Live in Edinburgh This Week – 6th August 2012

Looking for good gigs during the festival is a fucking nightmare. Listings are just full and full of folk with daddy’s money doing one man shows of Bach interpreted through the medium of hip-hop. Or something. There is also something called ‘Hot Dub Time Machine’ which I thought was both amazing and terrible in equal measures. Everything takes place in really amazing venues that just aren’t available to local arts supporters/promoters (i.e people like Matthew and I) all year round. Not to mention the annoying folk wandering around Edinburgh, ‘I’m, like, totally zany’, ‘don’t pigeonhole me, you can’t put me in a box’, ‘oh, you just have to see that show. So hot, darling. So hot’.

Aye. Edinburgh is full of even more cunts than usual, basically.

That rant aside, I generally like the festival. Believe it or not. I’m kinda proud that Edinburgh hosts the biggest arts festival in the world (aside from ignoring the local arts…) and I’m sure without Festival money a lot of great places in Edinburgh wouldn’t be able to exist all year round. So, it has it’s plus points.

Here are some gigs. As I suppose that’s the point of this post, eh?

WEDNESDAY 8TH AUG: DETOUR SCOTLAND PRESENTS CIRCA WITH PAWS, LADY NORTH AND ERRORS DJS. ALSO FEATURING A SONG, BY TOAD RECORDS ROOM WITH EXTREMELY HANDSOME DJS.

Those lovable scamps Detour are hosting nights in the Electric Circus this year. They’ve got some braw bands and DJs lined up, including PAWS and Lady North *everyone cheers*. They also have those lovable and handsome lads from Song, by Toad Industries DJing and having a wee orgy room to theirselves *tumbleweed*

WEDNESDAY 8TH – SATURDAY 11TH AUG: LACH: UP THE ANTI AT THE HIVE

Lach has returned to the Festival with another anti-folk themed night. From the sound of things, the nights are going well so far and it’s only £5 so try to get down.

FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST: HAPPY PARTICLES AT SNEAKY PETE’S

[written in Edinburgh Evening News listing stylee] Happy Particles are a band from Glasgow. They are playing music with guitars at Sneaky Pete’s. Which is in Edinburgh.

 

SATURDAY 11TH AUG: PICTISH TRAIL, RICK REDBEARD AND JOSIE LONG DJing AT ELECTRIC CIRCUS

Three of the nicest people ever shooting the shit and playing some tunes. What’s not to love? Nothing.

Question; how good is Johnny’s new video? Answer;  pretty, pretty, pretty braw.

SUNDAY 12TH AUG: AMANDA PALMER AND NEIL GAIMAN AT THE QUEEN’S HALL

Author Neil Gaiman and his wife, and former Dresden Doll, Amanda Palmer are doing a ‘unique spoken word piece’. Which sounds pretty interesting, and probably funny? Who knows. One for the ardent Guardian readers who use twitter far too much, probably.