August 1st and everything after

There’s really no escaping the clutches of the Edinburgh Festival during the month of August, loathe it (Edinburgh’s residents) or love it (everybody else).

When it comes to building a cultural itinerary from the thousands of shows on offer, plenty of visitors head to the capital intending to wing it – a courageous but VERY foolish stance given that much of the best stuff will sell out in advance.

From a music point of view, Scotland’s most aesthetically pleasing city hosts a variety of live treats this month, so I’ve tried to come up with as eclectic a list as possible which encapsulates one thing you should check out each day, such as the Retreat! Festival (featuring the likes of Broken Records, FOUND, Meursault, Lady North, Ballboy and The Scottish Enlightenment), the Born To Be Wide Showcase extravaganza, The National, Jimmy Eat World plus a smattering of comedy music acts. And let’s not forget Admiral Fallow AND Kid Canaveral AND Over The Wall under one roof.

August 1: PAWS + Lady North, Sneaky Pete’s (tickets)
August 2: HotScotch Ceilidh Band, Bongo Club (tickets)
August 3: The Axis Of Awesome, Gilded Balloon Teviot (tickets)
August 4: The List Festival Party, Summerhall (competition)
August 5: Shlomo: Mouthtronica, Underbelly Cowgate (tickets)
August 6: Prepare To Be Tuned, Gilded Balloon Teviot (tickets)
August 7: Born To Be Wide Showcase – 10-minute sets from Withered Hand + Rachel Sermanni + Bwani Junction + Lady North + Capitals + Chasing Owls + Church Of When The Shit Hits The Fan + Austen George, Electric Circus (£3 on door)

August 8: Ben Howard, Cabaret Voltaire (tickets)
August 9: Reverieme (supporting Newton Faulkner), Liquid Room (tickets)
August 10: Jo Mango, National Museum of Scotland (free)
August 11: The Mouse That Ate The Cat, Bannermans Bar (£5/£6 on door)
August 12: FOUND + Tokamak + Lipsync For A Lullaby (tickets)
August 13: Bwani Junction, Sneaky Pete’s (tickets)
August 14: Admiral Fallow + Kid Canaveral + Over The Wall, Liquid Room (tickets)

August 15: Example, Picture House (tickets)
August 16: Truly Medley Deeply, SpaceCabaret @ 54 (tickets)
August 17: Rachel Sermanni Band, Queen’s Hall (tickets)
August 18: The Script, Corn Exchange (tickets)
August 19: Randolph’s Leap + Amber Wilson + Matthew Healy, Electric Circus (tickets)
August 20: The Last Battle + Sebastian Dangerfield + Letters, Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall (tickets)
August 21: Hairy Area, Sneaky Pete’s (tickets)

August 22: Orkestra del Sol, Assembly George Square (tickets)
August 23: The National, Corn Exchange (tickets)
August 24: Beardyman Unshaved, Assembly Hall (tickets)
August 25: Jimmy Eat World, Corn Exchange (tickets)
August 26: Cast, Picture House (tickets)
August 27: Retreat! Festival, Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall (tickets)
August 28: Retreat! Festival, Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall (tickets)

August 29: White Denim + Royal Bangs, Electric Circus (tickets)
August 30: Best Coast, The Bongo Club (tickets)
August 31: Joan As Police Woman, Liquid Room (tickets)

Ok, I lied, there’s more than one thing a day. Here’s a bonus…

On August 7, Scottish Independent Record Fair, Summerhall (details)
On August 14, Pearl And The Puppets + Lou Hickey, Ghillie Dhu (tickets)
On August 25, Withered Hand, Queen’s Hall (tickets)
On August 27, Werd, Henry’s Cellar Bar (£5 on door)

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One Response to “August 1st and everything after”

  1. Aneke Says:

    August 1st, 2011 at 09:30

    Orkestra del Sol play the 8th, 10th, 15th & 17th as well! Awsome vids here: http://www.orkestradelsol.co.uk/video.html

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