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Music review: Holy Holy play Ziggy Stardust

Holy Holy are a bespoke kind of tribute band, honouring David Bowie’s stellar legacy from an insider perspective. Formed by original Spiders from Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, with Bowie’s producer and wingman Tony Visconti as a featured guest, they sensibly aim for respectful revisiting rather than slavish recreation, capturing the crunch and swagger which has long since become common currency for low-slung rock’n’roll.

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Goldfrapp

6 Music Festival reviews: Goldfrapp/Sparks, Cate Le Bon and the Jesus and Mary Chain

Fiona Shepherd, Paul Whitelaw and David Pollock on Friday at the 6 Music Festival

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James Mercer of the Shins, a man who keens most winningly PIC: TORKIL/ADSERSEN/AFP/GettyImages

6 Music Festival reviews: The Shins/Grandaddy and Bonobo/Songhoy Blues

Fiona Shepherd and David Pollock on Saturday at the 6 Music Festival

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Volunteers at the Bo'Ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema PIC: Alex Hewitt

Festival review: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, Bo’ness

Silent movies: they’re all about dastardly villains roping damsels in distress to railroad tracks, aren’t they? If that’s what you think, Bo’ness’s Hippodrome Silent Film Festival is sure to make you think again. As silent cinema expert Pamela Hutchinson pointed out in her illuminating introduction to Wednesday’s opening event, that railroad cliché was already old hat when silent movies were in their heyday. And likewise, HippFest director Alison Strauss casts her net far and wide to challenge lazy preconceptions and uncover the richness – and often the sheer oddness – of early cinema. And, most importantly, to invite inspirational musicians to accompany her provocative choice of features. This was HippFest’s seventh outing, and it just grows in confidence and depth each year.

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The Eros Elite night club in Fountain Park. Picture: Andrew Stuart/NW.

7 infamous Edinburgh nightclubs

We take a look back at seven of Edinburgh’s most memorable nightclubs.

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Wet Wet Wet first burst onto the music scene in 1987.

Wet Wet Wet to return to Edinburgh Castle after 25 years

Scottish pop favourites Wet Wet Wet are to play Edinburgh Castle this summer – 25 years after making their debut at the iconic venue.
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Jill Brown to play at King Tut's. Picture: Contributed

Soul music with a difference at world-famous Glasgow venue

MANY people are ­familiar with the concept of the suspended ­coffee, where you pay in advance for a hot drink for someone who can’t afford it.

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The Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens has fallen out of use in recent years.

Seven contenders for revamp of Edinburgh's Ross Bandstand

The firm leading the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building is in the running to create a new outdoor concert arena for Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
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Belle And Sebastian PIC: PA Photo/Soren Solkaer Starbird

Music review: Belle and Sebastian

Closing out the fourth BBC 6 Music Festival on a rare, delightfully sunny day in Glasgow, hometown indie-pop outfit Belle and Sebastian brought all the warmth and spirited charm you’d expect to a show that climaxed with Stuart Murdoch et al surrounded by fans dancing on stage around them.

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Album reviews: The Jesus and Mary Chain | Depeche Mode | The Moonlandingz

It’s taken the best part of a decade to produce, but the new Mary Chain album sounds exhilaratingly fresh

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Matthew Lenton and Karen Cargill in rehearsals for Bluebeard's Castle.   Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

Opera: Theatre director Matthew Lenton wants to put people in touch with their inner darkness

As a stage director, Matthew Lenton doesn’t like to be told what to do. Nor does he like to tell his audiences what to think. “I’m much more interested if someone doesn’t tell me what the meaning is; it’s what I love about art”, says the founder of experimental theatre company Vanishing Point, who is engaged in his first opera production with Scottish Opera.

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Depeche Mode

Music review: Depeche Mode

Seventy bands down the line, the 6 Music Festival’s glorious Glasgow sojourn went out on a high with its most prestigious booking, as adored arena rockers Depeche Mode returned to play the Barrowland ballroom for the first time since 1984. Virtually unrecognisable as the callow Basildon synth popsters of yore, the Depeche Mode of 2017 rode into town as alternative rock titans to take the venue, recast as an enchanted neon forest for the occasion, by industrial force.

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Under the Radar: Tamzene

Tamzene is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Cromarty. Despite her tender years, there is considerable buzz around the multi-instrumentalist – and it’s not surprising. Recorded and produced by Joe McAlinden and mixed by Grammy award-winner David Donaldson, Tamzene’s debut single Lullaby is out on 7 April through Belladrum Tartan Heart Festivals’ label Belladrum Records. Featuring her soulful voice and well-honed pop sensibilities, Lullaby is a stunning debut and we predict big things.

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One of James MacMillans newest works, Stabat Mater was unveiled

Music: The SCO, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

It was a gratifyingly packed Queen’s Hall – and an expectant one – that had turned out to greet the Scottish unveiling of one of James MacMillan’s newest works. His hour-long Stabat Mater was premiered in London last October by crack choral group The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, and in the months since, this searingly intense, sometimes harrowing piece has clearly seeped into the singers’ souls – their Edinburgh performance, joined by the strings of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was thoughtful, assured, and often overwhelming in its power.

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Edwyn Collins ranged across his 30-year career in a set of Scottish pop classics

Juicy lineup lets Collins rip it up live in 6 Music’s festival

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Marti Pellow showcased his new album plus some Wet Wet Wet oldies. Picture: Getty Images

Music: Marti Pellow

There’s an unresolved tension in the music career of Marti Pellow, between his obvious love of classic soul (predominantly the funky 1970s variety) and his natural tendency towards (G)Las Vegas cheesery, the latter stirring up feral pheromones around the hall, while the former found expression in material from his new solo album, Mysterious.

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Erin Wall Canadian opera soprano

Music: BBC SSO

Every conductor promotes his own enthusiasms. One passion of the BBC SSO’s Thomas Dausgaard is fellow Dane, Rued Langgaard, the so-called “lone composer” of 16 symphonies, 430 works in total, active during the first half of the 20th century, whose eccentric late Romantic style bears the mark of a hyperactive obsessive.

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Edwyn Collins PIC: Ian Rutherford

Music review: Edwyn Collins at the 6 Music Festival

In a city not known for a shortage of live music, it could be easy to get complacent about another festival, but audiences in Glasgow have a voracious appetite for gigs so the arrival of the 6 Music Festival, curated by the BBC’s digital station for alternative music, has been eagerly embraced, with prestigious gigs by Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian and The Shins and a tasty day programme of talks and performances at the Tramway still to come.

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Music review: The SCO, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

It was a gratifyingly packed Queen’s Hall – and an expectant one – that had turned out to greet the Scottish unveiling of one of James MacMillan’s newest works. His hour-long Stabat Mater was premiered in London last October by crack choral group The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, and in the months since, this searingly intense, sometimes harrowing piece has clearly seeped into the singers’ souls – their Edinburgh performance, joined by the strings of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was thoughtful, assured, and often overwhelming in its power.

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