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BFI London Film Festival: a pick of the 2014 programme highlights

3 Sep 2014

Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch among the stars of this year's line-up

As BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill pointed out today, for UK filmgoers the London Film Festival marks the start of awards-season, acting as it does as a showcase for many of those films that will feature heavily in this year's BAFTA and Academy Awards…

Sven Vath to host Cocoon night at London's Building Six in November 2014

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the techno titan's winter event are on sale now

Techno boss Sven Vath will headline another of his legendary Cocoon nights at Building Six, London on Sat 22 Nov. As well as label boss Vath, the event will feature an as-yet-unannounced line-up of some of Cocoon's biggest hitters – and, considering the…

Maroon 5 announce London, Birmingham and Manchester arena dates for 2015

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the group's summer 2015 UK tour dates go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Chart-topping 'Moves Like Jagger' posse Maroon 5 are heading to the UK as part of the their 2015 European tour. The arena dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester will take place in late May/early in June next year, and will feature material from…

Lee Nelson to tour UK in 2015 with Suited & Booted tour

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the comedy creation's new show will go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Comedy character Lee Nelson is set to travel across the country as part of his 2015 Suited and Booted tour. Nelson (the creation of stand-up Simon Brodkin) will play indigo at The O2, London on Sat 9 May 2015, with further dates to be…

Lily Allen to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens 2014/15

15 Aug 2014

The Sheezus singer is the first name announced for Edinburgh's New Year's Eve celebrations

Lily Allen has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Concert in the Gardens on New Year’s Eve for Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Allen follows in the footsteps of a stellar line-up of previous headliners, including the Pet Shop Boys, who were last…

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Israeli theatre company Incubator perform silent protest show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

11 Aug 2014

The show, which receives public state funding, attracted attention from pro-Palestine protesters

A ‘silent’ protest performance by Jerusalem-based Incubator Theatre was itself the focus of pro-Palestinian protests in Bristo Square on Saturday. Hip hop opera The City had been cancelled by Underbelly following noisy protests outside the McEwan Hall…

Basement Jaxx announce UK tour in winter 2014

10 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour, in support of new album Junto, will go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Dance-music duo Basement Jaxx have announced a UK wide tour on the back of revealing a new album, which is to be released this August. Junto (which means together in Spanish) will come out on 25 August and will be the groups seventh studio album. The…

Billy Connolly coming to Scotland on High Horse tour 2014

9 Jul 2014

The Big Yin will visit Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh & Glasgow; tickets on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has announced he's returning to his homeland as part of his High Horse world tour in autumn 2014. The tour will call at Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Interestingly, the Big Yin's appearance…

Linkin Park announce UK dates for November 2014

9 Jul 2014

Tickets for the dates, in support of new album The Hunting Party, go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Linkin Park have announced they'll be playing The O2, London on Sun 23 Nov in support of latest album The Hunting Party. In writing the album, multi-instrumentalist and singer Mike Shinoda was inspired by a blog post titled ‘Rock Sucks Right Now and its…

Metal titans Mastodon announce UK and Ireland tour dates for winter 2014

9 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Metal titans Mastodon have announced a UK and Ireland tour for November and December, in support of their sixth studio album Once More ‘Round The Sun, released last month. The tour will come off the back of an intensive batch of shows around the US…

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We Are Scientists announce live date at Brooklyn Bowl, London in October 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Following the release of their fourth studio album, TV en Francaise, indie rockers We Are Scientists are extending their European tour dates to include an extra date at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 22 Oct. The new date follows a summer of intensive…

The Wailers to perform greatest hits set at London’s Brooklyn Bowl this August

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Heroes of reggae history The Wailers are preparing to hit the UK with a celebration of their greatest hits this August. The band, led until his death by Bob Marley and currently led by founding member Aston ‘Family Man’ on bass, will run through their…

Dinosaur Jr announce UK live date in August 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Influential rock group Dinosaur Jr are heading to the UK in support of latest album I Bet on Sky, their third since reforming in 2005. The trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – will be visiting London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 6 Aug. Tickets for the…

The Libertines announce live dates at Alexandra Palace for September 2014

5 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gigs will go on sale from 9am on Mon 7 Jul

The recently reformed Libertines have announced they’ll be playing new live dates at the Alexandra Palace, London on 27 & 28 Sep. The announcement was made as the indie kingpins performed as part of British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. Tickets…

The Who announce UK arena tour for winter 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Fri 4 July

Rock colossi The Who have announced they’ll be celebrating 50 years since their inception with a string of arena dates around the UK. The Who Hits 50 tour will call at London, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and…

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Paolo Nutini announces debut O2 arena show for October 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced he’ll be playing a date at The O2, London on Thu 30 Oct. The soulful musician, whose most recent album, Caustic Love, has notched up significant sales and critical appreciation, makes his first visit…

Brendan O’Carroll takes Mrs Brown’s Boys on full UK tour in 2015

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the UK tour go on sale from Fri 4 Jul

Following the release of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Brendan O’Carroll is taking his larger-than-life comic creation on tour, calling at Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Liverpool and Sheffield throughout…

Atlanta-based rapper Future announces trio of November 2014 UK tour dates

27 Jun 2014

Tickets for the gigs will go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Future has announced a handful of UK tour dates for November 2014. The rapper recently welcomed his first son, also called Future, with fiance Ciara but will be taking time off daddy-duty to play a trio of shows this winter. The Atlanta-based star…

Peter Gabriel prepares to play So (and new material) at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show, which takes place this December, go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Peter Gabriel is to perform his iconic So album in its entirety at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. The 4 December show is part of Gabriel’s ‘Back to Front’ tour, and will feature the original So live band: bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes…

Boyz II Men heading to UK for December 2014 tour dates

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the R&B legends' UK shows go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Boyz II Men will play two UK shows this December, it has been announced. The most successful R&B group of all time, the Boyz have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. The group found fame (and four Grammy Awards) in the 1990s as a quartet…

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British indie pop band Young Kato to play London’s Club Surya

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

British indie pop band Young Kato are set to play London’s Club Surya on 28 July. The Cheltenham six-piece made up of Tommy Wright, Jack Edwards, Joe Green, Joe Lever, Harry Steele and Sam Henderson, formed in 2011 when step-brothers Sam and Jack…

T in the Park to move to Strathallan Castle for 2015

25 Jun 2014

The new site lies 20 miles from the festival's current home in Balado, Perthshire

T in the Park is to leave its current Balado home in 2015, it’s been announced, and move to the grounds of nearby Strathallan Castle. The festival’s new site is located near Auchterarder in southern Perthshire, approximately an hour away from both…

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon heading to UK in July 2014

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the hip hop star's UK dates go on sale from Fri 27 Jun; presale tickets available Thu 26

Wu-Tang Clan superstar Raekwon is taking to the road this year in support of forthcoming solo album FILA (Fly International Luxurious Art), scheduled for release this September. The album will be his first since 2011's Shaolin vs Wu-Tang, and is said to…

Har Mar Superstar announces 2014 UK dates in support of new album Bye Bye 17

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the September date go on sale Fri 27 Jun; presale available Thu 26 Jun

Flamboyant R&B/sexpop icon Har Mar Superstar is touring in support of his new album, Bye Bye 17. A significant departure for the man known to his friends as Sean Tillmann, the new album explores a more soulful angle, with Otis Redding and Sam Cooke…

Lenny Kravitz announces Wembley date as part of 2014 world tour

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show in December go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Guitar-wielding rock legend Lenny Kravitz has announced the UK dates of his 2014 world tour, which will call at Wembley Stadium on Fri 6 Dec 2014. The iconic guitar player, whose hits include 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?' and 'Fly Away', is touring in…