Review: The Ruts, Liquid Room

Review: The Ruts, Liquid Room

1979 was a good year for music, with the speed-fuelled rush of punk augmented by a creative flowering which comes as bands evolve and develop. Groups such as The Clash, Blondie and The Jam were at the top of their game while the likes of Joy Division, The Specials and Echo & the Bunnymen were staking a claim. Coventry’s Specials were back at number one last month, a remarkable achievement for the 2-Tone pioneers. The…

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Garbage announce only Scottish gig of 2019 – here’s how to get tickets

Garbage announce only Scottish gig of 2019 – here’s how to get tickets

Garbage have announced their only Scottish show of 2019 – at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre on Wednesday, 17 July. Tickets to see the American-Scottish alt-rock band, fronted by Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson, will go on sale Monday, 11 March at 9am. Last year Garbage visited Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre to celebrate the release the 20th anniversary of their seminal second album Version 2.0. The band recently digitally released their collaboration with punk legends X Angels – and…

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Flaming Lips announce Edinburgh gig

Flaming Lips announce Edinburgh gig

The Flaming Lips will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Soft Bulletin by performing the classic album in its entirety during a special UK tour – and it includes a show at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Released in 1999, the album inclides the singles Race for the Prize and ‘Waitin’ for a Superman. Now, two decades later, it’s been announced that The Soft Bulletin will be showcased in full at shows in Edinburgh, Manchester,…

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One Hundred Years of Solitude coming to Netflix

One Hundred Years of Solitude coming to Netflix

The late Gabriel García Márquez’s classic novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude is being adapted by Netflix for a brand new TV series. The Colombian literary giant, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, was considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes, with 1967 work in question selling over 50 million copies worldwide. One Hundred Years Of Solitude will be made into a Spanish-language series by Netflix after they acquired…

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Lewis Capaldi to headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Lewis Capaldi to headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Chart-topping Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi will headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions on 14 August. We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Lightning Seeds also join the star-studded line-up of Florence + the Machine, CHVRCHES, James, Courteeners, Madness, Primal Scream, Johnny Marr and more. Edinburgh Summer Sessions will see eight dates of incredible music brought to the Capital, against the one of a kind backdrop of Edinburgh Castle in the Ross Bandstand, during Edinburgh International Festival. Bathgate boy…

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Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

“Sorry for the interruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season,” announces Michael O’Reilly as Dirty Dancing draws to a close on opening night. The iconic line is met with the type of deafening whoops and cheers that are usually reserved for chart-topping boy bands. Considering his likeness to the late Patrick Swayze, both physically and in the way he embraces his role as the tough-but-loveable Johnny Castle, it’s not surprising…

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High 5, with Jack Lukeman

High 5, with Jack Lukeman

Irish singer Jack Lukeman will be a familiar face to fans of The Proclaimers. The talented troubadour supported the brothers Reid on their recent tour, going down a storm at venues up and down the country. But the 46-year-old from Athy, Kildare is headline material in his own right – be sure of that. A household name in his native Ireland, the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter is currently touring the UK – and he’s bringing his solo…

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Light show at Edinburgh landmark honours student’s charitable legacy

Light show at Edinburgh landmark honours student’s charitable legacy

LHundreds of fibre optic flowers will illuminate the University of Edinburgh’s Old College quadrangle to honour a remarkable student who founded a charity during her studies. Ellie Maxwell – who died from cancer ten years ago – launched charity Firefly International in 1999 while she was studying English and Philosophy. The twinkling lights mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish charity, which supports children and young people in areas of conflict through art and education….

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Prodigy singer Keith Flint dies aged 49

Prodigy singer Keith Flint dies aged 49

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49, according to reports. He was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning. Police said they were “called to concerns for the welfare of a man” just after 08:00 GMT. “Sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” The band confirmed the news of Flint’s…

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Bathgate’s Lewis Capaldi scores his first ever UK number one single

Bathgate’s Lewis Capaldi scores his first ever UK number one single

Lewis Capaldi has scored his first ever No.1 single on the Official UK singles chart with Someone You Loved. The 22-year-old, who grew up in the town of Bathgate, just under 20 miles from Edinburgh, had his song go from number three on the charts to the top spot, registering 58,000 combined sales, including a staggering six million audio streams. Someone You Loved (listen to it below) first entered the Top 100 at Number 66…

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