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Music to look out for at this year's Edinburgh Fringe


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Edinburgh Fringe Festival fills the Scottish city with its annual arts celebration of countless talent, with something to cater for everyone’s tastes. We’ve put together a short selection of just a few musical acts that you’ll be able to see throughout August.

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For the Acoustic lovers: Nick Parker, Venue 57.

Harper, son of the legendary Roy Harper, is renowned for his dreamy, textured acoustic guitar riffs, and a smooth voice to compliment it. Particularly in ‘Blue Sky Dreaming’, the harmonies in the chorus and the lyrics exemplify the relaxed ‘summer evening vibe’ you’ll get from his performance. He has even been dubbed as the ‘Acoustic Hendrix!’

For the Abba/Mamma Mia lovers: Abba A Rival, Venue 112.

Nothing is more uplifting than being transported back to the 1970s by Abba hits, costumes and all. This tribute act have toured all over the world – from Russia to Israel, so are sure not to disappoint with their covers. They’ll make you feel like a ‘Dancing Queen’!

For the A Capella fans: Academy and Pitch Fight Present: Buy One Get One Free, Venue 38.

One of the many University A Capella choir performances at the festival this year features University of Bristol’s A Capella Society’s Academy and Pitch Fight, both of which have made themselves known – featuring in the ICCA UK finals. In their show, they come together to form an A Capella ‘Supergroup’, which is far more likely to turn into something like a ‘Riff Off’ straight out of Pitch Perfect.

For the Pop and LGBT advocates: 24/7 Live, Venue 6.

Le Fil, a British-Chinese Provocateur artist challenges the confines of gender, ‘he, she or it’ in this vibrant performance featuring all things ‘queer’. The soundtrack is a pop and synth lover’s paradise, heightening the drama of the electric pop show. A perfect act for those who want to truly let their hair down.

If Jazz takes your fancy: 1895- 1927 in New Orleans: The Red Hot Roots of Jazz, Venue 57.

This performance is all about roots: a musical journey of how Jazz came to be as a genre, borrowing into its ‘fathers’, such as Louis Armstrong and Clarence Williams. This event promises to host a commemoration of well-loved authentic jazz hits, both well and lesser known, with stunning arrangements by Tenement Jazz Band.

For the Fleetwood Mac devotees: Acoustic Mac, Venue 138 (25th August only).

Husband and wife duo The Boyds are back after selling out their show at least year’s Festival. They boast being Europe’s only acoustic tribute to the entirety of Rumours, in all its glory. They offer a unique take on the well-loved band, said to have voices akin to the originals, with stripped versions, melting harmonies, percussive guitar style and creative re-workings, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in their new found appreciation for The Boyds’ ‘rebirth’ of Rumours. The Boyds are an integral part of this year’s Festival, also playing tributes for The Eagles and Sting to name a few.

For those looking to submerge themselves in culture and world music: African Rise, Venue 322.

Afripella embodies a celebration of rhythm, song and dance, with their unique take upon 1980s classics fused with traditional African music and costume. Their soul and energy promises to be utterly infectious, and will have the whole crowd on their feet, being taken through this unique musical pilgrimage.

The Classical lovers won’t be disappointed: All Chopin Programme, Venue 111.

Bill Alexander returns to the Fringe with his stunning renditions of Chopin’s most loved nocturns, rondos, waltzes and much more. One of the many tributes throughout the Festival to one of classical music’s greats.

For those wishing to ignite their soul: Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul, Venue 9.

The electric 7 piece band, Ken Wood and the Mixers are back after selling out in 2017, with their quest to delve into the roots of soul and blues music, filled with an abundance of the classics. The magic of the greats, James Brown and maybe even the Blues Brothers is reignited in this fast paced, energy filled performance, which is sure to leave all the seats empty.

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