James Brown Is Annie to headline new stage at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

James Brown Is Annie to headline new stage at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh funk band James Brown Is Annie will headline a brand new stage at this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party. Performing on the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Mound Stage, it’s the second time in five years the Capital sextet will play at one of the world’s largest and most famous New Year’s Eve parties, having performed on the Waverley Stage in 2011/2012. With two other Edinburgh bands – the New Orleans-inspired Brass Gumbo and…

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Jackson Browne announces Edinburgh gig

Jackson Browne announces Edinburgh gig

Legendary US singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has announced a summer tour that will see him visit Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on June 18. Browne will also visit Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on June 19. Prior to this, he will play four consecutive nights at Dublin’s Vicar Street. Tickets for both Scottish gigs go on sale on friday (December 9). On this tour, Browne will be accompanied by a band that he himself has called his “ideal band,…

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Chrissie Hynde’s The Pretenders announce first Edinburgh gig in over 20 years

Chrissie Hynde’s The Pretenders announce first Edinburgh gig in over 20 years

The Pretenders have announced two Scottish gigs for 2017 – including their first visit to Edinburgh in more than 20 years. The Chrissie Hynde-fronted outfit, currently on tour in the US with Stevie Nicks, will play Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on October 1 before visiting Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 3. Tickets for both gigs go on sale this Friday (December 9) at 10am. The Pretenders returned earlier this year with Alone, their first album…

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Bay City Rollers split up for good – read official statement here

Bay City Rollers split up for good – read official statement here

Just days after the unveiling of a new plaque celebrating the Seventies sensations, the Bay City Rollers have announced they are splitting for good. You can read the official statement from the band below. It has been widely reported that Les McKeown, Stuart “Woody” Wood and Alan Longmuir have been involved in a number of bust-ups since getting back together last December – now the band say that this time they are splitting up for good. It means…

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Bay City Rollers are honoured with plaque in Edinburgh

Bay City Rollers are honoured with plaque in Edinburgh

Hordes of tartan-clad Bay City Rollers fans turned out in Edinburgh yesterday to help unveil a new plaque celebrating the Seventies sensations – 45 years after their first No.1 hit. The tribute was unveiled at the city’s Ryrie’s Bar, close the childhood home in Dalry of band founders Alan and Derek Longmuir. And those diehard fans in attendance where delighted to catch a glimpse of both Alan and his lesser-seen brother Derek. Lord Provost, Councillor…

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Finley Quaye convicted of headbutting pal over Game of Thrones

Finley Quaye convicted of headbutting pal over Game of Thrones

Edinburgh-born reggae star Finley Quaye has been convicted of assault for headbutting a terminally ill friend during an argument over cult fantasy series Game Of Thrones. The BRIT Award winner, who was established by hit album Maverick A Strike in 1997, appeared in court where he denied attacking Julian Ashley while they watched the show back in June. Quaye, who is the youngest son of jazz musician Cab Kay, has 22 previous convictions and a ‘history of violent offending’. “Aren’t I…

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Party At The Palace crowned Best Outdoor Festival 2016

Party At The Palace crowned Best Outdoor Festival 2016

McEwan’s Party At The Palace was last night (Nov 28) crowned Best Outdoor Festival 2016 by The Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel. It was a fitting end to a hugely successful year for the family friendly boutique festival, which attracted over 15,000 music fans to Linlithgow this summer. The organisers were thrilled to receive the accolade at such a prestigious event. “It was great to be recognised for the effort that…

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Shirley Manson says women’s rights have been eroded since 9/11

Shirley Manson says women’s rights have been eroded since 9/11

Shirley Manson has said that ‘women’s rights have been eroded since 9/11, and called for more vigilance to defend feminism and gender equality. The Edinburgh-born singer, who fronts US alt-rock band Garbage, was speaking to Australian news show 7.30, when she hit out at the recent increase in conservatism – which she described as “a global movement towards eradicating women’s rights.” “With September 11, I think the world got really conservative,” said the Stockbridge-raised Manson, “and whenever the world…

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Olly Murs to play Edinburgh Castle gig

Olly Murs to play Edinburgh Castle gig

Olly Murs has announced his biggest ever headline tour for 2017, which will see the Heart Skips A Beat singer visit to Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday, 18 July. The former X Factor contestant will also play shows in Aberdeen and Inverness. “Outdoor shows are so much fun and I am looking forward to performing my biggest songs on my biggest outdoor tour,” said Murs. Since he shot to fame in 2009, Murs has recorded four…

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Bay City Rollers fall out during live TV broadcast

Bay City Rollers fall out during live TV broadcast

Just weeks after they buried the hatchet following a fallout at T in the Park, the Bay City Rollers have had yet another bust-up – this time on live TV. Living up to their old ‘Bay City Brawlers’ nickname, guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood reacted angrily when singer Les McKeown tried to plug his solo album at the start of STV’s Live At Five show. According to reports, Woody tried to snatch the CD out of…

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