Irvine Welsh brings back Begbie in new novel

Irvine Welsh brings back Begbie in new novel

Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh is bringing savage Trainspotting psycho Begbie back next year with his very own novel, The Blade Artist. Welsh had previously revived the character in an exclusive story penned for The Big Issue in 2013 titled He Ain’t Lager – a tale of the violent and unpredictable Begbie’s rehabilitation through art and falling in love. In He Ain’t Lager, Begbie – played by actor Robert Carlyle in Danny Boyle’s 1996 screen adaption of the 1993 novel…

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Bay City Rollers film could be in the offing

Bay City Rollers film could be in the offing

With the recent announcement about the much-anticipated return of The Bay City Rollers – Rollermania is back in full swing. As reported, the Rollers will play the Capital’s Usher Hall on December 27 and 28, having already sold out four gigs at Glasgow’s Barrowland. And now, a Salford man has written a film script about the Edinburgh pop sensations, which he hopes will soon be turned into a hit movie. Former drummer and joiner Allan Birkin has penned a love…

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Simply Red to play Edinburgh Castle

Simply Red to play Edinburgh Castle

They played a sold out concert at Edinburgh Castle’s famous Esplanade in 2010 – and soul-pop veterans Simply Red are set to return to the historic venue next summer. Mick Hucknall’s band are about to kick off a world tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and the flame-haired singer has promised fans a hit-packed set – including Holding Back The Years, Money’s Too Tight To Mention, Fairground and Stars – plus a selection of newer…

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Franz Ferdinand join Save The Children fundraiser

Franz Ferdinand join Save The Children fundraiser

As reported on AAA last month, Scottish indie legends Belle & Sebastian are curating a special benefit gig for Save the Children at the Clyde Auditorium on November 2, 2015 – and the band have now added Franz Ferdinand to the line-up. Franz Ferdinand will perform as part of the main bill, while Optimo DJs will perform at the separate, ticketed official after party. All profits from the event will go to support Save the Children’s Child Refugee…

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Mercury Music Prize shortlist announced – Young Fathers denied

Mercury Music Prize shortlist announced – Young Fathers denied

Edinburgh’s Young Fathers have been denied a chance of making history after they failed to make the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Having scooped the prestigious award in 2014 with second album Dead, the Capital trio looked like they could become the first act to win the award in two consecutive years when latest offering White Men Are Black Men Too was included on a longlist of 290 eligible albums earlier this year….

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Shirley Manson: Garbage still have plenty to say

Shirley Manson: Garbage still have plenty to say

Edinburgh singer Shirley Manson insists fans should be excited about the new Garbage album because the band still have important things to say – even after 20 years together. The 48-year-old and bandmates Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker are preparing to bring out a new album next spring – their first release since 2012’s Not Your Kind of People – and she says they’ve still got a lot to get off their chests. Manson, who grew…

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Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Showbiz A-listers Susan Boyle and Gok Wan enjoyed a Saturday night performance of hit musical Godspell by Edinburgh’s MGA Academy of Performing Arts at the Assembly Roxy Theatre in the Capital. Boyle, the singer who has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide and who is now a regular visitor to MGA Academy shows, joined How To Look Good Naked television star Gok in the audience for the production by young actors from the leading…

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Nina Nesbitt: ‘London inspired my second album’

Nina Nesbitt: ‘London inspired my second album’

Edinburgh pop sensation Nina Nesbitt has said living in London has inspired her forthcoming second album. The former Balerno High School pupil, who relocated to the ‘Big Smoke’ on her own three years ago when she was just 18 years old, says her eagerly-awaited sophomore effort has been based on her experiences living in the English capital. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 21-year-old pop princess said: “I moved to London permanently three years ago….

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Johnny Marr slams David Cameron ahead of Edinburgh gig

Johnny Marr slams David Cameron ahead of Edinburgh gig

Legendary former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who visits Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on Wednesday, 14 October, used his hometown show at Manchester’s Albert Hall this week to slam British Prime Minister David Cameron for ‘inhuman’ treatment of disabled people. Marr, who is currently on a UK headline tour, played two gigs in Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday, while Cameron, who has said in the past he is a huge fan of The Smiths, has also been in…

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X Factor’s Caitlyn Vanbeck to open Midstock Festival

X Factor’s Caitlyn Vanbeck to open Midstock Festival

Tranent singer Caitlyn Vanbeck may have bowed out of X Factor last week – but it’s clear her exit from TV’s biggest talent show is only just the beginning for the budding star, who has been confirmed today to open next year’s Midstock Festival. The 17-year-old primary teaching student did not get through to the Judges’ Houses stage of X Factor after a tense knockout round at Wembley Arena, but afterwards she said it had opened…

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