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Elton John confirmed to headline at Bestival 2013

31 Jan 2013

The singer joins MIA, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, The Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club & The Roots

Bestival organisers have announced today that Elton John will be headlining the notorious Isle of Wight Festival in September 2013. He joins a line-up that features Bestival exclusives MIA and Franz Ferdinand. The festival is celebrating its tenth…

The Who bring Quadrophenia tour to Glasgow's SECC

28 Jan 2013

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announce special live album tour for June 2013

The Who have announced a UK tour of their album Quadrophenia, which calls in at Glasgow’s SECC on Wed 12 Jun. The surviving members of the band, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, have announced they will be playing the entirety of the iconic mod album…

Eminem to perform in Glasgow in summer 2013

28 Jan 2013

The American rapper will be appearing as part of the new Glasgow Summer Sessions concerts

American rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, has been announced as the first headliner of DF Concerts & Events Glasgow Summer Sessions series of concerts. Eminem will be performing on Tuesday the 20th of August at Bellahouston…

StAnza, Fife Jazz Festival and other events to continue in wake of Byre Theatre's closure

28 Jan 2013

The St Andrews theatre is set to close on Thu 31 Jan; scheduled shows will go on in new venues

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, is being forced to shut down because of its financial difficulties. The theatre has struggled to cover its costs in recent years, with problems exacerbated with the withdrawal of funding by the former Scottish Arts Council…

Glasgow Film Festival 2013 programme announced

17 Jan 2013

Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and Henry Coombes' Entre Chien et Loup among highlights

The Glasgow Film Festival looks set to light up the silver screen with a programme that's bigger and (arguably) better than ever before. A stonking 368 events will be showcased in 27 venues across the city, with 57 UK premieres and 6 world premieres…

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National Theatre of Scotland receive funding for permanent headquarters

14 Jan 2013

£2m towards Glasgow administrative base in line with organisation's ‘theatre without walls’ ethos

Having launched in 2006 as a ‘theatre without walls’, the National Theatre of Scotland is now set to have its own permanent headquarters in Glasgow. The move follows a £2m cash injection from the Scottish Government. Although the NTS will still…

Silver Linings Playbook leads the pack in 2013 Oscar nomination

10 Jan 2013

Lincoln, Amour and Les Miserables also nominated

The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards have been announced, with Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln and Amour leading the pack of those films who stand a chance of winning at the awards ceremony on Sunday 24 February. Silver Linings Playbook, a…

Black Watch director John Tiffany leaves the National Theatre of Scotland

19 Dec 2012

The Tony award-winning director is leaving to make time for non-NTS projects

Hot on the heels of artistic director Vicky Featherstone stepping down, the National Theatre of Scotland has announced that associate director John Tiffany will also leave, to make time for his directing commitments outside of the NTS. Tiffany has…

Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst tours with band Desaparecidos

19 Dec 2012

Fan campaign via Songkick Detour to bring Oberst's old band to UK

Good news for Conor Oberst fans. The Nebraskan singer-songwriter just announced a small handful of UK dates for February next year, including a stop-off at the Arches in Glasgow. Desaparecidos is a rock band featuring the man known better to many as…

Amazon, Penguin, Random House and the state of publishing

12 Dec 2012

Author Sophie Cooke explains why Amazon is still a bigger worry than the Random House/Penguin merger

Amazon has always presented itself as a consumer champion, decrying the greed of publishers who insist on maintaining high prices for their authors’ e-books. Amazon is all about the customer. Good service, free delivery, low prices and plenty of…

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Hot 100 2012: 100-90

11 Dec 2012

JK Rowling, Tilda Swinton and Andrew Fairlie among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

My Bloody Valentine to play UK gigs in 2013

6 Dec 2012

Glasgow, London and Manchester shows announced, with new album incoming soon

Shoegaze giants My Bloody Valentine are set to play three UK gigs next March following a February tour of Japan and Australia. A headline slot at Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival has also been set. The band has also confirmed that their third album – the…

The Hobbit at 48 frames per second - where to see it

4 Dec 2012

A list of UK cinemas showing Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation at 48fps

Film history will be made this month as The Hobbit becomes the first major studio film to be released at 48 frames per second (48fps) – double the industry standard. The higher framerate is a breakthrough in cinematography that results in a sharper…

Rihanna, Killers and Mumford & Sons to headline T in the Park 2013

4 Dec 2012

Other confirmed artists for T’s 20th anniversary include Paloma Faith, alt-J and Monsters and Men

The first acts of Scotland’s biggest festival have been announced, with Rihanna and Mumford & Sons headlining. Other confirmed artist include: Paloma Faith, alt-J, Monsters and Men and The Script. Rihanna cut her festival teeth at London’s Wireless…

Andrew Dixon steps down as chief executive of Creative Scotland

3 Dec 2012

Creative Scotland has announced that Andrew Dixon will step down from his position as chief executive. Dixon’s resignation follows a period of increasing concern from the arts community over the competence of the recently restructured national funding…

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Django Django to headline NME Awards Tour 2013

27 Nov 2012

Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace also on tour, which will take place in February 2013

Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace have been announced as the lineup for the 2012 NME Awards Tour. The headline slot for Django Django follows wide-spread praise for the psychedelic indie pop quartet's eponymous debut album and…

Mysterious paper sculptures to reappear for Book Week Scotland

23 Nov 2012

Anonymous sculptor plans to hide new pieces throughout Scotland

The artist behind the mysterious paper sculptures that appeared throughout Edinburgh in 2011 has announced that five more creations will be found during Book Week Scotland. The anonymous sculptor is planning to hide these new pieces in five secret…

Spotlight: Starter for 6 - MakeThatMove

14 Nov 2012

Starter for 6 is an enterprise training programme run by Cultural Enterprise Office

MakeThatMove is a dance video platform that allow dancers, choreographers or simply dance video owners to upload and share their video clips for free. This platform is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Smartphone and Tablet.

Lana Del Rey announces 2013 UK tour dates

31 Oct 2012

The Video Games singer is touring to promote the Paradise edition of best-selling album Born to Die

Award winning singer songwriter Lana Del Rey is set to return to the UK for a run of live dates next May. The US singer will also re-release her hugely successful double platinum selling debut album Born to Die as the new Paradise edition which will be…

Arts & Business Scotland announces 26th anniversary awards winners

30 Oct 2012

RBS and National Museums Scotland are among the organisations recognised

The Arts & Business Scotland Awards winners have been announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Assembly Rooms.

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Stereophonics announce 2012 UK tour dates

29 Oct 2012

The band will visit Newport, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London

The Stereophonics will make a long awaited return to the live circuit with a mini touring schedule this winter. The rock stalwarts have announced five dates which will be held in more intimate venues than in previous outings, favouring a clutch of…

Programmes, events and initiatives for Scots young and old, as part of the Year of Creative Scotland

24 Oct 2012

The Year of Creative Scotland First in a Lifetime funding programme touches the lives of the young and old across the country. In Aberdeen, Citymoves' Dance-a-maz’in, an interactive dance maze, will afford young people and their families an exciting…

Celtic Connections 2013 programme launched

24 Oct 2012

The music fest launches anniversary programme featuring The Mavericks, Aimee Mann and more

The cultural behemoth that is Celtic Connections looks set to bring its A-game next year, as it celebrates 20 years on the music scene with a bumper programme from around the globe. Folk, roots, indie and jazz will all be represented as stalwarts of the…

New artistic director for National Theatre of Scotland announced

24 Oct 2012

Laurie Sansom of Northampton's Royal and Derngate will replace Vicky Featherstone in March

Following much speculation and anticipation, the new artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland has been announced. Laurie Sansom will succeed Vicky Featherstone when she leaves in December to take up her new role at the Royal Court Theatre…

Biffy Clyro announce 2013 arena tour

23 Oct 2012

The Ayrshire rockers confirm Aberdeen and Glasgow dates as part of their UK tour

After a triumphant 2012 headlining RockNess and appearing at Download and the Isle of Wight Festival angular Ayrshire rockers Biffy Clyro are gearing up for one of their biggest tours yet in 2013, including dates in Aberdeen (AEC, 31 Mar) and Glasgow…