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Comedy acts announced for Rockness 2012

23 Apr 2012

Headliner Tim Minchin will be joined by Des Clarke, Daniel Sloss and Jamie Dalglish

The organisers behind RockNess have released the names of those confirmed for the 2012 festival's comedy line-up. Australian superstar Tim Minchin will be joined by Scotland's own comic prodigy Daniel Sloss and award-winning comic and presenter Des…

William Friedkin's Killer Joe to open EIFF

18 Apr 2012

The Exorcist director's comic thriller to kick-off 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) organizers have announced today that comic noir thriller Killer Joe will be the Opening Gala on Wed 20 Jun 2012 in Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. The film is directed by William Friedkin, best known for his…

Nik Kershaw to play entire 'Human Racing' album in 2012 tour

17 Apr 2012

His UK tour will also feature material from an upcoming new album

Nik Kershaw is set to tour the UK with his band, beginning in September 2012. The Bristol-born singer/song-writer will be playing nine dates to celebrate this year's re-release of his iconic 1984 debut album Human Racing, which he will be performing…

New Prometheus viral features Michael Fassbender as 'David'

17 Apr 2012

Fassbender plays the robotic David in Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster

Following on from their previous viral clip - a futuristic TED talk delivered by Weyland Industries founder Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) - the folks behind Prometheus have delivered this clip of Michael Fassbender in character as David, a robot built by…

Dundee's Ignite festival 2012 showcases theatre, contemporary art and dance

16 Apr 2012

Featuring Jon McGregor, Scott Myles and Boris Gerrets

As if the launch of the Edinburgh Art Festival programme was not sufficient this issue, visual art innovations are going on right across the country. Internet megalith Google has launched a partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland to bring…

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Sir Bruce Forsyth confirmed for Hop Farm

13 Apr 2012

The entertainment legend joins Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Primal Scream at the music festival

Following the recent announcement that the mighty Bob Dylan would be headlining the Hop Farm Music Festival in June, it now seems one of Britain’s own legendary stars will also be in attendance. Alongside gargantuan figures of the music industry…

Edinburgh Hogmanay tickets on sale now

13 Apr 2012

First batch of tickets released at last year's prices, with the chance to win your tickets for free

Friday 13 may be an unlucky date for some, but Edinburgh’s Hogmanay organisers have decided that this year it’s a 'Lucky 13', with tickets going on sale today for the New Year event. All tickets on sale today will be available at last year’s prices…

The Scottish Album of the Year Award, and why it's worth taking seriously

12 Apr 2012

FOUND, Mogwai, Rustie and more longlisted for inaugural award

It isn’t the punchiest tagline to slap on your press release, but the Scottish Music Industry Association’s assertion that the recently-announced Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award will be ‘a qualitative arts prize for music which is discerning…

Shinji Somai retrospective announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

11 Apr 2012

PP Rider, The Catch, Typhoon Club and more to screen at EIFF 2012

Japanese director Shinji Somai will be the subject of a major retrospective at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. The director, who died in 2001, is greatly admired in Japan, and is slowly starting to achieve international…

Incubus announce one-off 2012 UK show

11 Apr 2012

The Californian rock group to play London's O2 Academy Brixton in July

After their highly successful sell out If Not Now, When? world tour last year, fans will be pleased to hear that Incubus have now confirmed a one-off UK headline show for 2012. This performance will be highly anticipated by fans as the band were…

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Colin Farrell kicks ass in new Total Recall trailer

2 Apr 2012

Updated CGI, a Biel v Beckinsale punch-up and Bill Nighy among the trailer highlights

Fans of 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Total Recall have had little reason to be impressed by the forthcoming remake of Arnie's second best film (it’s not a patch on T2): casting Colin Farrell in the lead alongside almost forgotten female leads…

Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed

2 Apr 2012

A time-travel romcom with impeccable indie credentials

It's not often we get to have a look at indie trailers well in advance of their release - smaller-budget films from outside the UK are less certain of overseas distribution, so we often don't hear about them until they're practically upon us. However…

Orbital to headline Slam Tent at T in the Park 2012

2 Apr 2012

Full weekend lineup revealed, featuring DJ Yoda and Major Lazer

Electro heavyweights Orbital have been announced as headliners of the Slam Tent at T in the Park 2012. They will close the dance arena on Sunday night, most likely airing material from their new album Wonky, their first in eight years. Other acts…

Jennifer Gregor, organiser of A Little April Foolery - opinion

29 Mar 2012

Events are being staged in opposition to restrictive event licencing laws

Imagine a country where every artistic event, from painters exhibiting a few pieces in cafés to readings in bookshops, had to be licensed. Even if it’s tiny. Even if it’s free. That could be Scotland after 1 April. New legislation on Public…

Anchorman sequel announced by Will Ferrell

29 Mar 2012

The actor appeared in character on US talk show Conan O'Brien to reveal the plans

‘Mr Burgundy, we would be honoured if you will play some “yazz” flute for us one more time.’ That’s right, Ron Burgundy is due to hit our screens once more. Will Ferrell appeared in character as the moustachioed, suited and booted newsman on US talk…

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Northern Lights film project launched

28 Mar 2012

The nation is encouraged to pick up their cameras and capture their Scotland on film

Today saw the launch of Scotland's first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights. Not to be confused with the Aurora Borealis, this part-film, part-art project comes from the mind of award-winning Scottish filmmaker Nick…

Bob Dylan to return to Hop Farm music festival

27 Mar 2012

Peter Gabriel, Suede, Damien Rice and Primal Scream also announced

This year's Hop Farm festival has again attracted huge acts to the fifth annual no branding, no sponsorship festival running from June 29th to July 1st.

Review of Reviews - Human Don't Be Angry

26 Mar 2012

What we said and what they said about the debut album from Malcolm Middleton's latest project

What we said ‘While Malcolm Middleton’s solo lyrics are typified by self-deprecation, Human Don’t Be Angry’s vocalisms are more forthright, driven and loved-up.’ The List What they said ‘Middleton is a master when it comes to this and previous…

On the Road trailer unveiled

12 Mar 2012

Jack Kerouac's road novel adapted for the screen by Walter Salles, starring Sam Riley

The trailer for Walter Salles' On the Road has been unveiled, featuring Control's Sam Riley, Tron: Legacy's Garret Hedlund and Twilight's Kristen Stewart. The original novel was written by Jack Kerouac, and is seen as a definitive text for the beat…

Travis and The Wombats set to headline Belladrum 2012

8 Mar 2012

Frightened Rabbit and We Are Scientists also appearing

Travis and The Wombats have been announced as headliners for this year's Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. The Wombats will headline on Fri 8 Aug while festival favourites Travis will close the show on Sat 4 Aug, in what will be their only Scottish…

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First raft of shows from 2012 Edinburgh Fringe programme

5 Mar 2012

Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and more to appear at Fringe 2012

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has revealed around 60 shows to take place at this year's event in August. The announcement comes weeks before the full line-up announcement on Thu 31 May. Comedy shows form the bulk of the latest show announcements…

Creamfields 2012 line up announced

5 Mar 2012

deadmau5, Avicii, Tiësto, David Guetta and Skrillex confirmed for dance music fesitval

deadmau5, Avicii, Tiësto, David Guetta and Skrillex have been announced as headliners at one of the UK’s biggest dance music festivals this year. Creamfields 2012 will take place at Daresbury in Cheshire from Fri 24–Sun 26 Aug, and will also feature…

Ellie Harrison and Oliver Braid collaborate on weekly podcast The Ellie & Oliver Show

5 Mar 2012

An informal approach to discussions of art, pop philosophy and more

The Ellie & Oliver Show is the result of a collaboration between Glasgow-based artists Ellie Harrison and Oliver Baird. Running since the start of the year on Culture Lab Radio, the episodes are broadcast every Friday lunchtime and discuss topics such…

The Drums, Friendly Fires, Mystery Jets and Tim Minchin announced for RockNess 2012

2 Mar 2012

The Rapture, Admiral Fallow and Mylo also added to line-up

The Drums, Friendly Fires and Mystery Jets are among the latest batch of bands to be added to the 2012 RockNess line up. Other acts recently added to bill include The View, The Rapture, Mylo, Admiral Fallow, Kassidy, Zane Lowe, Dave Clarke and…

RockNess named Best Small Festival at 2012 NME awards

1 Mar 2012

Boutique festival wins award for second year running

RockNess has been named as the UK's Best Small Festival at the annual NME Awards. Organisers managed to beat off competition from other festivals including Latitude, Kendal Calling, Hop Farm and Field Day to win the award for the second year…