Festival News In Brief

  • The List
  • 7 August 2008

This article is from 2008.

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) has announced plans to give more new talent the chance to perform in front of a Fringe audience on Sunday 10 August at this year?s Fringe Sunday festivities. A small group of musical types from the worlds of rock, folk, experimental, pop and funk have been selected from the original 500 online applicants. Those scheduled to appear include Punch and the Apostles and CWQ.

Local muso night Born to be Wide hosts the launch of a new music scheme called Ten Tracks at Voodoo Rooms on Thursday 7 August. The initiative allows music fans the chance to download ten songs a month from new artists for £1. Among those contributing to the playlist are Black Affair and Broken Records.

A teenager yet to complete his A-levels is set to be one of the youngest comics appearing in Fringe history. Ahir Shah, from London did his first stand-up gig at the age of 15 and has previously performed in the semi-finals of two prestigious competitions, the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2008 and the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2008. See www.ahir andalex.com

Two Edinburgh International Festival shows have won awards at the prestigious Helpmann Awards in Australia. Chunky Move's dance act Mortal Engine won Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production; while the show's predecessor, Glow, won both the accolade of Best Ballet or Dance Work as well as the Best Female Dancer award for Sara Black. See www.eif.co.uk

Big Bruvva: The Musical which runs at the George Square Theatre throughout the Fringe, is offering the chance for everyone in Edinburgh to be a star. Audition tapes are filmed live on the Royal Mile throughout August.

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