Well here we are, with the last weekend of the Fringe almost upon us. I’ve been trying to cram in as much as I can this week, taking in 4 shows, a few gigs, a club night, and dinner at the Pommery Bar in a 7-day-stretch.
This has been one of the most enjoyable Augusts I’ve spent in the city in my near ten years of Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, partially due no doubt to the fact I took most the month off work to soak up some of that lovely festive vibe.
I’ve not been posting here as regularly as I’d like because of this, but I felt with just a few days left to take in some Fringe madness, I really wanted to drop some of my favourite Fringe moments here.
Earlier this month, my friends and I were lucky enough to get tickets to see the utterly amazing Stanley Odd at Summerhall. A friend introduced me to their music a few months ago, and whilst I’m usually the kind of person who makes a note on my iPhone to look up recommended musicians “later”, I’m also often the kind of person who forgets. Not these guys. I was so impressed I had to check out their other stuff as soon as I got home. I’d had tickets to see them at Oran Mor earlier this summer but couldn’t make it, so was delighted they announced they would be playing at Summerhall’s ‘Nothing ever happens here” series. Live-band, uber intelligent Scottish hip hop from Edinburgh, and most definitely one of the very best performances I have been to this year. If you get a chance to see these guys, do.
Now my friends will know I talk about this next band constantly, and everyone I have ever introduced to their music has been just as impressed. Last weekend these boys the incomparable Black Diamond Express, played at the BBC tent in George Square, their last gig for awhile unfortunately, as they are about to launch their next EP in the next few months. These are 8 of the loveliest lads you could ever hope to meet, and some immensely talented musicians. They play a version of prohibition era blues and roots, and they are without a doubt one of my favourite bands.
On the spur of the moment, a lovely friend invited me to see Megan Ford’s “Feminasty” earlier this week, and I’m so glad I did. A show about media gender bias, rape culture and overthrowing the patriarchy wall, one brick at a time. And a white girl rapping will always be funny. I think she has a couple more shows on before the Fringe finishes, so if you get the chance I would highly recommend going to see her.
Last night my friends and I went to the Pommery Champagne bar in the Signet library for some dinner and bubbles. Such a gorgeous venue, and oh my god the food was delicious! If I could afford to, I’d be in there all the time!
My friend Sarah and I have been trying to get tickets to see Katherine Rysn’s “Kathbum” all month, so when I heard she was putting one more show tomorrow night, I just had to get a pair of tickets. Everyone I know who has seen her has come back saying she’s absolutely hilarious, so that will be something to look forward to tomorrow evening.
The last festival show I’ll be going to see this Fringe is also one I’ve been saving up. “Black is the colour of my voice”, inspired by the life of Nina Simone. I can’t express how much I’ve been wanting to see this show all festival, and I’ll be accompanied by my lovely friend who is quite possibly the best Fringe buddy a girl could ask for.
Well I’m off to get ready to go for a much-needed dance tonight with my best friend, but I hope everyone has enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe 2015 as I have! See you all on the other side!