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

The List
Frequency Bimonthly
Weekly (during Edinburgh Festivals)
First issue  1985 (1985-month)
Company The List Ltd.
Country United Kingdom
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Language English

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 is now published every two months throughout the year, 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) and Nigel Billen (founding editor). The first editors were Nigel Billen and Sarah Hemming.


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 activityEdit provides UK-wide event listings in a format optimised for use on mobile devices. The site delivers 4 million monthly page impressions from 2.0 million unique users. The network of sites includes dedicated websites for Film, Food & Drink and Edinburgh Festivals.


  • Best Online Presence, PPA Scotland Awards 2003, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
  • Best Digital Strategy, PPA Scotland Awards 2011
  • Allen Wright Award, Fringe Society 2011, 2012, 2016

Notable regular contributors (past and present)Edit

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