The UK’s favourite film soundtrack revealed

The UK’s favourite film soundtrack revealed

The UK’s favourite film soundtrack has been named as the scintillating score to Titanic. The survey was carried out by London’s Royal Albert Hall – with movie buffs voting for the 1997 epic ahead of the likes of Chariots Of Fire, Star Wars and Gladiator “You never forget a great film score: from the epic to the intimate, movie music has an unparalleled ability to evoke emotion,” said Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, Lucy Noble….

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PJ Harvey and Jarvis Cocker booked for Edinburgh International Festival

PJ Harvey and Jarvis Cocker booked for Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced a wide-ranging contemporary music mix to its 2017 Festival programme, which runs from 4-28 August. Among the highlights is the appearance of PJ Harvey, will play two nights at the Playhouse, and Room 29, a brand new collaboration between former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales. Alongside performances from the worlds of theatre, dance, opera and classical music, the International Festival invites some of today’s greatest musical…

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Theatre: 9 To 5 The Musical, preview

Theatre: 9 To 5 The Musical, preview

Every once in a while, an am-dram theatre group comes along that gives the impression they’re actually a professional touring company instead. Case in point: Edinburgh’s Bohemians Lyric Opera Company. Formed in 1909, their production of Legally Blonde at the King’s Theatre last year was on a par, if not better, than the West End touring version. In short, a show well deserving of the general public’s cash, and not just invited friends and families….

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Big Bang Theory gets spin-off about Sheldon’s early years

Big Bang Theory gets spin-off about Sheldon’s early years

CBS has confirmed it has given the green light to an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off show, titled Young Sheldon. Young Sheldon will focus on the childhood of much-loved character Sheldon Cooper, who is played in the original show by Jim Parsons. The nine-year-old Sheldon will be played by Iain Armitage, who currently stars in HBO’s Big Little Lies. According to reports, the show will hit our screens either later this year or next year. Its pilot episode…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week… Hay Fever “Couldn’t you see that all my flippancy was only a mask, hiding my real emotions – crushing them down desperately!” Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920s dark comedy. Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh joins with Citizens Theatre to present this riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of…

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Listen to Bob Dylan’s new track from Triplicate

Listen to Bob Dylan’s new track from Triplicate

Ahead of the release of new album Triplicate, Bob Dylan has shared his latest cover version – a rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust. Listen below. Dylan recently announced details of a UK arena tour for 2017 – including a visit to Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on May 7. The folk-rock icon will also play gigs in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Liverpool and London. Triplicate is a three-disc collection of 30 classic songs by American songwriters and, as well as Hoagy…

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Italian band deported from US for “illegal immigration”

Italian band deported from US for “illegal immigration”

An Italian band on their way to South by Southwest (SXSW) have been arrested and deported for “illegal immigration”, according to reports. Post-punk outfit Soviet Soviet were due to play a series of gigs at the Austin, Texas festival, as well as perform for Seattle’s KEXP radio station. The band arrived in Seattle on Wednesday, but were denied entry by US customs officials after being interrogated for four hours. The members were then jailed overnight before being…

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Eminem to play summer gig in Scotland

Eminem to play summer gig in Scotland

Eminem is to headline this year’s Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park. The superstar rapper, who headlined the same event back four years ago, will be supported on August 24 by Run The Jewels, Danny Brown and Russ. Glasgow Summer Sessions organiser Geoff Ellis said: “We’re delighted to announce that Eminem will be returning to play Glasgow Summer Sessions. “His performance at Bellahouston Park in 2013 was spectacular, so I have no doubt this will…

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The Wire’s Michael K Williams joins Han Solo movie

The Wire’s Michael K Williams joins Han Solo movie

Michael K Williams – best known for his role as notorious Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little in The Wire – has confirmed he will join the cast of Star Wars‘ forthcoming Han Solo spin-off movie. Following reports that Williams was in talks for a role, the 50-year-old New Yorker has now confirmed the news. “Yes ma’am,” he told Entertainment Weekly when asked about the rumours. “I think it’s pretty safe to say, yeah, I think I’m going to be a part of the…

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Budget tax rise threatens gigs, experts say as music census begins

Budget tax rise threatens gigs, experts say as music census begins

Increasing tax paid by music venues could pose a major threat to the UK’s live music scene, experts have warned. The organisers of Britain’s first live music census, which starts at midday on 9 March, say a major overhaul of commercial property rates – crucial details of which will be revealed in Wednesday’s Budget – could amount to a huge rise in costs and force many venues to close. Academic Matt Brennan, who is leading…

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