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Hawick to host summer music festival

The festival is set to be the biggest Hawick has ever seen Credit: Heart of Hawick Music Festival

A music festival will be taking place in the Scottish Borders next month.

From Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August, the Hawickfest will include performances at the Hawick café and auditorium.

Organisers say it is the biggest music festival set to take place in the town, with over a dozen artists, including Boo Hewerdine, who has written for The Corrs and Mel C, and Dean Friedman set to perform.

Dumfries' Calvin Harris announces new album

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Superstar DJ Calvin Harris, from Dumfries, has announced the release of his first album in three years.

Harris, who's real name is Adam Wiles, tweeted a short clip of an unreleased song with the caption "Album coming June 30".

Subtitles hinted towards collaborations with the likes of Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg.

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Scottish-German choir to give Dumfries concert

St John's Church, Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

An 80-strong choir made up of young people from Dumfries and Galloway and German twin-town Gifhorn are putting on a free concert.

The performance takes place at St John's Church in Dumfries at 6pm on Sunday

As part of their longstanding twinning relationship members of Dumfries and Galloway Regional Youth Choir are welcoming 40 young people from the Gifhorn Twin-Town Singers to Scotland to participate in a residential choral workshop in Stirling.

The choirs are working together on a variety of Christmas music over a four day period before heading to Dumfries for the concert.

As well as working on their music, the young people will participate together in various activities including quizzes, a ceilidh, and visits to a range of tourist attractions.

“This twinning relationship was first established in 2009. Since then, it has flourished with many long-term friendships made.

"Music is the common language that unites us. We really hope that a large audience comes along to St John’s on Sunday to enjoy what will be a fabulous choral experience.”

– Jamie Brand, Annan Academy

Indie-rock band plan to 'take some of Carlisle to Glastonbury'

A band from Carlisle are set to play the biggest gig of their life this weekend.

Hardwicke Circus are playing the acoustic stage at Glastonbury on Saturday.

More than 100,000 people are due to attend the event.

The band are hoping it could provide a real boost to their career.

James Arthur to headline Dumfries Youth Beatz

The Youth Beatz launch for 2016 Credit: D&G Council

The 2012 winner of The X Factor, James Arthur, is set to headline this year's Youth Beatz concert in Dumfries.

The event has been running for the past seven years and attracts thousands of young people to the Dock Park in the town centre.

Also performing at the concert on 13th August will be dance and pop band Cascada.

“It’s always a pleasure playing to the Scottish crowds and I’ve been told the atmosphere at Youth Beatz is amazing. I can’t wait to come and experience it!”

– James Arthur

"It’s great that our Council is able to continue to support the flagship youth festival for our region. This year’s festival will run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much.

"The event has such a great impact on the local economy and the impact on the young people is massive. The acts are really impressive – now we just need to hope for the good weather.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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WATCH: Musician revives old Cumberland tunes

A Cumbrian musician is reviving old Cumberland and Westmorland tunes played in the time of poet William Wordsworth.

Ed Heslam has produced a CD of music dating back to the 1700's, in the hope of keeping the songs alive for future generations. Paul Crone reports.

WATCH: Playlist for Life

A charity which uses music to help people with dementia has launched a new internet learning programme.

Playlist for Life was founded by broadcaster Sally Magnusson after she saw the benefits music had for her mother.

Staff at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas - which is part of the national social care charity Community Integrated Care - say the project has been a big success.

Katie Hunter reports:

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