Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August.
With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year’s selection.
For 2019, we are taking a slightly different tack and will be looking at the themes that stand out for us this year. Next up, we take a look at the best musical performances heading to the Fringe.
HAVANA AFTER DARK
This year, Edinurgh will host the world premiere for this breath-taking new Cuban dance show.
The performance celebrates the 500th anniversary of Havana, with dancers from Carlos Acosta’s company and a 7-piece live salsa band.
WHERE: Pleasance at EICC – Lennox Theatre
WHEN: August 5-20, August 22-25
I’LL TAKE YOU TO MRS COLE!
One for the kids as theatre company Complicite return to the Fringe with this wildly imaginative adventure that brings the 1980s to life.
Complicite have a hard-won reputation for delivering success stories at Edinburgh and this is likely to be another memorable performance.
The show is accompanied by an original ska soundtrack and stunning video animation for this brand-new family show.
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond
WHEN: July 31, August 1-11, August 13-26
007 VOICES OF BOND
After a sell-out in 2018, 007 Voices Of Bond is back for another run.
Phoebe Katis marries music and narrative together with consummate ease to navigate five decades of movies and soundtracks.
The live band help bring the show to life, while Katis – with a background in jazz, soul, hip hop, blues, pop – is the key.
WHERE: The Space @ Symposium Hall – Amphitheatre
WHEN: August 2-25
ABERDEEN A CAPPELLA
The Fringe is an international celebration of the arts, but this act comes from a little closer to home.
The all-female Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will play hits from the world over in a capella at St Andrew’s and St George’s West.
Currently only down to play one date, so there’s not many chances to see 80 singers from Aberdeen sing in four part harmony.
WHERE: St Andrews and St George’s West
WHEN: August 17