City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

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.

Explosions In The Sky, HMV Picture House, Review

Explosions In The Sky

It’s fitting testament to the resurgence of Edinburgh’s live music scene that, on a drab and blustery Sunday evening, the cavernous grandeur of the Picture House is packed to capacity to see a post-rock outfit playing grandly over-extended guitar-based instrumental music who aren’t Mogwai.

Thumbs Up For Edinburgh International Film Festival Launch

Mullighan in the frame

In spite of prior rumblings and fears, this year's EIFF will be more accessible and vibrant in many ways than previous years

"Unforgettable Welcome" Planned For Edinburgh Olympic Flame Relay

Edinburgh is planning to host an "unforgettable" Evening Celebration with live music and entertainment for the arrival of the London 2012 Torch Relay to the Scottish capital next Summer.

Peter Hook and The Light - Unknown Pleasures, The Liquid Room, Review

Peter Hook and The Light - Image Courtesy of The Liquid Room

“HOOKAAAY”, the crowd bays. “HOOOKAAAAY”!

Mozart Requiem, Usher Hall, Review

SCO - group photo

For the final concert in their 2010/2011 season the Scottish Chamber Orchestra chose to not only devote the entire programme to the works of Mozart but to perform compositions written towards the end of his short life. 

Hip hop and B boys Take It To a Highland Loch

Hip hop Loch Leven

Hip hop and breakdance may have its roots in the city, but a small experiment this past weekend took it into new territory with a performance at a highland loch. Artists from a young music group from Muirhouse in Edinburgh and a touring Ugandan breakdance group, Tabu Flo, combined for a dance workshop at the Loch Leven national nature reserve.

Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Robin Cousins and the teen Angels

‘Grease’ grabs a new generation of young and not so young fans with this touring production currently showing at the Playhouse. Grease celebrates its 40th Anniversary on the stage in 2012 while the iconic 1978 film is never far away from the small screen.

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