The List (magazine)

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The List
The List logo.png
Weekly (during Edinburgh Festivals)
First issue 1985 (1985-month)
CompanyThe List Ltd.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inEdinburgh, Scotland, UK

The List is a digital guide to arts and entertainment in the United Kingdom.

The company's activities include events data gathering, content syndication, and running a network of websites carrying listings and editorial, covering film, eating and drinking, music, theatre, visual art, dance, kids and family, clubs and the Edinburgh Festivals. Originally launched in 1985 as a fortnightly arts and entertainment magazine covering Edinburgh and Glasgow, The List magazine switched in 2014 to publishing every two months throughout the year,[1] and weekly during the Edinburgh Festivals in August.


The List is an independent limited company and was founded in October 1985 by Robin Hodge (publisher)[1][2] and Nigel Billen (founding editor). The first editors were Nigel Billen and Sarah Hemming.

In 2007 the company launched its listings website.[3]

In June 2016, The Sunday Times Scotland launched a fortnightly events guide pullout section, produced in collaboration with The List.[4]


The List supplies UK-wide listings information to a number of organisations and publications, including Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, DC Thomson and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. The List′s website also allows event promoters to submit new event listings and enhance existing ones with more information, links and media content.

The List is a member of the group of organisations who developed an International Venue and Event Standard (IVES). A now dormant project.

The List is a member of the Creative Industries Federation.


The List publishes several printed guides throughout the year. These include the Edinburgh Festival Guide, the Eating & Drinking Guide, which includes reviews of over 900 restaurants, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and the annual Guide to Scotland's Festivals.

The List also publishes a series of guides under the Larder imprint. Since 2009, it has published two national editions and more than twenty regional editions. The Larder provides comprehensive information and articles about producers and sources for local food and drink across Scotland.

Online activity[edit]

As the print magazine came under increasing competition in the early 2000s, listings were increasingly moved to its website.[5][6] The network of sites includes minisites dedicated to Film, Food & Drink and Edinburgh Festivals.


  • Best Online Presence, PPA Scotland Awards 2003, 2008, 2009, 2013,[7] 2015[8]
  • Best Digital Strategy, PPA Scotland Awards 2011[citation needed]
  • Allen Wright Award, Fringe Society 2011,[9] 2012, 2016[citation needed]

Notable regular contributors (past and present)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Angie (26 November 2014). "The List magazine to become a free title". BBC News. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ McKay, Jenny (2000). The Magazines Handbook. Routledge. p. 207. ISBN 9781134698851.
  3. ^ Kiss, Jemima (23 March 2007). "The List goes digital". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ Opara, Amaka (28 June 2016). "The Sunday Times Scotland launches fortnightly events guide". Press Gazette. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ Vass, Steven (24 October 2004). "All change as The List gets caught in crossfire of newspaper wars; With newspapers increasingly encroaching on its territory the venerable what's on guide has undergone a rethink". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018 – via Highbeam.
  6. ^ "Web and freesheets see The List's sales hit new low". Sunday Herald. 17 February 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Scottish Magazine Awards 2013 – the winners". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Scottish Magazine Awards 2015 – winners announced". 12 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Annual Review 2011" (PDF). Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. p. 12. Retrieved 5 December 2021.

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