Tenement TV launches fundraiser ahead of tenth anniversary

The DIY music platform was founded out of a tenement flat in Glasgow by a group of music-loving friends back in 2011.

By Jenness Mitchell & Polly Bartlett

After almost a decade of supporting new music, Tenement TV has launched a crowdfunding campaign ahead of its ten-year celebrations next year.

The DIY music platform was founded out of a tenement flat in Glasgow by a group of music-loving friends back in 2011.

Flash-forward nine years, the team has since shot hundreds of live sessions, covered almost 2000 gigs, and showcased some of the best new acts from 112 festivals.

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It’s own multi-venue festival – Tenement Trail – has featured Scotland’s very own Fatherson, The Van T’s and chart-topper Lewis Capaldi over the years.

Editorial director Nadine Walker told STV News Tenement TV has supported the Someone You Loved singer since the start of his career.

Chart-topper: Brit Award-winner Lewis Capaldi. GETTY IMAGES

Speaking about Capaldi’s Tenement Trail appearance a few years ago, she joked: “I think he was really low down on the poster and we paid him £50. I don’t think £50 would cut it these days.

“We loved his music. He’s a great guy, we know him quite well.”

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Walker said it was “amazing” to see performers go on to become worldwide names.

Past Tenement TV acts include Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Sam Fender.

Walker said: “The likes of Bastille, they weren’t big really when we had them up here, and then a couple of weeks later they went to number one, so it was incredible for us.”

Walker described Tenement TV as the “heartbeat of the music industry”.

She said: “It’s non-for-profit, we only do it for the love of music really. And we don’t ever slate bands. I’ve never written a bad review in my life – if we don’t like the music, then we just wouldn’t cover it.

“We’re just all about championing music – supporting them, giving that platform. It’s really difficult to make it in the music industry.

“It’s just a lovely, lovely scene in Scotland. We’re absolutely spoilt for choice, with the music and the venues.”

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team have had to cancel this year’s Tenement Trail.

They are now looking at ways on how they can reintroduce music in the live format across Scotland.

Walker stated: “We’re hopeful as the restrictions start to ease again and hopefully when coronavirus is a bit more under control that we will be able to do really great things in the live music circuit. 

“It’ll just be different, but people are desperate to have the return of live music, so we’re looking at ways to do that.”

The team hope to raise £10,000 via a crowdfunder, with packages starting from £10.

The money raised will then be put towards ten “incredible experiences” in 2021, celebrating “ten years of mud, sweat and beers together”.

Speaking ahead of the festivities, Walker said: “I’m so proud of what Tenement TV has become. What we have achieved over those ten years is incredible.”

Campaign to save theatre jobs raises over £50,000 in one week

Thousands call for Scottish Government to help stop long-term closure of the King’s and Festival theatres.

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Campaign: More than £50,000 raised to save jobs at Kings and Festival theatres.

A campaign to save 200 jobs at Edinburgh theatres has raised more than £50,000 in a week – and is being backed by Brian Cox and Ian Rankin.

More than 10,000 have signed a petition calling for the Scottish Government to intervene and help stop the long-term closure of the King’s and Festival theatres.

It comes amid warnings more than 200 jobs will be at risk unless the venues receive a substantial bail-out.

Actor Brian Cox and authors Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith are backing efforts to ensure the theatres recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mr Rankin said: “Theatre is necessary. We all need it, we all get something from it and life would be the poorer without it.

“Theatre needs our help more than ever right now just to survive.

“Please, if you can, help Capital Theatres, help live theatre, make your voice heard and help them make all our voices heard.”

Capital Theatres, the charitable trust which runs them on behalf of the city council, has warned it is facing a shortfall of around £1m in running costs.

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Bosses said they may not be able to reopen one of the venues as planned in the spring after “falling through the cracks” of emergency funding support.

It has pulled on funds it had previously ring-fenced for a long-term refurbishment of the Kings, which has had to be put back a year until 2022.

Leading Scottish theatres, including the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, the Citizens in Glasgow, and Dundee Rep were awarded up to £750,000 from Creative Scotland last month under a £12.5m fund set up by the Scottish Government.

But organisations and venues which do not have long-term funding deals with the body, have been told the maximum they can apply for to the same fund is £250,000.

Capital Theatres had to refund around £2.6m worth of tickets after being forced to close temporarily in March, along with all other arts venues in Scotland.

The cancellation last month of the annual panto at the King’s is expected to cost a further £3.4m.

Capital Theatres chief executive Fiona Gibson said: “We will be making sure that the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland fully understand the financial position we are in and the broader impact that could have on the King’s.

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“The work that needs to be there is vital to ensure that it is fit for purpose for the next 50 years and beyond.”


Top of the Docs: David Tennant voted best ever Doctor Who

A poll of more than 50,000 people saw the Scottish actor take the top spot.

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Who's the best? David Tennant takes top spot.

David Tennant has been voted the best ever Doctor Who.

A poll of more than 50,000 people, which was carried out by RadioTimes.com, saw the Scottish actor finish ahead of his nearest challenger Jodie Whittaker by just 95 votes.

The pair each received 21% of votes, with Tennant selected by 10,518 people compared to Whittaker’s 10,423.

Whittaker is currently starring as The Doctor and is the first woman to take on the role, while Tennant played the part in the famous sci-fi series between 2005 and 2010.

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Survey respondents were asked to choose between 13 Time Lords.

Peter Capaldi came third in the poll with 8897 votes (18%).

Matt Smith attracted 7637 votes (16%) placing him fourth, while Tom Baker was fifth with 3977 (8%).

Peter Davidson, who played the Timelord in the 1980s, came bottom with just 351 votes (1%).

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Huw Fullerton, sci-fi and fantasy editor at RadioTimes.com, said: “Over a decade after he left the Tardis behind and after nearly 50,000 votes were cast, it’s clear David Tennant is still Doctor Who fans’ perfect ten.

“But with Jodie Whittaker hot on his heels and a great showing for other recent Doctors like Peter Capaldi, it looks like the fans also hold other Time Lords close to their hearts.”


Scottish Album of the Year Award longlist revealed

Now in its ninth year, the SAY Award recognises albums across all genres.

The SAY Award: It is now in its ninth year.

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award longlist has been unveiled.

From 362 submissions, the 20 “outstanding” albums that have made it onto the coveted list include releases from chart-topper Lewis Capaldi, Honeyblood, Karine Polwart and The Ninth Wave.

Past winners Anna Meredith and Sacred Paws are also in the running for the £20,000 grand prize.

SAY Award longlist

  • Anna Meredith: FIBS
  • Blanck Mass: Animated Violence Mild
  • Bossy Love: Me + U
  • Callum Easter: Here Or Nowhere
  • Cloth: Cloth
  • Comfort: Not Passing
  • Declan Welsh & The Decadent West: Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
  • Elephant Sessions: What Makes You
  • Erland Cooper: Sule Skerry
  • Fat-Suit: Waifs & Strays
  • Free Love: Extreme Dance Anthems
  • Honeyblood: In Plain Sight
  • Karine Polwart: Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook
  • Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
  • Mezcla: Shoot the Moon
  • The Ninth Wave: Infancy
  • NOVA: RE-UP
  • Sacred Paws: Run Around The Sun
  • SHHE: SHHE
  • Vistas: Everything Changes In The End

The longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of ten albums next month. Music fans will then be able to cast their vote for their favourite.

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All nine runners-up will each receive £1000 each.

Robert Kilpatrick, general manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), congratulated each of the nominees.

He added: “2020 is the ninth year of The SAY Award, marking what is undoubtedly our most important campaign to date.

“As we all continue to navigate the personal and professional challenges we face, celebrating may feel unnatural for many of us.

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“For our music community especially, which heavily relies on physical spaces and people coming together, 2020 has presented a vast array of challenges that last year were unimaginable.

“But as we celebrate our culture, we help further articulate its value, and we draw more eyes and ears to some of the best new music Scotland has to offer.

“This year’s longlist showcases 20 outstanding albums, and it is arguably the most diverse range of albums of any SAY Award longlist to date.  Never have we been prouder to announce the longlist, and never more than now has it felt truly special and important to do so.”


Drive-in Christmas pantomime show coming to Scotland

The Car Park Panto is gearing up to tour outdoor venues across the UK and will make a pit stop in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Drive-in: The Car Park Panto will take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Edinburgh and Glasgow will host a drive-in Christmas pantomime show.

The Car Park Panto is gearing up to tour outdoor venues across the UK.

Horrible Christmas, which is being put on by Birmingham Stage Company, has been inspired by the series of Horrible Histories children’s books by Terry Deary.

The pantomime will tell the story of a young boy trying to save Christmas and will also explore some of the history behind the festive season.

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Audience members will have their tickets scanned through their car windows upon arrival at the outdoor venue.

Cars will then be parked more than two metres apart and audience members will watch the show from inside their vehicles, picking up sound from the performance via their radios.

Toilet facilities and food and drink will be available on site but social distancing measures will be in place.

Horrible Histories manager Neal Foster said: “We can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that will be crying out for a Christmas show to entertain their families.”

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The show will also visit Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Northampton, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Southampton.

Venues and dates for the performances are yet to be announced.


Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor will back Yes in IndyRef2

McGregor, who backed a No vote in 2014, now says 'enough is enough'.

McGregor: Trainspotting star backs independence.

Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor says he will back Scottish independence if IndyRef2 is held.

The Hollywood actor, who has also appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, has changed his stance after backing the union in 2014.

Citing Brexit as one of the main reasons for the decision, he said “enough is enough, I think it is probably time”.

The 49-year-old revealed his change of heart on the subject on the US talk show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday.

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He said: “I was always for keeping the union as I thought it worked, but I think it was after the Brexit vote when I changed my tune on it.

“Scotland has been voting for a government we haven’t been given for years. We are a very left voting country but we have been under Conservative rule all through my childhood and still today so I think really enough is enough.

“After the Brexit vote I was shooting Trainspotting 2 in Scotland, and the next day they were showing the map of the UK, with the areas that voted for Brexit in blue and the areas that voted to remain in yellow.

“The map was completely split in half, the whole of Scotland was yellow and the whole of England was blue, apart from a little patch around London.

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“And I just thought that’s it, again, the people of Scotland wanted to remain in the EU and the English don’t so I just think we are going in different directions so I think probably it is time, I think it is time.

“And I also think that once Boris became Prime Minister the Scots were just like “we are out of here”.”

The SNP have set out plans to hold a referendum if they win a majority of seats in May’s Holyrood election.

Latest opinion polls show a majority of Scots now back independence over remaining in the UK.


Line-up announced for Party at the Palace music festival

Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, The Snuts and Hue and Cry are part of the Linlithgow festival bill next year.

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Party at the Palace: Manic Street Preachers are part of the line-up for next year.

The line-up for Linlithgow’s Party at the Palace has been announced, including some acts who should have been playing the festival this summer.

Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, The Snuts, Hue and Cry and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are set to perform the festival in 2021.

Kyle Falconer, The Silencers, Callum Beattie, Peat & Diesel and The Brand New Heavies have also been confirmed in the line-up.

The annual music event was cancelled this summer due to certain restrictions being in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

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However, bosses are determined to come back “bigger and better” on August 7 – 8 next year. 

Event director Peter Ferguson said: “We were so disappointed that we were not able to get the event on this year however we are determined to come back bigger and better in 2021.

“With lots of kids activities, market stalls, silent disco, fairground rides as well as a wide selection of food and drink outlets, this event has given us something to look forward to next summer.”


Scot takes home £250,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Callum Hind, from Glasgow, reached the second last question on Tuesday's episode.

A retired teacher is celebrating after winning a quarter of a million pounds on a TV game show.

Callum Hind, from Govan, Glasgow scooped the windfall on the STV programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Mr Hind, the son of Dear Green Place author Archie Hind, fell just two questions short of £1m on the show that aired on Tuesday night.

After reaching £250,000 he decided that the £500,000 question, which had asked who was named TIME magazine man of the year in 1930, wasn’t worth the gamble.

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Host Jeremy Clarkson revealed the answer to be Mahatma Gandhi after Callum confirmed he was taking the money.

Mr Hind is not the first, or even biggest winner, from Glasgow on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? this year.

Back in May retired doctor Andrew Townsley took home £500,000 after getting one question further than Callum.

Callum’s winning episode is available to watch on the STV Player.


Steps announce Scottish shows as part of comeback tour

The band will perform in Aberdeen and Glasgow in celebration of their new album What The Future Holds.

Pop legends: Steps will perform in Aberdeen and Glasgow next year. Credit: Steps Facebook

Pop legends Steps have announced two Scottish dates as part of a UK tour next year.

The band plan to hit the road in celebration of new album What The Future Holds, which is set to be released on November 27.

The five-piece – Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Ian ‘H’ Watkins – will perform at Aberdeen’s P&J Live on November 13, 2021, and at Glasgow’s Hydro a few days later on November 22.

Chart-topper Sophie Ellis-Bextor will support the band, which first launched during the halcyon days of pop in 1997 with line-dancing classic 5,6,7,8.

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The What The Future Holds 2021 Tour follows on from the group’s successful comeback tour three years ago.

Ahead of the new album, the band will premiere the title track this week – which was written by superstar Sia.

Speaking of the new record and tour, Steps said: “We will never forget the past with Steps, it’s what made us, but we’ve got to look to the future too. 

“We were so thrilled that the last album was a success and it gave us a new lease of life. 

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“Performing live has always been our favourite part of being in Steps – we had the most fun of our career on the last tour and we’re already planning for the next one to be our biggest spectacle yet. 

“We’re also thrilled to have Sophie Ellis-Bextor as our special guest on the  What The Future Holds 2021 Tour – her catalogue is full of floor-fillers and she knows how to get any party started. 

“We are so excited for everyone to hear this new album and to come join us on tour.”

Aberdeen: The band will perform at the P&J Live.

Louise Stewart, head of entertainment at P&J Live, hopes the announcement is the start of many.

She added: “We look forward to the venue coming to life again following such a difficult time.”

Pre-sale tickets will be available from Thursday, September 17. Tickets will then go on general sale the following day.

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Nightclubs and festivals call for support during pandemic

A new campaign is calling for more protection for the night-time economy which has been struggling.

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Campaign: Calls to support nightclubs and festivals.

Nightclubs and festivals have launched a campaign calling for more support in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Freedom to Dance campaign urges protection for the night-time economy during the coronavirus crisis, saying it should be recognised as “an important part of the nation’s culture”.

Figures in the industries are calling for funding from the Scottish Government.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, managing director of the SWG3 venue in Glasgow, said the sector was at risk of collapse as restrictions continue.

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He said: “Nightclubs, events and festivals are a huge part of Scotland’s cultural profile and the UK’s fifth-biggest industry.

“Without urgent support from the Government, the sector faces financial collapse and thousands of job losses.

“Please get behind #FreedomtoDance and help us fight for survival.”


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