Scots to feature at Hogmanay
Homegrown talent will feature across all the stages at this year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party. Mercury Prize nominees Django Django will headline the Waverley Stage alongside Glasgow synth-pop outfit Chvrches. They'll be joined by punk veterans The Rezillos.
Across town on the Scottish Stage, King Creosote tops a bill featuring Fiddlers' Bid and the Treacherous Orchestra. On the Keilidh Stage, revellers can dance to Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut, Black Rose Ceilidh Band and Box Fizz.
The emphasis on Scottish talent reflects the fact the Hogmanay Party will usher in Year of Homecoming 2014. It's not all exclusively Scottish music: Pet Shop Boys headline the Concert In The Gardens.
The full programme for Edinburgh's Hogmanay will be announced on November 12. A Street Party early bird ticket offer for Edinburgh residents, priced £16, closes on October 31.
New Smith role revealed
Shortly before he regenerates into Peter Capaldi during this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, actor Matt Smith, pictured, has another transformation to undergo - into the demented mind of Patrick Bateman.
Smith's lead-role casting in a new stage musical version of American Psycho was announced yesterday. The show premieres at the Almeida Theatre in London on December 3, running until January 25.
American Psycho, based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, features a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. It will be directed by the Almeida's artistic director Rupert Goold.
Arts festival takes to stage
Macrobert's annual THAT Festival - which embraces performance, music, literature, film and installation - starts in Stirling tomorrow with a reading and Q&A with the Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze, Adam Foulds.
The four-day festival continues on Thursday with the Stirling debut of spoken word/live music event Neu! Reekie, with a line-up featuring Rebel Inc founder Kevin Williamson, hip-hop group Young Fathers and animation by Bafta winner Will Anderson.
Fridays sees a stage double bill by Daniel Bye plus the return of Macrobert's Edinburgh Fringe hit Educating Ronnie.
The festival closes on Saturday with a full day of events ranging from beatboxing to parkour. Young Scottish company Junction 25 will perform their show Figment, and there's an opportunity to check out a work-in-progress reading of Prom, a new high-school play by Oliver Emanuel, who discusses his work for Vox Modus's Dragon in today's Herald Arts lead feature, left.