Edinburgh Mela, which brings the capital's August festival season to an alfresco conclusion with its Leith Links jamboree in the closing weekend of the Edinburgh International Festival, has scored a bit of a coup with the signing of veteran purveyors of dance music The Orb to headline the concert on Sunday September 1.

The Orb will be reprising their Glastonbury set with Ghanian drummer Kakatsitsi that was one of the hits of the pop festival's West Holts stage on Saturday.

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Reformed US indie favourites The Pixies have announced a concert date at Glasgow's Barrowland venue as part of a global tour that kicks off in Paris at the end of September – their first in two years. The Scottish appearance, on November 22, is one of only three gigs in the UK on the band's current itinerary and will be the band's first performances since bassist Kim Deal announced she would not be part of the group.

Deal was in Glasgow recently with The Breeders and her place in The Pixies will be taken by Kim Shattuck (above), previously bassist with The Pandoras and guitarist with The Muffs. The Pixies last toured playing the Doolittle album. This year's concert will not only include a selection from the band's back catalogue, but also the first new songs composed since 1991's Trompe le Monde set, including the recently unveiled Bagboy. Tickets for the Barrowland appearance are on sale now.

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The music of another popular beat combo seen at Glastonbury last weekend will be reprised in Aberdeen in February when the Rambert dance company visits His Majesty's Theatre. The company's sping tour includes choreographer Christopher Bruce's ever-popular Rooster, which uses some of the best known music of The Rolling Stones, including Little Red Rooster, Lady Jane, Not Fade Away, As Tears Go By, Paint It Black, Ruby Tuesday, Play With Fire, and Sympathy For The Devil. Rooster is part of a triple bill which plays Aberdeen on February 12 to 14, and for which tickets have gone on sale this week.

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Vocalist Liane Carroll is the guest soloist for the summer concerts by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, who played at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket on Saturday afternoon as part of this year's Glasgow Jazz Festival. Carroll joins the young players, as ever under the direction of pianist Malcolm Edmonstone and drummer Andrew Bain, at Eden Court's One Touch Theatre in Inverness on Friday July 19 and at the Birnam Arts Centre, by Pitlochry, on Saturday July 20. Both concerts start at 8pm.

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