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Tigerfest roars into action in capital; the BIG razz interview.

TIGERFEST, one of Scotland's newest and brightest music festivals kicks off in Edinburgh tonight.

Running until May 27, the month-long gala will feature some of the best up-and-coming Scottish groups, as well as acts from Finland and Holland.

With almost 70 bands playing at various Edinburgh venues and Dunfermline's Carnegie Hall, highlights include Aberfeldy, Last Great Wilderness plus Hobotalk.

Emerging acts worth watching are Client, led by former Dubstar vocalist, Sarah Blackwood' Amplifico from Fife' plus Data Panik, formerly known as Bis.

Keyboardist Amanda McKinnon said: "I have Top Of The Pops and being famous in Japan ticked off on my list of dreams - Carnegie Hall is next."

Former members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie have resurfaced as Isa and The Filthy Tongues. Shirley Manson, of Garbage, used to sing with GMM, but with Radio One saying good things about this re-invented outfit, it could be their turn to step into the limelight.

Arguably the most eagerly awaited gig however is The Fire Engines, but their show at Carnegie Hall is rumoured to be their very last. Or is it?

Fire Engine chief Davy Henderson said: "We are gonna hang up the hose before the love rubs off.

"Unless invited back to the Carnegie, the Tigerfest show will be our last detail."

Now in its third year, Tigerfest, is renowned for its mixture of diverse styles.

Organiser, Neil Colquhoun said: "Festivals of this sort are vital if good music is to be promoted, rather than mass-marketed and commercialised ring-tones masquerading as music.

"Hopefully acts will discover new contacts and new audiences."

Tigerfest runs from today until May 27. Visit: www.tigerfest.baby-tiger.net

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Date:Apr 28, 2006
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