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Musicians to watch out for at this year's Fringe


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With one of Scotland's biggest showcases of music, art and culture fast approaching, we are looking into some of the musicians to keep a lookout for at this year's Fringe Festival - drumroll, please!

Image credit: © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

1. The Absolute Jam

We are the mods - enter 'The Absolute Jam', taking over The A Club at this year's Fringe. The group pay tribute to our favourite mod group, The Jam, playing us chart-toppers as well as taking us back through some of the band's earlier punk discography. A gig that will get everyone jumping, from old generations to new, that's certainly entertainment! The group will be there August 3rd, 10th, 15th and 24th.

2. Nick Harper - 58 Fordwych Road 

Starting off with some folk/acoustic music, Nick Harper is one of the most highly anticipated music acts of the Fringe Festival 2019. Son of English folk musician Roy Harper, Nick's soaring vocals promise to take us on a journey through 60s London. He impressed once before at the Fringe, playing back in 2016, where he was well received. The set will consist of notable tracks from acoustic legends and will take place at The Jazz Bar on Chamber Street from August 10th to 17th. If you are a lover of robust folk music or just want to come along, have a couple of cocktails and sing along to some classics, then Harper's 'Fordwych Road' set is for you.

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3. Akiko Okamoto in Concert

A softer act at this year's festival, Akiko Okamoto brings us some classical beauty and elegance. The Japanese pianist will play through two recitals of music, focusing on the delicate and intricate workings of Frederic Chopin by including his second Piano Concerto with the Fyrish String Quartet. She will then go on to feature the work of Tchaikovsky by playing the infamous piece "The Nutcracker'. Okamoto will play St Andrew's and St George's West on August 5th and 6th. 

4. All The King's Men

I don't know about you but I fell in love with the Pitch Perfect franchise for the Acapella alone...which is why I'm super excited about the number of Acapella groups at this year's Fringe! All The King's Men are one of those acts, setting out to excite and bring something different about their performance. Singing everything from pop sensations like Beyonce to moody and melancholy Radiohead, the group have it all and will not disappoint! They will be at the Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose from July 31 to August 17.

5. Zkeletonz - Apocalypse How?

Who's in the mood for psychedelic lights and synthesisers? Say no more - Zkeletonz are here. The synth-pop trio are expected to put on quite the performance, and with psychedelic lights and exaggerated costumes, they will be hard to miss! Mixing in both pop and rock, this trio will bring you something completely original and not seen before at the festival. They will be performing at Cabaret Bar from August 22nd to 24th. 

Edinburgh Fringe runs from 2nd - 26th August this year. Find out more here.

Lead image credit: © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

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