10 recommended music shows at the Fringe
Willis Earl Beal

Music and the Edinburgh Festvial Fringe have not always been comfortable bedfellows, but things are changing

There was a time when, between all the comedy and theatre, music would struggle to stake a claim at the world’s biggest arts festival.

But Edinburgh’s burgeoning music scene and the expansion of venues has meant that top music acts are willing to head to Edinburgh during August amidst the street performers and stand-ups.

Here’s a round-up of the best musical events going on across the city this Fringe.

Greater Belfast

Greater Belfast, Traverse Theatre
Mihaela Bodlovic

A show mixing themes of Marc Cousin’s recent I am Belfast with a string quarter and the spoken word, akin to Kate Tempest. It’s all about mixing the city’s violent past, black humour, local slang and the hope of the future of the Northern Irish capital.

Aug 4-28: The Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED / more info

Crap Music Rave Party

Sometimes it’s not about the songs themselves, but about the fun you have pogo-ing around to them. That’s the premise behind Tomás Ford’s club party, which revels in bad song requests and crap tunes. We guarantee you’ll be lost in the craptacular within two trips to the bar.

Aug 5, 12, 19, 26: The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, EH1 2HE / more info

Willis Earl Beal

Having shot to incredible levels of fame after *that performance on Later…with Jools Holland back in 2012, Willis Earl Beal retreated from the music scene and re-did things his way. What does remain is a truly unique artist and an unmissable live act.

Aug 11: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / more info

Hot Dub Time Machine

Hot Dub Time Machine

Australian DJ Tom Loud takes the audience through an audio history of popular music history – going chronologically from 1954 all the way up to present day with a live DJ mix. Returning for yet another year at the Fringe, the Time Machine remains a show that people continue to seek out for their fix of Marty McFly genre-hopping party action.

Aug 12, 13, 18, 19: Corn Exchange, 10-11 Newmarket Road, EH14 1RJ / more info

White / Bossy Love

bossy love

Two of Glasgow’s finest up-and-coming acts making their way over to the East. White are a synth-pop act with a fresh new political edge, while Bossy Love are a funk-heavy duo drawing on big bass, catchy choruses and more than sprinkle of hip-hop.

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White on political anger – and Glasgow’s live scene

Aug 13: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / more info

Richard Dawson

Putting what exactly Richard Dawson does into words can be difficult, the best we can come up with is: cacophonous Geordie death folk. If that’s not tickled your fancy, then you’re dead inside.

Aug 18: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / more info

Mount Kimbie / Hi & Saberhägen

The genre-bending dance act Mount Kimbie and Glasgow’s own noise-makers are a tempting prospect for dancing the night away the Fringe. Expect to get lost in big beats and unexpected melodies.

Aug 18: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / more info

King Creosote

King Creosote
Sean Dooley

Scottish favourite Kenny Anderson is no stranger to Edinburgh in August, but this year sees him leaving the glamorous productions of his previous Edinburgh International Festival shows for a rough and ready gig at Summerhall. With a new record titled Astronaut Meets Appleman set for release in September, we’re hoping for a whole new helping from the Fife-born singer songwriter.

Aug 25: The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG / more info


Drawing influences from across folk, soul, jazz and afro-pop – Eska feels like one of those ridiculously talented individuals who could turn pop music on its head with just the right track. Her eponymous debut album was released last year to critical acclaim and saw her earn a Mercury prize nomination. Not to be missed at this intimate show, before bigger things in the future.

Aug 26: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / more info

Edinburgh Metal Party 2016

Hey, we’re not just about the charts here guys. It’s worth raising our devil horns in salute to Edinburgh’s metal scene and their annual metal party – which mixes stand-up, entertainment with good ol’ fashioned head-banging metal. This year’s offerings including an English rap metal group and a Japanese hardcore outfit. How’s that for variation?

Aug 29: Studio 24, 24-26 Calton Road, EH8 8DP / more info


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