Monthly Archives: June 2010

INTERVIEW – Scrap Brain

Myke, Stew and Angie firmly believe their diverse tastes are what make Scrap Brain work. “I guess the stuff I like could be called a bit mainstream,” says band frontwoman Angie, namechecking The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills and PJ Harvey. “Where these guys,” she says, pointing to guitarist & keyboard player Myke and drummer […]

PREVIEW – the Edinburgh Mela Festival

From August 6 to 8, Leith Links will be the new home to all the colour, spectacle and excitement of the Edinburgh Mela Festival. Bringing together culture and entertainment from across the world, the Mela has been an Edinburgh festival favourite since 1995, and is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish […]

FRINGE PREVIEW – A Nifty History of Evil (Free Fringe)

7 – 28 August – two shows every evening:6.30-7.20pm at Opium and 10.45-11.35pm at Bar 50 John Robertson’s A Nifty History of Evil promises a funny and gory journey through the ‘best bits’ of world history. Featuring puppetry, music and comedy with a dark edge, his show sounds as though it will be a dark […]

DAY TRIP – Jupiter Artland, Kirknewton

Lose yourself in Jupiter Artland – a great day out for all the family Jupiter Artland is situated a few miles outside Edinburgh and is a fascinating place to visit.  Situated in the grounds of Bonnington House, this contemporary sculpture garden is a feast for the senses and a wonder to explore. The environment that has […]

NEWS – Peter’s Yard to open a second branch in Edinburgh

The rather excellent Peter’s Yard is opening a another branch at the beginning of July in the beautiful Azurean building in the Quartermile development.  This branch will  be transformed to a ‘Savour to Go’, a deli-style cafe where customers can enjoy a range of carefully prepared Peter’s Yard products, including sandwiches, soup, pastries, coffee and ice-cream, […]

FRINGE PREVIEW – Five Pound Fringe comedy

Last year, the Five Pound Fringe brought a selection of shows to Edinburgh, each costing – unsurprisingly – a fiver. The organisers were of the belief that the low ticket price would encourage people to take a chance on a show without having to dig too deep into their pockets, and it proved to be […]

DAY TRIP – Dumfries & Galloway, Abbeys and Castles

There’s nothing I like better than taking advantage of the long hours of daylight in Scotland at the moment and last week, I took a day trip to some Historic Scotland sites in Dumfries and Galloway and a walk along the Solway coast. We left early on a Sunday morning when the traffic in Edinburgh was very light […]

FRINGE PHOTOS – The Royal Mile (2006)

The section of the Royal Mile between the top of the Mound and Cockburn Street is always a vibrant, exciting, colourful and crazy explosion of performers during the Fringe – meaning sometimes all you have to do is point your camera in any direction and click. Here then is the first of a short series […]

FRINGE INTERVIEW – Desmond O’Connor (Vive Le Cabaret & Me! Me! Me!)

“I suppose you could call me a Fringe veteran,” says Desmond O’Connor, smiling as he recalls his first appearances in Edinburgh 21 years ago. “Or maybe an antique,” says Julie-ann, his co-producer on last year’s hit cabaret shows Desmorphia and High Tease. Whether veteran or antique, Desmond does however scrub up well: with a bit […]

NEWS – Village Store opens again in Leith

Leith’s Village Store at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall has opened its doors and is selling fresh, local and seasonal food.  Edinburgh Spotlight loves Out of the Blue as an arts venue and it also has a wonderful cafe selling a fabulous range of food. Exhibitions are in the main hall and the […]