Music review: Kiss, Hydro, Glasgow

“YOU wanted the best, you got the best!” The familiar rallying cry rang out as the psycho circus came to town for one last whirl. After 46 years of loyal services to panstick and novelty band merchandise, gonzo American rockers Kiss are hanging up their pimped-up platform boots following this End of the Road tour.

Nicola Benedetti PIC: John Devlin

Nicola Benedetti interview: “I’m a disruptor”

WHEN Nicola Benedetti voices concern over the spiralling educational dilemma facing young instrumentalists in Scotland today, she knows it will make headlines. She knows she will be listened to by the movers and shakers. She also knows that she will be repeatedly frustrated by the subsequent lack of meaningful action. But what marks Benedetti out from many of the other vocal campaigners is her willingness to roll up her sleeves and do something tangible about it.

Kylie Minogue - supported by Nina Nesbitt - at Edinburgh Castle on Monday July 15

Music review: Kylie Minogue, Edinburgh Castle

As if the two-night visit of Australian pop royalty Kylie Minogue to the prestigious surroundings of Edinburgh Castle – this first one bathed in sunshine for the occasion, no less – wasn’t enough, it came on the heels of her appearance in the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot at Glastonbury, a moment reserved only for those with a substantial back catalogue and the ability as a performer to bring it to life.

Wojtek The Bear

Under the Radar: Wojtek The Bear

Over the years, Glasgow five-piece Wojtek The Bear have played live on STV, secured airplay on KEXP in the USA, from Radio X, BBC 6Music, Radio 1, Roddy Hart, The Afternoon Show, and have a live session with Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland on 22 July.

Philip Higham

Star cellist Philip Higham prepares to tour Scotland with the SCO

I think I always knew I was destined for music – it was easily the biggest thing in my life.” Cellist Philip Higham is pondering his musical beginnings as a child. And that intense focus on all things musical has continued into his adult life. He’s an accomplished soloist and chamber musician, an in-demand teacher and, since 2016, principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. It’s as soloist and SCO player that he embarks on a four-stop tour across Scotland later this month, performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the orchestra in Stirling, Findhorn, Turriff and Forfar.

Stormzy performs during the TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green PIC: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Music review: TRNSMT Friday, Glasgow Green

In recent years the UK’s festival space has fragmented and diversified away from a sense of big, moment-defining, with Glastonbury, more than ever, solidifying its monopoly on this kind of conversation-leading. So it was a coup for TRNSMT that their Friday night headline booking of south London rapper, singer and grime provocateur Stormzy came just a couple of weeks after he ascended to a new level of fame after his attention-grabbing headline show at Glastonbury was televised to the nation.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Music review: TRNSMT Saturday, Glasgow Green

Scotland’s biggest summer music festival lucked out once again in its third year with glorious sunshine contributing to the general good vibes and the slightly reddened faces of the main stage acts playing right into the glare of the afternoon sun.

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