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Lily Allen joins Franz Ferdinand at this year's T In the Park

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It’s been launchtastic this month, with some of the Scotland's biggest festivals announcing their line-ups. We bring you the highlights

Words: Anna Millar hile there were no great surprises at this year‘s T in the Park launch. the programme was still hailed a success with I.in Allen (pictured) and Franz Ferdinand added to the bill. already including headliners Blur. Kings ol’ Leon and The Killers. Snow Patrol. Razorlight and Iilbow will also appear in Balado over the weekend. New acts conlirmed include Keane. Bloc Party. Paulo Nutini. Manic Street Preachers. The Ting Tings. Maximo Park. James Morrison and The Mars Volta. Iilsewhere. happy news all round; the ()utsider Festival will go ahead at Rothiemurchus Iistate in June. following its

launch in 2007. as part of the Year ol‘

Ilighland Culture. The music festival will include a race around the loch and mountain bike event. While the music line- up is still to be announced. organiser‘s Unique Iivents promise a range of films. comedy and cabaret. plus talks and debates.

UV. director Pete Irvine referred to The ()utsider‘s ‘boutique style and atmosphere”. adding: ‘We are privileged to be able to set up our camp in beautiful Rothiemurchus. We feel we have a festival that's truly ol~ its time and place.‘

In keeping with the rural theme. The Knockengorroch World (‘eilidh Music Festival was announced for the end of May. Acts confirmed include The Orb and Roni

Si/e. with Slovenian I'olk. Al’ro blues. Scottish reels. ('hilean folk. heatboxing. (ierman digital dub-step and comedians Phil Kay and Phil Nichol completing the mix.

RockNess organisers also revealed the headliners for this year's Bollywood arena: Sonia Records. lid Banger Records and the mighty Sub (‘Iub. They join I'estival compadres The Flaming Lips. ()rbital. Billy (‘Iyro and Placebo. alongside l‘cstival headliners The Prodigy. Basement Jan and I)i//ee Rascal.

Finally. (‘olourl'est (l‘) is back in June. at Braehead . with Judge Jules and Ro/alla on the line-up.

www.0utsiderfestival.co.uk, www.tinthepark.com and www.rockness.co.uk www.knockengorroch.org.uk

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have been made with a £250,000 Scottish Screen investment. to be shown at international festivals in 2009 and 2010. Scottish shorts have already enjoyed success with documentary Breadmakers which screened at Sundance 2007 and won the Black Pearl Award at the Middle East International Film Festival 2008; plus Ma Bar and Steel Homes. both shown at Sundance 2009.

THE ST JAMES Centre in Edinburgh is set to be demolished in 2011 to make room for a more aesthetically pleasing look. as part of plans for a St James Quarter. Developers referred to the potential for a ‘continental style galleria‘ in its place.

called for recognition of Orkney explorer John Rae - said to have played a key part in discovering the Northwest Passage, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.



I DigiCult. the new Scottish company led by local producers, has put together a pool of talent including BAFTA Scotland award winners, film programmers. recent graduates, experimental filmmakers. and television directors to make a selection of films.

The Scottish Digital shorts programme was launched in October last year and is the company's first nationwide project; the company will continue to work with them to develop and workshop their short drama or animation projects with DigiCult’s local producers over the next four months. The List wish them the very best of luck.

LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Gael Le Cornec comes to the Tron Theatre, Glas ow. Running unti Sat 7 Mar, the award- winnin Frida Kahlo: iva La Vida tells Kahlo’s story usin her biography and etters. See www. .gaellecorneccom.

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