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Angus & The Mearns

From Lionel Richie to Gary Barlow…Here are Tayside and Fife’s biggest gigs of 2018 so far

January 30 2018

It's not even the end of January, but already 2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for live music that Courier Country has experienced in a long time. Excitement reached fever pitch on Tuesday morning following a string of huge gig announcements, with music icons including Noel Gallagher and Lionel Richie confirming shows in the region. We've put together a list of the biggest acts heading our way in the coming months. This article will be updated as and when further acts are announced. Lionel Richie US singer Lionel Richie will perform to thousands of fans at McDairmid Park, Perth on June 3. Tickets for the gig will go on sale online at 10am on Friday, February 2. Richie is the biggest star to play the stadium since Elton John more than a decade ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqAvFx3NxUM https://twitter.com/LionelRichie/status/958249678314721280   Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zX4oiXqqY The former Oasis man will be the headline act at the BBC's Biggest Weekend festival at Scone Palace on May 26. The guitarist and singer-songwriter, who penned some of the most famous songs of the 1990s, will perform with his High Flying Birds band. https://twitter.com/NoelGallagher/status/958254887866916864   Rita Ora Music superstar Rita Ora is another big name added to the Slessor Gardens concert list. She will play at Dundee's waterfront venue on Saturday July 28.   Gary Barlow The Take That frontman is playing two gigs in Tayside this year, one at Perth Concert Hall on April 19 and another at Dundee's Caird Hal on April 20. Tickets for both gigs sold out rapidly.   Status Quo Legendary British rock band Status Quo will be at Scone Palace as the headline act for the 2018 ReWind Festival in July.   Bonnie Tyler, The Boomtown Rats and UB40 These are just a few of the other big name acts returning to Tayside for this year's Rewind Festival.   Simple Minds and The Pretenders Scottish rock bands Simple Minds and The Pretenders will lead the line-up at Dundee's Slessor Gardens on September 9. Steps The pop group are coming to Slessor Gardens on June 22. They will be supported by fellow 90s bands Blue and Aqua.   KT Tunstall The Fife musician is providing support to both Simple Minds and The Pretenders at Slessor Gardens on September 9, and to Gary Barlow at his local gigs in April. Belle and Sebastian The influential Scottish band will play Perth Concert Hall on Friday, March 23.   Eddi Reader The Scots singer will play Perth Concert Hall on February 28. Leo Sayer The pop star will play at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, on October 9. Suggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3AovUZgvo The Ska legend and Madness frontman is playing at Dunfermline's Alhambra Theatre on Wednesday, February 28.   Erasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x34icYC8zA0 The 1980s synthpop act are playing Dundee's Caird Hall in just a matter of days - on Friday, February 2.   The Proclaimers The Scottish musical legends will play Dundee's Caird Hall on December 15.   Could more great gigs be on the cards for Tayside and Fife? Dundonians were treated to three shows at Slessor Gardens in 2017 from UB40, Little Mix and Olly Murs, so we may well see some more big-name musicians making their way to the city in 2018. And MoFest is yet to announce its 2018 line-up after attracting The Beach Boys last year.   Will Carnival 56 return? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29oN9VBXf_U Despite attracting thousands of music fans and earning several major award nominations, the future of Dundee's new music festival still remains unknown. Festival founder Craig Blyth has left the company that set up the popular event at Camperdown Park last year. However Dundee City Council has granted permission for it to run every year until 2021. In October last year an official festival spokeswoman said there had been “no confirmation” of the festival’s return, adding: “The debrief process is still under way”.   Sir Rod Stewart to Dundee? No, we've not given up on Sir Rod coming to Dundee in 2018! The rocker is partnered with the Liz Hobbs Group, who are behind all of the hugely-successful 2017 Slessor Gardens concerts. Sir Rod came out as the overwhelming favourite in a Courier poll which asked locals who they would most like to see next at the waterfront music venue in 2018. And the Lizz Hobbs Group themselves haven't ruled it out. Sir Rod is not believed to have played in Dundee since the 1970s, despite a number of appearances elsewhere in Scotland.   In this weekend's Courier, we speak to Simple Minds singer-songwriter Jim Kerr.

Perth & Kinross

VIDEO: Mackie’s say strawberry-flavoured crisps could hit UK shelves

June 14 2017

The Tayside producers of an unusual snack made for the Chinese market have not ruled out it hitting the shelves of UK shops. The first batch of Mackie's of Scotland's new strawberry-flavoured crisps will soon be on the way to Shanghai after samples proved a huge hit at the SIAL China Trade Show in the city last month. And yesterday residents of Scotland's soft fruit capital, Blairgowrie, had their say on the unique delicacy after The Courier got a hold of an exclusive bag of some strawberry samples. The fruit-flavoured crisps were launched alongside a salted caramel blend specifically for the Chinese market. They should be on sale in the country by the end of July after proving a "massive success" at the Shanghai show. Initially the premise started out as an April Fool's Day joke by staff at the Mackie's at Taypack factory in Errol. However the idea was quickly developed as the company noted the "sweet tooth" of the Chinese market. Commercial director at Mackie's of Scotland, James Taylor, said the firm had not ruled out giving the strawberry and salted caramel crisps a go in the UK as well. Mr Taylor added: "Strawberry and salted caramel were what was shortlisted after trying a wide range of different flavours from banana and chilli to banana and honey. "It is just something completely unusual for the UK market but out in China it just seemed to be something that worked. You name it they have pretty much got it in any kind of sweet flavour. "It's something completely different to us, something new to us, and something we wouldn’t ever have necessarily wanted to launch as a first-off in the UK. "The product is developed and ready to go. We’ve had small local cafes and delis  (in the UK) all quite interested in it, to some of our larger retail customers saying they wouldn’t put it past ever putting it on their shelves. "Who knows, we’ll have to test the water in China and if it does prove to be really successful maybe adapt it and see if we can do a limited edition or special buys in this country just to give the consumer here the chance to pick them up.” Blairgowrie technical writer, Andy Meeson, said he could get "seriously addicted" to the strawberry crisps. He added: "That is unusual because you do get the strawberry flooding out, it starts off tasting very much of strawberry and then it starts to taste of crisp." Chloe Gruneber-Mackenzie, a student from the Angus town, said they were "unusual but kind of nice", adding: "It tastes like strawberry ice cream but in a crisp. I think I would buy that actually." Retired Perth software engineer, Rob Burke, 65, said: "I think they are nice. I don't know I’d eat them every day but they’re not bad. It does actual taste like strawberry."


Los Angeles Times names V&A Dundee among five best new museums to visit in world

February 19 2018

The forthcoming V&A Dundee has been named as one of the top five new museums to visit in the world in 2018 by a major US newspaper. The Los Angeles Times named the £81 million waterfront attraction, which is due to open on September 15, at the top of its list of "new museums to explore" in 2018. Others cited in the travel article include Seattle's new Nordic Heritage Museum, the South Carolina Historical Society Museum in Charleston. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/574567/dundee-named-alongside-los-angeles-singapore-florence-patagonia-bloomberg-top-22-world-destinations/ The article states: "London's V&A Museum, once called the Victoria and Albert, traces its roots back to 1851. This year, V&A Dundee will open Sept. 15 on the east coast of Scotland as the first satellite museum to bear the name. "The remarkable building made with more than 2,000 cast-stone panels looks like a stylised ship floating on the River Tay. Scottish design — architecture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and more — will be the focus. The opening show is 'Ocean Liners: Speed and Style.'" It comes after both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal cited the V&A as they named Dundee among the top destinations to visit in the world in 2018. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/600476/top-design-magazine-awards-superstructure-va-dundee-architecture-gong/ For more on this story, read Tuesday's Courier

Perth & Kinross

VIDEO: Detective Superintendent’s full statement on ‘suspicious’ death of woman in Perthshire

May 14 2018

Police are yet to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman whose body was found on a Perthshire roadside last week. Detective Superintendent James Smith said the force is "still trying to establish the full set of circumstances" after Annalise Johnstone, of Ardrossan, was discovered dead on the B8062 between Auchterarder and Dunning on Thursday afternoon. A "bashed up" Ford Galaxy was seized by police from Green Julian Place in Inchture, about 25 minutes’ drive from the scene at the weekend. The 22-year-old’s death triggered a major police investigation. Det Sup Smith said the force is keen to find out more about the movements of the Ford Galaxy, registration ST67 HXL, and urged anyone who spotted the vehicle to come forward. She is believed to have travelled to the area in the vehicle. However he added that the damage to the car was consistent with a "minor collision" which is believed to have taken place "elsewhere". Det Sup Smith said the cause of Ms Johnstone's death is the "question he wants to answer on behalf of the family", adding: "They've got exactly the same question, 'How did she die?' "This is a complex set of circumstances which we have here. The scene itself is complex. Annalise clearly has injuries. "I obviously can't give you any detail around that but it's taken a lot of interpretation, a lot of use of experts in seeking expert opinion to inform me and investigation as to what has actually happened here. "So it's not clear and for the family and the investigation we need to establish exactly that question." Ms Johnstone, 22, left her home in Ayrshire on Wednesday, May 9 and subsequently travelled around Tayside. She was last seen in Ruthven Court, Auchterarder at about 10pm on the same day. Officers are also looking to trace her iPhone 5S, which is lime green with a red flip case, a Marvel superhero wallet and a clear bag of medication about 4in - 5in in size. Forensic examinations are on-going at the scene. For more, watch the video above.

UK & World

Are Oasis reforming for Manchester tribute gig?

June 1 2017

Rumours are circulating that Britpop legends Oasis are re-forming for a benefit gig in their home city of Manchester this weekend. The speculation was kick-started by a member of The Black Eyed Peas, who tagged the group in a post about Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester show on Sunday. The concert was organised in the wake of the Manchester Arena terror attack last week, which left 22 dead and a further 64 injured. Free tickets have been offered for Grande fans who attended the concert which was targeted by an alleged suicide bomber. Katy Perry, Take That, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus and Usher will all play alongside the US pop star at the concert. Taboo Nawasha, a member of the Black Eyed Peas, tweeted about the gig; tagging all the musicians and bands that will play at the Old Trafford Cricket Grounds. Oasis were included in the original tweet, which was quickly deleted. https://twitter.com/TabBep/status/869907050691608579 https://twitter.com/TabBep/status/869906670436007937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmetro.co.uk%2F2017%2F05%2F31%2Fwhen-and-how-to-watch-ariana-grandes-one-love-manchester-concert-6675547%2F https://twitter.com/TabBep/status/869907050691608579 Nawasha then posted that he had made a mistake and put the mention of the rock group down to "human error". Classic Oasis single Don't Look Back in Anger rose up the charts last week after the people of Manchester adopted it in the wake of the terror attack. Oasis are among Manchester’s most famous and cherished musical exports, though the band split up in 2009. They are one of the most symbolic groups of the 1990s and the Britpop era. The band was fronted by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, who have been at loggerheads since the split. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/uk-world/434338/video-beautiful-moment-people-manchester-turn-silent-tribute-oasis-dont-look-back-anger-articleisfree/ However commenting on the rumours on Radio 1, Liam said though he is "up for it" - it wouldn't be possible due to his solo commitments in Germany this weekend.  


Firefighters descend on Dundee high rise following blaze

July 27 2017

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a Dundee high rise on Thursday. Five fire crews descended on Adamson Court, Lochee, after the incident broke out on the ninth floor of the 15-storey building at noon. Two appliances and a height vehicle were sent from Blackness Road, along with two further teams from the Kingsway. Rescuers used four breathing apparatus to bring the blaze, described as "small", under control. A fire and rescue spokesman said: "There was a small fire in a property there. The call came in at 12.10pm. We sent four pumps and a height vehicle. "The stop message came back at 12.55pm. It was a small fire in the property." Nobody was injured during the incident.


US broadcasting giant CNN names ‘ambitious’ Dundee one of world’s ‘top seven’ cities to visit

January 10 2018

A US broadcasting giant has named Dundee alongside Tokyo and Paris as one of the world's most "design-savvy" cities. CNN Style - a branch of the American news channel dedicated to features on travel, fashion, architecture and the arts - has listed the City of Discovery on its 'top seven' list of the most eye-catching locations to visit in 2018. It comes just days after Bloomberg Businessweek listed Dundee sixth in its “top 22” destinations to visit in 2018. The Guardian also listed the city on its "where to go hotlist" for 2018. Toronto, Paris, Tokyo, Muscat, Tbilisi and San Miguel de Allende all feature on the CNN list, which picked out "seven of the cities you should be eyeing in 2018". The article originally appeared on digital publication The Spaces. The article states: "It was once the UK capital of cash register production, but the decline of traditional industry and loss of jobs in the 1980s saw Dundee adopt a plan to reinvent itself as a cultural center. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/574567/dundee-named-alongside-los-angeles-singapore-florence-patagonia-bloomberg-top-22-world-destinations/ "A massive, £1 billion regeneration masterplan kicked off in 2001 and the resulting transformation of the city has started to take hold, with the Dundee Waterfront scheme set to hit crucial landmarks in 2018. "It may have had its 2023 European Capital of Culture bid scuppered by Brexit but the city's under-construction, £80-million V&A Museum of Design Dundee will open its doors within the next 12 months, placing it firmly on the international art map." It adds that Dundee stands out due to its "ambitious renovations and build-to-rent developments". Locals have also reacted to the mention of the city in the CNN article. Director of Creative Dundee Gillian Easson said: “We're delighted to see Dundee in this list of top global cities for design and culture. "We hear people talk about what Dundee 'will be' like in the future, so it's great to know the city’s current cultural scene is already on the map alongside many must-visit international destinations. "As we celebrate 10 years of Creative Dundee this year, there’s an ever-increasing amount happening right across the city, from ambitious urban developments, to incredible community gardens, great events, shows and exhibitions, and brilliant local artists, musicians, designers and creative spaces. "We're glad to see the growing recognition of our city and look forward to giving a typically warm Dundee welcome to visitors when they arrive."


The best Scottish footballers according to Fifa 18 revealed: Dundee FC and Saints stars snubbed

September 26 2017

Dundee FC and St Johnstone players have failed to make it into Fifa 18's list of top 50 Scottish players. The highest ranked Scot has been revealed as Matt Phillips with Tom Cairney at number two and Celtic's Scott Brown third on the list. Fifa 18's full list of player ratings has been revealed ahead of the hugely anticipated game's release on Friday. The highest ranked Dundee FC Scotsman is Paul McGowan, who comes in at 67 with an overall player rating of 68. As only Scottish Premiership teams feature in the game, no Dundee United players are on the list. Given an overall player rating of 68, the top Saint Johnstone Scot is Steven MacLean at 63rd on the list. However Charlie Adam, who hails from Fintry and spent his youth career with the Dark Blues, is listed as Scotland's 13th best player. And Laurencekirk-born Ryan Guald, who plays for Portugal's CD Aves, is listed as the country's 24th top footballer. Aberdeen FC star Graeme Shinnie is the Dons' top Scot at 35th. Five Celtic stars feature in the top 20 Scottish players list, but only one Rangers player made the same cut in Graham Dorrans. West Brom's Phillips has been given an overall rating of 77 - with his pace listed as 87, his dribbling skills at 77 and his shooting prowess 71. Fulham's Cairney is also given an overall 77 while Scotland captain Brown is rated as 76. Stoke's Darren Fletcher is number four with a 76 rating, West Brom's Robert Snodgrass fifth at 76, and West Brom's James Morrison is sixth also at 76. James McArthur of Crystal Palace is seventh with a 75 overall score, Newcastle's Matt Ritchie is eighth with the same rating, Celtic's Stuart Armstrong is ninth also at 75. Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths is tenth also with an overall rating of 75. We've listed Fifa 18's top 50 Scottish players below:   Matt Phillips Tom Cairney Scott Brown Darren Fletcher Robert Snodgrass James Morrison James McArthur Matt Ritchie Stuart Armstrong Leigh Griffiths Andy Robertson Kieran Tierney Charlie Adam James Forrest Ross McCormack Steven Naismith Liam Bridcutt Graham Dorrans Kevin McDonald Barry Bannan Jordan Rhodes Grant Hanley Ryan Fraser Ryan Guald Callum McGregor Kenny Miller Christophe Berra Russell Martin Phil Bardsley Lee Wallace Steven Fletcher George Boyd Chris Martin Ryan Jack Graeme Shinnie Alan Hutton Ross Wallace Craig Bryson Paul Gallagher Ikechi Anya Charlie Mulgrew Barry Douglas Kenny McLean Barrie McKay Steven Whittaker Johnny Russell Ali Crawford Jay Fulton Stephen Kingsley Oliver Burke


‘Dundee’s revolution is now visible to a global audience’: Bloomberg recognition shows Dundee’s ‘star is on the rise’

January 6 2018

Local figureheads say Dundee's inclusion in a list of the world's top destinations is a sign that the city's resurgence is being "recognised" globally. Leading US weekly magazine Bloomberg Businessweek named the City of Discovery sixth on its "top 22" places to visit in 2018 alongside the likes of Los Angeles, New Orleans, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Florence. It also takes pride of place on the "where to go" list next to South Korea, Jordan, Chilean Patagonia, Borneo, Namibia, Cambodia and Fiji. Bloomberg claim that May is the best time of year to visit Tayside, citing the forthcoming V&A Dundee as a building that will "showcase Scotland’s wide-ranging design legacy". The Bloomberg article adds: "It’s just one piece of a $1.3 billion revitalization project on the River Tay that will also include a new train station, art installations, and an urban beach—cementing Dundee’s status as an up-and-coming cultural hub." And last night Dundee gaming pioneer Chris van der Kuyl said the inclusion on the list is a sign of how far the city has come in recent years. He added: "I am not surprised any more. I think our confidence in the city is being recognised by others. Whereas a decade ago people would have really raised their eyebrows at something like this, now it is pretty normal. "The fact that we are right up with some pretty incredible 21st-century destinations is amazing. Dundee is all about the future. I think Dundee's revolution is now visible to a global audience. "2018 is going to be one of the most significant years in Dundee's history, not least because of the V&A and the new waterfront being unveiled to the world. More people realise Dundee is the place to come. "I think the more people start recognising Dundee as the exciting place it is, the more people will visit." Leader of Dundee City Council John Alexander said it was "absolutely fantastic" to see "further international recognition of the journey that our city is on". He added: "As Dundonians, we are often our hardest critic and it's always illuminating to hear from an outside perspective. It's clear to see that the reputation and confidence of the city is on the up. "We know that there is much to do in the city, things don't happen over night and there remains big challenges. "However, there is a realisation filtering through that Dundee is on to something special, something which will create real opportunities, investment and jobs and ultimately will ensure that it is a success long after my retirement." Director of Leisure and Culture Dundee Stewart Murdoch said: "While being denied the opportunity to deliver the European Capital of Culture was a huge disappointment, the city has a well-developed cultural offer and a vibrant cultural sector. "We are delighted that Bloomberg has recognised this and shone a light on the city." VisitScotland's regional partnerships director Jim Clarkson said: "Dundee’s star is most definitely on the rise and it is fantastic to see the city getting the global recognition it deserves, this time from Bloomberg."   "Scotland's coolest city": Wall Street Journal also praised Dundee Bloomberg isn't the first major US publication to shine a light on Dundee as a global travel destination in recent times. In October last year the Wall Street Journal called it "Scotland's coolest city", placing it at number five on a top ten list of "where to travel in 2018". The New York City newspaper had Dundee ahead of the likes of Shanghai, Madagascar, Montenegro, La Rioja and Grenada; and even made mention of Dundee's famous Reading Rooms. The article read: "A coastal college town, Dundee has emerged as Scotland’s coolest city (see the old public library turned underground club). "In 2018, the V&A Museum of Design will debut as the centerpiece of a $1.5 billion transformation of the faded riverfront. "Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new V&A will celebrate the country’s unsung design heritage—from jute to Minecraft (vandadundee.org)." And in December last year writer Danny Wallace, who was born in Dundee, flew the flag for the city in an article in Condé Nast Traveler. In his love letter to the city, he said Dundee was "not a punchline any more" and hailed his hometown as a revitalised city of "fashion, food, music, bars, art, design, research, science, creativity".   All the destinations listed on Bloomberg's "where to go in 2018" article Salvador, Brazil Saint Kitts, Caribbean Chilean Patagonia Borneo Jordan Dundee Georgia Cambodia Abu Dhabi Namibia Singapore Slovenia Los Angeles Florence Fiji South Korea Washington Los Cabos, Mexico New Orleans Southern Tanzania Copenhagen Tunisia


Dundee named alongside Los Angeles, Singapore, Florence and Patagonia in Bloomberg ‘top 22’ world destinations

January 5 2018

A leading US business magazine has named Dundee next to Los Angeles, Singapore and Florence as one of the top destinations in the world. The City of Discovery is sixth on Bloomberg Businessweek's "top 22" destinations to visit in 2018. It takes its places on the "where to go" list next to entire countries including Singapore, South Korea, Jordan, Namibia and Fiji. Chilean Patagonia and Borneo also feature next to Dundee on the list. Bloomberg claims that May is the best time of year to visit Tayside, citing the forthcoming V&A Museum, the RRS Discovery and the city's proximity to Edinburgh. It adds that November to February is the worst time to visit Dundee as "the area’s notoriously rainy weather is at its worst and the days are painfully short". It comes after the city was named "Scotland's coolest city" by the Wall Street Journal. The Bloomberg article states that "few international travellers have heard of this port town 60 miles north of Edinburgh", adding: "It’s best known as the 19th-century centre of the jute trade and the (supposed) birthplace of orange marmalade. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/532740/scotlands-coolest-city-wall-street-journal-names-dundee-worlds-top-ten-travel-destinations/ "But later this year, Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, will open on the city’s waterfront in a gleaming building that evokes a ship’s prow jutting over the water; it will showcase Scotland’s wide-ranging design legacy, including Hunter boots and Dennis the Menace cartoons. "It’s just one piece of a $1.3 billion revitalization project on the River Tay that will also include a new train station, art installations, and an urban beach—cementing Dundee’s status as an up-and-coming cultural hub. "Travellers can come on day trips from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, or arrive directly by ship: Azamara Club Cruisesand Crystal Cruises make their first calls here in July."