Atlanta’s Piedmont Park will host the star studded 2014 Music Midtown Festival. The festival, now celebrating its 21st year, will take place September 19 and 20, with names like John Mayer, Eminem, Jack White, and Atlanta’s own Zac Brown Band as headliners. The initial list of performers has been released, and among the headliners are some familiar names supporting them. From Lorde, to Lana Del Ray and Iggy Azalea to the classic Gregg Allman and Run DMC, this is a festival for the masses. More acts will be added to line up in coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m ET.You can find more information about the festival on their official website. You can also refer to the L4LM Master Festival Spreadsheet for the full lineup, and to compare with other coinciding festivals.
SLOVAK Republic Railways announced in July that it plans to invest SK21bn in modernisation of its rolling stock over the next five years. With 64% of its coaches and 80% of wagons more than 20 years old, replacement or refurbishment is becoming essential.ZSR is about to call tenders for 20 first and second class inter-city coaches, to operate 160 km/h international services from the end of next year. Another tender covers 35 lightweight diesel railcars to take over rural branch services from mid-2002. A further batch of 26 coaches will be refurbished and fitted with air-conditioning for domestic inter-city routes (RG 4.00 p221), and 41 other vehicles will be partially modernised.On the locomotive front, all 18 dual-system Class 350 electric locos will be rebuilt with electronic controls and uprated for 160 km/h. The 50 Class 131 twin-unit freight locos for 3 kV DC operation will be modernised, and a further 35 diesel locos of Classes 770 and 771 will be rebuilt as Class 773 with 1300 kW Caterpillar engines and Krauss Maffei traction controls.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe BBC announcement to launch a new channel with a dedicated Scottish news programme which will create 80 journalism jobs has been welcomed by South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth.The BBC made the announcement today (Wednesdays 22 February) that they intend to create a dedicated Scottish channel which will begin broadcasting in autumn 2018.The new channel will host a dedicated, hour-long Scottish news show at 9pm, and around 80 new journalists will be hired.South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth hopes the channel will increase regional coverage from areas like the South of Scotland which is often marginalised by central belt stories. The local MSP has written to the BBC urging them to increase both local radio and TV coverage for the South of Scotland. Colin Smyth MSP said, “This is a really positive move by the BBC. A dedicated news programme in particular will be a positive addition and the hiring of 80 new journalists is a boost to the industry. However, the debate for too long has been about whether Scotland has a so-called national Scottish six o’clock news rather than whether we have more local news. To be honest if you live in the South of Scotland a story about Glasgow is often no more relevant than a story about the north of England”. “What people want to see is more local news. I hope this new channel will ensure better coverage for areas out with the central belt and we will see more resources from the BBC put into local TV and radio. It’s more than 30 years since Radio Solway started in Dumfries and Galloway but sadly in the 90s we saw that basically scrapped and replaced with a number of local news bulletins as part of Radio Scotland. These bulletin are still hugely popular and I’ve written to the BBC following the announcement of the new TV channel urging them to revisit the decision to scrap Radio Solway and to increase both the local radio coverage and provide more local news coverage on TV”.