Feature: What role does music play at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Royal Mile, stretching through the centre of Edinburgh, is a remarkable location at any time of year. Every August, as the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival rolls into town, it takes on a life of its own. Performers, artists, promoters and tourists flood the streets in their thousands as they urgently seek their next destination. Accompanying the chaos [...]

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Live review: Keston Cobblers’ Club at Islington Assembly Hall, 12/10/2019

Now four albums and ten years old, ultra-folksy quintet Keston Cobblers Club brought their eight-date UK anniversary tour to a close at London’s Islington Assembly Hall to a rather fervent crowd numbering around the 1,000 mark. There is plenty of self-indulgence from the Cobblers throughout, but it is hard to begrudge them a second of [...]

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Yuriko Kotani At Pleasance Courtyard – The Attic

As someone who struggles to tell a joke in their native language, I feel entirely under-qualified to pass judgement on the whip-smart comedy of Yuriko Kotani. A resident of the UK for 15 years now after emigrating from Japan, Kotani has a veritable treasure trove of anecdotes and culture clashes to draw upon in her [...]

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave At Pleasance One

Irish firebrand Camille O’Sullivan brought her inimitable Nick Cave tribute act to the cavernous Pleasance One at Pleasance Courtyard for Edinburgh Fringe Festival. O’Sullivan has forged a fine career as a musician, vocalist and actress, and this marriage with the works of the moody and introspective Cave is fascinating to watch. There is no doubting [...]