We will add news about bands, gigs, recording studios, tuition, rehearsal rooms, venues - in fact anything to do with the Scottish music scene to this website under the "NEWS" section. It will also be added to our monthly emailed newsletters. Keep it brief, a maximum of 200 words only, please!
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Midday - Midnight Tuesday to Sunday. Free. Main shows £5-£20+ THREE FOR ONE TICKETS EVERYDAY!

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Big Sexy Circus City is a brand new two acre purpose built New Circus project forged from the rubble of the flattened McEwan's breweries at Fountainbridge for the people of Edinburgh and their guests at the Festival Fringe. This project provides a highly accessible, alternative and affordable purpose built New Circus Zone with international big hitters next to community spirited projects. Our team consists of many ex CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND NO FIT STATE TABU/IMMORTAL and BIANCO performers and crew with performers and crew also from PIRATES of the CARIBINA (FLOWN, ED FRINGE TOTAL THEATRE AWARD WINNERS 2013), CRASHMAT COLLECTIVE, MARY BIJOU , Sam Goodburn the Circus Maximus circus prize winner for 2015 and many more . There are two big top marquees, ten event areas with over 180 acts presented alongside five major shows and ONE pearl headliner... WINGS ! (by RIGOLO)

This is a space where people can connect with the New Circus experience for the whole day and not just be rapidly processed through it. We are giving three for one ticket deals everyday to facilitate this with kids workshops for just £3. BUY A TICKET TO HITCH OR WINGS AND WATCH ALL OTHER SHOWS FREE!! We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the highly prestigious British Council Showcase 2015 and the Swiss Cultural Attachee drinks reception, both in the 600 capacity Big Top Wings marquee . They will be exporting the best UK shows from the Fringe from our big top globally to events and Fringe Festivals around the world.

The Circus Zone at Fountainbridge has been rejuvenated from the demolition rubble by Edinburgh's Big House theatre and set build company with the help of Grosvenor Estates , the Edinburgh Development Initiative, Edinburgh City Council , Ogilvie Construction and the Big Sexy Circus City . We are proud to include Pitlochry's multi award winning Enchanted Forest designers to transform the site after dark with lighting, projections and Sexy Celt fire effects, bonfires, seating areas ,urban gardens and viewing decks among our two Big Top Marquees,the 600 seater WINGS ARENA and the 400 seater BIG SEXY BIG TOP MARQUEE . Circus performers from Edinburgh will be offered the opportunity to put on a fundraising show for the new Full Cirqle training space whilst being able to use hard to find training facilities at the site for free. All food and bars are 100 percent managed and stocked by local companies and with locally sourced produce from Edinburgh and the Lothian area only


WINGS in my heart (by Rigolo), is a world beating game changer in international new circus. “Possibly the most beautiful act currently performed in Europe” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

SOLD OUT with standing ovations ZURICH.
SOLD OUT with standing ovations BERLIN

World Tour Premier. First time ever in UK. Tues to Sun 8pm plus matinees 2.30pm Fri Sat Sun Tickets (£18-£20) Our experienced producers were invited to Zurich to watch WINGS. After the finale they could not speak for twenty minutes because they so were so touched by what they had just seen. They knew instantly that they had found the right show to headline Big Sexy Circus City at the Edinburgh Fringe. Don't miss it!!


Welcome to WINGS in my Heart….

This beautiful journey completely rewrites the script on European circus skills with an enchanting and classic World tour premiere construction. Its breath taking and sophisticated weightless universe provides an almost certain sell out for all houses. Experience an incomparable sensual blend of dance, acrobatics and thoroughly new artistic contemporary circus. A soul touching spectacular! This show features artists who are global winners in their disciplines who previously formed a  Cirque du Soleil world champion level touring cast and is hosted by the production crews who were responsible for the success of the immensely popular BIANCO by NO FIT STATE.

Audiences will be enthralled by new themes and disciplines never seen before in the UK which will blow away the sharpest critics' concerns. This new circus is totally new. A thrilling delight. A blank canvas. This is the mother ship connection of new awe-inspiring world circus appearing for the first time ever in the UK. Don't miss it!!

RIGOLO Swiss Nouveau Cirque lures you, with its new stage show WINGS , into its own world full of poetry and wisdom. Everything centers around the young protagonist's search for her own destiny. Through thirteen scenes Wings inspires you to discover the wings in your own heart, to spread them, and to fly. The international cast of artists and dancers shows you how with death-defying aerial acts, world-class tap and Hip Hop sequences, and touching dance theatre scenes. Art objects and installations, developed from scratch for the show unfold their own life on stage and seem to defy the laws of nature.

The show culminates in  the awe-inspiring   Sanndorn Balance Performance   with a feather and thirteen palm frond ribs – «…one of the most remarkable presentations on stages and in arenas the world over.» (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).


2015 Paris. – Suren Bozyan & Karyna Konchakivska in Relationships by Wings director Maedir Rigolo–2 two prizes at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain: Trophée du Cirque du Soleil for performance & innovative artistic vision

2013 Kamiwaza Japan – Master Award for Maedir Rigolo with Balance

2012 Best Circus Performance in Canada for Balance by Lara Rigolo

2012 Circus-Festival in Izhevsk, Russia – Silver Medal for Miyoko Shida Rigolo with Balance

2012 Special Award of the National Circus of Russia for Miyoko Shida Rigolo with Balance

2011 Circus Festival Grenoble, France – Bronze for Balance

« Rigolo awarded for godly creation »   (Tagblatt) «Mikado in mid-air »   (TagesAnzeiger)

« Rib balance enchants Canada »   (Tagblatt) « Breathtaking slow motion. […] This act alone would be worth a visit to Heller's   ‹ Magnifico ›»   (NZZ) « High artistry and poetry unite in   ‹ Beautiful Turns ›   by Rigolo. » (Anzeiger) «Rigolo – the best act »   (kulturvollzug, München)

« And what Rigolo does is a shamanic ritual. »   (André Heller in Frankfurter Rundschau)

« Balance artist Rigolo, who appears to defy gravity… » (Frankfurter Allgemeine)

« A sensual-poetic mixture of body art and sound worlds. »   (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

«Perfect timing. » (Stuttgarter Zeitung)


  HITCH! By the Mary Bijou Theatre Company. Cardiff

SOLD OUT   Bath Fringe Spiegeltent with five star reviews

SOLD OUT   Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama .

Tickets £10-£12 Tues to Sun 8.00 pm plus matinees Fri Sat Sun 2.30pm

‘Riveting style that fuses everything that is imaginative about modern circus and cabaret techniques…If I could give it six stars I would, a triumph' ***** (

Highly entertaining circus and cabaret based on the life and work of Alfred Hitchcock in which the audience enters a darkly funny and twisted world of suspense and intrigue. The performers draw you into the shadows as they balance on a knife edge! As with all great shows it has always been this company's true destiny to appear here at the Edinburgh Fringe where this fabulous young troupe await your full deserved enthusiastic support.


Walking the line between hilarity and suspense the cabaret includes a singing Mrs. Danvers extolling her beloved Rebecca, a Vertigo victim walking a wire in high heels, Tippi Hedren on a chinese pole beset by Birds and Marlene Dietrich prowling the theatre looking for an accomplice or victim. The show is set to a live soundtrack with music by Tom Elstob (The Idol Rich), Bethan Cecil and Branwen Munn (4 Hero). Mary Bijou Theatre Company is a collective of international circus and cabaret artists who create immersive performances in intimate and alternative spaces. This fun company have appeared at numerous prestigious venues including Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Wales Millennium Centre , Newport Riverfront Theatre the Bath Fringe Spiegeltent and Brighton Fringe Spiegeltent . This is a guaranteed fun night out!



CIRCUS PRE SHOWS (free) Arrive 45 mins before HITCH and WINGS show times for an amazing 100 meter long high wire walk across the BIG SEXY CIRCUS CITY by FLOWN stuntman Ellis Grover (Pirates of the Carabina)  plus doubles aerial hoop from Alicia Keys' MTV performers Helina Griffiths and Janine Mahon . They will be supported by our twelve strong BIG SEXY CIRCUS CITY PERFORMER CREW who include stilt walkers, unicyclists, acrobats, beautifully costumed stilted walkabout performers from across the UKs best NEW CIRCUS companies and plenty of outdoor preshow entertainment with great street food and funky bars until midnight . Coffee snacks and WIFI abound



SWING CIRCUS! (free with ticket to HITCH or WINGS 9.30 Tuesday to Sunday, matinees 4pm Fri Sat Sun or £5 on door without STA) 3 FOR 1 TICKET DEAL APPLIES



All this welcomes you to an infectious party starting foot-tapping finger-popping 1940's styled Swing Circus… our favourite show at the Glastonbury Festival Circus Big Top last year Free Entry with a ticket to HITCH or WINGS otherwise £5 on the door first come first served subject to availability Buy a ticket to HITCH! or WINGS in my heart and you can watch Swing Circus and Ms Merlin's Interstellar Big Sexy All Star Cabaret, high octane hilarious cabaret til midnight!! FCFS


MS MERLIN'S INTERSTELLAR BIG SEXY ALL STAR CABARET (Free with ticket to HITCH or WINGS 10pm Tuesday to Sunday or £5 without STA) Two hour interstellar big sexy all star cabaret hosted by the legendary Ms Merlin and her array of sophisticated wondrous and quirkily appropriate sleazed international crazy yet very talented artistes incorporating 150 performers over 32 shows . Classy high octane high skill fast funny variety from around the world sustains the late night slot with circus, stand up, performance, variety, music and all round classy entertainment. Jump in for a hilarious ride through the circus cosmos. Not to be missed! This is a fun night out in a very pleasant intimate and special space Guests include Circus Maximus winner Sam Goodburn and FringeAce compere PeeWee Murray.


BUSKER'S AMPHITHEATRE (free, 1pm -8pm Tuesday to Sunday) This dedicated area for street performers is comfortably situated on our spacious chill out lawn next to our kids workshops giving an easy festival feel. Street performance is an essential part of circus history and we are proud to invite performers from all over world to entertain our guests. T here is a good value bar, great value street food and plenty to watch and do . Make it a friends and family day out at this incredible free space. You can bring prams, rugs and friendly dogs on leads (please clean up) but please understand that you can't bring your own food and drink. Performers are paid in the time honoured tradition of money in the hat, so whilst the performances are free, we encourage you to put a couple of pounds in the hat if you enjoyed the performance. Performers should contact



(Tuesday to Sunday 3hrs 1pm to 4pm 3hrs costs £3 ) We are delighted to announce this major breakthrough in circus kids workshops for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the families of Edinburgh and the Lothian area. Bangor's adorable  CIMERA CIRCUS  are teaming up with the BIG SEXY CIRCUS CITY to provide affordable and accessible high quality kids and family circus workshops throughout the fringe festival priced at just three pounds .

Workshops on our children's and families lawn space will include warm ups, training activity and warm down. Our classes offer a blaze of colour and movement driven skills for all ages including hula hoop, juggling, unicycling, diablo, poi, tumbling, acro balance, aerial, trapeze, plate spinning, ribbonwork, stilts and a guided tour of our big top tent and are taught by f riendly, qualified, professional circus performers Ice creams £1. Soft drinks £1 plus free group tour of the Big Sexy Big Top Tent and occasional kids discos!

Free entertainment for accompanying adults at the buskers amphitheatre and preshow liveners. Great value bars and food with free random barbecues depending on the weather! Book in advance or its first come first served. Guests can bring prams, rugs and friendly leashed dogs welcome (please clean up) but please understand that food and drink from outside should not be brought into the venue. Our food and bars are very reasonably priced! Our promise: Guests won't be rushed or overcharged and your kids will have a great time at the Circus. Adults go free.


BIG SEXY FIRESHOWS!! (Random, free and only announced via our facebook page! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!)



This site offers fire performances of EPIC proportions. Our fireshows include a 30 metre burning heart plus doubles fire hoop suspended above a team of pyrotechnically assisted fire staffers and dancers. We produce 40 metre catherine wheels of sparks and flame throwers while spinners and eaters mesmerise the crowd with superbly timed routines and skills. Fireshows are spontaneous and free. Join our  facebook page  to be notified of our plans to set the night on fire . Thankyou Edinburgh. We will give you the very best that we can. Thanks for having us. LETS ROCK THE ROCK!!!BIG SEXY!!





Dave Arcari – July gigs & news...

THE ENGLAND/Wales tour through June was a stormer. Dave reckons it's one of the best runs of gigs ever, so huge thanks to all the promoters and venues that played a part – and of course all of you for coming out :-)

July dates kick off this weekend with three Almost Blue Festival dates in Dundee  –  other festival dates include Southern Fried Festival, Perth on Friday 31 July and MugStock Festival, Milngavie on Saturday 8 August.

And if you're within shooting distance of Glasgow, Dave has a hometown show with his talk Mick Hargan at on Friday 17 July (see below) .

Oh, and one of the best ways of hearing about shows as they're announced is to track Dave at here !


Fri 3 July – Almost Blue Festival @ Buskers, Dundee, UK
Sat 4 July – Almost Blue Festival @ Clarks, Dundee, UK
Sun 5 July – Almost Blue Festival @ Beau, Dundee, UK
Fri 17 July – Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK (w/Mick Hargan) – tickets/info
Sat 18 July – Royal George Hotel, Millport, UK
Fri 31 July – Southern Fried Festival, Perth, UK – info
Sat 8 August – MugStock Festival, Milngavie, UK –  tickets/info
Sat 12 September – Kirkliston Community Centre, Kirkliston, UK

...more dates being added all the time – see for latest info



'Live at the Star' Updated Gig List

All gigs are held in The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street , Glasgow G2 7DA and start at 8.00pm .

7th July            Young'Uns                                                        £10

With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song, The Young'uns are making a big impact on the UK folk scene. The lads, Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes hail from Teesside, and bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire, and is delivered with originality and flair.

14th July      Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier                               £9

A new unholy alliance! Chris Sherburn is one of the best anglo-concertina players in the UK . Well known for his longstanding musical partnership with Denny Bartley as Last Night's Fun. Chris has now embarked on a new alliance with Findlay Napier. Findlay is a Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Glasgow and his folk band Back of the Moon has performed all over the world.


21st July              Arthur Johnstone & The Stars Band                   £9

Arthur Johnstone has established himself as the defining voice of songs of protest and struggle; though they are always delivered with large doses of both humour and humanity. Arthur is more than ably supported by the Stars Band: Brian Miller - guitar, mandolin, vocals; Charlie Sloane - fiddle, mandolin; Gavin Livingstone - piano, guitars, banjo.



Old Town acoustic festival

The festival is at bannermans from 3pm, with an open mic with set acts playing through up until 7pm. from 7pm, the main music hall opens to showcase 5 main acts. Bleys Dunlop, Maisie Hutt, Ekobirds, Annie booth, and myself (Tom Coyne).  £5 a ticket available from any of the acts, or from

£7 entry without a ticket. 3pm until 7pm is free. Also, La belle Angélle are hosting an after party until 3am with DJ's from taking back saturday and dynamic duo. Free entry with a ticket.

Here is a link to the event.




Hi There Folks

A relevant promotion for a lot of you I think.

Tullamore Dew has joined forces with The Busking Project for Busking Unbarred.

They are running a nationwide on premise promotion and Dalriada is getting behind this to support it.

It is now live here,so to speak Simply buy a dram and receive a scratch card to download free music and vote for your favourite act.

Please note that one of the performers you can vote for is
Jen & The Gents
A wonderful funky ,up and coming Portobello/Edinburgh Band To find out more visit

We will find out the winners in August which coincides nicely with the highly successful, annual Big Beach Busk on Portobello Promenade, Sat 29 th August.
Facebook. Big Beach Busk

Let's all keep music live, especially here in Portobello/Edinburgh
Terry Terry Magill Dalriada Edinburghs Bar on the Beach 0131 454 4500






Traditional Song and Tunes session
First Sunday of the month, 3-6pm Upstairs at Ryrie's, No.1 Haymarket All welcome to sing, play or listen. 
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Piano jazz at Shore Bar, Leith
Shore Bar, Leith, Edinburgh

Residency jazz every Thurs. 8:30-10:30pm.

Each month:
1st and 3rd Thurs: Brian Kellock and Kenny Ellis
2nd and 4th Thurs: John Elliott trio.


New Open Mic at The Mad Platter
We're rearranging the open mic so from the 5th of February it'll be every second Thursday with a showcase spot available too so the dates will be 5th February, 19th of February, 5th March, 19th of March, 2nd of April and so on.
It's at a brand new licenced cafe/restaurant called The Mad Platter which is at 360, Great Western Road.We're looking for all kinds of performers; poets, playwrights, musicians, rappers.. a wide ensemble as the venue is run by an artist so the whole ethos is to provide a space where people can express their creative side in a warm, diverse and welcoming setting.

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Benny Gallagher @ Perthshire Amber Festival

Date: Saturday 7th November 2015
Event: Dougie MacLean & Friends - Benny Gallagher - Karine Polwart, The Mae Trio, Dallahan, Elliott Morris
Venue: Perth Concert Hall
Time: 8.00pm
Tickets: £24.00

Legendary Scottish Singer-Songwriter Benny Gallagher makes a welcome return visit to the Perthshire Amber Festival in an evening of songs and stories about his days as a Staff Writer with The Beatles Publishing Co. Apple, a founder member of
McGuinness Flint, Gallagher and Lyle and an original member of Ronnie Lane and the Slim Chance Band, performs a wide selection of the hits he penned for McGuinness Flint and Gallagher & Lyle - songs that have since been recorded by:
Art Garfunkel, Bryan Ferry, Colin Blunstone, Donavon Frankenreiter, Don Williams, Elkie Brooks, Garth Brooks (Concert in Central Park), Judith Durham, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Mary Hopkin, Phil Everly, Ricky Nelson, Ringo Starr, Rita Coolidge,
Status Quo, Simon and Garfunkel (Concert in Central Park), The Fureys, and Lemon Jelly to name but a few.....


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