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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Off The Record seeks partnerships

Off The Record seeks partnerships

Born To Be Wide is inviting organisations, venues, companies and individuals with a track record of working in youth initiatives, to partner on its latest season of Off The Record events. Aimed at 14-25 years olds, the one-day sessions feature workshops, presentations and advice on key areas of the music business including releasing tracks, management, gigging and promotion.  Supported by EmuBands and the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI), administered by Creative Scotland, the seven…

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Shirley Manson talks Garbage ahead of Edinburgh gig

Shirley Manson talks Garbage ahead of Edinburgh gig

As American-Scottish alternative rockers Garbage celebrate their 20th anniversary, Edinburgh-born lead singer Shirley Manson has been speaking about her time in the band. Manson, who grew up in the Stockbridge area of the city and joined local band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie as a back-up vocalist and keyboardist soon after dropping out of school at age 16, tells NME.com that one of her highlights is the first time she ever heard Garbage on the airwaves. “We…

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Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Edinburgh-born jazz singer Niki King can certainly claim to have been around for a while. The daughter of revered local jazz stalwart Freddie King, she was still in her teens when her first band’s debut record was released on the iconic Acid Jazz label (Jamairiquai, Brand New Heavies). In 1997, King signed up for Fionna Duncan’s jazz vocal course, and though she’d been singing for years, the experience she gained from the the course proved…

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Five great Edinburgh bands sadly no more

Five great Edinburgh bands sadly no more

Our fair city has produced some brilliant bands. Whether you’re discovering these classics for the first time or harking back to the good old days,  sit back, relax and listen as we pack in more nostalgic musical moments than a sentimental granny’s Facebook page. Saint Jude’s Infirmary: We’re still scratching our heads as to why Saint Jude’s Infirmary didn’t make it big – but perhaps you get what you ask for when you name your…

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Kasabian announce Edinburgh gig in August

Kasabian announce Edinburgh gig in August

Fresh from headlining the main stage at T in the Park a fortnight ago – where they went down a storm with a hit-packed set that included a winning cover of Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life – indie darlings Kasabian have announced a show at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Thursday, 20 August. Leicester’s biggest musical import since Engelbert Humperdinck, the band have played many times in the Capital over the years, the undisputed high-point being…

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Fans love Boyzone for a reason

Fans love Boyzone for a reason

Boyzone are no strangers to Edinburgh Castle. The Irish man band played a sell-out show at the stunning esplanade in the summer of 2008 – and on July 25, they’re back for seconds. “We have had a wonderful love affair with our Scottish fans over the past 20 years, so we can’t wait to see them all again in the magnificent surrounding of Edinburgh Castle,” says lead singer Ronan Keating. Mark Mackie, director of Regular…

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Jace Everett – Music maketh the man

Jace Everett – Music maketh the man

You might not be familiar with his name, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of Jace Everett’s music. Certainly, if you’ve ever tuned into HBO’s sexy, supernatural series True Blood you will have – his track, Bad Things, is the theme-song. He also co-wrote Josh Turner’s No.1 single, Your Man. As it happens, the Indiana-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is a lot better known on the other side of the pond, and he has five…

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