Detour's Ally McCrae on late-night Festival music series Circa
The gigs will feature performances and DJ sets from Twilight Sad, Lady North, Churches and more
This article is from 2012.
There are many locals who could see the Edinburgh Festival far enough, and don’t need another unicycle with ukelele cabaret act. But many do like the fact that August brings with it extended opening hours. Gigs can go on til 5am if they like, a detail that didn’t escape Ally McCrae, organiser behind Detour, and champion of Scottish music on his BBC Radio 1 Introducing show.
‘The Festival’s a time when the world’s cultural media is in Edinburgh – it seemed a perfect chance to put on something that’d be a focal point for local, independent music.’ So he’s running a weekly clubnight where Glasgow and Edinburgh bands play live, plus guest DJ sets (Twilight Sad, Errors, We Were Promised Jetpacks and others take turns through the month) and Electric Circus’ karaoke rooms will be taken over for themed iPod DJ sets (chill-out, drone, for example, although details are still TBC).
‘We’ve tried to pick high-energy bands, stuff you’ll want to move to, as the bands will start at midnight. We wanted a bit of a rammy basically. We deliberately went for bands who’ll go wild. No names, but Three Blind Wolves. They go hard. Every time they go out. And Churches – just glorious pop, they’ll own that stage. That should help the crowd get in the festival mood.’
Electric Circus, 226 4224, Wed 8 Aug, Lady North & PAWS; Wed 15 Aug, Bwani Junction & Lafontaines; Wed 22 Aug, Churches & We are the Physics; Wed 29 Aug, Three Blind Wolves & Holy Mountain, 10.30pm, £5 advance.