Festival preview: the best of Edinburgh in Edinburgh
- Brian Donaldson
- 14 July 2015
This article is from 2015.
Our favourite local festival acts, including the Mac Twins, Lucy Ribchester and Iain Stirling
Yes, the Edinburgh Festival draws acts and audiences from all over the world. But what about those performing this year that were born, bred or are now based in Auld Reekie? Here, we namecheck a few acts playing a home gig in August.
The Mac Twins
Identical DJ twins Alana and Lisa Macfarlane return to their home patch with weekend gigs at the Gilded Balloon for PLAY, a ‘videogame dance party’ which gives ‘power to the people’.
The Edinburgh Chorus
Marking their half-century, the chorus helps open up this year’s International Festival as part of the Harmonium Project (7 Aug), a free event in Festival Square.
He’s been a CBBC presenter and supported Russell Kane on tour. Now he’s got a big beard and is all Touchy Feely at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Author of The Hourglass Factory, a tale of suffragettes, journalists and acrobats, Ribchester takes part in a First Book Award Nominee event. Other bookish types from the city include the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca, local GP Gavin Francis, ex-Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway and, of course, Irvine Welsh. Via Chicago, these days.
At Assembly Hall, SpectreTown provides some Doric, song and dark secrets with Matthew Lenton in the director’s seat.
The stand-up moved here a few years back and has thrown herself into the cultural life of the city with her regular Speakeasy bill at the Storytelling Centre. For August, she’s having Awkward Conversations at The Stand. Other notable Embra-based comics doing their thing at the Fringe include Stewart Francis, Tom Stade, Daniel Sloss and impro guys Stu & Garry.
Colin Steele Quintet
The trumpeter and composer heads up an absolute plethora of local talent at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. Among them are Trio HSK, Orkestra Del Sol, Spirits of Rhythm, Boteco Trio and Brass Gumbo.