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Dispatch - Vic Galloway

27 Nov 2006

The Dispatch

It’s time once again to approach our impending festive doom! Yes, Christmas is upon us and has been so since the Hallowe’en decorations came down. What does this mean for the world of music? A morass of greatest hits compilations, that’s what. Do we…

Dispatch - Vic Galloway

15 Jan 2007

The Dispatch

In my first column of 2007, it seems only right to join the tipsters of the world and look forward to the remaining 11 and a half months with a selection of ‘ones to watch’. The Scottish music scene is in extremely good health, and as usual, away from…

Vic Galloway presents Songs in the key of Fife

14 Aug 2013

TV & radio presenter shines spotlight on the Kingdom

Over the last couple of decades a musical story has been brewing in the East Neuk (literally, the ‘east corner’) of Fife, just the opposite side of the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, and broadcaster Vic Galloway is the man to finally tell it. Partly…

The Dispach - Vic Galloway

18 Sep 2006

The Dispatch

I do end up in some strange places with work these days. None stranger than the Balearic party isle of Ibiza. Long seen as a haven for bangin’ choons, the clubbing capital of the world is in transition right now as pop-culture swings once more towards…

Vic Galloway - Songs in the Key of Fife

4 Nov 20133 stars

BBC DJ's personal biography of area of Scotland home to thriving music scene

Comedy buffs have long been fascinated by the fact the tiny village of Navan has managed to produce magnificent stand-up talents such as Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Pierce Brosnan (if you haven’t yet seen his performance in Stephen King’s Bag of…

Stories of Home: Vic Galloway on Scotland and music

8 May 2014

The broadcaster on why music is his home, as part of Scottish Book Trust's Stories of Home project

In bricks and mortar, my home has always been Scotland; a country that continually manifests itself in different ways. It morphs and mutates, it shape-shifts and surprises. On one hand it’s my mother’s lentil soup and cosy, comfy living room; my…

Tearing down the walls: An extract from Vic Galloway's Rip It Up

19 Jul 2018

BBC Radio Scotland DJ's book accompanies the major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

Wherever you look this year, Rip it Up will be there. An exhibition, a publication, TV documentary, special gigs and Book Festival event, there's no avoiding the colourful story of Scottish pop music. To get into the spirit, here's an extract from Vic…

AS Byatt, Eleanor Catton and Alasdair Gray among the highlights at Aye Write! 2014

24 Mar 2014

Mark Z Danielewski, Vic Galloway, Val McDermid and Susan Calman are also attending

Mark Z Danielewski Danielewski's 2000 debut, House of Leaves, is a cult classic, an experimental novel about a house containing an endless labyrinth in its basement. His third offering, The Fifty Year Sword, is out soon from Scotland's own Cargo…

Pop up festival Scot:Lands takes over Edinburgh on New Year's Day

11 Nov 2015

Free music, theatre, art and dance across Edinburgh's Old Town on 1 January 2016

‘The perfect way to nurse a hangover,’ is how Vic Galloway describes his experience of attending Scot:Lands last year, and he’s not wrong. Not that the BBC Radio Scotland DJ and go-to champion of young Scottish bands tends to wake up with a sore head on…

Book Week Scotland presents For the Record

23 Nov 2015

James Yorkston, Vic Galloway and Richard King talk Scotland’s musical heritage

Book Week Scotland and Faber Social have teamed up to present an evening of storytelling and performance, plus musician James Yorkston, [https://www.list.co.uk/event/525342-james-yorkston-the-pictish-trail-withered-hand-the-song-writing-circle-tour/…

Ten days of music, film, comedy and spoken word at The Pleasance Sessions 2014

19 Sep 2014

Confirmed performers include The Twilight Trio, Vic Galloway, Roddy Hart, Neu! Reekie! and Paul Foot

It’s one of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, yet the Pleasance is often overlooked outside the month of August when it’s transformed into a bustling Fringe venue. Thankfully, after a successful first year – including a nomination for Best Small Festival at…

Glasgow Mix Tape celebrates the music of the city, with Errors, Malcolm Middleton and more

24 Jul 2014

Admiral Fallow, The Phantom Band and Richard Young will also perform at the East End Social event

In what is becoming an increasingly epic summer for Glasgow in general, and its music scene in particular, Chemikal Underground is celebrating the city’s enduring relationship with music with Glasgow Mix Tape, bringing together a stellar array of…

Pick of 2006 - Hot 100

12 Dec 2006

100 to 51

I can admit it now: I was a fool to set up the Hot 100. When you think of the broad spectrum of cultural activities that we cover in The List, from film and music through to eating out, shopping and occasionally sport, it’s clear that the number of…

Five reasons to head to Electric Circus' Big Day In

16 Apr 2013

Dutch Uncles, Discopolis, Dems, Jonnie Common and more head up the indoor mini-festival

1. It’s in, not out Worried about the shameful 'spring' weather we’ve been having? Wishing you could get away from it with some antipodean (autumn) sunshine and a bunch of bands in a field? Well, tough. But if you couldn’t afford the flight to Oz and…

Born To Be Wide - Wide Days

1 Apr 2010

It's business time! Scottish music scene-nurturing organisation Born To Be Wide has another fantastic event planned, with a line up of acts equally as impressive as the industry figures sharing their music industry knowhow. Seminars and showcases have…

Dancing in the street

19 Nov 2009

Not for nothing is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay thought to be one of the best in the world; four days of festivities jam-packed around one of the biggest street parties in the world. Now, after a lacklustre start, it seems the names are coming thick and fast.

Charity Baw

13 Nov 2009

Nope, not a fundraiser for testicular cancer – this charity ball’s for Oxfam, and funds raised are going to support the fight against climate change. Acts such as The Real Tuesday Weld, Aberfeldy, The Parsonage, Withered Hand, Come On Gang!, Big Ned…

The Psychedelic Ballroom

3 Sep 2009

Introducing the best new club nights in town.

Residents: Glasgow band The Balladeers: Jackson Scott (guitar and vocals), Gav Troon (bass), Ruaraidh Macleod (drums) and Sean Fitzharris (keyboards, violin). They’ll be playing a set and DJing afterwards. Guests: For this debut night it’s…


30 Oct 2008

Not since the days of Taste's prime has Edinburgh managed to gather itself a successful Sunday night scene, and the weekly Scottish Hobo Society, as was, certainly didn't change that. Yet the now-rechristened Hobo is now under new management, and the…

Soma Skool is back

10 Apr 2008

Big Scottish music industry names are confirmed for the educational event Soma Records' Soma Skool returns to Glasgow this month. Dave Clarke, DJ Sneak, Anja Schneider, Vic Galloway and music managers Dee Bahl and John Williamson take to the Arches…

Edinburgh International Book Festival launch Jura Unbound programme

1 Jul 2015

A guide to the late-night, live literature delights in store at Jura Unbound

Just because you read books doesn’t mean you go to bed early. As the day’s events at Edinburgh Book Festival wrap up at Charlotte Square Gardens Jura Unbound throws open the canvas to the Spiegeltent to entice you in for a night of live literature…

Scottish bands head to The Great Escape

22 Apr 2015

Eight new Scottish bands are to appear at The Great Escape, Europe's biggest new music festival

Brighton's Great Escape Festival will host eight Scottish bands who are appearing as part of Creative Scotland's Showcasing Scotland series. Hosted by DJ and Scottish music pioneer Vic Galloway, bands appearing across the weekend festival include…

The Hidden Door festival aims to instil Edinburgh with a new DIY events ethos

21 Mar 2014

'We can do things like this if we want; we don’t have to wait for permission'

‘Edinburgh suffers from what you might call institutional repetition,’ says David Martin, creative director of the Hidden Door Festival, a defiantly DIY agent of change on the capital’s cultural landscape. ‘What we wanted to do was something a bit…

T in the Park 2007

19 Jun 2007

In a matter of months Dumfries shelf-stacker Calvin Harris has taken the MySpace-sensation route to universally lauded electro producer, touring with Faithless and being linked professionally and romantically with pop icon Kylie Minogue along the way.


26 Oct 2006

The Dispatch

Apparently it’s a television-commissioner’s nightmare fitting music programmes into a busy schedule, provoking the age-old quandary of whether music actually works on the box or not. Is it just an excuse for twitchy, channel hoppers to search out…