Calling all Elvis wannabes. Auld Reekie will be transformed into a veritable Graceland during a two-day tribute to the king of rock’n’roll

this month. Organisers of the lnvAsian Festival, an event dedicated to promoting Asian arts and culture, have announced plans to hold an ‘Elvis ldol’ competition on 24 and 25 August. The winning warbler will walk away with two nights dinner, bed and breakfast for two and a star turn on Edinburgh’s Talk 107 Breakfast Show. The panel of judges includes Sal Bashir, the only British-born Muslim Elvis tribute artist of Pakistani origin in the world, Paul Hyu, the world’s only British Elvis originally from China, and Scott Wilson, the host of Talk 107’s Breakfast Show. Event organisers will open the doors to the Royal College of Surgeons, the venue for all the lnvAsian Festival’s productions, at 11am on 24 August for

tryouts. The competition is open to all ages.

I If you are looking for a bit of relaxed sophistication away from the Festival mayhem, check out Festival Square on Thursday 14 August when the Pimm's Experience rolls into the city. Special Pimm's 'pods' will be set up between noon and 8pm. including a park picnic. BBQ and pub garden. where happy tipplers can go and enjoy a complimentary glass of szm's. See wwwanyoneforpimmscom

I One Republic have cancelled their appearances at The Edge Festival on 20 August due to singer Ryan Tedder experiencing throat problems. The band will still perform at Glasgow’s Carling

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Academy on 27 September and tickets are available from Refunds for The Edge show are available from point of purchase.

I The Edinburgh International Festival kicked bit in rude health last week With news that Matthew Beurne's Dorian Gray is set to become the most attended dance show in Festival history. ‘.'~.’llll dance sales overall at a ten-year high. The EIF have also (Bll]()\,’(:(l reconl~l>reaking internet bookings, l i“ over hall at all recent sales taken over the ‘.‘.’(}l).

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from the Sh'tty Deal Puppet Theatre was 'Ieft behind’ on the number 44 bound for Musselburgh. The puppet was last seen on a late night bus along with another puppet which is described as ‘a big yellow hairball’.

IT'S ALL ABOUT the guest appearances this year with The Bill actor Simon Rouse, aka DCI Meadows, turning up for a one- night-only guest slot in Jumping the Shark at C.


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if the ticketing wasn't proving headache enough, the rumour mill suggests that, as great as C’s new Urban Garden space is, the hot BMX act Transgression aren’t so much pumping up the volume as having to keep it down after concerns from over-anxious neighbours.

LOGGING ON I It’s all gone a bit virtual over at the Edinburgh International Festival with audiences getting the chance to sample their top picks before deciding which tickets to buy, via the ElF’s new multimedia gallery. This new ‘try before you buy’ scheme offers pictures and videos of many of the performances before they open at the Festival, as well as interviews and opinions from directors, writers, actors, musicians, dancers and backstage staff. Visit the gallery by going to

SUPERHEROES CONTINUE TO leave their mark on this ear’s festivals. The IBF has added Want to Draw Comics? to the line- up. Having worked on titles such as Star Wars, Terminator and The Mask, Paisley boy Gar Erskine reveals ow to desi n comic- book C aracters on 15 August at 4.30pm.

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