Sudden death of toddler inspired mum to help other bereaved parents

A singer-songwriter whose toddler son died in his sleep is hoping her Fife connections will help with a final fundraising push to help other parents.

Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

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The Welsh rockers play the Caird Hall next month

Have a nice day! Stereophonics head to Dundee’s Caird Hall

Welsh rockers Stereophonics plus special guests are to play at Caird Hall, Dundee on Tuesday August 22, 2017

Meet pop rockers The Vamps at Glasgow Argyle Street from noon and the Edinburgh store at 5pm on Tuesday, July 18.

The Vamps' Night & Day album set to knock Ed Sheeran off top spot - meet them at HMV signings in Scotland

Pop rockers The Vamps look set to end Ed Sheeran's rule at the top of the charts with their new album Night & Day and lucky fans can meet them at HMV signings in Scotland.
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Big Country are among the headline acts lined up for the  MayDay Festival.  Pic: Michael Gillen.

Mayday festival gets green light for August

After several logistical challenges, an ambitious new Fife music festival has finally been given the green light.

Organisers Anne-Marie McMeekin and Shuggy Hughes are all set for a great day at Gallatown family gala on Saturday.

Organisers promise best Gallatown gala ever this weekend

Volunteers are hoping the sun will play its part this Saturday as the Gallatown Community activists host their annual Family Fun Day and Gala.

Last year's sand sculpture brought Beethoven to life.

East Neuk Festival to launch this week

The annual spectacle of the East Neuk Festival is set to enrich the area with culture once more this week.

There was fun for the whole family at PromFest. (Pic: Andrew Elder)

PromFest rocks Leven

Hundreds descended on Leven’s waterfront on Saturday afternoon for PromFest.

The CAMS cast.

Quality concert from first to the very final note

It was my pleasure to attend the CAMS in Concert performance held in Cupar’s Corn Exchange and one could easily imagine, having attended CAMS in Concert for at least four years, finding some elements of repetition in the programme.

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Once more Into The Valley...

Once more Into The Valley...

We don’t want to take fans on a nostalgic trip back to 1977,” Richard Jobson said speaking of the Skids’ anniversary tour, when I caught up with him for a chat.

Cupar Choral Society are tuning up for what promises to be an exciting Spring Concert.

Choir serving up a musical feast

Cupar Choral Society is preparing a feast for music lovers with a spring concert on April 22.

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Dizzee Rascal has already performed at T in the Park. Pic: Greg Macvean.

Dizzee to play Electric Fields

Electric Fields, Scotland’s best small festival, are excited to announce Dizzee Rascal as the second headliner for this year’s festival.

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra met the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on the classic album, ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ and it has remained a beloved classic ever since, the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz.

The Stranglers are embarking on a tour of Scotland.

Baz: Come and see our ugly mugs!

The Stranglers’ story, which began way back in the early 1970s, is both long and complex. And it’s one that is still being written.

X Factor star Emily Middlemas with The Kings Beards - Dave Clark and Stephen Barbour - and eight-year-old Maci Fotheringham from Lochgelly

X Factor star visits Kirkcaldy theatre

X Factor star Emily Middlemas took time out before heading off on tour with other contestants from the TV show to drop in on Kirkcaldy’s Kings Theatre on Sunday.

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Levenmouth band Break The Butterfly, who will be playing one of their biggest gigs before a 67,000 crowd at the Scotland v Ireland rugby match at Murrayfield on Saturday. From left Billy Underwood,  Craig Thomson, Andy Low and Cameron Barnes. (Picture: Cameron Brisbane.)

Fife band set to rock biggest crowd of 67,000

Levenmouth’s Break The Butterfly have had their share of big gigs but excitement is building for their biggest to date – a crowd of 67,000.

Amy Macdonald releases her new album on February 17.

Amy Macdonald: I want to write songs that mean something

It was a very cheery Amy Macdonald that came on the phone when I grabbed her for a chat about her new upcoming album. But then, she has a lot to be happy about.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry join the Celtic Connections line up next week.

Billy Bragg’s American obsession

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

The ultimate Blondie tribute act Dirty Harry return to Fife to play PJ Molloys next month. Pic: Michael Gillen

What’s on in Fife...

There’s lots going on in Fife over the next few weeks. Here’s our extensive listings.

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