The Loveboat Big Band Summer Love-In (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Loveboat Big Band Summer Love-In

Many shows promise riotous musical fun, this one delivers it

An 11-piece brass band in sailor suits, a glittering mermaid twirling seductively from a ceiling hung hoop and Australian musical troupe Flap! making an exuberant cameo: welcome to the sights and sounds of The Loveboat Big Band’s Fringe voyage.

Playing one of four Friday night shows at this year’s festival, the Edinburgh entertainers began atop a wooden boat in Summerhall’s Courtyard, a musical procession and muffled maritime theatrics setting the frolicsome tone. Inside there were highlights aplenty: a member of The Loveboat Big Band taking his 'first ever' stage dive and their booming performance of original numbers, vintage tracks and crowd-pleasing covers, The Eurythmics' ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Bee Gees' ‘How Deep is Your Love’ among them. A classic version of Frank Sinatra’s ‘I Got the World on a String’ was set to a stunningly choreographed showpiece from an All or Nothing aerialist and scattered appearances from the burlesque tinged Miss.Fit Sisters proved equally jaw-dropping. Musically things took a cheeky turn with flamboyant quintet Flap!’s unique breed of jazz and swing-rooted tunes.

The night’s standout moment was its finale: Flap! and The Loveboat Big Band’s electrifying version of James Brown’s ‘I’ll Go Crazy’. Many shows promise riotous musical fun, this one delivers it.

Summerhall, The Dissection Room, Every Festival Friday 22.30-03.00, 0131 226 0000, £16 (£14)

Loveboat Big Band Summer Love-In

  • 4 stars

Love Boat Big Band. Let Edinburgh's favourite all-star big band take you on a magical mystery cruise, sailing every festival Friday. Channelling the spirit of legendary Fringe institutions like the Bongo Club Cabaret and La Clique, these multi-dimensional voyages of delight will feature aerial dance company All or…