Song, by Toad Records at the Pleasance Sessions
The University buildings in Edinburgh (of which there are many) used to fall under that umbrella of spaces which were completely inaccessible to the city’s arts community during the year, yet which miraculously and highly irritatingly became available during the Edinburgh Festival.
This was particularly frustrating because it’s pretty clear Edinburgh Uni have access to some pretty incredible spaces, which makes it absolutely splendid news that there is a new team in place at the University charged specifically with making sure their venues and assorted other spaces are used as much as possible. And after a few bits and pieces here and there they are announcing their existence with the rather awesome Pleasance Sessions, which is a three-week festival of music, spoken word and comedy in late October, and in which they have invited us to play a rather scarily significant part.
We are putting on no less than three label showcases (or, well, two, depending on how you count the 29th). The first being in the gorgeous Pleasance Theatre on Saturday the 19th of October and will include three of our most distinctive solo performers: Ian Humberstone, Adam Stafford and Rob St. John. Alright, they aren’t exactly solo performers, strictly, and two of them will be playing band sets at the event. And Ian isn’t even strictly on the label (not for a want of far-from-subtle hinting on my behalf) but, well, it’s a fucking great lineup however you pitch it. So you should come – tickets here.
Then on the following Saturday, the 26th October, we will have a double-bill of label shows, one upstairs in the Theatre and one downstairs in the Cabaret Bar. You can buy tickets to either show individually, but I reckon the joint one is better. It’s cheap (£10 for students, £12 for non-students if purchased in advance) and the acts will be staggered so that a/ we have no sound bleed between the stages and b/ people can get up and down to see all six bands easily enough – buy tickets here.
The lineups will be as follows: upstairs will be William Henry Miller (who may or may not just be Meursault by another name), NAKED and Le Thug, whilst downstairs we’ll have Plastic Animals, The Leg and Zed Penguin.
Tickets for all Pleasance Sessions events can be found on Skiddle here, and there are loads of other great lineups beyond our own. Gerry Loves Records are hosting a single launch, Lost Map Records are doing a showcase, and The Skinny are promoting a night which may as well have been plucked from the pages of Song, by Toad, so have a look around at all the other awesome stuff too. And I hope to see you there.