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Wasteland

17 Jun 20193 stars

Choreographic exploration of the rise of rave and descent of dignity

Gary Clarke Company's Wasteland is the sequel to their examination of the British Miners' Strike during the 1980s, Coal, and shifts focus to the emergence of rave culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Seeing a connection between the battering of…

Gerry Cinnamon announces huge UK tour, here's how to get tickets

17 Jun 2019

Scottish singer-songwriter heads to Leicester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Norwich and more

Gerry Cinnamon has announced he will head out on an 8-date tour of England and Wales this November. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 9am on Fri 21 Jun. The tour is set to follow on from Cinnamon's many UK festival appearances. He will headline at…

Toy Story 4

17 Jun 20194 stars

Satisfying fourth instalment from Pixar's signature franchise

Pixar's signature franchise is back, nine years after the remarkable Toy Story 3 seemingly rounded off a perfect animated trilogy. Is another outing with Woody, Buzz and the other talking toys one step too far? In the hands of most Hollywood studios…

Exposure: The Vegan Leather

14 Jun 2019

Scottish art-pop quartet's latest single is a dark and punchy earworm

Glasgow art-pop quartet The Vegan Leather are quickly establishing themselves as one of the leading lights of Scotland's music scene. With their new single 'French Exit' out now, we speak to them about the new track, the road ahead and their dream of…

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars

14 Jun 20194 stars

A rich pastoral simplicity is at play on The Boss' latest take on the state of America

He's just one man making music, but to many of his fans – let's call them believers, for a certain amount of surrender to the fantasy of his stage persona is necessary to be one – Bruce Springsteen has always represented something more vividly…

Jazz Warriors: Taking the temperature at this year's decidedly hot Glasgow Jazz Festival

14 Jun 2019

Expect everything from funky brass players to Ethiopian pioneers in this year's diverse offerings

The tuba played a fundamental role in the early jazz bands, only to fall out of favour as the double bass commandeered the bottom end. In the modern era, players like Bill Barber, Ray Draper, Howard Johnson and Bob Stewart have explored the…

Top 10 performance art shows coming to the Fringe in 2019

14 Jun 2019

We round up the best experimental and unfamiliar live art and performance art shows coming to the Fringe this year

The Fringe isn't really a Fringe anymore: it's just a big, unstructured competition for audiences that doesn't have much space for the experimental or unfamiliar. However, it is still possible to find performance art - or live art, which might be a…

Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting

14 Jun 2019

One of Scotland's most important artists gets a major retrospective in the capital this summer

Victoria Crowe's work doesn't shout: it doesn't have to. She may have become one of Scotland's most important artists with very little fanfare, but this is all set to change this summer when she is the subject of a major retrospective at Edinburgh's…

Calexico and Iron & Wine – Years to Burn

14 Jun 20194 stars

The first official hook-up between Calexico and Sam Beam in 14 years is timed to perfection

Ahead of the latest collaboration between two of US indie-folk's staples, Iron & Wine's Sam Beam reckoned that this album had an 'ambiguous title, because life is complicated'. Listening to the eight tracks from Years to Burn, the first official hook-up…

Polly Clark – Tiger

14 Jun 20193 stars

A unique read about fearsome predators that shows off some stellar research

If you read Polly Clark's Helensburgh-set debut novel Larchfield and fell for her tale about a mother and WH Auden, then you might be surprised that her second offering focuses on a fierce predator. The story begins with a prologue located in the…

Once – The Musical gets huge UK tour in 2020, find out how to get tickets

14 Jun 2019

Grammy and Olivier award-winning musical tours 23 cities from January

The multi-award winning musical Once is set to tour the UK in 2020. Following a run at Fairfield Hallls in Croydon the tour will visit Southend, Liverpool, York, Woking, Milton Keynes, Bath, Coventry, Stoke, Malvern, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Oxford…

Sir Ian McKellen brings one-man show to London's Harold Pinter Theatre, get your tickets

14 Jun 2019

New tour dates go on sale for Sir Ian McKellen On Stage for September 2019–January 2020 shows

Due to huge demand, the legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen has added new dates to his huge UK tour. McKellen will bring his one-man show Sir Ian McKellen On Stage to the Harold Pinter Theatre from Fri 20 Sep 2019–Sun 5 Jan 2020. Tickets for the shows will…

Konx-Om-Pax – Ways of Seeing

13 Jun 20194 stars

Third full-length album from the Glasgow electronic musician is lush and sonically adventurous

It's hard not to feel that Tom 'Konx-Om-Pax' Scholefield has been an underrated presence amid the canon of great electronic musicians to have emerged from Glasgow in recent years, despite a career which has placed him at the forefront of a lot of the…

Sara Sheridan celebrates Scotland's foremothers in her new book

13 Jun 2019

Historical novelist Sara Sheridan rewrites Scotland's history to tackle gender equality in Where are the Women?

In Where are the Women?: A Guide to an Imagined Scotland, author Sara Sheridan tackles the thorny problem of gender representation on our streets and in our collective landscapes. By taking Scotland and rewriting it, Sheridan gives us Triduana's Seat…

Jordan Rakei – Origin

13 Jun 20193 stars

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist spins plates piled high with different genres in his second offering

Jordan Rakei has become a bit of a golden boy of the alternative pop world. He's got a star-studded list of friends and collaborators that includes trendy names like Loyle Carner and Jorja Smith, and has clocked up over 100 million Spotify streams. His…

Niall Campbell – Noctuary

13 Jun 20193 stars

A transcendental look at one father's experience of parenthood

Niall Campbell's second poetry collection is at its best when turning small, intimate aspects of fatherhood into transcendental wonders, but loses its way when it drifts from this narrow focus. This is not intended as a thorough exploration of…

Gig theatre coming to the Fringe in 2019

13 Jun 2019

From Frankenstein to a Rock'n'Roll Suicide, the Fringe provides plenty of shows where music is just as important as the theatre

Gig theatre has been used to disguise weak scripts, covering up poor characterisation or plot with a thumping beat and the energy of the live music experience: it has also added a dimension to traditional theatre, revealing how the integration of sound…

Big Fat Bribe Blog: Hit us with your best Fringe bribe!

13 Jun 2019

The List's Big Fat Bribe Blog is back and we might just cover your show if you send us something juicy

We get it. 2019 has been a scary year. Britain's relationship with the European Union has had more break-up threats than all seasons of Love Island put together, protests against injustice have taken over the news all around the world… Us here at the…

Louise Redknapp and Amber Davies confirmed for 9 to 5: The Musical UK tour

13 Jun 2019

Casting revealed for touring production of Dolly Parton's musical

Dolly Parton's hit production, 9 to 5:The Musical, will tour in late 2019 following a hugely successful run at London's Savoy Theatre. Casting news reveals stars Louise Redknapp and Amber Davies will go on tour with the production, performing in Glasgow…

BBC Scotland's new series TUNE reflects the magic of Scottish gigs on telly

12 Jun 2019

The LaFontaines frontman Kerr Okan speaks about hosting the magazine-style show, which centres around live performances from headline acts

A brand new BBC Scotland series, Tune, launched on Thursday and aims to capture Scotland's passion for live music on the telly. The magazine-style show is hosted by The LaFontaines frontman Kerr Okan and each episode features a headline act filmed at…

Cymera: International and home-grown genre literature talent meets in the Scottish capital

12 Jun 2019

We spent a day at the debut Cymera Festival listening to the literary wisdom of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writers

Not even the gloomy and unpredictable Edinburgh weather was capable of deterring literature lovers from converging at the inaugural edition of the Cymera Festival in the Pleasance Courtyard. The festival had an ambitious programme, with 80 authors…

Men In Black: International

12 Jun 20192 stars

Fourth instalment in the series reboots the action-comedy to no great effect

New cast, same old story. Men In Black: International – the fourth in the series but the first without Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones – reboots the 'aliens-among-us' action-comedy to no great effect. True, we now have Thor star Chris Hemsworth to show…

Kate Atkinson – Big Sky

12 Jun 20195 stars

Tour de force of a detective novel which sees the return of private eye Jackson Brodie

Fans have been clamouring for the return of Kate Atkinson's private eye Jackson Brodie ever since Started Early, Took My Dog ended with a massive cliffhanger in 2010. Luckily, the fifth appearance of this catastrophising former policeman with a big…

Wasteland 'celebrates the euphoric, defiant rave subculture that allowed a feeling of togetherness and hedonism to thrive'

12 Jun 2019

Gary Clarke's sequel to the award-winning COAL marks the 25th anniversary of the South Yorkshire colliery being torn down

In 1994, ten years after the miners' strike which led to the widespread closure of many British collieries, workers in the village of Grimethorpe gathered to watch their old pit being demolished. Wasteland marks the 25th anniversary of the South…

John Bishop to embark on 'work in progress' tour, get presale tickets

12 Jun 2019

Liverpudlian comic tests new material in Camberley, Southampton, Harrogate and more

John Bishop is heading out on a large UK tour later this year to test new comedy material after a year's hiatus. Presale tickets for his work in progress tour are available now. General sale begins at 10am on Thu 13 Jun. The Liverpudlian comic will…