Wide Days announces 2018 dates and super early-bird delegate passes

Wide Days announces 2018 dates and super early-bird delegate passes

Tickets for the award-winning Wide Days music business convention go on sale today, with a super-early bird discount available for the full range of accreditations. Taking place in Edinburgh on 20-21 April 2018, the event combines a one-day conference, with an evening of multi-genre showcases by seven of Scotland’s most promising acts, while the second day focuses on a range of networking activities including a guided coach tour and whisky tasting. Details of the first…

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Watch: Nina Nesbitt unveils video for The Best You Had

Watch: Nina Nesbitt unveils video for The Best You Had

Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has unveiled the video for new single The Best You Had – and you can watch it here. The song is taken from her soon-to-be-released sophomore album, The Moments I’m Missing. The album marks a change of direction for 23-year-old Nina, who has ditched the sugary pop of past hits like Chewing Gum and Stay Out and is back presenting the best possible version of herself. Nina made her name on…

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Django Django discuss third album

Django Django discuss third album

Edinburgh-formed indie band Django Django have announced that their next album is set to released in January next year – and revealed that it features collaborations with both Slow Club and Metronomy. The Djangos are hard at work on their third album at a purpose-built studio in London, and the Mercury-nominated band enlisted the services of Metronomy drummer Anna Prior for after heavy touring prompted drummer/producer David Maclean to take a short break. “It’s where we all come to…

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Live review: Callum Beattie, Cabaret Voltaire

Live review: Callum Beattie, Cabaret Voltaire

Local boy Callum Beattie is on the brink of big things, and the packed crowd at Cabaret Voltaire on Friday night were with him from first song until last. The fresh-faced singer-songwriter is no overnight success, having spent the best part of a decade honing his craft on the local music scene. In that time he’s scored support slots with the likes of KT Tunstall and James Blunt, but now, having signed a record deal…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week – Dean Owens, Julie’s Moon

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week – Dean Owens, Julie’s Moon

Dean Owens is back with new single Julie’s Moon – and it’s another stunner from this incredibly talented Leither, who is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best songwriters. Dean, who was formerly lead singer of Americana outfit The Felsons and counts Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand among his fans, has released Julie’s Moon (via iTunes, download sites) to coincide with Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. In September 2015, Dean’s beloved big sister Julie finally lost her battle…

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High 5, with Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

High 5, with Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

Having cut himself loose from the hugely popular Catfish And The Bottlemen, Billy Bibby brings his new band, the Wry Smiles, to Stramash in Edinburgh’s Cowgate tomorrow (Friday, 3 March).  We caught up with Billy for a quick chat ahead of his visit to the Capital. 1. Favourite Film I’d have to say Blood Diamond… One of Leo Di Caprio’s underrated films, but a really good one with a fine performance from the man himself. I…

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Review: Cut, at Leith Depot

Review: Cut, at Leith Depot

With a maximum capacity of 60, Leith Depot can comfortably be described as a small and intimate venue. On Saturday night, it was the perfect space for three bands who promised some serious rock’n’roll. Headliners, Italian three-piece Cut, were back in the UK to plug their sixth studio album, Second Skin. Formed in 1996, this hardcore trio have earned a reputation as a wild and intense live act, and the band were looking to deliver…

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Live review: Hidden Charms, at Sneaky Pete’s

Live review: Hidden Charms, at Sneaky Pete’s

With a dash of Mod style, a spoonful of 60s-inspired Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, and a barrel load of melodic hooks, London quartet Hidden Charms, have been creating quite a stir over the past few years. In their wake they have left a trail of ecstatic live shows and an impressive collection of releases, picking up press plaudits galore and an ever-growing fan base. They even enticed legendary producer Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks) out of…

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Interview: Tomlin Leckie, Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop

Interview: Tomlin Leckie, Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop

“Blow your harmonica, son.” One of the great, mournful catchphrases of the blues that originated from one of its finest raconteurs – Lightnin’ Sim. It’s also a phrase you might hear the highly-regarded exponents of the blues harmonica saying to fans of the reed instrument at the first-ever Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop over the course of this weekend. Kicking off with a live show on Friday (July 22) at the Voodoo Rooms, the Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop…

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