Announcements, line-ups and opinion

HEAR HEAR The Edinburgh Festival of Sound returns to Teviot Row House (Fri 21 & Sat 22 Feb), with its second-ever weekender that is ‘part interactive sonic playground and part professional forum’. Friday will include the North AudioTEK conference which will focus on panels and workshops for early careerists and bedroom producers, covering topics like 3D audio, synthesising audio with graphics, and new programming languages. Saturday is for hobbyists, families and the general public to play with music installations and discover the mechanics of noise.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is back for its second year as part of a new annual programme of events at An Lanntair in Stornoway and across the Isle of Lewis (Fri 7–Sat 22 Feb). The ambitious series combines arts, culture and astronomical delights to celebrate the home of some of the UK’s darkest and most dramatic skies. Highlights of the 2020 programme include OPTICKS, a live event by media artist Daniela de Paulis, The Only Light Was Stars by Karine Polwart, Universe (of Music) with Chris Lintott and Steve Pretty, and an interactive dining experience with astrophysicist Roberto Trotta.

CELEBRATE LEITH LeithLate has launched a new season of events dubbed Leith100, to celebrate the centenary of the area officially joining the City of Edinburgh. The season, which began in January, brings Leith’s unique and independent spirit to the forefront through art and cultural events. Enjoy a tour of street art on the Mural Tour (Sun 2 Feb); a Sunday matinee screening of 1988 documentary Leithers at Leith Theatre (Sun 2 Feb); an outdoor projection event that animates Leith’s History Mural on the corner of Ferry Road and North Junction Street (Sat 8 Feb); and a pop-up exhibition which delves into the mural’s making.

DJ PROSPECT EYES TALENT Scotland’s own DJ Prospect is going on the hunt for fresh music talent with Apple Music’s Charlie Sloth. The Edinburgh DJ has been appointed head of A&R at Grimey Limey, Sloth’s label partnership with Warner Records ADA and Downtown Music Publishing. Growing up on the Scottish club scene, the DJ has always been a champion for Scottish artists and now he wants to discover more as part of his new role. DJ Prospect said: ‘The scene as a whole in the UK is a hot topic globally, and of course my eyes will always be on Scottish talent.’ Watch this space.

MAPPING SCOTLAND’S MUSIC A founding member of Glasvegas will lead research for the University of Glasgow, in partnership with the Scottish Music Industry Association, to find out how much the industry contributes to Scotland’s economy. PhD student and the band’s guitarist, Robert Allan, will work with Dr Matt Brennan over the next three years on the project called Mapping and Measuring the Scottish Music Industry. It hopes to produce a ‘robust map’ of Scotland’s music industries and highlight the current lack of Scottish-specific data.

1 Feb–31 Mar 2020 THE LIST 15

Edinburgh Festival of Sound

Leith 100 DJ Prospect and Charlie Sloth