Music hitlist

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  • 6 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Music hitlist

The best music from the festival

David Byrne
Even without Talking Heads in tow, the multi-faceted Byrne live is a beguiling prospect, as this Edge Festival appearance will attest.
Playhouse, 08444 999 990, 8 Aug, 7pm, £35.

Billy Childish
A special poetry/solo blues set from England’s singular Stuckist art rebel.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 9 Aug, 12.30am, £12.

Isa and the Filthy Tongues
A chance to witness Edinburgh’s most wanted, sleazy power pop with a ragged edge, as part of Bang Bang Club.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 8 Aug, 12.30am, £10.

The Time (less) Machine
Polish art/music deviant Sambor Dudzinski blows minds with his home made musical contraptions.
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 0844 847 1639, 6-23 Aug, 7pm, £9–£11 (£7–£9) (previews £7); Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 346 1405, 25–30 Aug, 5.45pm, £9–£11 (£7–£9).

A fresh take on Scot’s folk melodies injected with considerable contemporary swagger and funk.
Queen’s Hall, 668 3456, 12 Aug, 10pm; 27 Aug, 7pm, £15, £13.

Dub Syndicate
Adrian Sherwood leads this live dub invasion.
Voodoo Rooms, 556 7060, 10 Aug, 8pm, £15.

Rough Cut Nation
A series of intimate live gigs showcases some of Scotland’s finest DJs and new sounds.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 624 6200, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 Aug, times vary, free.

Steven Severin
The former Siouxsie and the Banshees man soundtracks The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Aug, 12.30am, £10.

The Stranglers and Alto Elite
New wave veterans show why they're still a draw 33 years after their inception.
HMV Picture House, 08444 999 990, 7 Aug, 7.30pm, £23.


Funky ambient folk band from Edinburgh.

The Edge

The Edge is the contemporary music strand of the Edinburgh Festival, this year's line-up includes Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Enter Shikari, David Byrne, The Stranglers, The Streets and many more. Concerts take place at various venues across the city from a range of artists.

Dub Syndicate

Hypnotic sonic dub sound.

Rough Cut Nation

  • 4 stars

A striking collaborative multimedia installation, featuring the work of some of Scotland's most talented young artists. Aspects of Scottish history are presented through street art and graffiti, painted, pasted and projected onto the walls of the Portrait Gallery, currently empty due to the gallery's closure for…

The Bang Bang Club

  • 3 stars

The subversive underground club night goes large for the Fest. Guests include Steven Severin (playing four treatments of German expressionist classic 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari' every Fri) alongside Clinic, Big Ned, Dollskabeat and more dropping in over Aug.

Rough Cut Nation

This unique multimedia project draws together a group of young artists from around Scotland to create a dramatic collaborative installation. This installation exploits the empty space produced by the Gallery's current closure for redevelopment.

Time(less) Machine

New show from artist, multi instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and self-styled art warrior likened by critics to Jamiroquai, Prince and Bobby McFerrin. Past concerts include 40,000 alarm clocks and the public of Warsaw's Old Market Square.