The search has begun for the 16 bands and musicians of all genres who will play the T Break stage at this year's T in the Park festival, which runs from July 11-13. Entrants must be 18 or over, live in Scotland and be currently unsigned. Full details of how to submit demos are available at www.facebook.com/TennentsTBreak and www.tennents.com/tbreak. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday March 31, and the winners will be announced in May, after judging sessions involving 14 music industry professionals and journalists, including the Herald and Times group arts editor, Alan Morrison.
Last week it was announced that Biffy Clyro would headline the festival on the Friday night, rounding off a journey that has taken the Ayrshire trio all the way from T Break to the top of the Main Stage. One of last year's T Break bands, Honeyblood, later signed to FatCat Records and will release their debut album later this year, while three others - Machines In Heaven, Pronto Mama and Hector Bizerk - are nominated at the forthcoming Scottish Alternative Music Awards. T Break was launched by Tennents in 1996.
On the trail of nature's giants
Wildlife cameraman and photographer Doug Allan, who has worked on landmark BBC documentaries such as Blue Planet, Life and Frozen Planet, has announced a live tour of the UK during which he will share stories and footage of his experiences with some of the world's most majestic animals.
A marine biology graduate of Stirling University, Allan's show In The Company Of Giants highlights his love of the bigger beauties of nature, such as polar bears and killer whales. The tour takes in seven Scottish dates: Eastgate Theatre in Peebles (April 2), the Buccleuch Centre in Langholm (April 3), ACT Aberdeen (April 6), Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling (April 12), the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh (April 13), Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock (April 19) and Carnegie Hall in his birth town of Dunfermline (April 20).
Marra tribute in top demand
Organisers of Resolis Remembers: A Highland Tribute To Michael Marra have announced the line-up for the concert, which takes place in Resolis Hall, Ross and Cromarty, on Saturday March 29.
Guests include Marra's son and daughter's band, The Hazey Janes, his long-time partner in mischief Saint Andrew and his Rare Wee Helps, and his collaborator in the song and dance show A Wee Home From Home, Frank McConnell. Fellow Dundonian Rod Paterson, Gaelic singing sisters Mackenzie (whose debut album, Camhanach, Marra produced) and Aberfeldy frontman Riley Briggs are also scheduled to appear.
Tickets have sold out but extra seats may be released later in March, and a returns list is available.