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NEWS: World Cup meets Jazz improv – From Russia with Jazz at Platform, Easterhouse

From Russia With Jazz is presented by Platform and Goethe-Institut as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival

As World Cup fever hits Platform, Platform in Easterhouse are excited to be hosting From Russia With Jazz, a unique evening celebrating jazz and football as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

During a live screening of the Germany vs Sweden World Cup match in the auditorium, members of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra will be teaming up against some of Germany’s finest improvising musicians. The teams will improvise live jazz to the action as it takes place on screen.

Raymond MacDonald, Una MacGlone, Maria Donohue, Sam Beagles and Mike Parr-Burman from GIO will be performing opposite great jazz musicians from Germany, including renowned double bass player Alois Kott, fabulous wunderkind drummer Christian Lillinger alongside DJ IllVibe (Vincent von Schlippenbach).

The German musicians will play as Germany and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra will play as Sweden with DJ IllVibe taking on the role of referee using sound bites and mixing in the original Russian TV commentary.

Platform’s music programmer Alun Woodward says:“From Russia with Jazz will create a musical focus on the physical, technical and elegance of the match producing a distinctively different experience for the audience. We’ll hear how the musicians interpret the passages of play, coax, compete, tackle and score. I also can’t wait to hear how they communicate their displeasure at the referee.”

Expect a night of surprising musical moves, grooves and the occasional red card!

WHAT’S ON JUNE & JULY: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at EK Arts Centre and Webster’s Glasgow

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Fussy Felix and slovenly Oscar. Two mismatched roommates. What could possibly go wrong? Join Half•Wits Theatre Company for a hilarious night in the classic buddy comedy from Neil Simon, one of America’s greatest writers. From the team that brought you the sell-out successes Glengarry Glen Ross, Rope and Reasons To Be Pretty, this is sure to be a hot ticket for summer.

East Kilbride Arts Centre from the 14th-16th of June

Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow from the 4-7th of July


WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Abba Forever at Ayr Gaiety

ABBA – Forever, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, is one of the UK’s leading International tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band.

The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two outstanding Abba girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and humorous show. The superb lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all six performers on stage.

Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class musicianship and an ALL LIVE performance ensures that the ABBA Forever show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.

Sweeney Entertainments, co-founded by Julie and Peter Sweeney, has been providing a wide repertoire of top quality touring shows for theatre and corporate events for over fifteen years both in the UK and internationally. 2017 was the company’s strongest year to date with more shows touring than ever before and 2018 brings even more new shows and UK tour dates. Julie Said “Abba Forever is a great concert experience for all ages, authentically reproducing some of the best pop hits of all time.”

Jane Ellis, who performs as Agnetha in the show, said I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform some of the best songs of all time and tour some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and beautiful theatres. We play all the big Abba hits and more, even putting some surprise album tracks in there for the most ardent Abba fan.”

Packed full of excitement and exuberance, Abba Forever will take you on a journey back to the 70’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing in the aisles.


The Gaiety, Ayr

29th September, 7:30pm

£17.50 – £23.50

Box Office: 01292 288235

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WHAT’S ON JULY: The Little Mix Show comes to Glasgow King’s Theatre

A highly energetic tribute show that follows in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix.

This iconic 5-star rated show has live vocals and is full of commercial pop-video choreography.

Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop concert experience to your local theatre.

There are lots of added extras including Dance Competitions, Free Giveaways and even a Meet & Greet with the girls after the show!

The Little Mix Show features all of Little Mix’s chart topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album. 

Dance & scream to a packed out playlist of hit songs that includes Black Magic, Power, No More Sad Songs, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on the XFactor.



WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show at the King’s

WANNABE is a concert created to celebrate the career of the World’s biggest girl band, the Spice Girls.

Featuring the greatest Spice Girls hits, this musical celebration recreates the era of Girl Power.

From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, WANNABE takes you on a Spice World journey through the Spice Girls group and solo careers that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh.

Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups & families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town.

Hi, si, ja, hold tight!



NEWS: Guitar legend Duane Eddy to appear at the King’s in Glasgow

Guitar legend Duane Eddy is to perform at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow as part of a rare UK tour.

Duane, who celebrated his 80th birthday in April, will appear on stage on Sunday 28 October.

Duane is one of the original guitar heroes, who put a deep and resounding twang into Rock ‘n’ Roll – the signature sound of a string of late ‘50s and early ‘60s instrumental masterpieces. Infused with elements of country, blues, jazz and gospel, his many hits include: Rebel Rouser, Peter Gunn, Shazam, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Cannonball and The Lonely One.

Duane Eddy performing Rebel Rouser at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville:

Duane has become the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting 15 Top 40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. He has won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental, Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist from The Americana Music Association and was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

A true pioneer and living legend, Duane looks forward to returning to the UK for his three celebratory shows in October.


Duane Eddy

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Sun 28 Oct 2018

0844 871 7648


A brand-new jukebox musical celebrating some of the most iconic singer-songwriters of the 20th Century comes to The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on Friday 20 July as part of a UK tour.

California Dreamers – The Story of Laurel Canyon takes audiences on a musical journey though the magical 60’s and the psychedelic 70’s; telling the true story of the small community in the foothills of Los Angeles that became home to some of the biggest selling artists of all time.

Featuring hits from legends such as The Mamas and Papas, The Byrds, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Carole King, The Monkees, and many more, it promises to be an unforgettable night of live music.

The 6-piece live band will perform all the greatest hits from these musical geniuses that changed the music of a generation, and who have collectively racked up over 40 Grammy awards, countless No. 1 Hits and millions of album sales around the world.

As well as featuring million selling hit songs the show also includes authentic archive film footage, presents real life stories of the events which rocked the world, and the relationships that inspired those who lived in the Canyon to write and produce the classic hits that defined a generation.

Sing and dance the night away to Mr. Tambourine Man, Love the One You’re With, It’s Too Late, Happy Together, I’m a Believer, Both Sides Now, Our House, Big Yellow Taxi, You’ve Got a Friend, and of course California Dreamin’ plus a whole host of other world class songs.

California Dreamers Co-Founder Tim Mansell said: It is a dream come true bringing this show to audiences.  It chronicles the rise and fall of the love and peace generation and relives all the greatest hits from all these amazing artists during the Los Angeles music scene from 1965 – 1975. We pay homage to the iconic performers who made their home in ‘Laurel Canyon’, a small neighbourhood nestling in the foothills of L.A.”



California Dreamers – The Story of Laurel Canyon

The Gaiety Theatre, Carrick Street, Ayr KA7 1NU

Date: Fri 20 July

Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: From £19 (Subject to booking fee)


To book visit or call the Box Office on 01292 288 235. Box Office is open MondaySaturday 10am-5pm, and 1 hour prior to the start of the show on performance days.


WHAT’S ON JUNE: Twenty Something at The Old Hairdressers

Sir Issac Newton has discovered gravity by the age of 23. Adele had 2 Grammys and a BRIT Award by 22. Steve Jobs founded Apple at 21. What have we done? Millennials are branded as lazy “snowflakes” who don’t want to move out of their parents’ house. Twenty-Something is an exploration of what that means and if it’s true that not buying avocados and take-away coffees really means we’ll be able to buy a house while bearing in mind that Vera Wang didn’t design her first dress until she was 41 so maybe the pressure isn’t as present as we think.

Pinched! Theatre Company and Bedroom Culture are excited to be collaborating together for the first time. Twenty-Something will be devised in the space of a week, directed by Phoebe Elliott, and star Tom White, Kirsten McPake, Emma Findlay, and Felix Adamson.

Bedroom Culture, founded in 2015 and headed by Phoebe Elliott, is a non-building based theatre company that aims to support emerging female theatre makers, directors, actors, playwrights, technicians, etc. Their first project was a 10 minute piece tackling the view towards women in the entertainment industry called [INSERT: FEMALE]. Their second piece was an installation called Teenage Dreams: After The Undertones and Katy Perry in which they built a bedroom from scratch which audience members could enter at any point to hear interviews from people who identified as girls during their teenage years. Twenty-Something will be their third project .

Pinched! Theatre Company was established in late 2014 by Kirsten McPake based between West Lothian and Glasgow. Their debut production Indie as Fuck, a piece of gig-theatre based around the short life of a crappy teenage band in early 2010, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and 2017, with a devised piece The F Words being performed at the festival in 2016. Pinched! focuses on retelling the stories of the normal person through live music, movement and humour, particularly focusing on the voices of the Scottish youth.


Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June

The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR

Running time 1 hour (approx.)

Box Office Tickets are available priced £5

Available from
Twitter @Bedroom_Culture @PinchedTheatre #TwentySomethingGLA


Music fans in East Renfrewshire will be rocking around the clock this summer with huge hits, good vibrations and award-winning performances at Eastwood Park.

The venue is celebrating its Sapphire anniversary year with a whole host of great music lined up to celebrate 45 years of bringing big performances to the local area.

Queen’s Brian May hailed The Bluejays ‘a wonderful band’ and they’ll be showcasing their talents on Friday June 29, for a historical journey through the biggest hits of the late 1950s, an era that changed the music world forever. Featuring artists including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, The Bluejays tell the story of the Rock ‘n’ Roll movement, bringing a dream of equality and freedom.

If you can’t get enough of Elvis, catch a full night of his greatest songs on Sunday July 8 as highly acclaimed singer and musician Elio Pace performs a very special, intimate and unique concert to honour his musical idol, Elvis Presley.

Elio Pace

Get some Good Vibrations and Fun Fun Fun with The Beach Boyz Story on Friday August 3, with a show guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Scottish traditional music legends Aly and Phil bring their musical magic to Eastwood Park on August 30 too.

Plus, award winning performer Richard Shelton will deliver his “simply phenomenal” Frank Sinatra tribute on Sunday September 2. Catch New York, New York, My Way and many more and the early bird 10% discount special, if you book before July 22.

Ticket prices for the tribute nights vary but if you gather a group you may be able to get a bargain – Eastwood Park Theatre’s buy ten tickets and one person can go free applies for many performances.

Book your tickets now:



Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019
Lomond Auditorium, SEC, Glasgow

 SEC Glasgow has announced the arrival of family musical – Mr Popper’s Penguins, which will open at the Lomond Auditorium for a Christmas season from the 18 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! This hit musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) features a remarkable family of penguin puppets and original songs like “Chills 4 U” and “Poles Apart” in a fun and fast-paced 55 minutes.

With original music & lyrics, and lots of laughs this production is brought to you by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment whose productions include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and What the Ladybird Heard.

The cast includes Richard Holt (Mr. Popper), Monica Nash (Mrs. Popper), Susanna Jennings (Greta/Admiral Drake), Christopher Finn (Captain Cook/Mr. Greenbaum) and Oliver Byng (Understudy/ASM).

Directed by Emma Earle, designed by Zoe Squire with puppetry design by Nick Barnes, co-founder of Blind Summit, Mr Popper’s Penguins features lyrics by Richy Hughes and music by Luke Bateman (Stiles and Drewe Prize winners, 2015). Lighting design is by Ric Mountjoy and sound design is by Jason Barnes.

Tickets on sale now priced  £14.25 (including admin fee) available from or 0844 395 4000

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