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The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Hidden Door Festival announces Early Bird tickets on sale

2 Feb 2015

Edinburgh's festival of new art, music and performance returns in May 2015

Hidden doors have always had an appeal; from the magical one in CS Lewis's wardrobe to the seriously creepy one in Neil Gaiman's Coraline, they're all about the promise of adventure. The Hidden Door Festival chose its name wisely, starting in 2010 as a…

Tickets for Udderbelly Festival 2015 now on sale

30 Jan 2015

The iconic purple cow returns to London's Southbank centre bringing with it a slew of cattle puns and a three month programme of live comedy, circus and kids shows. The Udderbelly Festival begins on 9 April and runs for a raucous three months until…

BBC 6 Music Festival 2015 to take place on Tyneside

29 Jan 2015

Interpol, Royal Blood, Mogwai, Young Fathers, The Cribs and King Creosote confirmed

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event in Manchester, the BBC 6 Music Festival is heading to Tyneside this February. Each evening ‘6 Music Festival by Night’ is held at various locations across both sides of the River Tyne. Featured…

Sónar reveal 2015 festival line-up

29 Jan 2015

Barcelona festival to feature The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, FKA Twigs and Die Antwoord

Sónar, Barcelona's festival of progressive music and multimedia arts, has released a video to announce the latest wave of acts taking part. The typically eclectic line-up includes a number of British acts, including The Chemical Brothers, Duran…

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Kaiser Chiefs to headline Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

29 Jan 2015

The multi-million selling rock four piece are set to play the festival

Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as Saturday night’s headline act for this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. This will be the multi-million selling quintet’s first appearance at a Highland festival, with the band’s only other gigs in the…

Preview: manipulate festival's aerial programme

28 Jan 2015

The visual theatre festival takes flight with a host of aerial performances

Amongst the bustle of this year's programme, manipulate 2015 boasts a particularly impressive selection of work committed to using the full height and scale of the Traverse Theatre: aerial dance theatre. Born from the fusion of circus skills and…

sound festival 2014 line-up announced

22 Sep 2014

Confirmed artists include Alasdair Roberts, Ross Whyte, Fulgor al Bies, Sarah Jane Summers and Vox

Two years ago, a special opera bus ferried audiences around to see cutting-edge music theatre in a chilly barn, a far-flung lighthouse and a city-centre flat. Last year, a weekend of microtonal music tweaked and stretched the ear with bewitchingly…

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…

Imaginate 2014: helping young audiences to view theatre and the world differently

28 Apr 2014

The kids' theatre festival uses everything from hammocks to penguins to capture younger imaginations

No leg room, hard seats and a giant head blocking the stage: just some of the potential barriers to fully enjoying a theatrical experience. But it comes as no surprise to find that ground-breaking children’s theatre festival, Imaginate, is offering us a…

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Wickerman Festival - East Kirkcarswell Farm, near Kirkcudbright, Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jul 2013

3 Sep 20134 stars

Dexys, Nile Rodgers, Casual Sex and Roman Nose are highlights of annual fire-fuelled fest

During a festival which featured a broader range of cross-generational guests than ever, it was the old-stagers and the young pretenders who caught our ears the most. There was one of each of the former per day, with evening turning to night on Friday…

Interview: Rachel Sermanni discusses Doune the Rabbit Hole 2013

23 Aug 2013

The Scottish singer is set to appear at the boutique fest alongside Rick Redbeard and Miaoux Miaoux

The 2013 line-up for Doune the Rabbit Hole in the Stirling countryside features pizza from a wood-burning oven, Perthshire wine, stalls, camping and music from Rick Redbeard, Miaoux Miaoux, Trembling Bells, Lady North and Highland singer Rachel…

Eels, Lou Hickey and Kris Kristofferson announced for No Mean City 2013

7 Aug 2013

The Glasgow Americana festival will also feature performances from Kat Men, Dawes and Caitlin Rose

The 2013 No Mean City line-up has been announced, with rockabilly band Kat Men and Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lou Hickey opening the series on Sun 1 Sep. Now in its third year, twenty artists will play across five venues with the concerts…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best horrors

13 Jun 2013

The Conjuring, Frankenstein's Army and Outpost 3 among our best bets for horror at EIFF 2013

The Conjuring Having reconfigured the modern horror template with Saw back in 2004, James Wan turned his attention to ghost stories, first with the less-than-perfect Dead Silence, then with the more successful (but still a bit iffy) Insidious. The…

Refugee Week Scotland 2013 - A vibrant celebration of community, diversity and heritage

7 Jun 2013

Line-up features Kevin Bridges, Malcolm Middleton, carnivals and gardening projects

Not just for those new to Scotland’s shores, Refugee Week Scotland 2013 claims to be ‘a festival for everyone’. This year’s offering has some stonking highlights, with a programme that ranges from big music and comedy acts to little sparkling nuggets of…

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T in the Park 2013: Facts, statistics and trivia on the Scottish music festival

6 Jun 2013

Dazzle your friends with these nuggets of T in the Park trivia

1994 capacity: 17,000 per day. 2013 capacity: 85,000 per day. The first line up included Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Cypress Hill, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp and Oasis. During the festival, T in the Park becomes Scotland’s fifth largest…

My Bloody Valentine to play UK gigs in 2013

6 Dec 2012

Glasgow, London and Manchester shows announced, with new album incoming soon

Shoegaze giants My Bloody Valentine are set to play three UK gigs next March following a February tour of Japan and Australia. A headline slot at Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival has also been set. The band has also confirmed that their third album – the…

Mark Cousins outlines his Ecstasis takeover as part of macrobert's THAT Festival

18 Sep 2012

You fall in love with movies more than once. At the age of 18, I saw Chen Kaige’s Yellow Earth at the macrobert centre in Stirling, where I was a student, and fell head over heels. It was about a Chinese girl longing to be someone else. Last month, when…

Wickerman Festival 2012 - picture gallery

1 Aug 2012

Some visual highlights from Scotland's Pagan-rooted festival

The annual Wickerman Festival took place in East Kirkcarswell from 20-21 July. The theme of the event was ‘Olymics’, thus this year the 40ft Wickerman wore the Union Jack boxing shorts and held the Olympic torch in his hand. With more than 10 stages…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Day Planner

25 Jun 2012

Day-by-day highlights of the 2012 EIFF

List film editor Gail Tolley selects the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. You can catch every one of these films in the order they’re listed.

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2012 East Neuk Festival enters the literary fray

25 Jun 2012

Popular Fife festival boasts talks on literature, music and installations

While the East Neuk Festival across the wonderful landscapes of Fife is heavily focused on classical music (it developed into its current form after the Scottish Chamber Orchestra played some summer concerts in the area), the event has spread its wings.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival boasts black magic, mime and masterclasses

25 Jun 2012

Magic fest 2012 offers host of wizard delights

Magic has come a long way since the semi-cringe days of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, with hip magicians like David Blaine and Derren Brown (and Harry Potter?) changing the way we look at modern-day illusionists. The Edinburgh International Magic…

Programme revealed for Sundance London Music and Film Festival

9 Mar 2012

Robert Redford and Tricky scheduled for talks and performances

The programme has been revealed for the inaugural Sundance London Music and Film Festival, to be held at The O2 from Thu 26–Sun 29 Apr. The festival is centred around the screening of 14 films from Robert Redford's annual Sundance independent film…

Florence & The Machine and Noel Gallagher to play T in the Park 2012

21 Feb 2012

The Vaccines, The Maccabees and The Horrors also on bill

DF Concerts and Tennent’s Lager today unveiled that Florence and the Machine and Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds will be two of the big acts playing at Balado this summer. Flame-haired and big-lunged star Florence had her second full-length record…

GFF 2012 - Opening Gala: Your Sister's Sister

17 Feb 2012

Mumblecore director Lynn Shelton introduces her latest film at the opening of the Glasgow Film Fest

Director Lynn Shelton was at the Glasgow Film Theatre last night to introduce her opening gala feature, Your Sister's Sister. She seemed ecstatically happy to be there, hugging co-director Allison Gardner ahead of the screening. Then, after the usual…