What to expect from the EIF's 2019 contemporary music strand

This article is from 2019

What to expect from the EIF's 2019 contemporary music strand

Sharon Van Etten / credit: Ryan Pfluger

Including Jarvis Cocker, Teenage Fanclub, Sharon Van Etten, Neneh Cherry and more

When it comes to discovering the best live music acts during the busy festival season, music fans need to look no further than the Edinburgh International Festival, which features some of the finest performers from Scotland and around the world.

EIF has put together another stellar contemporary music line-up for 2019 that includes everything from Scottish indie pop favourites Teenage Fanclub (Fri 16 Aug) and Britpop legend of Pulp fame, Jarvis Cocker (Thu 22 Aug) to American indie rock heroine Sharon Van Etten (Wed 21 Aug) and Swedish 80s icon Neneh Cherry (Sat 10 Aug).

Performances will take place at venues across Edinburgh between Wednesday 7 and Friday 23 August. While the majority of the gigs will be held at Leith Theatre, a select few will take place at the Usher Hall and the Lyceum.

The contemporary strand of the EIF all kicks off on Wednesday 7 Aug with Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama sharing the stage at Usher Hall in a special collaboration that will bring together the distinct sounds of African pop and American gospel.

The full EIF contemporary line-up also includes Scottish celtic fusion group Shooglenifty (Fri 9 Aug), English writer and recording artist Kate Tempest (Fri 9 Aug), English singer-songwriter Anna Calvi (Sun 11 Aug), English folk-rock musician Kate Stables' This is the Kit (Tue 13 Aug), Irish indie folk band Villagers (Thu 15 Aug), Lebanese-French father-son duo Marcel Khalife & Rami Khalife (Fri 16 Aug) and Danish indie rock band Efterklang (Fri 23 Aug).

With so much talent and variety featured from the UK and beyond, the Edinburgh International Festival is bound to have something appealing for any and all music fans.

Edinburgh International Festival, various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 2–Mon 26 Aug.

Edinburgh International Festival

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.