Tuesday, 12 December 2017


BANANARAMA plan to be Queens of Edinburgh Castle as they take to the stage in Scotland next year.                                     

Friday July 20 will see the trio of Sara, Keren and Siobhan play the capital for the very first time of their careers.

The eighties hit making gals have 30 chart hits and combined sales of over 40 million, making them  the most successful female group of all time in the Guinness Book of Records. 

Their string of classics include Robert de Niro’s Waiting, Cruel Summer, Venus, Shy Boy and Love In the First Degree.

 Mark Mackie, director of Castle Concerts said: “We are delighted to have Bananarama play Edinburgh Castle this summer. Without doubt, they are one of the greatest girl groups and the atmosphere on the night will be truly electrifying.”

 Earlier this year, the girl group that defined the 80s announced they were back to their original, record-breaking line up for a tour of the UK. The news of their reunion was met with universal approval from the media and public. The original tour dates sold out instantly and further dates were added to extend the winter tour.

 Keren said: “We’ve had the best time touring this year and can’t wait to take our show back out on the road again in 2018.” 

Sara added: “Scottish audiences are always fantastic. As the original line up, we’re really excited to play Edinburgh for the first time ever!” 

And Siobhan said: “We perform all our hits and we’re really looking forward to taking our live show outdoors. I’m sure the atmosphere is going to be electric at Edinburgh Castle.” 

 Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said: “Bananarama are real pop legends. We’re really looking forward to welcoming them here at the Castle for what’s sure to be a special evening.”

 Since their unforgettable last performance as a trio at The Brits in 1988, Keren and Sara have continued as Bananarama, releasing records and touring to global audiences. Siobhan went on to have hit singles and albums around the world as part of Shakespeare’s Sister before becoming a solo artist.

Tickets for the gig go on sale on Friday December 15 at 9am

£47.50 and £42.50 + booking fee 

 This concert is all seated

Online: www.ticketmaster.com www.seetickets.com

 By phone: Ticketmaster 0844 844 0444

 In person:

Tickets Scotland Edinburgh, 127 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT

Tickets Scotland Glasgow, 237 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

The Hub Tickets, 348-350 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

Grouchos Dundee, 132 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4ED

 Tickets are NOT available from Edinburgh Castle Box Office

Monday, 11 December 2017


EMELI Sande has revealed she wrote her first ever song when she was just eight years old - and she let Theshowbizlion.com exclusively hear it.

The Scots singer won the Songwriter of the Year award at the Scottish Music Awards and even attempted to sing it - before deciding she might need to revise it. 

As she tries to sing the song called Yesterday Not Tomorrow in our exclusive video, Emeli from Aberdeen said: “I wrote my first song when I was eight and eight year old Emeli would be over the moon tonight. I can’t remember it fully - only a bit. I think I need to revise it. 

She added: “I remember my first EP launch at Oran Mor and for people to recognise my music was mindblowing so it’s great to receive this tonight. My eight year old self would love this. 

The singer who was keen to get to know other singers including Nina Nesbitt at the bash in Glasgow’s Fruitmarket also revealed she is in the process of recording a Whitney Houston/ Mariah Carey style album. 

She said: “I started working on my third album and hoping to get it out soon. It’s very vocal and I’m excited for it next year. 

Whitney Houston l and Maria inspired me as a child so it’s along those lines.”

Emeli Sande who was sporting a new brunette hairdo instead of her blonde hair said: “I feel like I just wanted to get back to my natural hair. I bleached and straightened it a lot and I felt it was just damaging my hair. I wanted to look like myself and have my natural curl. I feel really good and really nice and being myself.”

After winning her gong Emeli said: “To win an award like this is a big deal one it’s scottish and two for songwriting and great to be acknowledged for it. My parents are here tonight and we are all going to be celebrating and celebrating the year as well.

Sunday, 3 December 2017


WHOLE Of The Moon hitmakers The Waterboys should change their name to the hot water boys after revealing that they’ve swapped sex drugs and rock and roll for the humble teabag.

In one of the whackiest interviews yet , Grammy nominated keyboard player Brother Paul Brown who picked up a Scottish Music Award last night raved about his tea habit and how he now brings up to thirty different types of tea with him to different gigs.
For his overnight trip to Scotland he revealed he brought nine varieties of tea as well as six cups which he insisted on drinking out of during the ceremony.
Brother Paul, who flew in from Nashville, and spent part of his night looking for a kettle backstage said: “I’m not even sure what day it is but I’m ok with that. I’ve got my tea. It’s a tea from Tokyo and I brought another tea that the love of my life gave me and that’s for right after the Awards performance. It’s from the Gotland islands.
“Smell it - You could roll it. I bring all the teas I’ve collected from all around the world.”
Brother Paul who rates Glasgow’s own Willow Tea Room tea amongst the finest, added: “If I even do a recording session before I start I bring all my teas in. I have over thirty different teas and for this trip I brought nine. I’ve got a tea clip and it just fits over the bag. It’s so much cleaner than the filter.
The eccentric musician who bid £600 for wedding cake vouchers from Special Days Cakes at the glitzy event in the city’s Fruitmarket added: “This cup goes all over the world with me and this is a Klimt, a Gustav Klimt. I have six cups that travel with me here and it’s the one thing that keeps me settled on the road.”

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


NICOLE Scherzinger made a surprise appearance at James Arthur’s gig tonight in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
 The glam X Factor judge introduced contestant Kevin Davy White from the show as a surprise guest on stage and the whole moment was recorded for X factor.
The crowd couldn’t believe it as they got some extra celebrities popping up at the gig.
Nicole told fans: “I have a very special guest I want to bring out here tonight, a very dear friend of mine and he is in the X Factor final this weekend.
“This is the biggest audience he’s ever performed did in his whole life so I need everybody to please turn their lights on to show some love, all the love that Glasgow has to give, to show how beautiful Glasgow is. He is one of the best most beautiful souls I’ve ever met and an amazing musician. Please vote for him, please support him and give him some love.

Kevin then performed a cover of Beatles song Come Together.
James Arthur meantime wowed the crowd at his arran gig with hits including Impossible and Say You Won’t Let Go as well as a beautiful cover of George Michael’s Careless Whisper.

From Scotland with Love - theshowbizlion.com

Monday, 27 November 2017


WELSH heroes and one of Great Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics will take to the TRNSMT stage for the first time next summer on the opening day of the festival.
With ten studio albums under the belt, six of which were UK number ones, there will be no shortage of singalongs on display during the Stereophonics’ set at TRNSMT 2018.
 Kelly Jones said: "TRNSMT line-up looks like a great weekend for all! Happy to be headlining the Friday and getting another chance to play in front of the beautiful always up for it Scottish crowds!"
 TRNSMT will once again programme an immense summer of music in Scotland, returning to Glasgow Green over two weekends on 29th June – 1st July plus 6th and 8th July 2018. These five shows are set to bring music fans the ultimate festival experience, with world-class stars descending to the TRNSMT stage.
Irish trio The Script join TRNSMT’s opening day line-up, set to bring a dose of acclaimed pop rock to Glasgow Green. Releasing their fifth album Freedom Child in September 2017, The Script will perform hits such as ‘Rain’, ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘For the First Time’ for their Scottish fans.
 Joining Stereophonics and The Script on 29th June 2018 is James Bay. From the moment that he was announced as winner of the BRITS Critics’ Choice Award in 2015, to 12 months later when he was nominated for 4 prestigious awards in the 2016 BRITS ceremony, James Bay’s journey has been exciting for the masses to follow. His debut album, Chaos and The Calm, entered the UK charts at No.1 in March 2015 and stayed in the top 20 for a staggering 40 weeks, reaching platinum status in the UK.
 Completing the latest announcement is singer-songwriter Jessie J who will bring her hip-hop and R&B vibes to Glasgow in June, also joining the bill on Friday 29th June 2018. Jessie J’s debut album in 2011 spawned massive singles such as ‘Do It Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’, which topped the charts in over 19 countries. Multi-platinum collaboration ‘Bang Bang’ saw Jessie join forces with fellow queens of pop Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande and showcased Jessie’s powerful mix of soulful vocals with hip-hop beats. With the announcement of her fourth album R.O.S.E and release of her single ‘Queen’ in recent weeks, Jessie J ‘s powerhouse act is well and truly back and we can’t wait to feel her powerful stage presence at TRNSMT 2018.
 Last week, TRNSMT announced Liam Gallagher will play his first ever outdoor Scottish gig on Saturday 30th June 2018, joined by fellow British rock Courteeners, Wolf Alice and J Hus. In a line-up that celebrates the cream of the British crop right now, the acts are set to bring an iconic electric atmosphere to Glasgow Green next summer.
 An era-defining voice and the frontman of his generation, Liam Gallagher has owned 2017 with his solo return, Courteeners have been dubbed one of the best live British bands of the moment by Clash Music recently and, fresh from two sell-out Barrowland shows, Wolf Alice are quite simply one of the most epic and energetic British bands of our time. Also revealed by festival organisers last week was hot English grime artist, four-time MOBO nominated singer and breakthrough star of today’s rap scene J Hus, who also joins these home grown British artists on the opening TRNSMT 2018 weekend.
 Today marks the second host of announcements from TRNSMT organisers, offering music fans a taste of what’s to come at five TRNSMT events next summer.
 A city already renowned for its captive music audiences, TRNSMT 2017 showed artists from around the world that there’s nothing better than a Scottish crowd and 2018 promises to deliver an even bigger transmission.
 Big performances from headliners Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro created an epic inaugural event for TRNSMT in 2017, which also saw stand-out sets from the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Stormzy and The 1975.
 Shortlisted for three UK Festival awards including ‘Best Major’ and ‘Best New’, TRNSMT was heralded by fans and critics in 2017 for its incredible audience, atmosphere and perfect mix of international and local talent.
 Geoff Ellis, Head of DF Concerts said: “Geoff Ellis, Head of DF Concerts said: “Today’s announcement of headliners Stereophonics plus The Script, James Bay and Jessie J brings yet another brilliant taster of TRNSMT 2018. We were delighted to bring the news of Liam Gallagher’s headline show to the masses earlier last week and TRNSMT’s line-up is shaping up to be a brilliant celebration of world-class bands and local talent, over two weekends, for the first-ever time in Glasgow.
 TRNSMT will once again programme an immense summer of music in Scotland, returning to Glasgow Green over two weekends on 29th June – 1st July plus 6th and 8th July 2018. These five shows are set to bring music fans the ultimate festival experience, with world-class stars descending to the TRNSMT stage.

Sunday, 19 November 2017


TRAINSPOTTING screenwriter John Hodge says he and the team behind the latest T2 movie fancy making a sequel about the kids of the main characters.

John who just this week picked up a Scottish BAFTA award for best feature, and director fiction as well as Ewen Bremners award for Best actor said:

“There has got to be some progress. We thought there could be a sequel with the offspring, young Begbie, young Spud, Simon’s son that he’s never seen, all getting back together. We’d call it something like Son of Begbie.”

John, who also wrote Shallow Grave, said it would be a challenge and pretty stressful to go back to the characters but one that could bring lots of fun adding: “It was very stressful working the story out in a way that sort of feels true to the character so that it’s not just more of the same. It was lovely getting back into the characters.

Once you’re back inside Begbie’s head he does all the writing for you. I was watching the scene where he is interviewed by the parol officer and the lawyer and I remember looking at it and thinking ‘I don’t even remember that.’

The story was difficult but the scenes were dead easy. Then you think, what would it be like if Begbie has a son and you think ‘That would be fun’.”

In T2, psychopath Begbie’s son is played by seventeen year old Hamilton actor Scot Greenan who said it was a dream come true to work with Danny Boyle and the crew.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh suggested earlier this year that the saga might not be over yet, saying: “I think there’s probably room for one more kind of Trainspotting -themed film. You never know what’s going to happen with these things.”

John currently says he’s working on several TV and Film projects and throwing mud at a wall to see what sticks.

He said: “I’m trying to write a script for television and one that would be filmed in Scotland but I’m not sure what’s happening with that now. It’s stalled a bit. I wrote a play that we did in London about five years ago, a historical one that we wrote about Stalin and I was going to talk to Armando Iannucci who has just released a film about Stalin about that. I am also rewriting a science fiction film. Anything that seems like a good story.

Political stuff is thrilling and interesting and you just try and follow your interest. You throw all of the scripts out there and most of them never see the light of day.”

From Scotland with  love - theshowbizlion.com


IT looks like Karen Gillan’s egg and avocado diet has paid off in these latest pictures of her scantily clad character in Jumanji. 

Inverness born redhead Karen plays fictional character Ruby Roundhouse in the film based on the computer game of the same name. 

And Karen, 29, who stars as one of the ‘kids’ sucked into the vintage game to become an adult avatar, had to sick to a strict exercise and nutrition regime to fit into the children’s clothes she had to wear for the character. 

When she was on set in November 2016, The five foot ten model and actress shared pictures with her fans of her diet - including three eggs and one avocado which made up a meal. 

She joked at the time: “You know you need to get a life when...”

Karen who even pretended to work out with an avocado in one video also revealed that personal trainer and world class fitness athlete Scott Pearlman got her into tip top shape for the role. 

She said: “Thanks so much to my personal trainer Scott Pearlman who whipped me into shape for Jumanji! Sad to leave our Hawaii routine and continue my mission to swol without him!”

Swol is slang for someone or something that is very muscular in nature. 

Karen who just reunited with the movie stars including Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart and The Rock for some film promo before the official release on December 20 will celebrate her 30th birthday on November 28.

She may not have time to return home to Inverness to celebrate after signing up to do some new Avengers movies as Nebula as well as getting ready to release her own directed film The Party’s Just Beginning. 

Movie goers can expect a few surprises in Jumanji including it seems a potential romance between Karen and co star The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson. 

After Karen said she couldn’t wait for the release on Instagram Dwayne hinted to her in a personal reply: “You killed it. Our ‘kiss’ is everything.”

Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Scottish Mail on Sunday 

From Scotland with Love - theshowbizlion.com