Trainspotting 2: What We Know So Far About The Cult Classic Sequel


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“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family.”

Twenty years ago, the world was first introduced to Danny Boyle’s British black comedy Trainspotting. Now, a new generation will have a chance to share in the cult classics’ hype when its sequel Trainspotting 2 is released.

Based on Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same title, the original film is set in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh during the 1980s and follows a group of heroin addicts and their exploits. Welsh published his own sequel back in 2002 titled Porno, but I can’t imagine too many people would want to Google the movie, let alone ask for two tickets to “Porno” at the box office.

So here’s the low down of what we know so far:

1. The original cast will reprise their roles

Despite having previously stated “it would be a terrible shame to make a sequel if it wasn’t as good,” Ewan McGregor, who played the lead role of Mark Renton, will be returning. Robert Carlyle (Begbie), Ewen Bremner (Spud) and Johnny Lee Miller (Sickboy) will also star in the film.


2. The original scriptwriter and creative team are back

John Hodges, who wrote the BAFTA-winning original script, has put pen to paper this time around too. Actor Robert Carlyle spoke to NME last year saying it was the best script he’s ever read. Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours28 Days Later), producer Andrew Macdonald (Ex MachinaSlumdog Millionaire), Bernard Bellew (Star Wars: The Phantom MenaceNotting Hill) and Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire) will also be involved in the film.

3. Trainspotting 2‘s budget will exceed its predecessors

Trainspotting had a modest budget of around €1.5 million and earned $72 million at the Box Office in return. The sequel is estimated to be under €15 million.

4. It’s loosely based on Welsh’s sequel, Porno

The film will be set 20 years later, seeing the main characters cross paths once again. Any further details about the plot are being kept well under wraps, so we’re just going to have to play the waiting game.

5. The release date

Filming began in Scotland on May 17 and it’s expected to hit cinemas January 27 next year. Check out the film’s first teaser trailer below.


Ladyhawke on ‘Wild Things’ and the full spectrum of Pip Brown

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It’s been three years since Pip Brown – better known as her stage name Ladyhawke – has visited Australian shores, but after some soul searching she’s finally ready to bring fresh new tunes to Aussie fans with a new record in tow.

Her forthcoming third studio album Wild Things is the follow-up to her 2012 release Anxiety and is slated to be released on June 3.

Speaking with Music Insight earlier in the week, Brown said her journey had been a long and sometimes tiring one but she’s finally satisfied with the outcome.

“I’m trying to be a lot more excited – I’ve definitely always struggled with the touring. I mean I enjoy touring and seeing different countries and cities, but I have struggled with the live shows,” Brown said.

The New Zealand native has spoken openly about her battle with alcohol and social anxiety, which often caused her music career to take a hit.

“I suffered from depression and anxiety and I was sick of feeling like that – I needed to make some drastic changes in my life,” she said.

I suffered from depression and anxiety and I was sick of feeling like that – I needed to make some drastic changes in my life.

“I wasn’t being creative at all, I was really struggling and I think this entire album came after I got healthy and started feeling good about myself and enjoying my life,” Brown said.

The singer-songwriter’s new record is the result of an unexpected collaboration with American producer Tommy English (TiëstoDark Waves and Børns).

“Our meeting was by chance,” said Brown.

“We met through a friend. She was making a record and asked if I wanted to do some vocals on it and I said yes. I turned up at the address she gave me and it was Tommy English’s house.”

Brown eventually asked him if he was interested in working on her album and Wild Thingswas born. The pair worked on and off over the course of a year producing songs like A Love SongSweet Fascination and Dangerous. 

With a career spanning 15 years, you’d think Brown would have trouble keeping her mind buzzing with new ideas and concepts for songs.

Well, you’d be wrong.

“The things I get inspired by aren’t really your traditional music things. My music is quite often inspired by watching something as simple as a movie.”

“I find that I sometimes get that excited desperation to make a song after I’ve watched a movie that’s really inspiring. I don’t really get that anywhere else – it’s weird.”

“There were a few key things in my life that happened which made it possible for this album to come to life. I got healthy and stopped drinking and just tried to be happy.”

There were a few key things in my life that happened which made it possible for this album to come to life. I got healthy and stopped drinking and just tried to be happy.

“From my first album, second and third you’ve really got the full spectrum of Pip Brown. This one is definitely happier and more upbeat, which I think shows a maturity in myself. I’m definitely more confident as a songwriter and I feel more confident in the studio.”

You can catch Ladyhawke live on her Wild Things tour this July. Tickets are available from Ladyhawke’s website.


Thursday 14th July – The Zoo, Brisbane

Friday 15th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Saturday 16th July – Howler, Melbourne

LISTEN: Gypsy and the Cat’s ‘I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else’

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Looking for some funky fresh tunes to make your work/uni week bearable? Or are you just not getting that satisfied feeling you once did when you hit play on your Spotify playlist? Don’t worry, Melbourne electro-pop duo Gypsy and the Cat have got you covered.

I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else is the thrilling first official single from their forthcoming LP Virtual Lands out this July. First premiering on Noiseythe new song is full of resounding synths and the pair’s iconic high-spirited harmonies. Mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame ImpalaMGMTNeon Indian), the track follows on from its predecessor Inside Your Mind which charted at number two on Hype Machine and received some sick airplay from US radio giant KCRW.


Breaking onto the music scene back in 2010, Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers first caught the critics attention with their debut LP Gilgamesh. They’ve since had a hat trick of singles on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and played at renowned Australian festivals Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass.

The duo have presently just wrapped up a five-date national tour and are finally ready to release their highly anticipated LP – their first long-player since 2012’s The Long Blue. Check out their music clip for I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else below.

Our First Sneak Peek of Emma Watson As Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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It’s a tale as old as time. One that’s got Disney buffs like me clearing their calendars, like now, right this second. If you haven’t heard because you’ve been too busy trying not to drown in uni assignments and/or working hard for the money, Disney is releasing a live-action remake of the iconic classic Beauty and the Beast.

*cue internal screaming*

The first teaser trailer for the film dropped a few days ago and it certainly gives off the same vibes from the 1991 time-honoured animated flick. The film, directed by Bill Condon(Dream GirlsTwilight: Breaking Dawn), follows a slew of Disney Princess remakes (CinderellaSnow White and the HuntsmanMaleficent, ringing any bells?) and will no doubt bring the adventure-seeking, bookworm back to the fore minds of children everywhere.


The trailer opens up with images of the enchanted castle in all its eerie, snow falling glory. It’s the quintessential B&TB piano piece, however, that gives you those familiar shivers. As we move throughout the castle, we finally land on a portrait of what we can assume is the Beast’s family right before he slashes it with his claws. Cue a fade to black before we hear a door in desperate need of WD-40.

Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, who play Lumiere and Cogsworth respectively, also make a discreet audible debut, as Emma Watson, who plays the title role of Belle, reaches out for the enchanted rose. The trailer ends with the simple caption “Be Our Guest”.

The film is slated to be released for March 2017.

Dear Disney,

Give It To Me Now

Check out the trailer below and some of our other recent reviews here.

Canary Present Latest Single ‘Fickle Heart’

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“With me all this shit begins, with me it’s suppose to end.”

If you’ve ever been stuck on an ex, Melbourne quintet Canary feel your pain. The band’s debut single Fickle Heart is one of many songs from Canary’s upcoming sophomore album I Am Lion. Frontman Matthew Kenneally was going through a breakup at the time allowing the record itself to become an audio representation of the fallout: an emotional, poisonous and profoundly melancholy one.


The group’s previously released singles Women’s Business and Here We Go both received their fair share of attention with the former charting on Hype Machine and the latter earning a spot rotation on Triple J.

Fickle Heart opens with a steady riff and dependable percussion and once Kenneally’s vocals glide effortlessly into the forefront of the melody the track begins to build momentum. If you were expecting an epic climactic chorus, however, you’d be waiting a long time. At around the 1:30 mark the band gives us an airy almost ethereal vocal performance – think hippie summer dresses and skipping through fields of wild flowers. It’s a complete juxtaposition of the lead singer’s anger and resentment towards his ex-partner, yet still manages to work.

I Am Lion is entirely self-produced by the indie pop group, and even mixed and mastered by their bassist, Isaac Barter. The album will be released on July 8 and will be followed up by an east coast tour in August, so be sure to keep up with their movements on Facebook.

DISCOVER: Bel Esprit’s New Single ‘Leave Me Here’

Meet UK alt-rock quartet Bel Esprit. The Southampton lads first burst into the music industry back in 2013, on a mission to rejuvenate the noughties indie scene with particular nods to The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol.

The foursome spent most of last year promoting their debut EP Lose My Mind, which received positive feedback from the critics and folks back home. Their leading single of the same title racked up over 150,000 plays across several different platforms, leading to it being featured on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq.

The band has since had a fantastic 12 months performing gigs at their local music festivals Common PeopleWickhamIndependence and Icebreaker. They’ve even managed to hit the studio and come out with brand spanking new song Leave Me Here.

The new track is a nifty tune with its suave composure and hints of psychedelia. Its infectious swagger features distorted guitars, layered chants and front man Billy Herklots’ self-assured and ever present vocals. The song is definitely a bit of a deviation from some of their previous work, but it has left us and devoted British fans thirsty for what we can only hope is a potential album in the near future.

Leave Me Here will be available for purchase on April 8. Want more? Be sure to check out Bel Esprit’s SoundCloud for some of their older hits. The band’s music video for Lose My Mind can be found below.

Tegan and Sara Announce Exclusive 2016 Side Shows

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Fans of Canadian duo Tegan and Sara rejoice! If you’re reading this crying your eyes out because you’ve missed the chance to see them at the now sold out Splendour in the Grass festival, never fear we’ve got you.

The twosome have announced two exclusive shows happening in Sydney and Melbourne this year where they will perform songs from their 8th studio album Love You to Death. The forthcoming record is slated for release on June 3 and sees the pair working alongside Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Ellie Goulding) yet again. It will follow up from their previous pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured singles Closer and I Was A Fool.


Their first single from the new album is Boyfriend and it’s already receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Rolling Stones proclaimed “The synths beam and blare over thundering percussion, while Sara Quin belts the song’s charmingly cheeky and lovestruck hook.”

Tickets will be available at 9am on Friday April 29 from Check out Tegan and Sara’s new single Boyfriend below.

Tour Dates

July 25 – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC

July 26 – The Metro, Sydney NSW