T in the Park to ‘take a break’ for 2017

T in the Park to ‘take a break’ for 2017

Scotland’s biggest music festival, T in the Park, is to take a break next year, organisers confirmed today. In a press statement, DF Concerts said it needed to “take stock” and that the two years since the festival moved from Strathallan to Balado “have had their challenges.” The promoter said “continued restrictions” had had a “negative impact” on those attending the event. It added that the “limitations placed on their fans’ experience was “too great”….

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Jack Savoretti to play Usher Hall on UK tour

Jack Savoretti to play Usher Hall on UK tour

Hot on the heels of his triumphant UK tour earlier this month, Jack Savoretti has announced seven further UK dates for next year – including a visit to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Friday, 24 March. The Anglo-Italian singer songwriter will wind up at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall on 29 March. Co-written with Samuel Dixon (Sia, Adele, Paloma Faith) and Jon Green (James Bay, James Morrison), Savoretti’s rich and emotional new single I’m Yours is out now. You can listen…

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Durra dedicates gig to Jazz Bar legend

Durra dedicates gig to Jazz Bar legend

Award-winning American pianist Louis Durra will dedicate his gig at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar tomorrow night (Wednesday, 23 November) to his friend, the Jazz Bar founder Bill Kyle, who died suddenly at the end of last month Like everyone on the Scottish jazz scene, Durra was shocked to learn the news about Bill Kyle’s death on October 31. He had got to know the Jazz Bar proprietor while appearing at the Fringe in 2007, when he…

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Amy Macdonald announces UK tour, including Edinburgh gig

Amy Macdonald announces UK tour, including Edinburgh gig

Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has just announced her first UK tour in four years, which includes a visit to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Wednesday, 5 April. The Mr Rock & Roll hitmaker will play a run of 13 dates in total,  opening in Bristol and closing in Aberdeen in March and April 2017. The tour will take in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, London and Dublin. Still only 29 years old, Amy has released three albums and…

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High 5, with Judith Owen

High 5, with Judith Owen

Acclaimed pianist, singer-songwriter and storyteller Judith Owen is bringing her show to The Caves in Edinburgh on Sunday, 20 November. Judith will be joined on stage by legendary bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Pedro Segundo and cellist Gabriela Swallow for an evening of grown-up pop, jazz and humour. Bryan Ferry is a big fan of Judith following their tour together, and Sunday Times Culture described her latest album Somebody’s Child as “Embracing grown-up pop, jazz and…

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Bay City Rollers discuss new album, meeting The Beatles, and whether Derek Longmuir will return

Bay City Rollers discuss new album, meeting The Beatles, and whether Derek Longmuir will return

In a new interview, Seventies sensations the Bay City Rollers have spoken about meeting The Beatles, their new album, and whether original drummer and founding member Derek Longmuir will ever return. Reminiscing about the heyday of Rollermania, the band talked about a run-in they once had with The Beatles. “We met Ringo Star a couple of times – really nice guy,” said Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood, speaking to the Daily Express. “One time in Los Angeles,…

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Young Scottish musical talent on show

Young Scottish musical talent on show

The cream of Scotland’s young musical talent will be performing at a special concert in Edinburgh this weekend. Pupils from the four Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music will be coming together for the 8th National Showcase event on Saturday, 19 November. The four centres are: Aberdeen City Music School, The City of Edinburgh Music School, The Music School of Douglas Academy and The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music based in Plockton. All…

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Review: Domiciles, at PJ Molloys

Review: Domiciles, at PJ Molloys

To be a psychedelic shoegazer must be a wonderful thing – at least that was the vibe emanating from Domiciles. Five young lads from Fife, the band have been busy gigging and recording for just over a year now, steadily building up a solid reputation. The songs posted on YouTube and SoundCloud suggested they were worthy of more than a cursory listen – and so it proved. PJ Molloys in Dunfermline is more than your…

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Blink 182 extend 2017 UK tour

Blink 182 extend 2017 UK tour

Pop-punk legends Blink 182 have added an extra date to the 2017 UK headline tour that brings them to Scotland next summer. The US band, whose hits include All The Small Things, Adam’s Song and the haunting anthem I Miss You, released their seventh studio album California earlier this year. The record was their first since guitarist Tom DeLonge quit the band and was replaced by former Alkaline Trio singer and vocalist Matt Skiba. Blink had already announced that…

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Robert De Niro on Trump victory: ‘I feel like I did after 9/11’

Robert De Niro on Trump victory: ‘I feel like I did after 9/11’

Hollywood legend Robert De Niro has vented his anger at Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, saying he feels the same way that he did following September 11, 2001. “I feel like I did after 9/11,” the actor said. “And we’ll just see what happens. There will be many, many, many, many, many people watching.” The Raging Bull star has been a fierce critic of the billionaire businessman and reality TV star in the past, calling him “totally nuts” earlier this…

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