Kaiser Chiefs to headline Dalkeith music festival

POPULAR noughties indie outfit Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as the headlining act at a summer music festival being held at Dalkeith Country Park.

Kasabian will be one of the headline acts playing in Princes Street Gardens during the Festival (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Kevin Buckle: Our biggest acts are grown by small venues

With the announcement of the artists to play the Ross Bandstand during the Edinburgh Summer Sessions, including Kasabian (left) and Paloma Faith, there has been disappointment in some quarters that those appearing are so mainstream. Of course, for a venue of that size these are the sort of artists needed to make such an event viable.

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Kevin Buckle: Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators play Voodoo Rooms

Martin Metcalfe’s bands are always entertaining whichever incarnation might be on stage and next Saturday sees an appearance by Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms.

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Industrial history unearthed at Portobello archaeological dig

An excavation open day will reveal remnants of Portobello’s industrial past after archaeologists dug up 19th and 20th century artefacts.

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Olaf Furniss holds valuable music seminars

Kevin Buckle: There is no Creative Scotland conspiracy over music funding

Given how badly Creative Scotland handle their funding and, probably more importantly, how badly they explain how they handle their funding, it is no wonder artists want more input if not control.


In pictures: 15 of the funniest Still Game quotes

Jack and Victor make a welcome return next month, when series eight of Still Game comes to the BBC.


MONSTER SAVING: 20% off tickets to Jurassic Kingdom dinosaur exhibition coming to Edinburgh

Jurassic Kingdom, an amazing animatronic dinosaur exhibition featuring 30 life like prehistoric creatures, is returning to Scotland for another bite and to celebrate we have a monster sized offer for our readers.

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Liam Rudden: The day I survived Cirque Berserk’s Globe of Death

OVER the years, I’ve lost track of the weird and wonderful situations this job has landed me in. From enjoying amazing views across the Forth from the roof of the National Portrait Gallery to dragging up as a panto Dame with Allan Stewart, the unexpected is never far away.


In Pictures: Remembering Edinburgh’s lost sweet shops

The sweet shop was one of the great cultural phenomena of the 20th century.

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Spotlight set to shine on Capital’s amateur talent

THEY are the lifeblood of Edinburgh’s theatre scene, both on and off stage, the city’s legions of amateur performers. By day they might be doctors, bus drivers or even local councillors, by night, however, they are transformed into actors, as committed to the role they have been cast in as any professional.

In recognition of this, the King’s Theatre hosts an annual season of large-scale amateur productions.

Over four weeks the cream of the Capital’s musical theatre fraternity showcase the result of weeks in the rehearsal room.

It’s one of the busiest periods in the much loved theatre and has become an integral part of its programme.

This year’s season runs from March 6-24 and then again from May 2-5, when the offerings include the ever-popular Footloose, the classic Hello Dolly!, the classy HMS Pinafore and Broadway favourite Guys and Dolls.

Of course, the companies performing over the coming weeks are just the tip of the iceberg.

The city and its surrounding areas boast a vibrant amateur theatre scene with clubs in Livingston, Balerno and a few in Musselburgh.

Most are on a constant search for new members, especially males, so if you have ever fancied trying your acting skills there’s plenty opportunity, just look them up and drop them an e-mail. Break a leg.

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The Proclaimers sell-out 30,000 tickets in less than an hour.

LESS than one hour after they went on sale, 30,000 tickets for The Proclaimers Scottish tour have sold out.
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Stephen Fry reveals cancer diagnosis for first time

Stephen Fry has announced that he has been battling prostate cancer.

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Have your say in Edinburgh Restaurant Awards now

THE Edinburgh Restaurant Awards are now in full swing, giving Evening News readers the chance to vote for their favourite restaurant in one of a number of categories.

As we continue our look at the different categories in the run up to the winners being revealed, this week focus on the Cafe/Deli, Fine Dining and Pub Grub categories.

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The Edinburgh restaurant opening in March offering a ‘new dining experience’

THERE’S nothing more exciting than being among the first to dine in a new restaurant, especially one that comes with a good track record.

Ben Thomson and Janet Archer were called to Holyrood to explain Creative Scotland's recent controversial funding cuts to MSPs.

Creative Scotland admits cover-up over controversial funding cuts

Creative Scotland has admitted a cover-up over how controversial funding cuts were made - as its chief executive admitted she was “profoundly sorry” over how they were handled.
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TV licence fee to increase from April

The TV licence fee will increase from April 1, the Government has announced.

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In Pictures: 5 photos of Edinburgh cinemas that are no more

WE take a look at five picture houses that played a leading role in the nighltife in the Capital in years gone by.

The Three Degrees appear on Allan Stewart's Big Big Variety Show

The Three Degrees headline Allan’s Big Big Variety Show

THERE’S a big reunion at The King’s next week, where panto favourite Allan Stewart presents his Big Big Variety Show.

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Toast on The Shore know the write way to enjoy a glass of wine

FANCY an evening out with a difference? Edinburgh-based artist Olivia Hope starts a series of workshops at Toast on The Shore with two beginners’ classes combining calligraphy and wine from next Wednesday, 28 February.

Crime scene photos of murder that shocked Aberdeen go public

Crime scene photos of murder that shocked Aberdeen go public

It’s a photograph of an old tenement room like any other with its recessed bed, heavy furniture and clothes drying from a line stretched across the ceiling.

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