Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 music highlights

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 22 July 2014

This article is from 2014

Music Shows

Withered Hand / credit: Pam Berry

Featuring Withered Hand, Niki King, Asian Dub Foundation and RM Hubbert with Emma Pollock

For many, appearing at the festival is a feat of endurance by doing show after show across a whole month. For others, this is the perfect time to enjoy a one-night stand

Withered Hand

The self-deprecating Dan Willson (he slagged his own voice off at an Usher Hall anniversary bash earlier this year and says his kids are the band's toughest critics) gets set to receive the acclaim of others with tunes from breezy latest record, New Gods.
Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 21 Aug, 8pm, £13.

Niki King Quintet

Fans of both the honey-tonsilled Niki King and legendary jazz composer Duke Ellington are in for a double treat in Musselburgh with this exhibition (well, why not: this is art, is it not?) of the great man's finest songs. Attendees of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will get a chance to enjoy the same musical delights, minus the exhibish, about a fortnight before.
Bristo Hall, 0131 473 2000, 25 Jul, 8pm, £15; Brunton, Ladywell Way, 0131 665 2240, 10 Aug, 7.30pm, £16 (£14).

Asian Dub Foundation

It's a big comeback year for ADF and once they have blown the roof straight off the Liquid Room, they jaunt over to Summerhall for a bit of afters. At this live DJ set, they are joined by Pandit G and Aktavata.
Liquid Room, 0131 225 2564, 2 Aug, 6.30pm, £15; Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 2 Aug, 11pm, £10 (£8).

RM Hubbert with Emma Pollock

The SAY award winner of 2013 hooks up with former Delgado, Emma Pollock. They're far from strangers, though, given that they collaborated on an EP two years back, helmed by the delightful 'Half Light'.
Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 20 Aug, 9pm, £14.

The Rising

It'll almost feel as though the Boss and his E Street Band are actually in the room. Well, maybe not, but the Rising certainly emulate Springsteen's fondness for long shows, with this clocking in at a mammoth 150 minutes of heroically working-class nostalgia.
Citrus Club, Grindlay Street, 0131 226 0000, 23 Aug, 7.30pm, £10.