It can’t be an easy feat to book bands for Edinburgh in August, amidst the hundreds of potential distractions on punters time and money, but to put together an eclectic roster in a spread of venues across the capital is a feat DF Concerts accomplish every year.
We’ll try and make it even easier for you to syphon off a few evenings every week by highlighting the cream of the Edge Festival crop…
This is ‘dreich week’ of the Edinburgh Festival that sorts the lightweights from the arts nuts and from the Edge Festival point of view you’ve a tough gig clashing decision at the end.
It’s been a steady year of progress and heavy touring for Scotland’s indie welterweights, Admiral Fallow. Almost exactly a year ago they had crammed 80 odd folk into a sweaty Sneaky Pete’s – this Festival around they’re coming close on filling the 800 into The Liquid Room up the road.
Originally the solo vehicle for Louis Abbott (as Brother Louis Collective), the outfit stepped into gear in 2010 to record debut LP ‘Boots Met My Face’ – which was re-released by LoFi Records in March this year, in line with some heavy duty gigging around SXSW.
They manage a firm but fine line between the unique brand of anthemic indie Scotland has been simmering over the last few years, with lead single Squealing Pigs, through acoustic choir-led folk efforts like ‘Four Bulbs’. With everything from Clarinets to Double Bass in tow, accomplished doesn’t even begin to describe what these guys have grown into.
And what would be a climactic local band’s gig without equally excellent support?
Kid Canaveral, another Scottish export getting dusty at SXSW, will be twirling their infectious indie pop just after Over The Wall have thrown the folk down after doors open. A fantastic shindig of Scottish indie-pendance during the Festival if there ever was one. Looking likely to sell out…
If you fancy things a little more blissful for the middle Festival Sunday, Washed Out will mop the hangover from your brows in Sneaky Pete’s. American Ernest Greene’s bedroom bred electro stands on bassy hip hop foundations, building warm waves of ambiance in it’s chasms.
After two well hyped EPs, debut LP ‘Within or Without’ came ashore after an unsurprising tsunami of critical acclaim. Whilst the ‘chillwave’ label has been stuck on in places, Greene’s live performances bite with enough vocals and lo-fi you’ll struggle not to shuffle along for more than a few moments. A sure fire sell out…
If you fancy a double-drop of electro antics at Sneaky’s, or fancy a change in pace after Admiral Fallow, the folks behind regular bass and breaks Sunday slot, Coalition, have drafted in NYC’s Breakcore King – Drop The Lime. Expect a calypso affair of all things bassy, there’s no reason to be dancing into the second half of the festival anywhere else.