The Edge Festival @ Various Edinburgh Venues, 1-31 Aug

The Edge Festival will be supplying Edinburgh's culture-soaked droves with a smorgasbord of tune-churning local and international talent

Article by Billy Hamilton | 24 Jul 2008

With T On The Fringe a distant memory, Edinburgh has a new musical mainstay on its festival calendar. Picking up where T left off, The Edge Festival will be supplying the city’s culture-soaked droves with a smorgasbord of tune-churning local and international talent. Spread over five venues, ranging from the 1,500 capacity Corn Exchange to Bannerman’s homely fissure of bricks and mortar, the August-spanning festival is already shaping up as one of the highlights of the capital’s Fringe programme.

Kicking off proceedings with a night of ass-spanked groove-smuggling are Skinny faves Ratatat at Cabaret Voltaire (1 Aug). The frolics continue with what’s sure to be a jaw-dropping set from ex-Josef K frontman Paul Haig (Cab Vol, 4 Aug) before Stockholm-born indie-ites the Shout Out Louds (Cab Vol, 7 Aug) make a welcome return.

Chart-topping tunesmithery’s the name of the game down at the Corn Exchange with Kate Nash (25 Aug), Pendulum (21 Aug), Scouting For Girls (7 Aug) and reformed perennial brit-poppers Shed Seven (14 Aug) all rearing their mug for an appearance.

If the mainstream melee’s nae quite your thing then a trip to the Liquid Room to see the tartan-hearted triumvirate of Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and John B McKenna (14 Aug) may be just what you need. Grime king Dizzee Rascal takes the same stage a week later (21 Aug). Or, if you’re a believer of blog-induced hype then get yourself down to Bannerman’s Bar to check whether the praise lavished on folksy songbird Laura Marling (12 & 13 Aug) is justified.

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