The Edinburgh and Glasgow events magazine, The List, is preparing to celebrate its 25th birthday with a special, anniversary issue looking back at two-and-a-half decades of Scottish culture.
Says founder and publisher, Robin Hodge: “It has been a tremendously exciting and creative time for the arts in Scotland. The range of creative talent and the enormous growth of festivals and events has meant that we have always had more to cover than we have had space for.”
He added: “Since the launch of the first issue back in October 1985, the entertainment calendar has been transformed with the arrival of the Arches, T in the Park, The Stand, King Tut’s, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and by the Edinburgh Fringe tripling in size.
“The List set out to publicise all arts and entertainments on offer to the residents of Glasgow and Edinburgh with critical coverage highlighting the best events. More recently, we have expanded online via list.co.uk to reach across Scotland and now UK-wide.”
Many former List staff have gone on to senior roles at the BBC, Channel 4, The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Herald.
Among the magazine's passions is food and drink, which includes the annual publication of stand-alone, definitive food and drink guide.
Says editor, Jonny Ensall: “The anniversary issue isn’t about blowing our own trumpet – well, only a little bit; it’s about examining 25 great years of Scottish culture. The more you look at that period in the mid-80s that produced The List, the more you realise it was the start of a large number of fantastic things. We’ve been riding that wave of culture ever since.”