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Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Swiss Cheese

28 Jul 2014

Bawsoot Theatre Company swap some cheesy craftsmanship for valuable exposure

There was a marked contrast between the last bribe we received – Gary from Leeds' ultra-minimalist Yeti Action Pack – and our most recent arrival: a painstakingly assembled cheese house. Hand-delivered by two members of Bawsoot Theatre Company, the…

Performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Send us your bribes!

9 Jul 2014

Send us free stuff and get valuable exposure for your show

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, and as a result, individual shows or performers can sometimes struggle to make themselves heard. In an ideal world, it'd be great if every show could achieve a decent level of…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Yeti

26 Jul 2014

Performance poet Gary from Leeds bags some easy exposure with his Yeti Action Pack

We thought our last bribe – a handheld 8-bit gaming console – was lo-fi. Then we received Gary from Leeds' Yeti Action Pack: a slab of cotton wool, a twig and three numbered index cards. Rather than explain what each item did/does, Gary merely assured…

Interview: producer Jason Blum talks The Purge: Anarchy, micro-budget filmmaking and franchises vs creativity

22 Jul 2014

'If all I’m ever making is sequels, I should look for work elsewhere - that would be bad'

In the future, crime, unemployment and homelessness in America are at an all time low, thanks to one night a year where all crime is made legal. That's the concept behind The Purge, a low-budget action-horror that came out of nowhere to become a…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: A TED Talk with Clay JW Crowne

24 Jul 2014

Ben Mills buys some valuable exposure with the gift of German pop

Having thoroughly warmed our wrists with our previous bribe, the List staff were ready to pump our fists in the air to some anthemic pop – which is why we were lucky Ben Mills' bribe arrived when it did. Wolfgang Petry is (according to Wikipedia) one of…

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Life After Beth

25 Jun 20144 stars

Superlative zombie dramedy starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and John C Reilly

‘Imagine The Graduate, but with zombies.’ That seems to have been Jeff Baena’s brief for Life After Beth, a ‘zomromcom’ that couldn’t be further from the Shaun of the Dead vibe that label suggests. Dane DeHaan is expertly cast as Zach, a gothier version…

Lucie Pohl bring debut show Hi Hitler to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

German-American draws from her unconventional childhood for comedy show

Let’s get one thing out of the way: the title of Lucie Pohl’s Fringe debut, Hi Hitler, is not there purely for shock value. ‘It’s a joke, of course, because when I was young I thought it was a greeting,’ she explains over the phone from Istanbul. ‘I…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8-Bit

25 Jul 2014

A handheld gaming console buys the comedy duo some valuable exposure

It was a bit jarring to switch from the powerful sounds of anthemic German pop music to sub-Game Boy chiptune, but that's what greeted us as soon as we switched on the 9999 IN 1 Brick Game, as provided by comedy duo McNeil & Pamphilon. The handheld…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: Your guide to getting around the city

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Get familiar with the capital's bus, tram and rickshaw options

On foot Edinburgh isn’t just startlingly beautiful – it’s also pretty compact, and circumnavigable in a matter of hours. Edinburgh Castle is visible from most places, so use that as your landmark and get exploring. Bus Local transport company…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Whoever Fights

29 Jul 2014

Triad Pictures secure some free publicity for their Free Fringe boxing drama

While we at The List always appreciate an edible bribe, we were left a bit bloated and immovable following the consumption of an entire cheese house. Thankfully, Triad Pictures' delivery of a board game and puzzle book (with a free pen!) meant we could…

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Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Sweater Curse - a Yarn about Love

23 Jul 2014

A 'knitting obsessive' buys some exposure with handmade 'small dog sweaters'

Following Chelsea Manders' perhaps too valuable bribe, we were happy to receive something that had more of a homemade vibe to it. 'Writer / actor / obsessive knitter' Elaine Liner sent us an envelope stuffed with woollen wonders; were it not for her own…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Chelsea Manders - Don't Tell My Dad

21 Jul 2014

The Canadian comedian buys some exposure with a classy bottle of icewine

Despite trying to emphasise the tongue-in-cheek nature of our Big Fat Fringe Bribe, there are always one or two performers who go above and beyond with their payola. Possibly not realising that she could get away with an ornamental bottle-stopper…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

Interview: Hackney Colliery Band on their unique sound ahead of 2014 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival gig

15 Jul 2014

Group blend Afrobeat and Balkan music with contemporary rock to produce new fusion music

For those of you with a passing knowledge of London who may feel somewhat confused by the Hackney Colliery Band’s name, musician Steve Pretty is here to put your mind at ease. ‘There’s no colliery in Hackney,’ he confirms, describing the moniker as ‘a…

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Interview: comedian Gary Little chats to us about Munros, clown paintings and prison table tennis championships

14 Jul 2014

First record you ever bought Suzie Quatro ‘Devilgate Drive’. Last extravagant purchase you made 1969 omega watch. First film you saw that really moved you Loads, but one that gets me all the time is Cinema Paradiso. Last lie you told I…

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…

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…

Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling – O2 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 23 Jun 2014

25 Jun 20144 stars

Underground hip hop double bill that rates humour and fluidity above bitches and bling

Ugly Duckling are under no illusions about their place here tonight: self-aware first track, ‘Opening Act’, is followed by a short history lesson ‘for those of you wondering who we are’, detailing the fertile mid-90s Californian hip hop scene that…

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…