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Philip Seymour Hoffman - a personal top 10

4 Feb 2014

Film journalist Niki Boyle lists his most memorable performances, good and bad, from the late actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday aged 46, will be rightly remembered as one of the finest actors of his generation. There are numerous obituaries and 'best of' lists circulating the internet in the wake of his death, so rather than replicate…

Arctic Monkeys to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals

4 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Arctic Monkeys will headline this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. The band - which includes frontman Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, drummer Matt Helders and bassist Nick O'Malley - are returning to the event after they topped the bill in 2009…

Ed Sheeran's tattoos inspired by new album

4 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Ed Sheeran is getting a tattoo sleeve inspired by his upcoming album. The 'Lego House' singer, who is set to release his second record this year, the follow-up to his debut album '+' in 2011, already has a number of inkings by celebrity tattoo…

Miley Cyrus wants to be taken more seriously

3 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Miley Cyrus wants people to focus more on her singing. The 'We Can't Stop' hitmaker insists she doesn't want to be known for her shock value and hopes people will remember her for her voice and not her raunchy dance moves. She explained to the US…

Sam Smith joins Taylor Swift at London's 02 Arena

3 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Taylor Swift was joined on stage by Sam Smith at London's O2 Arena this weekend. The blonde beauty invited the Brits Critics' Choice Award winner to team up with her last night (02.02.14) in England's capital, where she has a set of dates lined up as…

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Glasgow's 2014 Cultural Programme unveiled

31 Jan 2014

Mega-orchestras, a gastrofest and more are being staged in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games

A mega-orchestra combining some of Scotland’s finest musicians, films on voyaging Shetlanders and even a new woodland park for Glasgow are among the 42 new arts projects announced as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. The programme, which…

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2014 coming to Glasgow

30 Jan 2014

Paolo Nutini and Rita Ora revealed as first names on the free music festival's line-up

BBC Radio 1 has announced that its annual festival, The Big Weekend, will be taking place in Glasgow on Sat 24 & Sun 25 May. The first acts revealed to be performing are Glasgow’s own Paolo Nutini and sassy singer Rita Ora. Local JAMC-style rock…

Hall & Oates, The Boomtown Rats, Bonnie Tyler and Jason Donovan lined up for Rewind Festival 2014

30 Jan 2014

The 80s-loving music fest will take place across three sites across the UK in 2014

Hall & Oates, The Boomtown Rats, Bonnie Tyler and Jason Donovan are among the latest acts announced to perform at the UK’s biggest celebration of 80s music, Rewind Festival, this summer. The festival is hitting the UK on three dates in summer 2014…

Lady Gaga adds UK dates to artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour

29 Jan 2014

The singer has announced new dates in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Sheffield for Nov 2014

Pop icon Lady Gaga has announced dates for the European leg of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour, including three dates in the UK. Gaga will visit London, Manchester and Glasgow in support of her latest album ARTPOP, which we described as an 'unwieldy…

Hip hop legends De La Soul to celebrate 25 years with UK tour in May 2014

28 Jan 2014

The trio will call in at London, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, York and Leamington Spa

25 years after the release of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, hip hop trio De La Soul are set to visit the UK once again, visiting cities across the country in May 2014. Famous for their early hits 'Me, Myself and I' and 'The Magic Number'…

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McBusted announce two outdoor shows for June 2014

27 Jan 2014

Backstreet Boys, 5ive, Diversity and Scouting For Girls will also play the gigs

McBusted will play two outdoor concerts with support from Backstreet Boys and 5ive. The supergroup - made up of members from McFly and Busted - will also be joined by Diversity and Scouting For Girls at Weston-super-Mare Beach on June 28 and Ipswich…

Edinburgh's Picture House closes

24 Jan 2014

With JD Wetherspoon's now in charge, the capital loses its main mid-size music venue

The final gig has ended; the scaffolding is up; refurbishment is underway. With the closure of Edinburgh’s Picture House on 31 December, the Scottish capital has lost its main mid-size music venue. And with confirmation that previous owners MAMA &amp…

Limp Bizkit, Anthrax and The Sisters of Mercy added to Sonisphere 2014 line-up

21 Jan 2014

Carnifex, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Virginmarys and Devin Townsend also added

Several new names have been added to the line-up for rock and metal fest Sonisphere, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 Jul 2014. Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Carnifex, Chas & Dave, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Sisters of Mercy, The…

Blythe Duff and The Killing's Sofie Grabol star in Edinburgh International Festival theatre trilogy

20 Jan 2014

The James Plays trilogy by Rona Munro brings Scottish independence debate back to 2014 festival

Following denials last year that the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival would go anywhere near the Scottish independence debate, a major trilogy of plays on the theme of Scottishness has been announced for this year’s Festival. The James Plays are a…

The stage adaptation of The Lion King to call at Sunderland's Empire Theatre

17 Jan 2014

Tickets for the run in autumn 2014 will go on sale from Tue 21 Jan

Julie Taymor's blockbuster stage adaptation of The Lion King is set to continue its tour around the UK with a run at Sunderland's Empire Theatre in autumn 2014. The musical version of Disney's epic 'Hamlet with lions' animation will visit the theatre…

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American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street among Oscar 2014 nominations

16 Jan 2014

Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips also pick up multiple nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2014 Academy Awards, with The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle picking up multiple nominations in several categories apiece. The list of nominees in the main categories is below - for…

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus developing musical stage adaptation of Groundhog Day

10 Jan 2014

The Matilda collaborators are working with original screenplay writer Danny Rubin on the project

Following their massive success with the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, comedian Tim Minchin and lyricist-director Matthew Warchus have turned their attention to iconic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. The pair are reportedly working on the…

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle among the BAFTA 2014 nominees

8 Jan 2014

Captain Phillips, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street also in the running for awards

The nominees for the 2014 BAFTAs have been announced, with Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Captain Phillips the main contenders for multiple awards. All four have received nominations for Best Film and Director, with Philomena also in the…

Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer added to Sonisphere 2014 lineup

6 Jan 2014

The new acts join headliners The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden at the rock and metal fest

UPDATE: Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer have been added to the line-up for Sonisphere 2014, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 July 2014.

The Mighty Boosh confirm new tour and album NOT in the works

6 Jan 2014

Noel Fielding and Dave 'Bollo' Brown tackle rumours of a Boosh reunion

Members of The Mighty Boosh have stated that they will not be back on the road in 2014 (via Boosh fansite The Velvet Onion). The story, originally published by The Mail on Sunday and picked up by outlets including The Guardian and Chortle, had Boosh…

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Opinion: Why Edinburgh needs The Picture House

20 Dec 2013

The venue is at risk of being transformed into a yet another Wetherspoon's pub

If you asked music fans for a single word to describe the news that Edinburgh venue The Picture House is to become a Wetherspoon's, 'depressing' might be a popular choice. Another might be 'baffling'. Why would owners MAMA & Company sell a seemingly…

Buy tickets to Neil Young & Crazy Horse and McBusted at British Summer Time Festival 2014

11 Dec 2013

Backstreet Boys and The National will provide support on two dates of the Hyde Park gig series

Neil Young & Crazy Horse and McBusted have been announced as the headliners for this year's British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, London. The gig series, which takes place from Fri 4–Sun 13 Jul 2014, will also feature performances from The National…

Miley Cyrus to visit UK as part of 2014 BANGERZ tour

11 Dec 2013

The twerk-happy controversy magnet will visit London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham

Miley Cyrus is set to visit the UK in 2014 as part of her BANGERZ world tour. The Disney princess turned twerk-happy controversy magnet will visit London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham in May 2014, in support of her best selling recent album…

Rod Jones, Honeyblood and There Will Be Fireworks confirmed for Slowfest 2013

11 Dec 2013

The stripped back gig series will take place at Glasgow's Bar Bloc from Mon 16-Wed 18 Dec

Idlewild's Rod Jones, 'crunch pop' duo Honeyblood and indie post-rockers There Will Be Fireworks are among the acts confirmed for Slowfest 2013. The festival, which will take place at Glasgow's Bar Bloc from Mon 16–Wed 18 Dec, gives Scottish bands and…

WATCH: The trailer for the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending

10 Dec 2013

The sci-fi action movie stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

The trailer for the Wachowskis' latest film, Jupiter Ascending, has just appeared online, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis providing the human element in an effects-laden extravaganza. Or rather, humanaoid – Tatum plays alien warrior Caine, whose task…