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Travis set to open new live music venue in the capital while Tennent’s Mutual gathers pace.

The Scottish music scene is in rude health this month with The Tennent’s Mutual introducing Conversations, a series of exclusive films and web-chats, as part of their new music initiative. Later this month Public Enemy linchpin and digital music maestro Chuck D and indie collective Lightspeed Champion will offer their perspective on everything from how to build a fanbase and getting signed, to playing live and the importance of the internet as part of the project.

The full Tennent’s Mutual programme for the coming year, as voted for by the fans, will be announced in the coming weeks. See www.tennentsmutual.com for further details.

Elsewhere, Edinburgh music night Born To Be Wide is set to launch their own online scheme, Ten Tracks, which boasts a roster of guest DJs. The free event will showcase record selections from ex Beta Bander Steve Mason, Chris Knight, veteran promoter of soul/jazz night Departure Lounge, and Joe Acheson. For just £1 a month, subscribers will be offered 10 tracks for download by Scottish artists, with Steve Mason, Broken Records, Found and the Joe Acheson Quartet providing the first ten songs, available from 10 Sep.

The artists will split profits from the scheme between them and use the social networking site to further promote their music. Born To Be Wide co-organiser, Olaf Furniss, said of the idea: ‘I am very happy to be supporting this exciting new venture. It’s a really useful service for musicians, and it is great to see that many of those participating also have close links to our night.’

Finally, Travis have announced a return to the capital as the star guests for the opening night of Edinburgh’s new live music venue, The Picture House on Lothian Road, a venue whose recent incarnations include Gig, Revolution and Century 2000. The band will play a special Scottish gig at the restored venue on 25 September, with Dirty Pretty Things among the other bands confirmed to play the venue later in the year.

Tickets for the launch night are £19.50 and are on sale now at www.edinburgh-picturehouse.com or by calling the 24 hour phone line on 0844 847 1740.

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