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Music

A chat with electro crooner Josef Salvat

I meet Josef Salvat backstage before his gig at Glasgow’s Broadcast. It’s his third time in the city, having supported Tom Odell and Banks on previous occasions. Tonight his own name will be gracing the top of bill of the underground venue. Sporting a black turtleneck with a leather jacket, and a gracious, confident demeanour, […]

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TV

The Gift

The Gift opens with the following intention: to “help people to finally say what needs to be said”. To be honest, The Gift’s concept is pretty simple: one or two individuals who are trying to find a special person in their lives to whom they desperately want to say ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’. The show […]

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Music

Hudson Taylor

Back in December 2013, I spoke with two aspiring Irish musicians. Trapped within the confined space of Sneaky Pete’s toilets (due to the lack of interviewing facilities), Hudson Taylor were quick to discuss their goals of releasing a full-length album, touring the country and spreading their harmony-laden folk music with whomever was willing to listen. […]

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Film

Kingsman: The Secret Service

  An opening shot complete with Michael Bay-esque explosions, a generic subtitle of ‘Middle East, 1997’, and Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing blaring out, and we’re thrown straight into a vivid, slightly surreal spectacle. Skip forward 17 years or so to modern-day London, and another clichéd scene; a boy called Eggsy and his council estate […]

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Culture Theatre

Wicked holds Edinburgh in a magical trance

In terms of scale and success, the thriving musical Wicked is as big as they come. Having already bagged more than 100 international awards and captivated audiences both sides of the Atlantic, there’s been a genuine buzz surrounding its arrival at the Edinburgh Playhouse. It’s definitely been long anticipated and the level of expectation for […]

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Culture Music

Interview with Q founder and broadcaster Mark Ellen

You’d be excused for not recognising the name, but you’ve most definitely heard of Mark Ellen’s accomplishments. Founder of Q and Word magazine, former editor for MOJO, contributor for the NME, he has broadcasted for Radio 1, sitting in for John Peel, and he was the familiar face presenting Live Aid in the 1980s. It’s half expected that Ellen would be a bit of a condescending media ‘wise guy’ based on this impressive résumé. Quite the opposite: self-deprecating, funny and very talkative, he’s a gold mine of anecdotes. Ahead of the event, I had a chat with him about his career and new book Rock Stars Stole My Life!.

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Music

Interview with Q founder and broadcaster Mark Ellen

The journalist speaks to us about his new book ahead of the Born To Be Wide event to be held this Thursday 6 November. Events targeted at giving you a sneak peek into the intricate workings of the music industry are sparse. But Born to Be Wide is here to change that. The Edinburgh-based project, […]

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Music

The List Presents: The Pleasance Sessions

It is quite unusual […] to be in a setting where the audience is paying such rabbid attention to the goings on onstage.