City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

Arcade Fire at Edinburgh Castle, Review

Arcade Fire

It’s the first day of September and summer is pretty much semi-officially over.

Lammermuir Festival Returns to East Lothian For Second Year

St Michael’s Kirk, Inveresk, Musselburgh

Building on the success of the first Lammermuir Festival last year, this autumn brings ten days of wonderful music performed in the most stunning venues acr

Whither Now For the Forest?

Forest entrance

Freewheeling arts collective The Forest have put out a strongly worded press release expressing how "stunned" they are at the decision to remove them from their venue at the end of the run of the Fringe.

2011 World Pipe Band Championships Winners

Yesterday saw the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. The event was live webcast by the BBC around the world. This year's winners of the Grade 1 competition were top Northern Ireland Band, the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Book Review: Organs of Edinburgh

Organs of Edinburgh

As the Festival Season begins it is sometimes easy to forget just how dependent Edinburgh is on its many fine churches and concert halls. They are home to a rich variety of pipe organs, each made by a different organ builder and most, with a few exceptions, no more than one hundred and fifty years old. Some were built and have stayed put, others have moved to their current building.

Classical Music in the Fringe 2011

The 2011 Fringe Programme lists over one hundred classical music events - some with multiple performances; in all about 200 tempting possibilities.

EJBF: Hidden Orchestra, Red Snapper, Queen's Hall, Review

Hidden Orchestra

I had no idea what to expect of this evening concert, but it was recommended by a friend and that was enough to swing me in the direction of the Queen's Hall for my first Edinburgh Jazz Festival gig.

George Square's Triple-tented Nostalgia Trip

Spiegel Tent in George Square

With the sun still with us it seemed like an opportune time to investigate the recently erected tented village at George Square.

Crowds Descend on Grassmarket For Jazz Fest Mardi Gras

Jazz Fest 2011: Dancing ladies

The crowds were out for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket today. After weeks of overcast, wet weather, and the recent deluge that, in Morningside, saw flash floods washing cars down the road and pedestrians wading waist-deep up the street, the festival organisers must have breathed a collective sigh of relief that the event was not another wash-out.

EIF 2011 Eastern Themed Talks Series Announced

Professor Niall Ferguson, Lord Wilson and Sir Vernon Ellis are among the chairs announced for Edinburgh International Festival’s geopolitical talks series, Continental Shifts.

Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story, Edinburgh Playhouse, July 2011, Review

Buddy Holly and Friends in Buddy

‘Buddy’ leaves Edinburgh Playhouse rocking and a reeling!

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Dreamboats and Petticoats publicity shot

This touring production of Dreamcoats and Petticoats at Edinburgh's Playhouse rolls back the years - 50 years to be exact - to the pre-Beatles era.

Midnight Tango, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review


Strictly Sensational showcases the nifty footwork of dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in this production of Midnight Tango.

Jamie Oliver and The Stand Moving Into Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms - front

Edinburgh's historic Assembly Rooms venue on George Street has two well-known tenants for next year, including the Fringe, f

Don McLean, Usher Hall, Review

Don McLean

Don McLean has been a successful singer-songwriter for 42 years with over 30 albums to his name so doesn’t have too much to prove especially to the fans, mainly of a certain age, who had turn

Preview: The Edge Festival 2011

The Edge 2011

In amongst the overload of theatre, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and pretty much every other artform known to mankind (barring cinema), Edinburgh in August is also home to a pretty good musical selection for the discerning gig-goer.

Fringe Programme Launched, Web Site Goes Down

Fringe site down

The Festival Fringe Society launched its brochure for Fringe 2011 with customary hype this morning. This year's Fringe is "bigger than ever before". There is a staggering 2,542 "events" over the month of August. 

Fringe Brochure Hits the Street Tomorrow

Festival Fringe poster (cropped)

The Edinburgh International Film Festival starts a week tomorrow. The EIFF moved from August to June for more "breathing space", but this month's Edinburgh events calendar is still brimming with "festivals" of one kind or another.

New Filmmakers and Composers Invited to Philip Glass Masterclass


Here's an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and composers: the Edinburgh International Festival is running a workshop where filmmakers create short pieces of film with music score, culminating in a masterclass with the minimalist composer Philip Glass. The short projects are supposed to be inspired by the Qatsi Trilogy of films (Koyaanisqaatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Powaqqatsi), which are being screened with live performances by Philip Glass and his ensemble in Edinburgh. 

Festival Insider Club Pulls IN Younger Audience

National Ballet of China

The Edinburgh International Festival is back with its IN membership programme for the second year. The initiative, which launched at the now closed Roxy Art House last year, is aimed at getting more under forty-year-old bums on seats at Festival shows.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto, EFT, Review

Scottish Opera's Rigoletto

Matthew Richardson’s new Rigoletto for Scotish Opera begins in the Duke’s Palace where there is a party in progress. The set is modest, rather boring, but the performers tell us what is going on.

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