Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Air guitars at the ready – it’s time to join the coolest kids in town as the School of Rock rolls into Edinburgh Playhouse. Based on the hit Noughties movie of the same name, School of Rock The Musical tells the story of a down-on-his-luck musician, Dewey Finn, who fraudulently finds work at a top private school by posing as his teacher roommate, Ned Schneebly. Dewey knows nothing about teaching or kids, so instead brings…

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High 5, with Will And The People

High 5, with Will And The People

Brighton four-piece Will And The People visit The Mash House in Edinburgh on Sunday (December 6). Consisting of frontman Will Rendle, his brother Jamie Rendle on bass, keyboard player Jim Ralphs and drummer Charlie Harman, the band released new album Past The Point Of No Return in late November. The album was self produced and recorded at The Libertines’ The Albion Rooms over the course of a week. Likened to The Police and The Specials,…

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Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

What’s your favourite Disney film? We’ve all got one and mine happens to be Beauty and the Beast so the stakes were high when reviewing Disney’s latest production this week at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Afterall, how do you capture the movie magic of your beloved childhood film in a stage production?  Well, whatever your age, or your preferred Disney film, it would be impossible not to fall in love with this spellbinding musical. Members of…

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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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