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Edinburgh International Festival Finalises Contemporary Music Line-up

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As mentioned in our initial news piece covering the Edinburgh International Festival programme launch the contemporary music element was only to be finalised on May 02. As that was yesterday the full line-up is now available.

Joining the already publicised John Grant & St. Vincent shows in the city during August the Edinburgh Gin Seaside-sponsored Light On The Shore performances will feature shows from homegrown talent in the shape of Mogwai, The Vaselines, The Jesus And Mary Chain, King Creosote, Django Django, C. Duncan, Karine Polwart, Honeyblood, Spinning Coin, Happy Meals, Fire Engines, The Pastels, Sacred Paws, The Van Ts and Bossy Love

Guest curators Neu! Reekie! play host to Lydia Lunch and Michael Rother, along with poet Linton Kwesi Johnson whilst electronic-folk pioneers Lau oversee a home and away list of performers in their Lau-Land presentation - Joan As Police Woman, Egyptian electronica artist Nadah El Shazly, folk singer Alasdair Roberts, the psychedelic sound of James Holden, the traditional pipes of Rona Lightfoot and Brighde Chaimbuel, chamber-folk quartet RANT, acapella traditional singers Landless and the Whitburn Band.

Performances will take place across 14 nights at the Leith Theatre, which is re-emerging after 30 years of neglect thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Leith Theatre Trust and Hidden Door festival. As well as Edinburgh Gin Seaside the programme of events is supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, Leith-based technical partners Black Light and The Warehouse, and in association with the National Museum of Scotland’s exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop.

Tickets and further information for all performances can be found here from 10:00 on 04/5/18.


Contemporary Music At The Edinburgh International Festival 2018

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The Edinburgh International Festival had it's programme launch in the city's McEwan Hall last night & contemporary music one again rubs shoulders with the dance, classical music, theatre etc. within it, albeit at the moment it's a tad thin on the ground, with much to be fully confirmed on May 2nd.

What is in the programme so far are appearances by John Grant (August 20, £25-£35) and St. Vincent (August 26, £25-£40) at the Edinburgh Playhouse

The criminally neglected Leith Theatre (a council asset left to rot) has been undergoing a resurrection over the last couple of years and that's now being recognised by the EIF as it will play host to Mogwai and what, from the general information available at time of writing, sounds like a nostalgia-heavy programme of Scottish bands. The Vaselines and The Pastels were mentioned but it's not 100% certain whether they'll play there or another venue.

Folk band LAU (a new one on me but apparently I should have heard of them) are also curating a few events.

Tickets go on sale on March 24 and can be obtained here. We'll keep you updated on the further announcements as they happen.

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