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Scot:Lands offers tour of free music, theatre and dance performances around Edinburgh on New Year's Day

12 Dec 2013

Performances from RM Hubbert, Smallpetitklein and theatre show Whatever Gets You Through the Night

They’ve danced up trees, tackled events surrounding 9/11 and cavorted in castles: suffice to say, Dundee-based dance troupe Smallpetitklein don’t so much think outside the box, as build a new one entirely. Which makes them a perfect addition to…

James Blake bags Mercury Prize 2013 for album Overgrown

31 Oct 2013

Electronica soloist beats competition from Arctic Monkeys, Laura Mvula, Jake Bugg and Disclosure

It was a shortlist sniffed at for being too mainstream and safe, but this year’s Mercury Prize awards still managed to surprise (at least a little) with Goldsmiths graduate James Blake pipping bookies’ favourite, singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, to the…

Chvrches, Django Django and King Creosote announced for Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013

15 Oct 2013

The Rezillos and Fiddler's Bid will also join headliners the Pet Shop Boys on the New Year Line-up

We can’t lie, we’re a wee bit excited. As if it weren’t sufficient that electro-poppers Pet Shop Boys are headlining this year’s New Year’s Eve street party jamboree in Edinburgh, a clutch of darn fine local heroes have been added to the supporting mix.

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett and more contribute to Commonwealth Games 2014 arts programme

29 Aug 2013

Kieran Hurley, Janey Godley, Stephen Deazley, Random Accomplice and Paul Fegan also involved

As Glasgow launches its cultural programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we round up a handful of highlights on the starting block

Briefs: The Second Coming

21 Aug 20133 stars

Aerial trickery, vaudeville, smuttiness and muscles combine for a brilliant bonkers show

Elaborate dick pouches, man-dogs and defecation are just some of the high – and low – lights of a Briefs show, as occasionally brilliant as it is totally bonkers. A fabulous Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-inspired opening sets the tone for an all-male…

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Lady Rizo

8 Aug 20134 stars

Sweeping vocals from New York's seasoned pro

As she prowls into the room, all foxy grey lace dress and huge eyelashes, there’s no doubting New Yorker Lady Rizo is a class act. Which is all to the good, with a tough Monday night crowd to seduce, and uninspired opener ‘Bali Hai’ from South Pacific…

Five reason to love... David Shrigley

17 May 2013

The 2013 Turner judges praise his ‘macabre intelligence and infinite jest’ - here's why we love him

He’s a homeboy at heart In an interview with The List in 2010, Shrigley spoke of his love of the Dear Green Place: ‘I moved to Glasgow as a teenager, and I’ve lived here more than half my life now. I don’t consider Leicester, where I’m originally from…

Programme for the Edinburgh International Festival 2013 puts artists and technology centre-stage

12 Mar 2013

Tod Machover, the Wooster Group and Oper Frankfurt among the EIF programme highlights

A crowd sourced orchestral work by boundary breaker Tod Machover is just one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme. Set over three weeks this August, the EIF’s line-up includes an homage to Allen Ginsberg with…

Jay-Z protege Rita Ora discusses Spice Girls and The Notebook

24 Jan 2013

The singer-songwriter gets weepy over Spider-Man and hates peas

First record you ever bought The Spice Girls album, Spice World.  Last extravagant purchase you made A holiday for me and my whole family, skydiving, jet skiing, eating, boats – the whole thing, in Dubai. First film you saw that really moved…

Simple Minds, The Maccabees and The View set for Edinburgh Hogmanay 2012

13 Nov 2012

New Year's Eve celebrations in the Scottish capital

Scottish rock band Simple Minds will headline this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens. The band, whose hits include ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ and ‘Alive and Kicking’, will be joined on the line-up by The View and Edinburgh’s Bwani…

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Celtic Connections 2013 programme launched

24 Oct 2012

The music fest launches anniversary programme featuring The Mavericks, Aimee Mann and more

The cultural behemoth that is Celtic Connections looks set to bring its A-game next year, as it celebrates 20 years on the music scene with a bumper programme from around the globe. Folk, roots, indie and jazz will all be represented as stalwarts of the…

Review of Reviews - Human Don't Be Angry

26 Mar 2012

What we said and what they said about the debut album from Malcolm Middleton's latest project

What we said ‘While Malcolm Middleton’s solo lyrics are typified by self-deprecation, Human Don’t Be Angry’s vocalisms are more forthright, driven and loved-up.’ The List What they said ‘Middleton is a master when it comes to this and previous…

The Muppets' most memorable moments

1 Feb 2012

A gallery of clips from our favourite frog and his friends

The Muppets have a string of movies to their names already, including The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Great Muppet Caper. Never ones to shirk away from serious film, darling, they’ve also had cameos in…

The Hot 100 2011: 100-50

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

100: Gordon Ferris. Kilmarnock crime author makes good. The already packed Scottish crime writing field has finally found a bit of elbow room for another burgeoning talent. Joining the likes of Rankin, Brookmyre, McDermid and co is this Ayrshire-born…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 49 to 1

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

The Hot 100 is the definitive list of Scottish creative talent. From fashion designers to performance artists, everyone who has made a sizeable splash in 2011 has a place in this countdown. It’s for people who’ve created a buzz, but it’s also about…

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5 Things: what to expect from Primal Scream at this year's Hogmanay celebrations

19 Sep 2011

The Screamadelica crew announced as Edinburgh party headliners

As the mighty Primal Scream prepare to whip up a storm in the capital for Hogmanay, The List wonders what’s in store for the festive season’s hottest ticket A heroes’ welcome As if holding the world’s (okay, Scotland’s) biggest New Year shindig…

Le Gateau Chocolat

17 Aug 20114 stars

Moreish cabaret feast

With his delicious charm and La Clique credentials, Le Gateau Chocolat’s solo debut is an evening treat that leaves you wanting more. Enter the fabulous Bosco tent, and the gentle strains of ‘The Way We Were’ are just audible, a feast of colour and…

Best of the Fest Cabaret

14 Aug 20113 stars

The Noise Next Door, The Twoks and Briefs offer good package

Any festival ‘Best of’ lives or dies on the collection of acts and, suffice to say, it’s a mixed bag of delights, depending on your luck. And so it is here. Gloria, our host for the evening, struggles, her lacklustre attempts at humour flailing, for the…

Opera Die Frau Ohne Schatten set for 2011 Edinburgh International Festival

7 Jul 2011

Russia's Mariinsky Theatre and Jonathan Kent bring Strauss opera to EIF

To say Jonathan Kent's EIF opus is 'a bit' epic is like saying Edinburgh gets 'a bit' busy in August. This summer the Brit director joins forces with Russia's Mariinsky to stage the little-seen Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow). A cast…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - sneak preview

23 May 2011

Liberace, Finnish a capella groups and iPad fairy tales just some of the coming attractions

Whether it’s origami genitalia, homosexual deities or political commentary on the Lockerbie bombing, Edinburgh’s Fringe seldom arrives with a whimper but rather a ruddy great roar. June sees the official launch of 2011’s line-up, but we thought we…

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Edinburgh International Festival 2011 programme keeps an eye on the East

23 Mar 2011

National Ballet of China, Ravi Shankar, Philip Glass among highlights

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra raise the curtain of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival in style this year with a performance Robert Schumann’s exotic musical Das Paradies und die Peri, one highlight from an EIF programme that boasts acts from…

RockNess / T in the Park line-ups announced

3 Mar 2011

Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters for T; Groove Armada, Kasabian and Chemical Bros for RockNess

The great and good of the music world are set to arrive in style this summer with both T in the Park and RockNess dishing up the goodies for their June and July festivals. At TITP in Balado, the mighty Pulp join Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Foo Fighters…

The best upcoming events in Scotland in 2011

3 Jan 2011

Highlights of the 2011 cultural calandar from Film, Music, Comedy, Theatre and Visual Art

Huge gigs, inspiring theatre productions, comedy legends and two cute little waving bears – just a few of the things coming up in ‘11 that we can barely contain our excitement about

Spamalot musical comes to Edinburgh Playhouse

29 Sep 2010

Monty Python's King Arthur comedy

If ever a man was able to look on the bright side of life it is Eric Idle. Whether jumping out of cakes in a tutu for Prince Charles in a comical re-enactment of Swan Lake, or dressing up in wings, mocking the outfit worn by Emma Thompson in Angels in…

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2010

10 Sep 2010

Bill Douglas Trilogy screening and premiere of David Greig’s Monsters in the Hall

If there’s one thing that Scotland has in spades, it’s a proliferation of some mighty fine smaller scale festivals, and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (now in its 4th year) has more than earned the credibility to rub shoulders with…