XX, Florence + The Machine, spoken word artist Ghostpoet and rock band Wolf Alice to the £20,000 winners’ cheque. “I don’t know what…

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Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts will resemble Goblet Of Fire

Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts will resemble Goblet Of Fire

The producer of Edinburgh-based author JK Rowling’s forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, says the new film will resemble the original franchise’s fourth instalment. Planned to be the first in a trilogy, Rowling has penned the script for the movie, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins, and it focuses on magizoologist Newt Scamander, who’s travelling the globe to discover some truly magical creatures. Fantastic Beasts And Where To…

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