Edinburgh International Festival Music

This article is from 2016

Edinburgh International Festival Music

Sigur Ros

The International Festival's music programme continues to break new ground

A programme of contemporary music which broke new ground for Edinburgh International Festival last year has exploded once more into 2016, bringing some of the most talked-about artists of the year to Edinburgh, particularly those with a distinctive Scots edge.

Although one of the most celebrated appearing this week doesn't need to travel far, for trio Young Fathers – winners of both the Scottish Album of the Year Award and the Mercury Prize in 2014 – are from Edinburgh, where they have devised a distinctive sound with rap roots and an open-minded attitude to rock, electronics and intelligent commentary.

For an audience more used to classical concerts, Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Ros are the perfect introduction to the scope and scale of modern rock. Creating tumultuous, emotional epics on guitars played with bows, they have just announced shows next year with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

An uncompromisingly Scottish edge is presented by Paul Fegan's film Where You're Meant to Be, a road trip which pits decisively masculine former Arab Strap singer Aidan Moffat alongside elderly balladeer Sheila Stewart, while Anohni, formerly known as Antony Hegarty, has just been Mercury-nominated for a haunting, quasi-electronic (Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke helped produce it) album Hopelessness, a doomy treatise on the world in 2016.

Young Fathers, The Hub, 473 2000, 14 & 15 Aug, 9.30pm, £25 (£20). Sigur Ros, Playhouse, 15 & 16 Aug, 8pm, sold out. Where You're Meant To Be, The Hub, 16 Aug, 5pm, sold out. Anohni, Playhouse, 17 Aug, 8pm, £20--£30 (£10--£15).

Sigur Rós

Icelandic post-rockers who, like the Cocteau Twins before them, have developed their own musical language, called Hopelandish. Chris Martin loves them and so does whoever chooses the incidental music for CSI. Spellbinding or navelgazing, take your pick.

Young Fathers

Bass and electro heavy hip hop from Edinburgh threesome who won both the 2014 SAY award and the Mercury Prize.

Where You're Meant To Be

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 16min
  • Directed by: Paul Fegan
  • Cast: Aidan Moffat, Sheila Stewart

A collaboration between lo-fi pop raconteur Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and filmmaker Paul Fegan as they tour Scotland documenting their journey.


New electronic project from former Antony & The Johnsons' vocalist Anohni in collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke.