David Pollock

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Siriusmodeselektor at Riverside Festival, Glasgow

24 Apr 2015

Berlin-based supergroup comprising Siriusmo and Modeselektor play Europe this summer

Carrying on the spirit of collaboration which has seen them twice team up with Apparat to release records as Moderat, Berlin-based duo Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, aka Modeselektor, have now teamed up with Siriusmo (Moritz Friedrich) as…

Interview: Jon Phonics, Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour

25 Mar 2015

RBMA UK Tour hits Glasgow this weekend. Producer Jon Phonics hypes the action coming your way

Born in Hemel Hempstead, formerly based in London and now a Glasgow resident, Jon Phonics (Jonathan Phoenix) runs the Astral Black label and club night, whose reputation is growing fast through events in Glasgow and London, as well as the work of…

Blur – The Magic Whip

8 Apr 20154 stars

An intriguing return from Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree produces a couple of classics

Brushing aside the Brit-centric formulism of their career heyday, what was truly great about Blur was also what sounded like the least considered. We’re talking about the self-titled 1997 record and selected subsequent moments from 13 and Think…

Nothing Ever Happens Here

20 Mar 2015

Broken Records’ Jamie Sutherland talks about Summerhall’s new music programme

That name is a joke, although some might not believe that. It’s a play on the often-parroted refrain that nothing happens in Edinburgh musically, that it’s a dead zone compared to ever-bustling Glasgow. Despite slightly overblown newspaper headlines…

Best family-friendly festivals in Scotland

1 Apr 2015

Top five fests for all the family, including Solas, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune the Rabbit Hole

Think festivals aren’t the right place for kids? Think again. Several of Scotland’s best boutique festivals are welcoming kids and families in their droves. Here, we pick out five of the best for 2015. Solas Enjoying a range of family and kids-only…

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Riverside Festival 2015 hits Glasgow last weekend of May

3 Apr 2015

Electric Frog and Pressure pray for good weather on the west coast

Electric Frog and Pressure, the two forces behind the Riverside Festival, have done that really clever thing of building an association with their alfresco clubbing mini-festival and the official start of the Glasgow summer. Taking place on 29-30 May…

Got kids, will festival: how to rock out as a family this summer

1 Apr 2015

Doune the Rabbit Hole and Kelburn Garden Party welcome families alongside party animals

‘People are becoming more aware that a festival doesn’t have to be somewhere that isn’t child friendly,’ says Jamie Murray, director of Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, which happens on the Cardross Estate near Stirling every August. ‘They now know that…

Theatre review: Hedda Gabler

25 Mar 20154 stars

Nicola Daley shines as Hedda in the Lyceum’s new production of the Ibsen classic

The landscape of female experience portrayed by Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler may have changed in the century and a quarter since it was written, but in this tale of a woman bound by the expectations of men there’s still much that resonates on a broader…

Best food and drink events in Ayrshire

13 Apr 2015

From Largs to Ballantrae, our top picks for food and drink events in and around Ayrshire

Established in May 2015 on the back of a series of successful farmers’ markets and smuggler’s festivals, a number of local interest groups founded Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink to support quality, healthy Scottish produce. Expect foraging…

CBeebies Live: Justin and Friends sees Mr Tumble and pals return

17 Mar 2015

Justin Fletcher's most well known creation takes to the stage in this new show

Within months of having your first child it’s inevitable that Justin Fletcher will feel like he’s always lived in your home, so ubiquitous is the multi-talented host of several shows on kids channel CBeebies. A character comedian, voice artist and…

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Kids theatre review: Celeste’s Circus

15 Apr 20153 stars

Puppetry and pretend French in circus-themed show for pre-school children

A micro-play for pre-school children old enough to hold their attention on a performer even just for a few minutes, Celeste’s Circus works on two levels. One, for the children, because it revels in a sense of visual invention which offers gleeful…

Frank Walter, Ingleby Gallery

2 Apr 20153 stars

Solo exhibition by one of the Caribbean’s most intriguing artists leaves you wanting more

Although the Ingleby Gallery has shown the work of the late Antiguan artist Frank Walter in a group setting before, this is the first time they’ve presented a whole-gallery headline retrospective. It leaves the viewer wanting more – not necessarily of…

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

27 Mar 20154 stars

Mercury Prize-winning trio come back in style

In an era when designed-in, risk-averse formulism is the only style which is allowed into the mainstream, it’s pleasing to hear Edinburgh trio Young Fathers unashamedly describe themselves as pop music. From that out-of-the-blue but utterly deserved…

Interview: Nightwave, Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour

25 Mar 2015

RBMA UK Tour hits Glasgow this weekend, we caught up with local talent Nightwave to get the lowdown

Nightwave, aka Maya Medvesek, is a Slovenian DJ, singer and producer who has made her home in Glasgow for some years. Under her production alias she’s recorded ghetto house and grime influenced tracks for a number of labels, including her own Heka Trax…

GastroFest at the Edinburgh Science Festival: from fermentation to head cheese

24 Mar 2015

We pick our way through the delights of the science festival’s food and drink strand for 2015

The nation’s obsession with the process of how food and drink reaches our table doesn’t just stop at the preparation worktop, it seems. As Edinburgh International Science Festival has been proving over the last few years with one-off events scattered…

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Iman Issa: Parables

23 Mar 2015

Glasgow Sculpture Studios exhibit installation and sound works by Egyptian artist

Having known Iman Issa since a meeting in the artist’s home city of Egypt in 2008, Glasgow Sculpture Studios director Kyla McDonald was keen to show her work as soon as she took over at GSS. ‘But I wasn’t quite sure how best to do this,’ says McDonald.

Stuart David – In The All-Night Café

7 Apr 20154 stars

Belle & Sebastian co-founder takes a trip down memory lane

‘Stuart, this is Stuart.’ Those were the words, remembers the first Stuart (David), of the moment he was introduced to the other Stuart (Murdoch) in the kitchen of a friend’s flat in Glasgow – and a new chapter in the city’s musical history was…

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Six Essential Highlights of Glasgow’s Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

25 Mar 2015

With so much to choose from, we pick some of the best bits from the Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour

More concentrated disco-house energy than any room in Glasgow has ever experienced before, with the small and brilliantly future-gothic basement room in Berkeley Suite welcoming Dimitri From Paris, Prins Thomas and some unannounced and ‘very secret…

The Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair finds a bi-monthly niche

18 Mar 2015

Thanks to the popularity of superhero movies, comic conventions in Glasgow are growing

The success of the Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair is symptomatic of just how much superhero movies have helped revive the industry they sprang from. Older comic lovers with more than two decades’ recall might remember Glasgow supporting just one major…

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Best picnic spots in Ayrshire

18 Mar 2015

Where to head when the weather calls for blankets on the ground, and al fresco feasting

Around five miles down the Ayrshire coast from the town of Ayr and the same distance north of Culzean Castle, the coast around the village of Dunure offers some of the finest scenery in the area. This spot features the ruined but accessible Dunure…

Ayrshire’s best chip shops

18 Mar 2015

A handy round-up of the area’s best chippies in Ayrshire

Even though the local fishing industry has declined, Ayr’s long coastline lends itself to opportunities to enjoy the traditional fresh Scottish chippie by the water. All the big towns are well-served, for example Irvine with the well-established Enzo’s…

Potato distilling not limited to vodka belt

12 Mar 2015

Arbikie Highland Estates distillery can claim to be first of a very distinctive brand of operation

With a family-run arable farm on site and its own sunken lake providing fresh water, the Arbikie distillery touts itself as the first hand-crafted farm-to-bottle operation seen in Scotland in centuries. Not just whisky either, but white and brown…

Errors – Lease of Life

10 Mar 20154 stars

Continued, open-minded listening is the least this fine record deserves

The point of departure between the old Errors and the new Errors came in 2012, when the Glasgow-based quartet slimmed down to a trio. The difference between both incarnations was made plain by contrasting that year’s duo of releases, the third album…

Interview: Errors

10 Mar 2015

Glaswegian band's Simon Ward talks about the making of their new album

Before the band’s representative gets a say, a word about Errors’ new album Lease of Life; it’s excellent. Not just by the standard of a group who have proven to be consistent sonic adventurers over their three full albums to date, but in the way it…