T in the Park gets ready to rock ’n’ roll

THE BAND LINE-UPS for T in the Park are almost complete nearly three months before the event on Sat lZ/Sun 13 July Recent additions to the bill

include former New Order bassist Peter Hook's new band Monaco, venue-


Paul Weller: heading up T In The Park

wrecking pop punks Symposium, radical rap freewheelers Spearhead and Welsh free-thinkers Gorky’s Zygotic Myncr.

There is also a strong Scottish contingent at this year's festival, With up and coming talent Geneva, Arab Strap, Mogwai, Travrs, Toaster and Hardbody iorning well-established bands like Texas, GUN, The Supernaturals, Uruser Yatsura and AC. Acoustics.

There has been relatively little local opposition to T in the Park as it prepares for its first year at a site in Balado, near Kinross in Perthshrre.

'There have been a lot less ObJGCIIOITS than we imagined,’ said Stuart Clumpas, chief of T in the Park organisers Big Day Out. ’Some people are a bit anxious, imagining that there’s a lot more to it than there rs, but nearly everybody is being positive. We've got a good track record and we've learnt from things gomg awry prevrously.'

Willie Robertson, Scottish Liberal Democrat c0uncr|lor for Perth and Kinross said: ’There are a number of OI)]€CIIOTIS, but everything has a number of ObJCCIIOIIS With the help of Big Day Out and the COunCrl, we hope

Word up on Book Festival

THIS SUIVIMER'S EDINBURGH Book Festival rs to include an impressive cast of international authors set to gather in the expanded, reorganised tented village in Charlotte Sguare Gardens. Edinburgh rs also hosting this year's International Pen Congress and Mario Vargas Llosa, Margaret Atwood and Amos 0/ are among the many literary stars coming to Scotland

Establishing itself for the first time as an annual event, the Book Festival is introducing several new initiatives. The ST Electronic Publishing Tent Will focus on the latest media developments and the book tents Will feature ;:h:>tor_iraplirc exhibitions focusing on the life and work of 'Absent Poets' Pablo Neruda and George Mackay Brown

Book Festival director Jan Fairley rs also keen to enhance the Gardens' reputation as an oasis of calm in the midst of the Festival city. Aromatherapy, Feng Sher and Alexander Technrgue sesSrons Will be on offer ll‘. the new Lifestyles tent sponsored by Neal's Yard Remedies. rRobrn Hodge)

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’T in the Park Will have a major impact on the area over the few days in which the event takes place, however most

people are prepared to give it the benefit of the cfoubt and have a fairly open mind about it See box below for this year’s line-up. (Jonathan Trew)


Saturday 12 July

The Charlatans, Kula Shaker, Dodgy, Reef, James, GUN, Divine Comedy, Apollo 440

Sunday 13 July

Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Texas, Bush, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Bjorn Again, Neneh Cherry, Republrca

EVENING SESSION STAGE in association with King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Saturday 12 July

Monaco, SympOSrum, The Delgados, Gorky’s Zygotic Myncr, Tiger, Subcircus, Stereophonrcs, Grass Show, Mogwar, Arnold

Sunday 13 July

Spearhead, Beth Orton, Urusei Yatsura, Kenickie, AC. Acoustics, Speedy, Bennet, Hardbody, Snug


Saturday 12 July

Shed Seven, Placebo, Longpigs, Geneva, Sneaker Pimps, Travis, Jimi Tenor, Superstar, Arab Strap

Sunday 13 July

Seahorses, Mansun, Gene, Dreadzone, Supernaturals, Catatonia, Hurricane #1, Toaster, Rachel Stamp

SLAM MUZIK TENT Saturday 12 July

Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, DJ Sneak, Slam live, Andrew Weatherall, Nightmares On Wax, James Lavelle, Olive, Jon Carter

Sunday 13 July

Carl Cox, Bandulu, DJ Stuart McMillan, Green Velvet, DJ Orde Merkle, Death In Vegas, Global Communications, DJ Deep, Derek Dahlarge

Edinburgh church finds salvation as the new Arches

EDINBURGH'S MANSFIELD PLACE Church, home to Phoebe Traquair’s famous murals and the Fringe Festival’s Cafe Graffitti, is to open as a full-time venue, backed by up to £3 million investment. The city centre listed building recently escaped plans for demolition by its owners Edinburgh Brick Company.

The church will continue to be leased from its owners, but Cafe Graffitti will now operate throughout the year, introducing regular cabaret-style theatre in the basement and launching its own theatre company Telling Tales. Its organisers are confident they will acquire a permanent drinks and entertainments license, allowing more freedom than the series of temporary licenses the venue currently juggles with.

Telling Tales’s debut production Burke And Hare is scheduled to open next month. The company intends presenting work in an informal


Mansfield Place Church: has escaped demolition to open as a full-time venue

cabaret environment. Its plans include a stage version of Casablanca, for which the venue's basement space will be transformed into Rick’s Bar. Graffitti also hopes to build on its existing club nights, suggesting comparisons with Glasgow’s Arches, whose strength lies in its mixed programme of theatre and clubs.

'lt’s a unique space,’ says Cafe

Race is on for Glasgow 1999

WITH ONLY EIGHTEEN months to go until Glasgow becomes 1999 UK City of Architecture and Design, the pressure is on for the City to live up to its accolade.

As Glasgow 1999 unveiled its Manifesto, there were rumblings of concern over whether the festival Will meet expectations Headed by Deian Sudiic, the year-long event wrll arm to promote public appreCratron of architecture and design through a programme of city-Wide initiatives

They range from housing-based projects to the festival's flagship scheme The Lighthouse Project a proposed {It I {ITIIIIOIT conversion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's fo'riier Hera/d offices into Scotland's Centre For Architecture, Design And The City Decisions on lottery funding applications for The Lighthouse are expected in the next 'l‘i()."illt

Director Edinburgh's The Matthew Architecture Gallery, Clive Albeit says The Lighthouse Project


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will be a cross between cabaret and informal theatre no other company in Scotland is providing.’ Evans is confident about Cafe Graffitti’s future: ’We haven’t the resources to expand straight away so we'll be evolving gradually, until one day there'll be something happening here every night.’ (Neil Cooper) inust sizireed if Glasgow is to gain international reputation for ar: hitecture 'The Lighthouse is pivotal to I999,’ he said 'It must be a success The iinplrratrons go beyond Scotland It must engage the grOWrng interest nationally in architecture and design '

Stirlirc has recently been under fire for his failure to support local talent The appOrntnient of Spanish deSigner and creator of the l992 Barcelona Olympics logo, JaVier Marrscal, as interior designer of The Lighthouse, brought calls for Sudiic’s resignation Scottish media riiagamne The Drum “Susanna Beaumont)