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Phoebe Waller-Bridge appointed as the Fringe Society's first president

Some rather exciting news in the arts world today – Phoebe Waller-Bridge has just been named as the first President of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. In the newly-created position, Waller-Bridge will represent and advocate for the Fringe Society, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe charity that aims to support everyone who wants to participate in the world's largest arts festival. Waller-Bridge was unanimously confirmed as the President earlier this month by the charity's Board of Directors and she will now represent and speak on behalf of the Society at future events.

Mogwai: 'We never in a million years imagined it becoming what it's become'

Twenty-five years ago, Glaswegian post-rock pioneers Mogwai released their debut seven-inch single 'Tuner'/'Lower', the first of many recordings put out by the band's own label, Rock Action Records. 'It feels like a long time ago. I just remember it being really exciting,' band leader Stuart Braithwaite says. 'I remember going and picking up the records from Glasgow Airport and trying to fit them all in my mum's car. I think for most bands, the first year or so when everything is brand new are some of the memories that they cherish the most.'

Glasgow Film Festival directors list their top picks from the upcoming digital festival

The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is heading online this year and is set to host screenings via new streaming platform Glasgow Film at Home. This year's impressive festival programme – available to stream online from Wed 24 Feb to Sun 7 Mar – boasts six world premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres. With so many innovative and acclaimed films to choose from, it's difficult to know where to begin.

Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker returns with free digital offering this weekend

Although we aren't able to gather in-person to celebrate Burns Night this year, Edinburgh's Burns&Beyond has adapted its annual event into a digital format for 2021 to allow people to celebrate the life and legacy of Scotland's Ploughman Poet from their own home. Produced by Unique Events, Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker will begin the online festivities on Sat 23 Jan and continue throughout the weekend, culminating on Burns Night on Mon 25 Jan.

Simply Cook review: 'A great way to try flavourful cuisines from around the world without breaking the bank'

At this point, in what feels like the longest year of all-time, we've all worn out our favourite go-to recipes and could likely use a dose of inspiration in the kitchen. Luckily, subscription-based recipe box service Simply Cook is here to help spice things up this winter. We recently tried out four of their flavour kit recipes and were more than pleased with the easy and delicious results.

Hen Hoose initiative to support Scottish women songwriters in response to COVID-19

With a lack of live gigs since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how financially challenging and uncertain a career in music can truly be. Women in particular have fewer opportunities to develop revenue streams to sustain a viable career in music than their male counterparts. Women are disproportionately underrepresented in every area of the music industry including songwriting, production, the live arena, streaming and radio play, while only 17% of women have music publishing deals.

Luke La Volpe: 'All those nights of being skint and people telling you to get a proper job just become worth it'

Around this time last year, Luke La Volpe was on stage at the Scottish Music Awards collecting a trophy, only it wasn't exactly his to keep. The now 24-year-old Bathgate singer stepped in to accept the King Tut's Songwriting Award on behalf of his childhood pal Lewis Capaldi who was unable to attend that night. With the mic in his hand and the eyes of the Scottish music industry upon him, La Volpe did not hesitate to take the opportunity to make his own ambitions clear.

Music Venue Trust launches Traffic Light campaign to save venues in crisis

When music venues around the UK were forced to close their doors in March, very few probably imagined that they would still be shut eight months later. To say that 2020 has been a challenging year for grassroots music venues is a gross understatement. With no event bookings in sight, bills still coming in and little to no financial support available, many venues are now on the verge of closing their doors for good. Grassroots music venues need our support now more than ever.

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre announce seasonal programme and 2021 plans

Although Dundee Rep remains closed to the public for the time being, the renowned theatre and arts company has determined that the show must go on, teaming up with Scottish Dance Theatre to present a unique seasonal programme for Dundee and beyond. The seasonal programme Shine On includes a behind-the-scenes documentary of the same name which follows Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as they find ways to adapt when faced with the challenges created by lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) announces 2020 nominees

As we head into the final months of this remarkably strange year, Scotland continues to celebrate the notable new musical talent that has come out of the country in 2020. The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) annually showcases the best new acts from Scotland across a wide range of genres. Now in its 11th year, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards ceremony will be hosted online on Wed 18 Nov on live streaming platform Twitch.

Idlewild and Belle and Sebastian among Scottish artists featured on covers album raising funds for live music workers

The music and live events industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on gatherings and events ultimately resulting in tours and festivals cancelled across the world. With little financial help available for those who work in the music industry, particularly the freelancers who make live events happen, many have now been left without any income for the better part of a year.
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