Bloc Party announce first UK shows with new line-up

The new-look Bloc Party have announced their first European tour together, which includes two UK dates in December. Having already handed live debuts to new bassist Justin Harris and drummer Louise Bartle (in the place of Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong) at two US shows last month, the London indie-rockers obviously feel ready to embark on …

Adele ‘to release new album in November’

Look out rest-of-the-music-industry, Adele is planning to release her comeback album in November, according to reports. The 27-year-old London-born singer-songwriter, whose last album 21 sold over 30 million copies worldwide and pretty much dominated the charts for about two years, is expected to release the follow-up, 25, through XL Recordings, Billboard reports. Following the naming …

Music News August 28, 2015

Tyler, The Creator cancels UK dates

Tyler, The Creator has announced that he won’t be appearing at this weekend’s Reading And Leeds festivals, and has also cancelled his own shows in Dublin and Belfast. The Odd Future member, who recently also cancelled his Australian tour following protests from a feminist group about his lyrics, didn’t give too much away about his …

Fringe sketch and character comedy

Everyone knows the Fringe is a vital testing ground for sketch and character comedy, so who are the stars of this year’s programme? Nick Mitchell samples a variety of shows… Winning the prize-formerly-known-as-the-Perrier-aka-the-Foster’s-Edinburgh-Comedy Award affords you a certain rarefied status in the flyer-strewn blitz that is the Fringe. But ‘rarefied’ isn’t a word that sits …

Blog Comedy Blog August 24, 2015

'Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank' is now real

One of the most memorable scenes in Alan Partridge’s original series was when he meets BBC commissioning editor Tony Hayers for lunch, and pitches a succession of increasingly desperate programme ideas. It’s Steve Coogan at the top of his game, as he reels off suggestions like ‘Knowing M.E. Knowing You’, ‘Inner City Sumo’ and ‘Cooking …

Virals August 20, 2015

Tim Burton absolutely loves Blackpool

He’s most associated with fantastical Gothic movies, but Tim Burton is rapidly becoming an unlikely champion of all things Blackpool. The American director responsible for cult classics like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice has already used the famous seaside resort for scenes in his latest film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, starring Samuel L. Jackson. …

Virals August 19, 2015

Dickens Abridged perform at the #WOWwagon

Dickens Abridged came along to the #WOWwagon to perform a song from their Fringe show. Watch the video: Dickens Abridged, Pleasance, until 31 Aug, 2.20pm / listings Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage • Get everything on our Festivals homepage – on desktop, mobile or tablet • Looking for reviews? Check out the latest Scotsman reviews – …

Video August 16, 2015

Camille O'Sullivan performs in the #WOWwagon

Camille O’Sullivan stopped by the #WOWwagon to talk about her new Fringe show, her approach to performing and the songs of Jacques Brel. She also performed an a capella version of Nick Cave’s ‘The Ship Song’. Watch Camille O’Sullivan sing ‘The Ship Song': Watch the interview: Camille O’Sullivan: Brel, Queen’s Hall, until 16 Aug, 10.30pm / listings …

Video August 15, 2015

Tom and Matt from 2Magpies Theatre at the #WOWwagon

Tom and Matt from 2Magpies Theatre joined us at the #WOWwagon at Summerhall to talk about their Fringe shows Ventoux and The Litvinenko Project. Watch the video: Ventoux, Summerhall, until 30 Aug, 1.55pm / listings The Litvinenko Project, Summerhall, until 30 Aug, 8pm / listings Music: XXV by Broke For Free Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage …

Video August 13, 2015

Chris Dugdale amazes the #WOWwagon team

Magician Chris Dugdale stopped by the #WOWwagon to tell us all about his new Fringe show Sleightly Dishonest – and perform a sleight of hand trick that left us all scratching our heads Watch Chris perform the Three Dollar Bill Trick – and see if you can work out how he did it: Chris also talked …

Video August 12, 2015

Colin Leggo visits the #WOWwagon

Comedian Colin Leggo stopped by the #WOWwagon to talk about his Fringe show Leggoland (which isn’t about plastic bricks) and why drunk audiences are sometimes better. Watch the video: Colin Leggo: Leggoland, until 30 Aug (not the 17th), The Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet, 13:30 / listings Music – Fall asleep under the millions …

Comedy Blog Video August 9, 2015

Isabelle Georges performs at the #WOWwagon

French cabaret star Isabelle Georges performed part of her Fringe show Oh Là Là at the #WOWwagon with her band – and helped make the sun shine. Watch the video: Oh Là Là! Starring Isabelle Georges, Assembly Checkpoint, until 30 Aug, 7.25pm / listings Follow our Edinburgh Festival coverage • Follow our social accounts on …

Video August 9, 2015

Mike Wozniak in the #WOWwagon

Mike Wozniak might be best known now for his moustachioed portrayal of Brian alongside Greg Davies in the superb Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, but he’s also a Fringe favourite, and something of a veteran, having been nominated for the if.comedy best newcomer award back in 2008. Barely recognisable from his clean-cut Man Down character, a …

Comedy Blog Video August 7, 2015

#WOWFEST: Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative perform Ndebele Funeral

Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative perform an excerpt from their 2015 Fringe show Ndebele Funeral in the Summerhall Courtyard for #WOWFest. Watch the video: Ndebele Funeral, Summerhall, 6-30 Aug / listings Follow our Edinburgh Festival coverage • Follow our social accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram • Get everything on our Festivals homepage – on desktop, mobile …

Video August 6, 2015

#WOWFEST: Watch Igor and Moreno sing and jump around

Igor and Moreno performed an excerpt from their 2015 Fringe debut show Idiot-Syncrasy, soon to be known as ‘that bouncing show’, for us in the Summerhall Courtyard. Watch the video: Idiot-Syncrasy, Summerhall, 6-29 Aug, 4.20pm / listings Follow our Edinburgh Festival coverage • Follow our social accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram • Get everything …

Video August 6, 2015
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