Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012: Music highlights

This article is from 2012

Music highlights

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party

Brazil! Brazil!, Factory Floor and Santigold all set to grace the Fringe

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party

The 2010 success of Brazil! Brazil! brought the steamy sounds and sights of samba to the festival and the same people behind that glory deliver an explosion of favela funk and samba reggae. Among the acts appearing during a nightly two-hour spectacular are Magary Lord, Black Semba and Paloma Gomes.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0844 693 3008, 2–26 Aug, 10.45pm, £16.

Factory Floor

Throbbing, dark, deep industrial beats and sleazy-noir synths. And pretty excellent they are too. Earlier this year, Factory Floor’s London-based singer Nik Void collaborated with Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti on the album Transverse, a nice meeting of pioneering musical creators, and their like-minded, unwitting offspring.
Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, 0131 225 1757, 25 Aug, 7pm, £10.


It’s been a truly nuts few months for 24-year-old Canadian Claire Boucher. Since putting out her breakthrough album Visions back in March, she’s been everywhere, with her pink fringe/blonde roots/green locks gracing several front covers. After playing Glasgow in May, she’s bringing her excellent, danceable goth-pop to the Fringe.
Liquid Room, Victoria Street, 0131 225 2564, 28 Aug, 7pm, £10.

King Creosote

Fife’s favourite son and one of the founders of the Fence Collective, Kenny Anderson has spent much of the past year performing with Jon Hopkins, the musical other-half with whom he scooped a Mercury Award nomination for their Diamond Mine. This time, alongside some Fence members, he’ll be playing material from his Domino-released solo EP ‘I Learned from the Gaels’.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 23 Aug, 10pm, £14.

Mark Lanegan

The gravelly-voiced, sometime duetting partner of Isobel Campbell (other times member of Queens of the Stone Age/The Gutter Twins/Screaming Trees) plays a solo show, very probably playing material off his recent album, Blues Funeral. A career dysfunctional, Lanegan has been no stranger to drink and drug addiction, not to mention brushes with the law. But the man Josh Homme once described as ‘an outsider on purpose’ has never kicked his longest standing addiction: collaborating and making great music.
HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 0843 221 0100, 29 Aug, 7pm, £15.

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for Two

A massive hit at the recent Sydney Festival, this hour-long spectacular of the 1973 album which almost single-handedly transformed the Virgin music empire has Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts achieving a near impossible task. How can it be humanly possible for this sprawling, multi-instrument, Celtic folk-rock epic to be rearranged for just two men to perform? Come along and witness with your own astonished senses.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 4–27 Aug (not 13, 20), 9pm, £14–£15 (£13–£14). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £10.

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

Aided by the power of Twitter and YouTube, this amalgam of young Iraqi talents came together in a project which symbolised the way that culture can do its bit for peace and reconciliation in war-torn areas. On the Edinburgh leg of their UK tour, a total of 46 musicians will be joined by Julian Lloyd Webber for a concert supported by Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, the British Council and Jewel & Esk College.
Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 0131 226 0000, 26 Aug, 7.30pm, £12 (£8).


After a break of four years, Philly girl Santi White returned this May with her new album, Master of My Make-Believe. A genre-bending, bouncing, dubby blend of globetrotting dance beats, we suspect it might well end up soundtracking many people’s summer.
HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 0843 221 0100, 22 Aug, 7pm, £15.

Factory Floor

Electro punk noise trio, influenced by the austere post-punk electronica of Cabaret Voltaire.

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Latin Live

The biggest, hottest music and dance show of this year’s fringe. Originally Favela Funk Party, Latin Live promises an exciting fusion of Samba and Salsa. Legendary salsa superstars Sonora la Calle provide a pulsating backbone to the show. Paloma Gomez sings the stadium shaking hits of this year’s Carnival and Capoeira…

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 'For Two'

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Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts attempt to recreate one of the most influential albums of the 20th century, live on stage, with just four hands and four feet. Those crazy cats.

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq makes its historic first ever visit to the UK in a series of concerts featuring Julian Lloyd Webber, oud maestro Khyam Allami and conductor Paul McAlindin. The programme includes pieces by Schubert, Fauré and the premiere of a new oud concerto by Gordon McPherson.

Santigold and Hector Bizerk

Eclectic pop and hip hop beats.


There is a powerful harmony in Grimes. It is a project that is both musical and visual, embodying the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound. Claire Boucher weaves these together to a strong rhythmic effect. ‘The marriage between the voice of a human and the heartbeat of a machine.’ (Bullett Magazine). Ages 14+.