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  • 6 August 2009

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A mini-festival of fantastically named locally sourced indie

Shopping local is even better when it’s free. So it goes with the second edition of Retreat!, a bijou DIY all-day smorgasbord of 14 acts, many of whom are culled from Edinburgh’s fertile lo-fi anti-folk circuit. Rather than hosting a slew of drippy boys putting bad poetry to acoustic dirges, however, Retreat! more resembles the disparate set of eccentric troubadours that injected a punk spirit into underground cabaret in the early 1980s.

Founded in 2008 by the promoters behind The Gentle Invasion and Tracer Trails events via a low-key series of sold-out shows in a west end basement café, Retreat!’s idea is to provide a haven of hand-knitted creativity in a speakeasy environment.

Such attitude is typified by BBC 6 Music favourite Withered Hand, the edgy provocations of The Leg, and fellow travellers Meursault and The Pineapple Chunks. There’s also the looped vocal rounds of Wounded Knee, the songs of Rob St John and Jo Foster, as well as magnificently monickered types of the Come in Tokyo, ’Allo Darlin’ and Enfant Bastard variety to be had. Upwards and onwards.

Bristo Hall, 650 2427, 16 Aug, 11am–3am, free.

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