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Following a fantastic inaugural beano starring Fatboy Slim last year, Rockness returns to the bonny banks of Scotland’s most celebrated loch with some of the world’s biggest names in the world of electronic, dance and rock music in tow. The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, 2 Many DJs, The Cuban Brothers, Rob da Bank and Daft Punk (pictured) are just some of the more than 70 acts that will take to the festival’s four stages. The site will also feature a cinema, silent disco, 24-hour café and fully licensed theme bars, and is expected to host around 35,000 people each day. The festival takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June.

For ticket information see www.rockness.co.uk

Big in Falkirk is back and bigger than ever. Central Scotland’s burgeoning multi-art festival takes place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May and features an impressive musical line-up that includes 80s icons The Human League and Heaven 17, while the winner of Making It, a competition to find the next big musical thing will also take to the stage. Other highlights include the premiere of France’s celebrated Compagnie Jo Bithume’s Victor Frankenstein a multimedia theatrical extravaganza, and a new art commission, The Environmental Art Project, which will take place throughout Calendar Park. See www.biginfalkirk.com for further details.

The search is on for Holyrood Park’s first Artist in Residence. The 17-week project will introduce 12 groups of adults and children to the history, archaeology, ecology and geology of the park. The groups will then work with the appointed artist to create work to be displayed at the Holyrood Park Education Centre. The closing date for applications is Friday 23 March. For information contact Hazel Aldi of the Historic Scotland Ranger Service on 0131 557 4685 or 0131 652 8150 or email hazel.aldi@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Edwin Paling, Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is to retire at the end of the current season after more than 30 years. Paling has appeared on more than 100 recordings and performed live over 4000 times with the orchestra. Career highlights include the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 1990 and the opening of the new Scottish Parliament in 2004. His final series of concerts will take place at the Usher Hall at the end of April.

We’re in for another Indian Summer this year, with the two-day boutique music festival shifting to Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July. The event, held at Glasgow’s Victoria Park, is produced in association with BBC 6 Music with the full line-up to be announced at the end of March, but pre-launch tickets are on sale from Saturday 10 March at the princely price of £60 for a weekend. Visit www.indiansummerglasgow.com or see next issue for full line-up details.

Plans are afoot to refurbish the interior of Glasgow’s venerable Bar10, considered to be of architectural significance as it was designed by Ben Kelly, the man responsible for Manchester’s Hacienda. To protest against this unique venue being ‘improved’, please visit the online petition: www.petitiononline.com/barten/petition.html

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