Five things to do in Edinburgh: Tuesday 20th November
MUSIC: Gary Barlow
These days you’re more likely to see him on TV’s X Factor, but Gary Barlow will be back to his ‘normal job’ when he performs a rare solo gig at the Edinburgh Playhouse tomorrow.
Barlow’s visit to the Capital is part of a 16-date solo tour - his first for 13 years - and will see him singing songs spanning his lengthy music career, from his Take That days and beyond.
“I’m really excited about these dates,” says the 41-year-old. “Playing live is my favourite thing and I haven’t played a solo show for over a year now.” One of pop’s most successful singer/songwriters, in his 20-year career Barlow has sold over 50 million albums, enjoyed eight No 1 albums, 14 No 1 singles and won six Ivor Novello Awards. And the father of three is a heartthrob to millions of women.
These days Barlow is as famous for being a talent show judge as he is for being a pop idol, but he says, “My real job is I’m in Take That and if ITV or whoever decide that I’m not good enough then I’ll go back to my normal job.”
The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7pm, £35-£55, 0844-871 3014
REVUE: Edinburgh Gang Show
The Gang Show is an Edinburgh institution. Starring over 250 young people from Scouting and Girlguiding, this highly entertaining annual event gets bigger and better every year. Featuring topical comedy, dance routines and songs that are sung with such passion they’ll make you proud to support this talented gang of young people.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 7pm, £9–£16, 0131-529 6000
COMEDY: Freedom From Torture Benefit
With Keir McAllister, Jojo Sutherland, Richard Melvin, Daniel Webster and host Bruce Devlin.
The Stand, York Place, 8.30pm, £7 (£6), 0131-558 7272
Folk firebrands headline.
The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 7pm, £18-£22, 0131-668 2019
MUSIC: Royal Marines Band Concert
Led by Captain Andy Gregory RM and musical director of the society David Lyle.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 7.30pm, £12-£16, 0131-228 1155