Edinburgh Festival: The five best gigs
Friday 01 August 2008
A highlight of this year's T in the Park and a late addition to the Edge's bill. Jack White, Brendan Benson et al will close the festival in hopefully rowdy style.
Corn Exchange, Tuesday 26 August
Booked to play Edinburgh before the Mercury-nomination for her debut album 'Alas I Cannot Swim', Marling is doing two nights in an intimate bar setting under the Old Town.
Bannerman's, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 August
Recently featured in the 'NME' and gaining national attention along with the regular Arcade Fire comparisons, Broken Records are touted (although groups like Come On Gang!, X-Vectors and Swimmer One may argue) as Edinburgh's best new band.
Liquid Room, Sunday 17 August
Aka Steve Mason, one-time vocalist with the Beta Band and King Biscuit Time and a native of Fife, just across the Firth of Forth. His new project is a dazzlingly eccentric collision of electro-funk and white boy hip-hop.
Cabaret Voltaire, Sunday 10 August
Part of a brief UK tour in support of the new album 'Seeing Sounds', this will be Pharrell Williams (right) and co's first visit to Edinburgh since a memorable gig with Justin Timberlake, the Black Eyed Peas and Sean Paul after the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Corn Exchange, Friday 22 August
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Beyoncé '7/11' music video: Star bounces on bed in low-fi homage to viral video
Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'
Lana Del Rey rape video: Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track