With Edinburgh full of comedians, music can get forgotten, so here’s our guide to what’s on beyond the Fringe…
The Melbourne Ska Orchestra give current album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ an airing, with the 20-piece performing for six nights at the Gilded Balloon from 7-12th (6pm shows)
Twonkey’s Drive–in: Jennifer’s Robot Arm is this year’s instalment of the musical merry-go-round of Paul Vickers – the former Dawn of the Reps mainman has been packing out Fringe shows for some years now with his surreal mix of songs and comedy. This time there’s 20(ish) shows at Sweet 1 in the Grassmarket, daily from 5.15pm, 4th-28th August (not Tuesdays). It’s Pay What You Want (or £5 guarantees entry) and previous year’s shows have been pretty busy, so…
And the evening selection of the extravaganza: Twonkey’s Mumbo Jumbo Hotel, at Sweet 3 again in the Grassmarket, starting at 9…
Mogwai perform the Atomic soundtrack live, Aidan Moffat‘s Where You’re Meant To Be film also gets a live element with set afterwards, and ANOHNI (formerly of Antony & the Johnsons) plugs recent Hudson Mohawke collaboration ‘Hopelessness‘.
SUmmerhall also has a full programme, and how – 27 shows in 28 days (looks like someone is taking a night off though). Lineup includes Bossy Love, White, Kathryn Joseph, and the showpiece of Grandaddy on August 22nd.
Tuff Love take to the stage, nothing unusual there, but it’s at the Traverse, as part of a New Zealand play Daffodils (A Play with Songs). Runs from 4th – 28th (with a few rest days)
Singer-songwriter Amy Duncan plays St Brides on August 21, to launch her ‘Undercurrents album’ – the acoustic performer has a full band in tow including those who appear on the record which features musicians from the Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Emcee and poet Sage Francis is at Stand in the Square for twenty shows.
There’s a tribute to everyone’s favourite Wirral-based social commentators – what was described as a tribute night in aid of Shelter, Some Men All Biscuit, turns out to be at 3.55pm on August 17, at the Voodoo Rooms as part of the Free Fringe (but in a good cause, so dig deep…)
Festival perennial John Otway does a slightly curtailed run this year – just three Monday evenings, the 8th, 15th and 22nd at the PBH Free Fringe.
The arts collide, with bit of Shakespeare – Midsummer Night’s Dream from 8-13th at the Royal Scots Club featuring music by various Edinburgh scene alumni.
Finally, the Queen’s Hall has a lineup also featuring various indie-affiliated acts collaborating on a variety of shows. ‘An Evening of Ryan Adams’ with Easy Tigers on the 9th sees members of Broken Records, Stanley Odd, Dean Owens pay tribute to… well, you guessed. There’s also King Creosote on the 25 Aug Treacherous Orchestra on the 18th, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire + Honeyblood on the 16th,
Eric Bogle is back from Oz for two nights (19th and 20th),and The Paul Simon Treatment on the 23rd – featuring members of Admiral Fallow, Fat Suit, Wolfstone, Das Contras, Donna Maciocia and more.