New Scottish festival is ‘not replacing’ T in the Park


The organiser of a new Scottish music festival, TRNSMT, has told BBC Newsbeat he is “not trying to replace” T in the Park. With both festivals being coordinated by Geoff Ellis, he maintains they can run parallel to each other in a complementary way.

The festival-goer favourite celebrated its 22nd anniversary last year, however 2017 sees T in the Park taking a hiatus.

Instead, TRNSMT will run for its first year in Glasgow Green from 7-9 July. Dubbed as T in the Park’s sister festival, so far the line-up includes acts such as Kasabian, The 1975, Radiohead and Biffy Clyro.




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Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Ellis said, “I don’t think you can replace T in the Park.”

“TRNSMT is on the same weekend that T in the Park would traditionally have been on, but I think that is where the similarities end. One is an urban, city centre event and the other is a rural camping event.”

“Next year maybe we’ll run a camping festival and have TRNSMT in the city centre as well.”

Geoff Ellis also told Newsbeat he is annoyed with the difficulties T in the Park has experienced, but they are “water under the bridge” now.

The festival that has ran for over two decades has been called off this year after problems with planning permission, transport links and the site at Strathallan Castle.

Top 7 reads for 2017

In an age of technology, social media and endless time-devouring apps, what better gift to give this festive period than a quality book to unplug from the world with? As this week is Book Week Scotland here is our top 7 best reads published in 2016 that will keep you and your beloved ones enthralled during the winter months through to the New Year.

Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult)

imgres#1 New York Times bestselling author for Leaving Time Jodi Picoult, now presents an empathic novel which tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice and compassion through the story of Ruth Jefferson, an Afro American labour and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital. After being reassigned to a different patient at the request of white supremacist parents, the baby goes into cardiac distress. Ruth hesitates to perform CPR, and as a result is charged with a serious crime.

Before the Fall (Noah Hawley)

imgres-1This book has made it to the Goodreads final round for Best Mystery & Thriller novel. Going from the tragedy of the disappearance of ten people in the ocean after a crash near New York, and their back stories, Before the Fall raises questions of fate, human nature, and the ties that bind people together.

The Summer Before the War (Helen Simonson)

imgres-2Touching, profound and inspiring, The Summer Before the War is set at the end of the last calm summer at East Sussex before the First World War starts. The arrival of a free thinking and attractive Latin teacher at the coastal town of Rye, stirs up the small village. Meanwhile the unimaginable is coming and soon the limits of progress, as well as the old ways, will be tested as the people from Rye go to war.  

A gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)

imgres-3Modern Russian history will get you hooked quickly with this historical fiction written by Amor Towles. Count Alexander Rostov is the main protagonist, who is sentenced to home arrest for writing a poem. Rostov is confined to the corridors of Moscow’s Metropol Hotel, just across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov adjusts to the life inside the hotel, while the most tumultuous decades in Russia are happening outside. He explores the hotel, creates bonds with the staff and ends up having a meaningful relationship with the attractive and spirted young girl Nina. Reviewers agree that “this book more than fulfils the promise of Towle’s stylish debut, Rules of Civility (2011)”.

Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)

imgresThis is the story of two half-sisters with very different fate: one is sold into slavery and the other married to a British slaver. Homegoing is a portrait of the memory of captivity, along three centuries of history and two continents. Gyasi was born in Ghana and immigrated to the United States and now has given voice to those suppressed people in a very captivating novel.

All the Birds in the Sky (Charlie Jane Anders)


All the Birds in the Sky is a fantasy novel about the end of the world, and the beginning of the future. Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are childhood friends living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. The first is a genius engineer working to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing of global climate, and the latter has been educated in the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted. Let your imagination fly with this story of love, life and a dark future.

The Nest (Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney)

imgres-5Family and money are the mainstays of this warm and funny novel by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Four siblings reach a breaking point when an accident endangers the family’s joint trust, “The Nest”. They need the money to pay daily american expenses such as a mortgage, university tuition fees or give back money they had borrowed. This is a story of how money affects relationships, what happens to human ambitions over the time and ties we share with the ones we love.

Book Week Scotland 2016

Scotland’s annual November Book Week Scotland is back in town this week until the 27th of November. It is a week not only for book lovers but people of all ages who want share their passion for literature.

According to the Daily Record, even the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined the week’s endeavours and dared students at St Conval’s Primary in Glasgow to write reviews of books they have read, inside the books themselves, for future readers to pick up.

She went on to explain the importance of building and expanding the “reading culture” across schools.

“Book Week Scotland’s dares are a great way to excite children about reading and […] encouraging children to develop a love of reading from an early age through fun activities,” stated Sturgeon.


This is a week event hosted by the Edinburgh UNESCO World City of Literature Trust, a registered charity that that goes by the name “The Trust”, a team of enthusiasts with a “story-fuelled passion” for books.

The Trust’s CEO, Mark Lambert, explained; “Book Week Scotland is the perfect time for teachers and parents alike to get their children enthused about the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.”

The Trust have organised for Scottish talents, poets, illustrators, authors, storytellers, to engage with book-aficionados from all walks of life across the city in libraries, community venues and schools, to talk about the inspirations in their work.

Creative Scotland’s Arts and Engagement Director, Leonie Bell, also expressed her excitement about the fifth year of Book Week and how it is “a real celebration of Scotland’s incredible literary culture, from new writers to old favourites.  With an outreach programme ensuring that everyone across Scotland is able to enjoy the magic of reading and a plethora of book-related events, talks and dares to embark on, Scottish Book Trust is taking us on a reading adventure like no other.”


Book Week Scotland challenges you to get involved and be dared. So how can you take part? Click here to be assigned a ‘random dare’ and perhaps read a new genre you’ve never explored before. Share your dare with the hashtag #BookWeekScot and get your family and friends to join in too.

To learn more about Book Week Scotland go to Follow them on Twitter @Bookweekscot and on their Book Week Scotland Facebook page.

Come and see Luminate Festival this month


Festival City Theaters Trust Silent Space performance

Luminate Festival celebrates our lives as we age and so far it is the only festival engaging seniors in creative arts. Since its launch in 2012 it had tremendous success in collaborations and international projects specially planned for the festival.

Luminate is trying to shine a light on the importance of creative activities to the well-being of our seniors, by involving them into a wide range of events, hosted by a wide range of cultural and community organizations. In addition to the public programme, Luminate includes Outreach activities which take the festival to care homes, sheltered housing communities and local groups across the country.

Through the month of October the festival is running dance, drama, music and visual arts performances. A series of creative workshops will also be taking place during this month in different communities across Scotland.

Luminate director Anne Gallacher said: “I am delighted that the growth of activities in care settings as well as dementia friendly events means that Luminate is becoming increasingly accessible each year. Creativity has no age, and once again this October Luminate shows the breadth of opportunities that are available nationwide.”

Browse events calendar to find activities taking place near you throughout October.

Spanish Film Festival

As cities in the UK go, Edinburgh is the place to be for film festivals. The International Film Festival, the French Film Festival and the Italian Film Festival have all taken place in the city and now it’s time for the Spanish culture. 12143334_1649718535308857_958014745566740312_n

Due to a large number of Hispanics living in Edinburgh, the Spanish Consul Miguel Utray, has decided to spice up Edinburgh’s festival scene with a glimpse into Spanish world of movies. It took over three years with the support of Edinburgh University to make this happen. This is also supporting the Spanish film industry which has been struggling in recent times.

Following the success of last two years, the festival is kicking in again on October the 6th in Filmhouse. The heart of Edinburgh’s movies scene. The Spanish ELLE magazine named the festival as “infatuations for the month of October” in 2014.

This year’s film list includes such Spanish classics as Donkey Xote and Xavier Cougat, a musical genius and an owner of a Hollywood star of fame.

The Screen Officer at Creative Scotland, Rosie Crerar said:“The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival offers a diverse, innovative and exciting programme of film and events. The festival provides a platform to showcase some of Spain’s most talented filmmakers and is an excellent opportunity for people from across Scotland to discover and celebrate the rich cultural history of Spanish Film.”

This year the festival is also expanding into Glasgow and residing at Glasgow Film Theater just before the end of the festival.

To find more information and film times go to Spanish Film Festival website.

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