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Ride the RockNess Express - train details

8 May 2012

The Express will pick up festival goers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle

As part of the Year of Creative Scotland, RockNess are offering a unique (and environmentally friendly) way to the festival site on the banks of Loch Ness. Picking up passengers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle before dropping them off…

Interview with New Order drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham

26 Apr 2012

The reunited music icons on playing live and the importance of arguing

New Order are back, and it’s as if they never went away. Are you enjoying it Stephen Morris, drummer and longest continuously-serving member alongside Bernard Sumner? ‘Yeah, it’s been great,’ he says from his house/studio just outside Macclesfield…

Michael Gira discusses Swans' upcoming live date at the Arches

9 Oct 2012

The post-punk experimental outfit will be touring their latest album, The Seer

‘I see it all, I see it all, I see it all, I see it all,’ intones Michael Gira on the title track of Swans’ latest album, The Seer. Having carved out a 30-plus year career as a musician, label boss, artist and author, indeed the enigmatic frontman has…

Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong talks to us ahead of their UK tour

13 Sep 2012

New album Four is 'the first time we’ve communicated what we wanted to achieve, with any record'

Bloc Party paved the way for resurgence in the popularity of simplistic, yet engaging rock music when they first emerged almost ten years ago. With their biting, post-punk aesthetic and potent hooks, the band enjoyed brief but major success with three…

John Cale promises 'straight rock'n'roll' for upcoming Edinburgh gig

13 Sep 2012

The ex-Velvet Underground man discusses his latest album, Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

Whatever you do, don’t even dare to ask 70-year-old ex-Velvet Underground member and renowned experimentalist and collaborator John Cale if he’s ever thought about retiring. ‘No, I’ve never thought about retiring,’ he comes back with a bristling laugh…

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New BBC SSO airing of Tristan and Isolde to be conducted by Donald Runnicles

13 Sep 2012

The Edinburgh born conductor will be joined by Matthew Best, Nina Stemme and Nicky Spence

In Edinburgh born Donald Runnicles, Scotland is extremely fortunate to have one of the world’s finest Wagnerian conductors as a prime mover in the country’s musical midsts. Featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, of which he is Chief Conductor…

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival programme highlights

13 Sep 2012

Scottish Opera, Music Like a Vitamin and director Jack Bond are among the top tips for the fest

‘Walk in my shoes’ is the theme of the sixth edition of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF). This year we’re presenting nearly 300 arts events across Scotland. As before, it encompasses theatre, comedy, film, dance, literature…

Rodriguez to perform in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on November 25th

4 Sep 2012

The Sugarman receives recognition in the west four decades after his music was originally discovered

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez will perform at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Sunday 25 November following sell-out shows in London. The music of the 70-year-old Detroit singer has only recently come to light in the western world, despite achieving a cult status in…

Glasgow packs a punch with two piping hot cultural events

4 Aug 2012

Piping Live! and World Pipe Band Championships coming in August 2012

Live Piping! Glasgow once again welcomes new and established artists from over ten countries to perform at 150 events across the city, including the John McSherry Band, Breabach and Rura. Look forward to master classes, ceilidhs, concerts…

A royal Tattoo will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in August 2012

3 Aug 2012

The programme includes music, Dennis the Menace, and Brave-inspired medley

Musicians from Switzerland, Norway and Australia, as well as some unexpected guests, will be among the sparkling line-up at this summer’s 62nd Tattoo, which will welcome a fusion of well-loved traditional elements and exciting new contributions. As…

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Interview: Archie Shepp - Edinburgh date for avant-garde firebrand

31 Jul 2012

The legendary sax-man talks bagpipes, gospel and reggae before his Summerhall show

Archie Shepp came to prominence in the mid-1960s as a leading light of the black avant-garde, playing with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Don Cherry, among others. John Coltrane sponsored Shepp's contract with Impulse! records and invited him to play on…

Exclusive new tracks from Discopolis' Summer Mixtape EP

31 Jul 2012

Listen here first to the Edinburgh electro-poppers' new material

Upcoming Edinburgh based trio Discopolis are soon to release their Summer Mixtape EP as a free download on their website and Soundcloud page. The boys – Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett Donald and Dave Lloyd – formed the group in 2010, after having been…

Piping Live! 2012 warms up with tour around Scotland

27 Jul 2012

Pit stops for the pipers include Eilean Donan and Culzean Castle

To celebrate The Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Piping Live! Festival On Tour will bring piping to new audiences and locations across Scotland. The tour, which runs from 31 Jul to 4 Aug, will offer the opportunity to enjoy the best of Scotland’s…

Interview: Amy Macdonald prepares to play 'Five a Day for the Kids'

7 Jun 2012

At only 24 years of age, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has had a UK Number One single and sold four million albums. Known for her originality as well as her versatility, Amy has developed a following with self-penned tracks such as 'This is…

Five reasons to go and see Tim Hecker

23 Apr 2012

The electronica artist is appearing at church venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow in May

1. Celebrate the death of rave At least according to Hecker’s new album: the wonderfully-titled Ravedeath, 1972, a lush assembly of droning, dream-like electronic soundscapes which builds upon the work he’s been creating for the last two decades, both…

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Interview: Ben Sims gets ready for RockNess 2012

13 Apr 2012

The techno DJ/producer among names added to festival bill

DJ Ben Sims has been announced for 2012’s RockNess festival, where he joins Soma Records on the Arcadia UFO stage. With over 20 years of DJ experience, running his own Theory label (among others), he’s renowned for his DJ skills using vinyl, CD and…

Want advice on how your band can 'make it' and score a gig abroad?

3 Apr 2012

Third Annual Wide Days Seminar

Following on from successes in 2010 and 2011, the informal music conference, slash industry showcase that is Wide Days returns – with seminars for those wanting to get in to the music business during the day, followed by live performances and showcases…

Interview: Andrew Weatherall set for RockNess 2012

30 Mar 2012

Esteemed DJ and producer on A Love From Outer Space and festivals

Andrew Weatherall is just one of the new announcements for 2012’s RockNess line-up where he’ll be joining Soma Records who are taking control of the new Arcadia UFO. It’s a Scottish Festival exclusive as he’s joined by Sean Johnston as they present an…

5 reasons to go and see OFWGKTA

27 Mar 2012

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All set to play O2 ABC gig

1. We might find out what they are Are they an ironic comedy hip hop troupe? Or are they a wilfully nasty, relentlessly violent, misogynistic and homophobic throwback whose goofy nonsense just happens to distil the finest styles of rap created in the…

Colette Thurlow of 2:54 - interview

27 Mar 2012

The indie singer/guitarist discusses sibling bandmates and significant influences

Like a louchely worn black leather jacket, moody guitar music will never go out of fashion – see 2:54 for proof on both counts. Having toured with Warpaint and The Big Pink since emerging a year ago, the London four-piece based around sisters Colette…

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SMC to host Composition Marathon

8 Mar 2012

Event at the Scottish Music Centre to feature performances from Daniel's Beard, Pure Brass and more

To commission ten composers at the same time to write a new work each is quite an undertaking. To ask them all to do it in the space of only twelve hours could be verging on insanity, especially as none of the ten will have an inkling of which…

Dub/electronic/experimental act Hype Williams to play Glasgow's SWG3

29 Feb 2012

The London duo marry a shadowy stage presence with engaging tunes

The List once saw Hype Williams perform entirely hidden behind a white bedsheet. It was like a Poundstretcher version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall but with an added fug of skunk. The duo, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, revel in this sort of batshit chicanery…

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…

Five picks from Celtic Connections 2012

6 Jan 2012

Featuring Zoe Muth, Jack Bruce, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins and Vieux Farka Touré

Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers The year in Americana 2011 belongs to Gillian Welch and the release of her album The Harrow & the Harvest, but amongst a promising field of young female country singers, Zoe Muth stands out. With her ear for an instant…

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to play Celtic Connections set

6 Jan 2012

Some facts you may not know about Will Oldham's alterego

1. This will be first Scottish performance in over five years The music of Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) has haunted independent music for over two decades now, through various monikers (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs to name a…