Watch first trailer for Scottish rave movie Beats

Rave to the grave with the first trailer for Brian Welsh’s euphoric coming-of-age film Beats, based on Kieran Hurley’s celebrated Fringe show of the same name

West Lothian, 1994. The Tory government are waging war on youth culture and clamping down on the UK’s illegal rave scene with the introduction of the Criminal Justice Bill that outlaws parties where the music is “predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”.

That’s the backdrop for Beats, Brian Welsh’s coming-of-age film following two 15-year-old best pals, Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorne Macdonald), who are about to be separated when the former moves out of the rough council estate where they grew up, to a shiny new Barratt Homes-style development in a posher neighbourhood. One last big night out is in order in this vibrant film based on Kieran Hurley’s celebrated Edinburgh Fringe show of the same name. We caught the film at its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival and gave it the full five stars

As well as being a funny and bittersweet film about friendship, Beats also has an intoxicating rave scene in which the film breaks free of its grim reality and embraces the hallucinatory. The film features a soundtrack curated by the mighty JD Twitch of Optimo, and features tracks from LFO, Plastikman, The Prodigy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Belleville Three, Carl Craig, Liquid Liquid, Hudson Mohawke and Leftfield, as well as a new re-record by Orbital. The film’s original score is by The Golden Filter.

Also to be recommended is Brian Welsh’s swaggering, bouncy direction and Benjamin Kracun’s crisp black-and-white cinematography, which you can get a flavour of in the trailer.
Source: Watch first trailer for Scottish rave movie Beats – The Skinny

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Give Us a Tune “Bonnie Susie Cleland”

There lived a lady in Scotland, hey my love and ho my joy

There lived a lady in Scotland, wha dearly loes me       (loves)

There lived a lady in Scotland,

she’s fa’n in love wi an Englishman                             (fallen)

An bonnie Susie Cleland’s tae be burnt in Dundee.

The faither tae the dochter tam,

hey my love and ho my joy                                (father, daughter)

The faither tae the dochter tam, wha dearly loes me

The faither tae the dochter tam, ‘Will ye forsake yer Englishman?

Or bonnie Susie Cleland’s tae be burnt in Dundee.’ Continue reading

9 lesser-known Scottish towns and villages that are worth a visit

Scotland destinations

We all know the big destinations in Scotland that pull the visitors – but what about the many gems that are often overlooked?

1. St Monans, Fife
Margaret Lumley recommended a trip to St Monans on in Fife. “I loved the village with its church, zig zag piers, salt pans, windmill and great takeaway fish and chips.”

See Full List at THE SCOTSMAN: 9 lesser-known Scottish towns and villages that are worth a visit

Celtic Connections fears for future of Scottish music being ‘shut out’ of Europe after Brexit

MUSICIANS could be ‘shut out’ of European culture in the wake of Brexit, the leader of one of Scotland’s biggest festivals fears.

Donald Shaw, the musician and creative producer of CelticConnections, the roots, folk and traditional music festival which opens in venues across Glasgow today, said he fears that Scottish musicians will find it much harder to play in Europe after the UK severs the cord with the EU. Continue reading