Top five films this week

Top five films this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… Inside Out: It’s been out a few weeks now, but Pixar’s latest remains the film to beat and, considering it’s made over £400 million at the worldwide box office, it’s likely to stay in cinemas for a while longer. If you haven’t…

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Born To Be Wide talk show

Born To Be Wide talk show

Born To Be Wide returns to the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Tuesday, 18 August with a free evening of interviews and live music. The talk show is part of the Jura Unbound programme and is hosted by the event’s co-organiser, Olaf Furniss. His guests include music journalist Wyndham Wallace, who will be reading from his book Lee, Myself and I, an account of working with producer and composer Lee Hazlewood, best known for penning…

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Interview: The Feeling

Interview: The Feeling

Last weekend, The Feeling brought the first ever Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh festival to a triumphant close with a crowd-pleasing set in the Spiegeltent. But there’s no rest for the wicked and the popular five-piece – whose best known hits include I Love It When You Call and Fill My Little World – are already gearing up to spend their second consecutive weekend performing locally. Ahead of Party at the Palace in Lintlithgow, AAA caught up…

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Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Alex Cornish has produced four critically acclaimed albums, toured with Alison Moyet, Amy Macdonald and Starsailor, enjoyed plenty of airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and his songs have been featured in numerous films and TV shows. Most memorable capital event? Wandering around during the Edinburgh Festival, watching the street performers, the comedians, actors, musicians and magicians all flyering for their shows, seeing the city coming alive, even without going to…

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The Jazz Bar – a real Manhattan vibe

The Jazz Bar – a real Manhattan vibe

Tucked away at the foot of Chambers Street, The Jazz Bar is one of those underground venues you might not notice when walking past. That’s partly because it’s one of those places that come alive at night rather than during the day. A multi-award-winning, non-threatening, dungeon run by proprietor Bill Kyle, the first thing you notice going down the stairs is the word “Jazz” buzzing away in red neon. The second thing you notice is…

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Ben Montague interview

Ben Montague interview

Ben Montague is a singer-songwriter, and co-owns an acclaimed custom guitar business, The North American Guitar, in Fulham, London. Last month, Montague released his third album, Back Into Paradise, which has been described as his most lyrically raw and moving, anthemic and beautifully produced release to date. On Sunday, August 2, Montague plays at Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh, a three-day music festival in St Andrew Square Garden. AAA caught up with the singer earlier this week. Your third…

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Pixie Lott Unveils Debut Hard Rock T-shirt

Pixie Lott Unveils Debut Hard Rock T-shirt

Chart-topping sensation Pixie Lott has unveiled her very own festival-inspired addition to Hard Rock Cafe’s legendary collection of t-shirts. Pixie has turned her hand to design to create the floral summer t-shirt, on sale now for £19.95 at all four Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shops across the UK – including Edinburgh’s George Street branch. In a collection of brand new images, Pixie can be seen modelling the tee, teaming it with ripped denim shorts and a cool…

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Tom Robinson announces Queen’s Hall gig

Tom Robinson announces Queen’s Hall gig

The inimitable Tom Robinson, best known for hits like 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Don’t Take No For An Answer, Glad To Be Gay and  War Baby, is back with a new album and an extensive tour this Autumn – including a visit to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on November 6. The veteran rock star turned genial 6 Music radio presenter will be hanging up his headphones temporarily as he takes Only The Now – his first LP in 20 years –…

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Review: Boyzone – Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

Review:  Boyzone – Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 20 years since Boyzone began their assault on the pop charts, breaking hearts and churning out hits like they were going out of fashion. Looking around Edinburgh Castle’s half-empty esplanade before the show, it was easy to be cynical about the reformed man band’s chances of resurrecting the pop dream. Yet, for every seat that sat vacant, there was a hyperactive 30-something-year-old fan that erupted into nostalgia-fuelled…

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Trembling Bells toll at Sneaky Pete’s

Trembling Bells toll at Sneaky Pete’s

Glasgow psych-folk band Trembling Bells have been known to folks in these parts for a while now – but their upward trajectory received an even bigger boost when Alexis Petridis, The Guardian’s influential head rock and pop critic, picked them out as one of the highlights of this year’s Glastonbury festival. The band, who came together out of a mutual love of Sixties prog/folk rock, are now five albums into their career – and it’s…

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