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Live review: Jon Hopkins at Usher Hall, 04/03

The first night of Jon Hopkins’ Polarity Tour begins with a night in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall: drawing in an audience for an evening of striking contrasts. Producing starkly varied music encompassing genres from classical piano music and film scores to bass-heavy electronica, ‘polarity’ perfectly describes the unique meshing of music that Hopkins displays. The grandeur […]

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Should architects work for repressive regimes?

Bjarke Ingels is one of the most famous and most celebrated architects of today, producing distinctive contemporary buildings focused on utilising space and light in novel ways. Over the last fifteen years the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has grown from designing ambitious residential blocks shaped as mountains or large figures of eight around Copenhagen, to […]

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Scottish Labour: a new direction for the party

Just days ago Scotland’s only remaining Labour MP, Ian Murray, announced he was standing in Labour’s deputy leadership contest. Until a month ago Murray was one of seven remaining Labour MPs in Scotland, but now he stands alone after a General Election which saw the SNP take hold of thirteen new seats from the Labour […]

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Live review: Hang Massive are enchanting at The Liquid Rooms, 07/11

Unsure quite what the evening ahead would hold, and descending the long steep stairs down to Liquid Rooms, the distant and faintly mystical sound of the ‘hang’ (also known as a hang drum) can be heard coursing throughout the building. Gracing Edinburgh on their debut global tour aptly titled ‘Luminous Emptiness’, Hang Massive share their […]

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Planting the seeds of change

This week Jimmy Donaldson, most widely known by his YouTube handle MrBeast, launched the TeamTrees campaign asking his followers, fellow YouTubers and influencers to donate and help fund the planting of 20 million trees across the globe to celebrate his channel hitting 20 million subscribers. With one tree planted for every dollar donated, the Arbor […]

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Remembering the Highland Clearances in a time of climate emergency

The Proclaimers belt out “Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more, Lewis no more, Skye no more” in their debut hit ‘Letter From America’, intended to conjure up allusions of the tragic past played in Scotland’s iconic Highlands. Reflecting on this past may aid our efforts to understand the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in a […]