Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Jazz hands at the ready — Chicago has rolled into town for a week long run at the Edinburgh Playhouse. The critically acclaimed 1975 American musical by Kander and Ebb tells the story of Roxie Hart (played by the magnificent Faye Brookes of Coronation Street fame) who dreams of escaping the daily grind and her lacklustre husband, Amos (Joel Montague), for the bright lights of Chicago’s roaring 20s jazz clubs.  But dreams don’t always go…

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West Lothian band The Snuts on longlist for Scottish Album of the Year Award

West Lothian band The Snuts on longlist for Scottish Album of the Year Award

After being forced to cancel their TRNSMT gig last weekend, The Snuts finally got some good news after their debut album was longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year award. The West Lothian indie outfit, who cancelled their festival appearance after one band member and a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, will go up against the likes Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and Arab Strap for the prestigious prize. Twenty albums released during the pandemic…

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Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

There is a lot the world can thank Dolly Parton for: her multi award-winning country music; her iconic style and character; her philanthropy; and of course her $1 million donation to the lifesaving Moderna vaccine —which makes it so fitting for 9 to 5 the Musical to be the opening show as the Edinburgh Playhouse comes back to life. Based on the 80s cult film of the same name, 9 to 5 the Musical tells…

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TRNSMT 2022: The Strokes, Paolo Nutini and Lewis Capaldi announced for next summer’s event

TRNSMT 2022: The Strokes, Paolo Nutini and Lewis Capaldi announced for next summer’s event

New York indie legends The Strokes will be joined by Scots singers Paolo Nutini and Lewis Capaldi at the TRNSMT festival next year, organisers have revealed. The next installment of TRNSMT, which also sees Sigrid, The Snuts and Wolf Alice perform, will take place at Glasgow Green from July 8-10 in 2022. Also in the line-up are Foals, Fontaines D.C., Jimmy Eat World and beabadoobee. The 2021 TRNSMT Festival wrapped up on Sunday evening after…

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TRNSMT 2021: Day 2 round-up

TRNSMT 2021: Day 2 round-up

Saturday’s live action included hometown sets for Primal Scream, Twin Atlantic, Lucia & the Best Boys, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West and more, as well as performances from some of the UK’s brightest stars including KSI, Becky Hill and Sea Girls. Geoff Ellis, Festival Director at TRNSMT said: “It was the night we’ve all been waiting for and it surpassed my wildest expectations. “Today, fans enjoyed some of the most memorable performances to ever grace the stage at Glasgow Green….

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TRNSMT 2021: Festival-goers must take Covid test before attending event in Glasgow

TRNSMT 2021: Festival-goers  must take Covid test before attending event in Glasgow

Music fans will be forced to provide a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test before gaining entry to next month’s TRNSMT festival – with the same rules applying to the Biffy Clyro gig at the same venue. TRNSMT takes place from 10-12 September at Glasgow Green, following a massive outdoor show from Ayrshire trio Biffy the previous evening. Both are Scottish Government Gateway events. Following discussions with the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, TRNSMT has…

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Kiwi pop sensation Lorde to visit Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Solar Power world tour

Kiwi pop sensation Lorde to visit Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Solar Power world tour

Lorde has just announced a massive world tour – and it includes a visit to Edinburgh. The Kiwi singer-songwriter’s Solar Power tour, in support of her upcoming new album of the same name, will include a visit to the Usher Hall on May 26, 2022. The UK leg of the tour also includes dates in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, and concludes with two shows in London at Camden’s Roundhouse. Tickets for all UK gigs go…

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Manic Street Preachers announce Edinburgh show and share brand new single – listen

Manic Street Preachers announce Edinburgh show and share brand new single – listen

Welsh rock giants Manic Street Preachers have added new dates to their 2021 UK tour – among them a visit to Edinburgh in September. The Gwent band kick off their run of shows in Newcastle on September 6, before travelling north the following evening for a gig at the Capital’s Usher Hall. The Manics then visit Dundee’s Caird Hall on September 2 and, in between shows in England, return north of the border once more…

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Chubby and the Gang to visit Edinburgh on mammoth UK tour

Chubby and the Gang to visit Edinburgh on mammoth UK tour

London pub punks Chubby and the Gang have announced a mammoth UK tour – and it includes a visit to Edinburgh. The hotly-tipped five-piece, who hit the road this winter on a 40-date jaunt around the UK and Ireland, will stop off at the Capital’s Mash House on November 13. Alongside the tour announcement, Chubby and the Gang have also shared new single Lightning Don’t Strike Twice – and you can listen to it below….

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Watch: Django Django share video for new single and announce Edinburgh gig

Watch: Django Django share video for new single and announce Edinburgh gig

Edinburgh-formed indie band Django Django have announced a headline UK tour – and it includes a visit to Liquid Room in October. The band have built an inimitable live reputation over the years and this will be the first time their much-lauded new album, Glowing in the Dark, will be played to audiences. Alongside the tour announcement, the Djangos have share a video for recent single Waking Up – an album highlight and collaboration with…

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