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The Fratellis Announce “Costello Music” Anniversary Tour

Home-grown talent, The Fratellis have announced plans to play a string of UK Dates later this year to celebrate 10 years since the release of their debut album, “Costello Music”.

The trio, from Glasgow, released their debut offering in October 2006; it includes the singles, “Chelsea Dagger”, “Whistle For The Choir”, “Henrietta”, “Baby Fratelli”, “Ole Black ‘N’ Blue Eyes” and “Flathead”, which featured in an advert for Apple iPod. The Fratellis picked up a Brit Award for “Best British Breakthrough” in 2007 and “Costello Music” was in The UK Top 100 for 83 weeks.

The band will play “Costello Music” in FULL across November and December 2016; the trio will kick off at Nottingham’s Rock City on 26th November, before stopping off for shows at UEA in Norwich (27th), Manchester’s Academy (29th), Liverpool’s 02 Academy (30th), Sheffield’s 02 Academy (1st December), 02 Academy in Bristol (3rd), Bournemouth 02 Academy (4th), University in Keele (5th), Oxford’s 02 Academy (6th), 02 Institute in Birmingham (8th), Newcastle’s 02 Academy (9th), a hometown show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom (10th), 02 Academy in Leeds (12th) and concluding at London’s o2 Forum (13th).

Altogether now, “Duh, duh, duh, duh . . .”

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 20th May 2016 @ 9am


Live Review : The Smyths, O2 ABC (06/05/2016)


Apparently, The Queen Is Dead, and has been for 30 years . . .

Glasgow’s O2 ABC took us back to the golden era of indie with The Smyths, who paid homage to the legendary Mancunian band and their iconic 1986 album, “The Queen Is Dead”.


Naturally, the title track kicked off proceedings; the nostalgia in the venue was so thick that you could taste it, and the dotted Smiths T-shirts amongst the crowd and the war-cry like cheering when the band took to the stage confirmed from the get-go that The Smiths may be long gone, but their legacy has lasted the test of time.

The setlist lifted pivotal tracks from The Smiths short (but sweet) career as well as the 10-tracks that shape their famous third LP; “Panic” created chaos, “Girlfriend In A Coma” saw the hundreds-strong crowd bob in perfect time, “Frankly, Mr Shankly” had middle-age men huddle and sing along, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” provoked some moves that Morrissey would have been proud of, while “I Know It’s Over” brought the entire room together in mournful spirit.

The Smyth’s Morrissey, aka Graham Sampson, is every inch the controversial Smiths front-runner; Sampson is a more approachable Morrissey, perfectly executing the required flourishing that The Smiths frontman is known and loved for in the perfect balance of sophistication and narcissism, and if I had closed my eyes, no-one would have convinced me that it wasn’t Stephen Patrick Morrissey singing onstage.

I am human, and I need to be loved

The Smiths iconic track, “How Soon Is Now?” concluded the show, bringing the trip down memory lane to an end; most of the crowd lingered long after the band had vacated the stage suggesting that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t ready to leave behind girlfriends in comas, double decker bus crashes, meetings at the cemetary gates and charming men.

The last word on a possible Smiths reunion came from Morrissey in 2014 when he claimed, “I don’t know anyone who would want a Smiths reunion”. Clearly, even Morrissey isn’t clued up on the legacy or impact on his former band 30 years on; for now, however, we have The Smyths who aren’t simply “the next best thing”, but the best we’ve got.



Gutter Gig Guide : 11/05/2016

Gigs This Week

American singer/songwriter, Father John Misty is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy tonight (Thursday 12th May 2016). Misty, aka J. Tillman, is out in support of his latest LP, “I Love You, Honeybear” which dropped in February 2015.

Glasgow’s Stereo plays host to London-born singer/songwriter, Patrick Wolf tonight (Thursday 12th May 2016). Wolf has released six studio albums throughout his career, the most recent being 2012’s double LP, “Sundark And Riverlight”.

Pop punks, Busted are back together and are set to play a double header at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday (13th) and Saturday (14th May 2016). The trio split in 2005 following a 5 year career which spawned two studio LPs, their 2002 self-titled debut and 2003’s “A Present For Everyone”. Busted dropped brand new single, “Coming Home” earlier this month.

Libertine, Pete Doherty is flying solo at The Barrowland this Friday (13th May 2016) following a hugely successful UK Tour with his original band, The Libertines. Doherty is out ahead of the release of his second solo LP, due for release later in 2016.

Homegrown heroes, BMX Bandits are scheduled to play Glasgow’s CCA on Saturday (14th May 2016). The band, from Glasgow, are known for their 1960s inspired guitar pop and have released nine LPs to date, the most recent being 2012’s “In Space”.

Glasgow’s Broadcast has a live set from London rockers, Yuck on Saturday (14th May 2016). The band have drawn favourable comparisons to Pavement, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth; their third LP, “Stranger Things” was released in February of this year.

Foxes is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday (15th May 2016) as part of her current tour. Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, released her second studio album, “All I Need” in February of this year; it followed her 2014 debut, “Glorious”.

Glasgow’s Oran Mor plays host to indie rockers, The Heavy on Sunday (15th May 2016). The band, from Bath, are best known for their signature 2009 single, “How You Like Me Now?”, and released their fourth studio album, “Hurt & The Merciless” in April of this year.

Birmingham-born soul singer, Laura Mvula is scheduled to play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Monday (16th May 2016). Mvula released her debut effort, “Sing To The Moon” in 2013; her second LP, “The Dreaming Room” is set to drop next month.

Glasgow’s 02 ABC plays host to Dublin-born quintet, September Girls on Monday (16th May 2016). The band are known for their brand of noise pop and released their debut effort, “Cursing The Sea” in January 2014; their second LP, “Age Of Indignation” dropped last month.

Washington-born indie rockers, Chastity Belt are at Glasgow’s Broadcast on Tuesday (17th May 2016). The four-piece band have released two studio albums to date; their 2013, “No Regerts” and “Time To Go Home” which dropped last year.

Glasgow’s Hug & Pint plays host to Anna Meredith and her brand of electronic/acoustic music on Tuesday (17th May 2016). Meredith is a former composer with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and released her debut album, “Varmints” in March of this year.

Celtic punk rockers, The Rumjacks are scheduled to play Glasgow’s Audio on Wednesday (18th May 2016). The band, from Sydney, Australia, released their latest LP, “Sober & Godless” last year; it followed their 2010 debut, “Gangs Of New Holland”.

Just Announced

Nottingham born singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg is back with a brand new album and has announced plans to tour later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Friday 21st October 2016. Bugg’s third LP, “On My One” is scheduled for release in June 2016.

Tickets are available now

Live Review : David Duchovny, 02 ABC (05/05/2016)

The music is out there . . .

Actor-turned-musician, David Duchovny brought mellow rock and a little Dad dancing to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Thursday night, as part of his European Tour.

The wolf whistles and high-pitched screams that welcomed his entrance onstage confirmed that the 55 year old’s days as a sex symbol are far from over. Looking every inch the part in black skinny jeans and leather jacket, Duchovny kicked things off with a humble, “Hey” and track, “Let It Rain”, which ironically in Glasgow, it wasn’t (for once).

Best known as Special Agent Fox Mulder from hit sci-fi TV series, “The X Files”, Duchovny was out in support of his newest venture; “Hell Or Highwater”, his debut album released last May, which shaped the bulk of the laid-back set, including stand-out moments, “Stars”, “Unsaid And Undone” and title-track, “Hell Or Highwater”Duchovny cut a somewhat different figure from his famous TV roles and looked comfortable in this new rock star role; he pouted, strutted and posed his way through the set, much to the delight of his many female fans. However, his mellow vocals hinted that it’s still early days for him as a singer; his lyrics were not always audible and there were moments when his passion clearly outweighed his vocal talent. 

“This would only happen here, Glasgow . . .”


A surprise sprinkling of David Bowie’s “Stay” and The Weekend’s “Can’t Feel My Face” brought a funky spin to the show, and was warmly welcomed by fans who danced and sang along. The half-Scottish Duchovny paid tribute to his roots; he recorded a message for his Aberdeen-born mother, donned a kilt (the screaming was deafening) and enjoyed an impromptu language lesson with a front row fan; he didn’t look entirely convinced that “gallus” was a real word . . .

Duchovny may not be the musician he’d like to be; his vocals were missing the trademark growl that could have made them great, instead of average and he danced like a Dad (albeit a very sexy one), but his passion for being onstage doing something he really wants to is impossible to ignore, and exceedingly difficult to resist.


Curtain Up : May 2015

The King’s Theatre

Save The Last Dance For Me

Tue 3 – Sat 7 May 2016 | 2.30/7.30pm | £18-40

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“An Officer And A Gentleman”, with a better soundtrack. The golden era of music is brought to life with the works of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and a “when the cat’s away” spirited romance with an air force soldier.

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tue 10 – Sat 14 May 2016 | Various times | £18-44


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The gospel, according to Andrew Lloyd Webber that doesn’t send you to sleep, features X Factor winner, Joe McElderry in the lead role and with all the songs that you didn’t realise you knew so well.

Theatre Royal

The 39 Steps

Mon 16 – Sat 21 May 2016 | 2.30/7.30pm | £16-39

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39 steps

If Uncle Bryn had starred in a Hitchcock movie. The spy thriller of the old age is given a comic twist for the stage, which makes the dead bodies a little awkward . . .

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Mon 23 – Sat 28 2016 | 2.30pm/7.30pm | £16-45

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The Audrey Hepburn classic comes to the theatre, but portrayed by an Inbetweener?! A writer watches the dazzling but ultimately broke pearl-endowed girl live out a few fantasies and live each day to the fullest.

Tron Theatre


Fri 6 – Sat 7 May 2016 | 2.30/7.45pm | £16

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Poet, author, labourer and revolutionist, James Connolly is trapped under Liberty Hall with his fellow Irish freedom fighters, with enough time to analyse his life and how he got there.

Citizens Theatre

Dance Of Death

Fri 22 Apr – Sat 7 May 2016 | 2.30/7.30pm | £14

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In this black comedy look at marriage, couple of 25 years, Alice and The Captain are stranded on a raft and exchange odd anniversary presents: cruel mind games.

This Restless House 

Fri 22 Apr – Sun 15 May 2016 | 2/7pm | £23 or £30 for all 3 parts

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restless house

This Restless House, based on the epic Greek trilogy The Oresteia, is an exhilarating theatrical event and accessible new way to delve into an ancient drama that has survived two and a half thousand years.

Cinema Club : 29/04/2016

New Releases

Captain America : Civil War

Captain America is back, and this time he has to face his toughest opponent yet . . . Iron Man! Following an incident involving The Avengers, politicians propose a governing body to monitor the activities of superheroes. This decision causes conflict between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), with The Avengers forced to pick a side. However, while fighting each other, they must work out a way to protect the world from a new enemy . . .


Following his wife’s death in a car accident, Wall Street investment banker, Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) naturally struggles to feel anything. His father in law, Phil (Chris Cooper) attempts to console him and help him rebuild his life, but Davis is more concerned with a minor complaint to a vending machine company. Eventually, his letters resonate with lonely customer service representative, Karen (Naomi Watts) who forms an unlikely friendship with Davis and helps him realise that, to move on, he must first demolish his old life.

Special Screenings

West Side Story @ The GFT

Monday 2nd May 2016 @ 3pm

This Bank Holiday Monday, The GFT are giving you the chance to see one of the boldest adaptations of Williams Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” starring Natalie Wood, about two rival gangs in 1957 Manhattan.

Movie News


Alicia Vikander has been cast as Lara Croft for the forthcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot. Vikander is an actress and dancer from Sweden who currently resides in London, and has enjoyed roles in “Anna Karenina”, “Ex Machina” and “The Danish Girl”. Vikander will replace Angelina Jolie who played Croft in the original “Lara Croft : Tomb Raider” movie in 2001 and its 2003 sequel “The Cradle Of Life”. The “Tomb Raider” reboot is set for release in 2017.

We got a sneak peek at Emily Blunt in forthcoming thriller, “The Girl On The Train” when the nerve-shredding trailer dropped earlier this week. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins and co-stars Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux and Allison Janney. The film is set for release on 7th October 2016.

This week also saw us get a peek of BIG laughs to come with an exclusive full-length trailer of “Absolutely Fabulous : The Movie” starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in their iconic roles as best pals, Eddy and Patsy (sweetie dahhhling!) who are caught in a media storm after accidently killing supermodel, Kate Moss. The movie sees Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield reprise their roles as Eddy’s long-suffering daughter, Saffy and Mother. The movie is due for release on 1st July 2016 and boasts over 60 cameos including Stella McCartney, Lulu, Joan Collins, Rebel Wilson, Christopher Biggins and Jeremy Paxman.



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