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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Loudon Wainwright III to play one-off Celtic Connections show

Loudon Wainwright III to play one-off Celtic Connections show

Loudon Wainwright III will play a special Celtic Connections show on Wednesday, 30 January. Following the release of two-disc collection Years In The Making earlier this year,  the Grammy Award winner makes a welcome return to Scotland. Years In The Making is a true “audio-biography” of 45 years of Loudon’s offbeaten, rare and unissued tracks, boasting orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more, that come together to offer a never-before-seen perspective on Loudon’s public and…

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Review: Hinds at The Caves

Review: Hinds at The Caves

Good tunes and a good time. That was the night those in attendance at The Caves had as Spanish indie rockers Hinds played in the Capital in midweek. Storm Diane may have been battering the streets of Edinburgh, but inside the tiny venue it was all about the sunshine vibe as the all-girl four-piece from Madrid entertained in their own energetic, ramshackle way. With a super-catchy songs such as British Minds, Bamboo and Garden, Hinds…

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Elton John to play four nights in Scotland on farewell tour

Elton John to play four nights in Scotland on farewell tour

Sir Elton John has announced details of new UK dates for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will take place in 2020 The dates will see Sir Elton perform farewell gigs in Glasgow, Aberdeen, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. You can see the full list of UK dates can be found below – along with ticket details. Speaking about the UK dates, John said: “The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will take us…

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Gig preview: Callaghan will cast a spell over Voodoo Rooms

Gig preview: Callaghan will cast a spell over Voodoo Rooms

Following the release of her recent self-titled album, acclaimed singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 favourite Callaghan visits the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday, November 1) as part of a wider UK tour. In the Capital, Callaghan will be supported by Americana Music Association double award nominee Danni Nichols.  Moving further towards pop than ever before, whilst maintaining the honest emotion which has already won the singer-songwriter an army of fans, the recent album ‘Callaghan’ is…

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KISS to visit Scotland on farewell tour – full UK dates here

KISS to visit Scotland on farewell tour – full UK dates here

KISS have revealed details of the UK leg of their final ever tour – and it includes a visit to Scotland next year. Check out the full dates below. The legendary band’s farewell tour has been expected ever since the glam-rockers tried to trademark the phrase ‘The End Of The Road’, to be used in connection with “live performances by a musical band” earlier this year. Now, these farewell shows have been finally confirmed – with…

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Review: They Might Be Giants, Queen’s Hall

Review: They Might Be Giants, Queen’s Hall

Talk about giving the fans their money’s worth. They Might Be Giants – sans supporting cast – performed not one but two epic sets at the Queen’s Hall on Friday night as they charged through their extensive, glorious back catalogue. And still they found time to throw in a couple more during the encore – much to the crowd’s delight. Some 35-years into their career, the Brooklyn-based nerd-pop duo have somehow only ever made it…

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Interview: They Might Be Giants

Interview: They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants now an unstoppable force John Flansburgh, the co-frontman for They Might Be Giants, once referred to his band as “the most stoppable force in rock music”. He was referring to TMBG’s early years as a duo – with co-conspirator John Linnell – and the fact that they had few music industry connections and little more than an abundance of creativity going for them. Now, more than 35 years since the pair…

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Franz Ferdinand to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Franz Ferdinand to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Scottish indie heroes Franz Ferdinand will headline this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay concert. The Take Me Out hitmakers take top billing at the Princes Street Gardens show, where they will be supported by supported by Metronomy. Tickets for the event go on sale on 10am on Monday, September 3. Singer Alex Kapranos said: “Hogmanay is the greatest party of the year and there is nowhere in the world like Scotland to celebrate it. Just thinking about…

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Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leith Theatre

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leith Theatre

In a city where live music has for decades been seen as a poor cousin to its noisy neighbour in the west, Edinburgh has done a fine job this summer in disabusing us of the notion that if you want to see big-name acts you have to hop along the M8. The slew of open-air gigs in Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle have been devoured by music lovers, and Hidden Door’s contribution to Edinburgh…

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