The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series caused controversy due to the film’s decision not to make Dumbledore gay. After the original Harry Potter films were realised, author JK Rowling announced that main character Dumbledore was gay, and it was never explored in the books because it was never central to the plot. Since Fantastic Beasts explores the life of young Dumbledore and Grindelwald (the character he was in love with according to Rowling) the outrage from fans and the LGBT community is understandable. Controversy aside, if you are a major Potterhead, it will still be worth it for you to see the movie.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitzm, Johnny Depp, release date: out today.

stefflon don

Striking sounding music from a striking looking woman. Stefflon Don is spanning grime, trap, dancehall and pop as she becomes increasingly undeniable as a star of the British music scene. As well as her own work, including the brilliant and outright violent 16 Shots, Steff has worked with the likes of Jax Jones, Demi Lovato and Giggs and Skepta. With the UK and US trading talent as much as they are right now, it would be no surprise if the MOBO award winner got herself a substantial following Stateside. Hopefully her increasing appearances in the world of pop won’t detract from her stronger, darker material.

Stefflon Don plays SWG3 in Glasgow on Nov 24.


lauryn hill

The word legend gets thrown around a lot, but Lauryn Hill – or Ms. Lauryn Hill as she is going by these days – is well worth that title.
The pop and hip-hop icon has been around for nearly three decades now and, despite her extended hiatuses within that period, she is responsible for some of the most powerful and relevant songs of her era. Whether performing as part of Fugees or as a solo act, Lauryn Hill has some huge hits under her belt.
Throughout the nineties, Fugees were a mainstay in the charts with songs like Killing Me Softly, Ready or Not and Fu-Gee-La. Hill also released the humungous album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which spawned socially and politically charged songs like One and Doo Wop.
More recently, she has only released work sporadically, but what she has released has been at a different level from many of the more recently emerged artists within her genre(s)..

Ms Lauryn Hill plays the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Nov 23.


bring me the horizon

Having started as a deathcore band, it is remarkable that Bring Me the Horizon managed to make a transition to a sound that saw them reach number two in the UK and the US with their most successful album to date, That’s the Spirit. Oli Sykes and co have courted a fair amount of controversy over the years including onstage scuffles and the trashing of Coldplay’s table at the NME awards a few years ago. The band have made their way to the top of the pile of Britain’s heavier bands and gained praise from fans and critics along the way.

Bring Me The Horizon play The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Nov 25.



After the madness of summer festivals has faded well into the haze and before the winter markets have taken over the streets, EH6 Festival has found itself a comfortable niche in November. The event plays host to stylish street food, live music and the new stalwart to any festival – craft beer. This year’s music line-up has a distinctly indie feel, featuring the likes of The Coral, Kyle Falconer (of The View), Jake Bugg and Gerry Cinnamon. Like many festivals these days, it has gone for a four day venture. You’ll also be relieved to hear that there is no camping required.

Various venues, November 22 – 25, prices vary.



If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Boobs had their turn in the 1990s and 2000s and now we’re in the era of Kardashian-style booty. Who’s to say the next fashionable body part won’t be the ever-faithful belly? If your belly is going to be there, it might as well make itself useful. Chances are, this newly fashionable body part will only be further “enhanced” over the winter months anyway. What with Christmas dinner and all. The Little Egypt Studio hosts the lessons that are bound to see you develop a new skill you never thought you would have any intention of learning.
Who knows when it could come in handy?

Little Egypt Studio, November 19 – 28. £48

previews by Hannah Ahmed (formerly of Merans Castle High School)