David Pollock

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Highlights of the Dundee Literary Festival 2014

20 Oct 2014

Confirmed authors include Jodi Picoult, Jung Chang, James Naughtie, Kevin Barry and Will Simpson

‘An annual celebration of books in Scotland's sunniest city,’ is how programme manager Peggy Hughes describes Dundee Literary Festival. Now into its eighth year, it was originally established by Anna Day and Professor Kirsty Gunn as a June-set event in…

Illuminations: The Enchanted Forest and Night in the Garden

17 Sep 2014

Two festivals set to light up the autumn nights in Faskally Wood and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens

For over a decade now, Faskally Wood has been drawing visitors from far and wide to see it spectacularly lit up and transformed into The Enchanted Forest. Even after Forestry Commission Scotland decided to stop putting on the event, a group of locals…

Pleasance Sessions: The List Magazine Presents ...

17 Oct 20144 stars

Two Wings, Ubre Blanca and Prehistoric Friends showed refreshing variety of musical talent

Over the past week the inaugural Pleasance Sessions mini-festival has been doing a great job of representing Scotland’s alternative music scene with a bunch of cannily-curated gigs whose reasoning has seemed to be more ‘who’s best?’ than ‘who’s…

Scotland's annual film festival Africa in Motion celebrates 20 years of freedom in South Africa

15 Oct 2014

Events include dozens of film screenings, plus talks by directors Eric Kabera and Ian Gabriel

‘I’d like audiences to come away from the festival inspired by the beauty, spirit and innovation of the continent,’ says Natalia Palombo, one of the managers of Scotland’s Africa in Motion film festival, now in its ninth year. Started in 2006 by Dr…

La Belle Angele: 'Don’t expect free-entry nights with cheap booze offers, that’s exactly what we’re not about’

11 Sep 2014

Manager Martin Coull talks us through Edinburgh's revived iconic club and gig venue

Anyone who made a habit of going clubbing in Edinburgh twelve years ago knows where they were in December 2002 on the night of the Cowgate fire. It was a Saturday, and many of them might have been heading to the old building which burned all night, the…

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Album round up – October 2014

15 Oct 2014

Including new releases from Flying Lotus, Adrian Crowley, Graveyard Tapes and Deerhoof

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp) ●●●●● The album you’re surely least likely to expect to find the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg guesting on this year, Flying Lotus’ fifth, You’re Dead!, is that rare monster, a record which is entirely…

Slam – Reverse Proceed

8 Oct 20144 stars

Glaswegian duo mix acid house, ambience and techno to create timeless electronic sound

With their first record in seven years, the Glaswegian duo behind house classic ‘Positive Education’ have created a record which belies their 22 years in existence to build upon an electronic sound which is truly timeless. Aesthetically, this may be…

Simple Things 2014 lineup includes Autechre, Clark and Dean Blunt

14 Oct 2014

Bristol-based electronic festival is set to head north for the first time to venues across Glasgow

In recent years Glasgow has proven itself to be a fairweather friend to city-based festivals, with every continuing success story like Stag & Dagger giving way to an honourable but now defunct effort such as Hinterland. This November sees another new…

Singles round up – September 2014

16 Sep 2014

Including new releases from Garden of Elks, Rozi Plain and Rachel Dadd, Baio and Night Noise Team

Garden of Elks – Yoop EP (Self-released) ●●●● Something of a Glasgow rock supergroup with members of Bronto Skylift, Paws and the late Dananananaykroyd in their number, Garden of Elks release an EP which is pleasingly not at all what might be expected…

Creative Mackintosh Festival: an opportunity to celebrate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11 Sep 2014

The Glasgow artist and designer will be the subject of a month of films, exhibitions and live events

Now in its third year and bigger than ever thanks to Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Creative Mackintosh Festival has been given an extra layer of poignancy due to the extensive damage to one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most iconic buildings by fire in…

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Album round up - August 2014

28 Aug 2014

Including new releases from James Yorkston, Moon Duo, Earth and Franz Ferdinand

James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society (Domino) ●●●●● It would be tempting to declare this customarily brilliant piece of work from Fife’s other contemporary folk troubadour a fond farewell to the Fence Collective as-was, with…

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream

28 Aug 20144 stars

A career-high return from the DFA-signed disco electronicists

With the demise in recent years of LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, it seemed like the early 2000s vintage of ‘punk-funk’ (for that’s what it was excruciatingly known as) had died a death. Yet the label which curated the style keeps on kicking, and…

Ian Rankin, Tony Parsons, Kathy Reichs and Ian Mcwhirter among highlights at Bloody Scotland 2014

27 Aug 2014

The crime fiction festival also welcomes Denise Mina, John Gordon Sinclair and David Hewson

Now an established literary festival which continues to grow and attract ever more well-known international guests, Stirling-based Bloody Scotland was established with the intention of celebrating what co-founder Lin Anderson calls 'Scotland’s other…

Hieroglyphic Being - The Seer of Cosmic Visions

19 Sep 20144 stars

New album from Jamal Moss is winning combination of raw, rhythmic, primal dancefloor afro-futurism

He hails from Chicago, Illinois, but don’t confuse Jamal Moss with your regular epochal house producer. Despite an early initiation to electronic music listening to Ron Hardy at the city’s seminal Music Box club, Moss is just as influenced by the…

Interview: playwright DC Jackson wants to Kill Johnny Glendinning

16 Sep 2014

The hard-edged gangster comedy hopes to tackle the west coast’s attitude to glorifying violence

Ayrshire playwright DC Jackson returns to Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum following his successful contemporary update of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro back in 2012. His return is accompanied by a partnership which the Fringe First-winning writer of My…

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Adam Roberts - Bête

11 Sep 20144 stars

Dryly funny sci-fi novel about food that can talk back to the eater

Imagine if your food could talk back to you? That’s the extremely high-concept opener much-decorated sci-fi author and academic Adam Roberts plays with in his latest novel, opening on a bizarre but starkly amusing sequence in which a cow tries to reason…

Top 5 new book releases this autumn

9 Oct 2014

Including David Nicholls, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Lena Dunham

David Nicholls – Us (Hodder & Stoughton) Flushed by the success of the intensely loveable *3One Day*2 and creditably not put off by the poorness of the film version which followed, David Nicholls here swaps youthful romance for lived-in, mature love…

Interview: acid house inventor Phuture

19 Sep 2014

DJ Pierre discusses reunion with Spanky and their invention of the dance genre ahead of Glasgow gig

’Real artistry just happens, I don't believe you plan it,’ says DJ Pierre, and the co-inventor of the acid house sound as one half of Phuture. ‘We didn't realise at the time we were on the verge of creating a new genre. We knew this was new and…

Exposure: FKA Twigs

19 Sep 2014

Self-proclaimed urban punk artist set for series of UK gigs

At time of writing, FKA Twigs is getting dangerously close to shedding her title as one of the most interesting new artists working in the orbit of the mainstream today and instead appending the words ‘… girlfriend of Twilight star Robert Pattinson’ to…

Slam, Chris Liebing and Tommy Four Seven lined up for Pressure's 2014 CLR Records party

16 Sep 2014

Visionquest's Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves will also be in attendance

Slam’s monthly Pressure parties have been an unshakeable part of the fabric of Glasgow clubbing for many years now, and this autumn’s relaunch in honour of the city’s student contingent returning demonstrates why. The line-up is even more overwhelmingly…

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Brian Cheeswright: 'It’s a guts and all cross-section of my output, good and bad’

16 Sep 2014

The self-described expressionist painter gears up for 36 Years of Brain Feed exhibition

‘I am searching for a certain crudeness or awkwardness in my work,’ says Edinburgh-based figurative painter Brian Cheeswright’s artist statement on his website. ‘I like to organise problems into my painting and to leave a sense that they are slightly…

Eclair Fifi on organising the 2014 LuckyMe DJ reunion

15 Sep 2014

One-off night at Glasgow's Art School includes S-Type, Naked, David Barbarossa and Ubre Blanca

‘First and foremost, LuckyMe are my best friends and my family,’ says Clair ‘Eclair Fifi’ Stirling, resident DJ/designer for the Scottish label and erstwhile Radio 1 host of In New Music We Trust. ‘A lot of labels grow from a group of friends releasing…

Yes or No? 15 shows to help you make your decision for the Scottish independence referendum

12 Sep 2014

Need help deciding? Let the worlds of art, theatre, comedy, books and music lend a hand

Glasgow Early Days: The Arches Referendum Festival A week of special theatre commissions including work by Rob Drummond, Gary McNair & Davey Anderson and Robert Ormerod, with the Arches Political Party the night before and the What Now? Brunch the…

Minecraft, ugly animals and 'live' neurosurgery - some highlights of the Midlothian Science Festival

11 Sep 2014

The festival also covers superhero genetics, science fiction and rocket-launching

Now entering its third year, Midlothian Science Festival is well on its way to proving the increased popularity of science isn’t just a matter for those in urban areas. In its first year it held 30 events, last year it held 70, and now it’s back for…

FAILE & Båst: Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

1 Sep 20144 stars

Brooklyn based artists create luminous video games arcade for the Edinburgh Art Festival

Hidden deep in the bowels of Summerhall, the building’s clinically austere atmosphere gives way to a riot of colour and sound as Faile and Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade explodes against the senses. Those of a certain generation might remember the ambience…