Category: edinburgh in august

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 20/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

Well crikey indeed. We’ve fallen a bit behind in all this. Having too much fun at the festival and all that. We tend to lose our capital correspondent Chris for the duration of August but thankfully he’s sent us word of a few last minute things that you just have to see at the festival before it packs up for another year.

droppedImageToday’s choice comes in the form of a bit of theatre. High Plains (A Western Myth) is an engaging one man show based around the story of Jake, a drifter, who tells his story set against the backdrop of the Colorado plains. The storytelling from playwright Brian Watkins is reminiscent, well to us anyway, of Willy Vlautin, using stark locales, telling of troubling times. Ben Newman delivers Watkins’ monologue in a tense and unnerving fashion, building up to a point that you won’t see coming. Having received some excellent reviews, this is one show you’ll want to catch and it’s certainly been one of our big highlights from the fringe so far.

High Plains runs at the Underbelly, daily at 1:40pm until Sunday (25th August). You can get your tickets over on the fringe site.

All the gigs in Edinburgh – 10/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

Today is a good day to be a music lover in Edinburgh, maybe less so if you are a promoter. We’ve found four gigs, each, one we’re desperate to be at, all taking place in our capital city tonight.

Kid_Liquid_July-723x1024Kid Canaveral have released one of my favourite albums of the year so far and they play their biggest headline show to date in Edinburgh at The Liquid Rooms, ably supported by Edinburgh stalwarts, Ballboy and the excellent Campfires in Winter. Doors for this one are at 7pm, with Campfires in Winter on shortly afterwards.

Next up, at the Queens Hall this time is Withered Hand’s festival show featuring a pretty tasty line up of King Creosote, Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines) and the Second Hand Marching Band. A couple of tickets are still left online for this one here.

Not much needs to be said on these pages about how good we think the line-up for the Pale Imitation Festival at Henry’s is, and tonight is probably our pick of it’s run of shows with a line-up of Sparrow & The Workshop, Siobhan Wilson and The Rosy Crucifixion. This one starts at 7:00 and tickets can still be had for it.

Last but by no means least, and Elba’s destination for the evening, takes us to the Electric Circus for a show by Art Brut. Having released their first album in 2005 with a ‘best of’ released this year, they make a long-awaited return after a quiet few years. There is absolutely no doubt that this gig won’t be a blast.

Enjoy, wherever you find yourself this evening!

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 9/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

1012362_670247156334905_1801487917_nWe’ll be having a look at a few things from the Fringe that are out of our comfort zone next week, Chris is hooked on ‘physical theatre’, but for today and tomorrow, we’ve got some gigs to let you know about. Our pick for tonight is a bit of a doozer if catchy indie-pop tunes are your thing. On the back of this weeks announcement that they will be releasing a mini-album on Glasgow’s Olive Grove Records in September, Randolph’s Leap will take to the Electric Circus stage tonight and will be ably supported by sun-drenched all-girl troupe, Teen Canteen. This really is a cracking line-up and one not to be missed.

Doors are at £8 and a couple of tickets at £8 are left.

We’ve embedded the new single by Randolph’s Leap which you can download for free over on their bandcamp page. Enjoy!

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 7/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

1017056_10152914381390352_370289898_nWhat else could possibly be our pick today? Yep, our bff’s 4eva at Armellodie Records begin their annual label jaunt with a show at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh tonight, before pulling into Glasgow and Dundee for more shows later in the week, before returning to Edinburgh and Glasgow again in the coming weeks with a different line-up. Phew.

Tonight’s line up is eclectic yet as perfectly matched as the label itself with sets from Cuddly Shark, Galoshins, Super Adventure Club and Thirty Pounds of Bone, who will be backed by a band, of sorts. Tickets are £5 on the door and the entertainment starts sometime after 7:30pm.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 6/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

936377_10151490486708935_1840280583_nA short and sweet (and FREE) pick today. Siobhan Wilson, whose EP ‘Glorified Demons’ has quite literally been melting us over the past wee while, is playing a free set at the BBC Potterrow site tonight at 8pm. The BBC Pink tent is unticketed so all you need to do is just turn up but we promise you, it’s very unlikely you’ll be disappointed. If you miss out on her tonight though, she is playing at the Pale Imitation Festival this Saturday (more about the glorious 10th later this week) with Sparrow and the Workshop and The Rosy Crucifixion.

Today's Pick In Edinburgh – 4/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

edinburgh nightAfter a bit of art and comedy we’re back in more familiar waters with today’s pick, which is the excellent looking Edinburgh Night, put on by music industry brain-boxes, Born To Be Wide.

Taking place at Electric Circus, the night has an interesting format with several bands and a plethora of guest DJ’s. The night follows an interesting format of 10 minute live sets every half hour, punctuated by DJ sets from some well-known faces from the local music scene, including Elba pals Nicola Meighan (The List/The Herald) and Lloyd Meredith (Olive Grove Records). The musical line-up ain’t too shabby either with sets from Randolph’s Leap, Gastric Band, past Elba podcastee A.J. Roach and Scotland’s only and probably best Grandaddy tribute band, Grand Laddie (Bart Eagleowl and friends) and several more.

However, possibly the great thing about the gig, well, after the excellent music, is the fact that you can buy a ticket here, right now, for only £3! Even better than that though, is that if you visit their Facebook event page, share it and then post your top 4 Edinburgh tracks on their event page wall, they’ll let you in free. Can’t sniff at that on a Sunday night on the first weekend of the festival!

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 3/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

baconface-it-s-all-bacon_30269I suppose when a lot of people think of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, they think of comedy. Now, this writer doesn’t claim to be really in the know about who is hot this year and who isn’t but I quite like the sound of ‘Baconface’ who is performing his show ‘It’s All Bacon’ for the duration of August at The Stand.

A ‘programme-associate’ on the forthcoming series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2), is a cult 80’s icon and the inventor of Canadian stand-up. If razor sharp wit from a man in a mexican wrestling mask wrapped in bacon sounds like your thing, then grab a ticket quick as more than half of his dates for this month are sold-out already. Tickets are only a fiver and the show is at 1:20pm each day.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 2/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

We’re showing off the more thoughtful artistic side of our brain with todays pick which is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

‘Ecstatic Arc’ is a theatrical installation featuring recording devices, found objects and a caged tesla coil. Created by artist Robbie Thomson, this installation ‘is based on a dystopian future of masks and sculptures’. Indeed, MAP Magazine seem to sum it up perfectly. “A playful paradise of science-fiction style hi-tech wizardry in an adventure playground …. accelerated to the max”

If you have no idea what to expect, the below video might help you along a bit.

‘Ecstatic Art’ shows daily in Summerhall at 7pm, and tickets can be bought on the Edinburgh Fringe site.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 1/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

Two things to start off. Firstly, we’re probably thought of as a Glasgow blog. Predominantly yes, except one of our number now lives in Edinburgh, another has a sibling there and the other, well, they just like being social. Also, what’s with just being tied to one locale? Hell, we’re multi-national here at Elba.

Secondly, we’re just a music blog. Now, that’s a harder one to argue about but we don’t always have our ears buried in our ‘Beats by Dre‘ headphones, nor do we spend numerous hours per day fawning over our record collection (define numerous). No, we are also locked in a constant battle with each other about who will complete their world book challenge on goodreads first, we’ve been known to visit art installations, take photographs, cook and we all have a passion for sports, mostly American ones, oh and one of us likes baseball…

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So, in order to slightly dispel the above ‘myths’, we’re plumping for a play as todays pick. Well, maybe more a musical than play, in fact, it’s a lo-fi one at that and it stars a bit of a hero around these parts, Eddie Argos of ‘classic rock titans‘ Art Brut. Yeah, so not much of a departure from what we usually write about, well, we’ve got a month to work on a bit of variety.

‘The Islanders’, as we said, is a lo-fi musical centred on the retelling and reflection of a holiday which Argos, and the shows writer and co-star Amy Mason took in the late 90’s where storytelling and song attempt to make sense of young love, growing up and the Isle of Wight.

To accompany the show you can also get a rather cool Islanders graphic novel and soundtrack, featuring the shows third member, Jim Moray, over on their bandcamp page.

The Islanders is performed daily between the 1st and 25th of August (excl 12th) at 4pm (if you hurry, you can catch today!) in the Underbelly on the Cowgate. Tickets are £10 but there are a couple of 2for1 shows on the 5th and 6th. Tickets can be purchased through the fringe site.

Also, whilst we’re here, the fantastic Pale Imitation Festival that we spoke about last week kicks off tonight at Henry’s. Tonight’s bill features William Henry Miller (psssst, that’s Meursault), Jonnie Common and The Bad Books (another moniker). £5 in at 7pm.