Paolo Nutini to play charity gig in Paisley Abbey to help culture capital bid

Paolo Nutini is to perform a huge charity concert in his home town’s historic abbey to help its bid to become the UK’s next culture capital.
Glasgow & Strathclyde
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Music review: The Stone Roses at Hampden Park

“Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened,” announced Ian Brown in typically pithy style, adapting the words of Dr Seuss to fuel speculation that this was to be The Stone Roses’ last ever gig. Wise counsel too, given that this was far from the best that the Roses had to offer. But when the band of a generation, subsequently adopted by ensuing generations too, rides into town, their shows become more gathering than gig.

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Danish musicians will join Chris Stout and Catriona McKay at the East Neuk gig

Music: The East Neuk Festival explores its maritime links

Historic links between Scotland and Denmark inspire a new project at the East Neuk Festival

Lorde has made an assured second album

Album reviews: Lorde | Royal Blood | Ride

Lorde seems to shrug off the burden of expectation and grows her sound at her own pace, while Ride pick up where they left off 20 years ago


Police make 10 arrests at Stone Roses’ Hampden Park concert

The Stone Roses gig in Glasgow saw 10 people arrested for a range of offences.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
A volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games gives advice at Glasgow Central Station. Picture: SNS

Festivals turn to deprived areas for volunteers

Volunteers are being recruited from some of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas to help form a new army of volunteers to welcome people to the city’s festivals during their 70th anniversary year.

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Katy Perrymade the gaffe while performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Picture: PA

Katy Perry mocked for calling Saltire ‘blue flag with an x’

SINGER Katy Perry has been mocked on social media after she failed to recognise the Scotland flag during her performance at this year’s Glastonbury.

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Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowd from the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Picture: Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn wows the crowds at Glastonbury festival

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn received a rapturous welcome as he took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

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The Neil Cowley Trio avoid prog pomposity with an injection of jazz mischief

Glasgow Jazz Festival: Neil Cowley Trio | Mezcla

PUNDITS seem to have difficulty with the Neil Cowley Trio. His success as pianist of choice for the likes of Emile Sandé and Adele probably doesn’t help: is he, the beard-strokers ponder, pop-jazz, post-jazz or simply no-jazz? To be honest, Cowley’s formidable power piano trio are more good old-fashioned prog rockers than anything else, with some inevitable shades of the late Esbjörn Svensson Trio and enough jazz mischief to counter prog’s pomposity. There was a distinct Gothic tinge, too, to their thunderous set in this converted church, bathed in the roseate glow of stained glass windows and overhung by organ pipes.

Colourful costumes brought historical figures to life

St Magnus Festival: The Story of Magnus Erlendsson | Edinbugh Quartet

AT THE core of the St Magnus Festival, founded by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, is its reputation for commissioning new work and championing local projects. The world premiere of The Story of Magnus Erlendsson, written by Gemma McGregor to a libretto by Ron Ferguson, ticks both boxes.

Jackson Browne turned his setlist over to the audience. Picture: Getty

Music: Jackson Browne

THERE was a certain comfort to be drawn from the presence of Jackson Browne, even as he shook his head at the craziness of the world and prescribed Carlos Varela’s MOR ballad Walls and Doors for the times.

Martin Taylor's two extended) solo segments were the stand-outs of the concert

Glasgow Jazz Festival: Martin Taylor/Alison Burns – Ella Fitzgerald at 100

MAYBE it’s fitting that a star who was as unassuming in real life as Ella Fitzgerald should have a low-key centenary year – in Scotland at least. The legendary jazz singer’s birthday celebrations can be contrasted with those organised for that other great 20th century voice, Frank Sinatra, when he hit the C spot in 2015.

Donald Iain Brown, chair of M�d Ghlaschu 2019, is joined by school children from Gaelic School Glasgow to unveil the new logo for the festival. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Mod festival returns to Glasgow for first time in 30 years

Glasgow is set to celebrate the Gaelic community as a festival takes place in the city for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The finale of the Edinburgh International Festival will be staged in two parts in August - the first without any fireworks.

Shake-up revealed for Edinburgh International Festival fireworks finale

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival is to be extended by around 20 minutes - for a special musical sequence unaccompanied by fireworks.
Edinburgh festivals
Jackson Browne

Music review: Jackson Browne at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

There was a certain comfort to be drawn from the presence of Jackson Browne, even as he shook his head at the craziness of the world and prescribed Carlos Varela’s MOR ballad Walls and Doors for the times. With his “alltime favourite band” in tow and way more stringed instruments lined up than they could reasonably require for one set, this quintessential Californian roots rocker dispensed the easy mid-paced listening of Just Say Yeah, embellished with the soft eloquent twang of lead guitar, the wistful nostalgia of The Long Way Round and Before the Deluge’s gentle paean to hopeful, holistic living, all delivered with a casual dexterity and the occasional splash of modest heroics.

Piping championships to attract thousands to Forres. Picture: GnBri Photography/Supplied

European Piping Championships in Forres to attract thousands

THOUSANDS are to descend on a tiny Highland town to witness Moray’s biggest one-day event, Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Alex Maxwell

Under the Radar: Alex Maxwell

Hailing from Dumfries, Alex Maxwell first came to our attention at our Wide Days conference, where he was one of only a handful of artists to receive positive feedback about his music on our “A&R You Brave Enough” session.

Alasdair Nicolson

Music review: I, Pilgrim at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

In the aftermath of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, there was a heightened intensity to the world premiere of Alasdair Nicolson’s I, Pilgrim, which launched the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney on Friday night.

The future of the former Royal High School is the source of an on-going debate. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Poll finds public support for music school at old Royal High

Public opinion has swung behind a bid to turn one of Edinburgh’s most prominent landmarks into a new music school and concert venue – with 80 per cent of residents now backing the idea.

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Katy Perry. Picture: Rony Alwin

Album reviews: Katy Perry | Beth Ditto | Fleet Foxes

Katy Perry’s collaborators are subsumed by the bland vibe of this polished collection

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