Check of the full programme for Edinburgh Tradfest 2019

Check of the full programme for Edinburgh Tradfest 2019

Edinburgh Tradfest has launched its full programme for the 2019 festival – and you can see the line-up below. Now in its seventth year, Tradfest mixes the very best in traditional music, world cinema celebrating folk culture, and storytelling. This year’s music programme kicks off on April 26 at the Queen’s Hall with anarchic Irish folk band Lankum and continues for the next 11 days. Douglas Robertson, Founder of The Soundhouse Organisation and Programmer of…

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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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Review: Whitehill Grove at Sneaky Pete’s

Review: Whitehill Grove at Sneaky Pete’s

Sneaky Pete’s is renowned for its raucous gig nights – so no better place to host the farewell show from Musselburgh’s greatest export since Luca’s ice cream, Whitehill Grove. From their first gig in February 2015 they quickly established themselves as a formidable live act and a succession of classy singles and EPs cemented their growing reputation. With a huge demand for tickets, the boys had already squeezed in an additional show the night before…

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Cage The Elephant announce intimate gig in Edinburgh

Cage The Elephant announce intimate gig in Edinburgh

Grammy Award-winning retro rockers Cage The Elephant have announced a small run of intimate UK gigs – including a visit to the Liquid Room in June. Alongside details of their upcoming new album, Social Cues, the six-piece confirmed their return to live action. The band, who last played in the UK in 2017, will play three UK dates this summer in promotion of their eagerly-awaited new album. Tickets for the shows – which also include…

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Happy Mondays announce Greatest Hits tour

Happy Mondays announce Greatest Hits tour

Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced a marathon twenty-nine date Greatest Hits Tour for October, November and December 2019. The Happy Mondays’ classic line-up of front man Shaun Ryder, Bez (freaky dancing and percussion), Rowetta (vocals), Gary Whelan (drums), Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar) and and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) will perform timeless hits such as Step On, Kinky Afro, Hallelujah, W.F.L.,  Loose Fit, Judge Fudge and 24 Hour Party People, amongst many others. The tour begins on 23 October and ends on 21 December, stopping off along the way London’s Roundhouse on 31s October. Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder said:…

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Hozier to visit Edinburgh this summer on UK tour

Hozier to visit Edinburgh this summer on UK tour

Multi-platinum singer and songwriter Hozier will visit the Usher Hall in Edinburgh this summer on the UK leg to promote second album Wasteland, Baby! The Take Me To Church hitmaker will conclude his UK tour with four very special shows at the London Palladium. In an interview with NME, the Irish singer revealed that Wasteland, Baby! was inspired by the darkened state of the world when he began writing the record in 2016. “It’s trying…

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Review: Holy Loaf/Public Practice/Heavy Rapids at Sneaky Pete’s

Review: Holy Loaf/Public Practice/Heavy Rapids at Sneaky Pete’s

Sneaky Pete’s during Independent Venue Week (IVW) always serves up a potent mix of bands that blast out the defining message of the week: small venues make great bands, so lose them at your peril. This year was no exception with Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq kicking off IVW from Sneakys on Monday and the venue packed throughout the week. On Saturday night, it was the turn of local band Holy Loaf, NYC’s punk-funk outfit Public…

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Rock legends The Who announce Wembley gig

Rock legends The Who announce Wembley gig

The Who have announced they are to play Wembley Stadium this summer. It’s not known at this stage if the iconic band will embark on a full UK tour or if the Wembeley Stadium gig – on July 6 – will be a one off event. Supporting The Who in London this summer will be Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs. The Who revealed details of the Wembley Stadium gig on Twitter. They post read: ‘We’re…

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Ariana Grande to visit Scotland on 2019 UK tour

Ariana Grande to visit Scotland on 2019 UK tour

US pop singer Ariana Grande is set to return to the UK and Ireland next summer – and the run of arena shows includes a visit to Scotland. The four-time Grammy nominee from Florida will kick off the tour with a double-header of shows in London next August, before returning a month later for dates in Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and Dublin. As yet, a Manchester show is not yet included in Grande’s touring shcedule, though…

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High 5, with Fiona Bevan

High 5, with Fiona Bevan

Fiona Bevan is a songwriter to the stars. She wrote One Direction’s Little Things, with Ed Sheeran, which was No.1 in 13 countries. She wrote Steps’ chart-topping comeback single, Afraid of the Dark last year. And she’s written the new Backstreet Boys single, as well as other songs for the likes of Aurora, Rita Ora and Tom Walker. She’s finally found some time for her own music, with a beautiful new EP – and you can hear that and…

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