While traditionally the Summer season sends punters to festivals to catch their favourite acts, there’s a great deal of artists to see playing indoors in Edinburgh before the start of next semester, both during and before the Fringe!
BADBADNOTGOOD – Sneaky Pete’s – 01/07 - £7
Canadian Jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have been steadily building a strong fanbase over the past couple of years off the back of some engaging and inventive self-released albums, heavily featuring reinterpretations of some of the most formidable hip-hop beats from the last few years including those from Gucci Mane, TNGHT and Flying Lotus. Hearing these ridiculously enjoyable covers as well as nicely crafted original material from these talented musicians in the intimacy of Sneaky Pete’s will certainly be one not to be missed!
Ghostpoet – The Liquid Room – Saturday 27/07 - £12
The London rapper/producer brings his unique live show to the Victoria Street venue at the end of July, showcasing highlights from his Mercury-nominated debut Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam as well as the wonderfully textured and introspective follow-up Some Say I So I Say Light. Following a very well-received show in May at Electric Circus, Ghostpoet’s return is sure to be one of the live highlights of the entire year.
King Creosote– Queen’s Hall – Saturday 03/08 - £16
Fife-born songwriter Kenny Anderson is one of the most critically acclaimed and relentlessly creative voices in Scottish music today. The Queen’s Hall is the perfect place to catch King Creosote both in a solo capacity and with a full 6-piece band, playing songs from his extensive and consistent back catalogue including recent LP That Might Well Be It, Darling in what will be one of the hottest musical tickets at the Fringe.
Swans – The Liquid Room – Tuesday 13/08 - £22
While a great deal of the events calendar in the Fringe is based around providing laughs, Michael Gira’s experimental post-rock outfit Swans will be leaving the Liquid Room audience speechless. Performing last year’s astounding The Seer as well as reworked classics from their 80s no-wave material, this is a show guaranteed to be one of the most uncompromising, captivating and cathartic live experiences in Edinburgh this Summer in any medium.
The Cribs – HMV Picture House – Friday 16/08 - £20
Five stellar albums (and a recent Greatest Hits comp) in and Wakefield’s The Cribs have retained all the vitality and pop sensibility that made them one of the most consistently exciting bands in the landscape of British music over the last decade. Support comes from Glasgow’s own PAWS, kindred spirits in their decidedly British but American DIY-inspired attitude to indie rock. This Fringe show will be a chance for Edinburgh-dwellers to catch two of the best live bands in Britain today.