Anna Meredith and the Southbank Sinfonia chamber orchestra team will former's 2016 SAY award winning album, Varmints, at Leith Theatre / credit: Chris Scott
The Jesus and Mary Chain added to the August programme at Leith Theatre, along with performances from Mogwai, Anna Meredith and Django Django
The full lineup for the Edinburgh International Festival's Light On The Shore programme has been revealed. Taking over the iconic Leith Theatre this August, Light on the Shore celebrates Scotland's enduring musical influence while also welcoming acts from all over the world.
Spread across 16 nights in August, the programme features performances from some of the country's finest contemporary acts, with orchestral interpretations of seminal albums and nights curated by the likes of Hidden Door, Neu! Reekie! and Celtic Connections part of a packed schedule.
Running from Thu 9 Aug, the programme opens with a performance from Fife's finest, King Creosote. Art-pop quartet Django Django take to the stage the following night, supported by C Duncan's lush pop soundscapes and rousing electronic duo Happy Meals.
Sat 11 Aug sees Anna Meredith and the Southbank Sinfonia chamber orchestra team up to perform the former's 2016 SAY award winning album, Varmints, with a club night taking place afterwards courtesy of Numbers.
The programme includes two events curated by Neu! Reekie!, on Sun 12 and Fri 17 Aug,with the collective welcoming some legendary names to (in their words, and who are we to argue) the 'cultural mecca' of Leith. The first sees a performance from the founding member of the group that inspired their name, Michael Rother of krautrock pioneers Neu!, with Edinburgh's own post punk favourites Fire Engines and the provocative voice of new wave poet Lydia Lunch.
The second Neu! Reekie! night brings together indie royalty with The Vaselines and The Pastels, joined by Jamaican-British dub poet Linton Kwessi Johnson.
A new addition to the programme, fuzzy, noisy and – more often than not – sweet, The Jesus and Mary Chain headline on Tue 14 Aug, joined by hometown favourites Honeyblood and Spinning Coin, who released their acclaimed debut album Permo in 2017.
Sat 18 Aug brings Lau-Land, an all day event curated by the folk trailblazers that features Joan As Police Woman, who produced the band's excellent 2015 album The Bell That Never Rang. Lau have also booked Nadah El Shazly and Alasdair Roberts, with what's sure to be an unmissable performance from the jazzy 'folk trance' group James Holden and the Animal Spirits another highlight of the programme.
Post rock heavyweights Mogwai will perform two shows on Wed 22 and Thu 23 Aug, with their Rock Action labelmates (and another previous SAY award winner) Sacred Paws playing on Fri 24 Aug with Bossy Love and The Van T's, as part of Carla Easton's evening dedicated to supporting and empowering female musicians. For folk fans, Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook will be a definite standout, with the singer-songwriter topping the bill on Thu 16 Aug.
On the last Saturday of the Festival, Light on the Shore ends with two major events: s t a r g a z e presents a live performance of Boards of Canada's Hi Scores, and Alan Cumming returns to Edinburgh with his late-night extravaganza Club Cumming, which was the hit of the EIF in 2016.
It's a lineup worthy of the spectacular venue, which has recently received £1m of funding from the City of Edinburgh Council. It's also in the process of raising £7m of funding to make structural improvements, with the long term view of developing the entire complex into a multi-space arts and community venue, securing its place as one of the most important live venues in the country.
The lineup for the Edinburgh International Festival's Light on the Shore: Thu 9 Aug – King Creosote and special guests Fri 10 Aug – Django Django, C Duncan, Happy Meals Sat 11 Aug – Anna Meredith and Southbank Sinfonia present Varmints Sat 11 Aug – Numbers Showcase with special guests Sun 12 Aug – Neu! Reekie! Presents Michael Rother (Neu!), Fire Engines, Lydia Lunch Mon 13 Aug – Celtic Connections presents Le Vent du Nord, Julie Fowlis Tue 14 Aug – Hidden Door presents The Jesus & Mary Chain, Honeyblood, Spinning Coin Thu 16 Aug – Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook Fri 17 Aug – Neu! Reekie! presents The Vaselines, The Pastels, Linton Kwessi Johnson Sat 18 Aug – Lau-Land with Joan As Police Woman, LAU, Nadah El Shazly, Rona Lightfoot and Brighde Chaimbeul, James Holden and the Animal Spirits, Alasdair Roberts, Whitburn Brass Tue 21 Aug – The GRIT Orchestra presents Bothy Culture & Beyond Wed 22 Aug – Mogwai and special guests Thu 23 Aug – Mogwai and special guests Fri 24 Aug – Since Yesterday: The Unsung Women Pioneers of Scottish Pop Sat 25 Aug – s t a r g a z e present Boards of Canada's first EP Hi Scores Sat 25 Aug – Club Cumming with Alan Cumming
Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, while it's recently also added an excellent contemporary music strand. Already confirmed for 2019 is Ian McKellen who will perform a series of highlights from his remarkable career.