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Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:17

TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow Green

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Tuesday 31st January 2017 marks the announcement of an exceptional line up for Scotland’s newest and freshest music festival. Taking place at Glasgow Green from 7th - 9th July, 2017, TRNSMT will feature headline performances from Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Belle & Sebastian, London Grammar, George Ezra, Two Door Cinema Club, Twin Atlantic, The Kooks, Blossoms, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Circa Waves and many more to be announced, form the line-up for one of the most highly anticipated music events of the Scottish summer. This truly award-winning line-up, with a mighty 72 BRITs, Grammy Awards, Ivor Novello and Mercury Music Prize award nominations bestowed to the artists on the bill, is unyielding in its quest to provide the greatest experience of the summer for music fans. 

Glasgow Green will play host to this truly metropolitan, non-camping festival, which stages global superstars alongside the very best of local talent. Glasgow, the UNESCO City of Music and cultural and artistic hub, will provide the backdrop as TRNSMTinterrupts Glasgow’s summer air with an electrifying celebration of music, bringing people together to enjoy the acts they already love, discover the new, and undergo life-affirming experiences.

Fresh on the heels of the release of their ninth LP, the critically acclaimed A Moon Shaped PoolRadiohead make their return to Glasgow, playing on Friday 7th July. One of the most iconic and innovative bands in the world, Radiohead have evolved continuously since their inception, having created an eclectic back catalogue of albums and songs now widely regarded as classics. No other British band of the past 30 years continuously tops “Greatest Album Ever” or “Most Influential Artist” polls curated by fans and critics alike, are cited as influential to countless other bands of today, and have the unique ability to command respect from a live audience, no matter the scale of event they play. Radiohead last played Glasgow in 2008, so their return to the city in 2017, a year which has already seen them BRIT Award nominated for Best British Group, is long-awaited and highly anticipated.


Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2004, Kasabian have gone on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the country and will headline TRNSMT on Saturday 8th July. They’ve continued to fly the flag for British guitar music ever since, releasing a further four critically acclaimed albums, all of which reached number one. Their new record will be released in the spring. The Leicester four-piece are known for their blistering live shows, with their unique blend of colossal dance beats and rock turning whole festival fields into dancefloors. Equally at home on the festival stage, in stadiums, arenas or in a small intimate setting, few bands can unify a crowd of thousands in quite the same way as Kasabian.


Biffy Clyro are three childhood friends from Ayrshire, Scotland who formed a band, delivered three albums of abrasive youthful exuberance and finally cracked the big time when their fourth – 2007’s Puzzle – hit the charts at number one. With a further three albums under their belt, they are now bona fide stars who can headline festivals, fill arenas and deliver hit singles in an era in which rock bands rarely trouble the charts. Currently nominated for Best British Group at this year’s BRIT Awards, Biffy Clyro’sevolution from the jagged post-hardcore of their early material to the huge alternative rock sound of recent years has won them a fervent and fanatic fan base, whose cries of “Mon the Biff!” will be heard for miles across the city when they headline TRSNMT on Sunday 9th July.


The 1975’s album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It proved they were here for a long time, and a good time, topping the charts in the UK and US and becoming one of the defining albums of recent years. The band is nominated for Brit Awards this year including Best British Group and Album of the Year and will no doubt be one of the many highlights of TRNSMT on Sunday 9th July.


Welsh four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen will play TRNSMT hot off the back of a world tour for their critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Ride, which saw their anthemic sound reach number one in UK album charts. TRNSMT’s Glasgow crowd will be sure to welcome the band on Saturday 8th July, as charismatic frontman Van McCann revealed his own love for the city on album track Glasgow, which fans will be hoping to hear this July.


Indie figureheads, Belle & Sebastian, bring their critically acclaimed back catalogue toGlasgow Green to join Radiohead on Friday 7th July. Emerging in the late nineties, part of the band’s appeal was their apparent obliviousness to fame, which they were thrust into in 1998 with the release of The Boy with the Arab Strap and their 1999 Best Newcomers Brit Award win. Their ability to share their affinity for culture in songs written almost personally to their fans is how they’ve become lovingly imprinted into the music industry today.


Artists also announced today, London Grammar, George Ezra, Two Door Cinema Club, Twin Atlantic, The Kooks, Blossoms, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Circa Waves, have amassed a number of award wins and nominations throughout their careers, from London Grammar’s Ivor Novello win in 2014 to Rag‘n’Bone Man’s Brits Critics' Choice Awards in 2017. The musical talent on offer at TRNSMT, led by RadioheadKasabian and Biffy Clyro, is the best of the best, the cream of the crop; from your new favourite to most-played artist, the line-up is yours to enjoy thanks to flexible early bird ticket packages.


TRNSMT will offer entertainment over two stages – with a line-up that will highlight talent across the musical spectrum, from the most influential band in fans’ lifetime to their favourite new, under the radar artist on the King Tut’s Stage – powered by Utilita. Fans will enjoy music, arts, culture, bars and restaurants as they customise their individual festival experience across the 3 days.


Said Geoff Ellis, Head of DF Concerts, We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing such a fresh, new festival to Scotland. TRNSMT will bring together the best in live music, from global acts to the best cutting edge artists on the King Tut’s Stage, powered by Utilita - against the iconic skyline of Glasgow. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing the rest of the line-up, as well as all the additional experiences that TRNSMT will have to offer such as mouth-watering street food and a diverse offering of drinksStay tuned – there’s plenty more to come!”   


Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the City Marketing Bureau, said, “Glasgow lives and breathes live music. Our city has venues, events and – most importantly – crowds to match anywhere in the world. TRNSMT is already shaping up to be an exciting event that will add to that global reputation - and become a big date in the city’s summer calendar.”


We are also happy to announce that TRNSMT has officially partnered with Utilita Energy, the UK’s leading provider of smart Pay-As-You-Go energy, who will be the event partner for the King Tut’s Stage – powered by Utilita. Customers will also have access to a presale for TRNSMT.


Jem Maidment, Head of Marketing & Communications at Utilita Energy, said: “It is a great honour for Utilita Energy to partner with TRNSMT at the beginning of this exciting new era. We know just how important music is to this great city and we are convinced TRNSMT will further enhance Glasgow’s reputation for outstanding entertainment. We will be working closely with TRNSMT and look forward to revealing more of our plans over the coming months.”


The event is easily accessible with national and international transport links to and from Glasgow, as well as a wealth of overnight accommodation on offer throughout the city and surrounding areas. Early bird weekend and day ticket packages allow fans to carefully design their TRNSMT weekend experience with flexible options on offer - whether a 1, 2 or 3 day package is for you, you’ll experience some of the best musical talent around. VIP ticket packages are also available, offering access to the VIP area.


Early bird tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Friday 3rd February from and 




Standard (excl booking fee)


1 Day - £59.50


2 Days - £105


3 Days - £149


VIP (excl booking fee)


1 Day - £99


2 Days - £175


3 Days - £225


The official travel partner of TRNSMT will be Big Green Coach


FRIDAY 7TH JULY: Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, London Grammar, Rag’n’Bone Man + more TBA


SATURDAY 8TH JULY: Kasabian, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, The Kooks, Circa Waves + more TBA


SUNDAY 9TH JULY: Biffy Clyro, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Twin Atlantic, Blossoms + more TBA


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Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:09

T in the Park - Event Statement!

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T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager today announced the news that the Scottish festival will be taking a break in 2017. The partners of 23 years released a statement, which can be read below in full, to music fans across the world, paying homage to their passion and dedication to T in the Park.


“To the best audience in the world,

For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene – with you, by our side. But for now, sadly, we need to take a break.
We launched T in the Park with one aim: to give Scottish music fans an unforgettable weekend with their friends enjoying the best acts from around the globe. And to say we achieved this together is an understatement. T in the Park has become one of the best known, biggest and most loved festivals in the world. When we launched back in 1994 there were only two music festivals in the UK - now there are many and T in the Park paved the way for all that have come and gone in Scotland since.  We created more than just a festival; we created a family and decades of wonderful memories.
However, the last couple of years have had their challenges. Against our will, and despite a prolonged fight, we were forced to move from Balado, Kinross in 2015.  This move was a mammoth task for the event and one that was compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place. 
As the build up to the festival was well underway we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full Planning Permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest. The constraints – logistically and financially - that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable. We tried our best to work with the pressures placed upon the site by bringing in an additional team and fixing the first year traffic issues, but ultimately we’re not in control of the overall site layout and the continued restrictions means that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great. We now need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and deserve."
Until the next time…
T in the Park  tribute to the end of this chapter in musical history can be viewed here ( and DF Concerts and Tennent’s Lager would once again like to thank each and every person who has supported T in the Park since its inception in 1994.
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:01

National Theatre of Scotland

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Presented by Kai Fischer in association with National Theatre of Scotland.

Last Dream (On Earth) sees the first human in outer space, Yuri Gagarin, risk his life for a mission to reach a distant world of promise. In stark comparison, a future group of travellers attempt a life changing journey from North Africa to a land of sanctuary and refuge.

A story of hope, dreams, beauty and inhumanity is interwoven with a musical dialogue on headphones as audiences are immersed in a combined world of intimate sound and stage production. 

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh
4 –28 August 2016
 (1 hour) 

Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, the production won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Music and Sound.

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Monday, 25 April 2016 14:34

T in the Park 2016

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T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have revealed yet more top acts for T in the Park 2016, which takes place at Strathallan Castle from 8 – 10 July, plus the first details of this year’s Campsite entertainment programme.
BBC Radio 1 tastemaker and long standing presenter Pete Tong and Radio 1 Xtra breakthrough act WSTRN will join already announced Annie MacDanny HowardAlessoOliver Heldens and Hannah Wants to complete the Radio 1 Summer of Dance line-up on the Friday of this year’s T in the Park. Tickets are on sale now from .
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of BBC Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. His unique position has earned him a reputation as the global ambassador of dance music. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon and will be sure to keep the party going at this year’s T in the Park.
London based collective WSTRN signed to Atlantic Records last year. All three members had been artists in their own right before WSTRN was born and their debut track In2 propelled the trio from bold newcomers to the status of one of the biggest breaking groups around. Both the biggest selling and the highest charting debut single from a group in 2015, In2 crashed into the charts at #4 during a four-week Top 10 run after previously hitting the top of the UK Shazam and Urban charts. They reached the final five on the BBC Music Sound of 2016 poll, and their heady stats – 19 million views on YouTube and 35 million plays on Spotify – continue to grow at an exponential rate. July will see them bring their special blend of rap, pop, hip-hop & R & B to T in the Park.
The first details of the Thursday campsite entertainment programme have also been revealed today. Thursday campers will be treated to live comedy and spectacular burlesque courtesy of the Stand Comedy Club and Club NoirThe Slam Tent will once again open for Thursday campers guaranteeing another legendary start to the T in the Park party, and for the first time ever, the King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent will open on the Thursday night to host the Hot Dub Time Machine.
The World’s First Time Travelling Dance Party, Hot Dub Time Machine has been taking festivals, theatres, rooftops and venues all over the world on a transcendent dance through pop music history since its debut in 2011 in Sydney Australia. Songs are played in chronological order from 1954 to 2015, with enormous mashed visuals all scratched live from vinyl turntables. Created and performed by DJ Tom Loud, Hot Dub is all about singing, dancing and having the best, party, ever!
Announced so far for T in the Park 2016 are:
FRIDAY 8 JULY: The Stone Roses, Disclosure, Courteeners, Alesso, Jamie xx, James Morrison, Frightened Rabbit, Oliver Heldens, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hannah Wants, Bear’s Den, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Krept & Konan, The Coral, Alessia Cara, The Temperance Movement, Augustines, Ash, Oh Wonder, WSTRN
BBC RADIO 1 SUMMER OF DANCE STAGE hosted by Annie Mac, Pete Tong & Danny Howard (live on Radio 1) Plus more to be announced.
SLAM TENT: Len Faki, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh, DVS1, Petrichor (live)
SATURDAY 9 JULY: Calvin Harris, Bastille, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Tinie Tempah, Tom Odell, Jack Garratt, Stiff Little Fingers, Shed Seven, Disciples, Rat Boy, DMA’s, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, The Struts, VANT, JR Green + more to be announced
SLAM TENT: Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Slam, Skream, Guy Gerber, Daniel Avery, B-Traits
SUNDAY 10 JULY: Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Chase & Status, Faithless, Major Lazer, James Bay, Jake Bugg, Craig David’s TS5, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Slaves, Maximo Park, John Grant, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, FIDLAR, Blossoms, The Lightning Seeds, Sunset Sons, The Sherlocks, Borns + more to be announced
SLAM TENT: Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Speedy J
Tickets for T in the Park 2016 are on sale now from and remain at the same price for a fourth year runningT in the Park’s new home Strathallan Castle is centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Perthshire countryside, approximately one hour away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Lying on an estate sprawling a massive 1000 acres, surrounded by beautiful woodland, the site has expanded for 2016 with the Main Arena now a quarter bigger in size and the campsite increasing by a larger amount.
Fans can secure their place in the Strathallan Castle crowd with T in the Park 2016 now on sale from, or 08444 999 990.
Pink Moon Camping is new to T in the Park 2016 and provides a unique camping experience, offering hassle free pre-pitched tents and a range of home comforts in an exclusive campsite – for more information and ticket prices, go to:
Boutique camping options in The Residence will also be available for those looking for luxury living at T in the Park - check out
Wristbands for Refresh – the pamper parlour which offers access to salon standard hair washing facilities, hair straighteners, hair dryers, and premium showers and toilets - will also be available from 
Further line-up details will be revealed in the coming months, and fans can keep up to date on the latest T in the Park news via and by following on Twitter @Tinthepark, and on Instagram @tinthepark.
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

National Theatre of Scotland - Rockvilla

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Introducing Rockvilla  

An engine room for Scottish theatre.  
A place of imagination, learning and play. 
A hub for supporting and developing talent.
 major new asset for the cultural
life of the nation.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s first purpose-built facility,
Rockvilla will be all this and more.

It will help us to build on the extraordinary creative energy unleashed over the National Theatre of Scotland’s first ten years, enable us to nurture the talent of future generations, and enrich the lives of all the communities we serve.

Join us on the most exciting journey in
Scottish theatre and watch Alan Cumming’s introduction to Rockvilla.

To find out more and get involved see
or #Rockvilla

Or contact Elly Rothnie,
Director of Development

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