Three separate son et lumiere extravaganzas at Dynamic Earth, each featuring the playback of a classic Pink Floyd album in cosmic surround sound accompanied by immersive visuals. Choose between Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall or collect the full set.
This tremendous choir, hailing from the sprawling South African township of Soweto, are mainstays of the Fringe, but whether this is your first or fiftieth time in the audience, there is never a bad time to get acquainted with their uplifting presence, energetic performance, heavenly harmonies and emotional punch.
EIF’s free Opening Event is another audio-visual spectacular designed by digital artists 59 Productions on the theme of wartime communication. Five Telegrams will be soundtracked with a newly commissioned orchestral score by composer Anna Meredith, inspired by WW1 telegrams.
Veteran Italian prog-rock band Goblin perform their two most celebrated cult horror soundtracks – the psychedelic fever dream of Suspiria and the steely electronica of Dawn of the Dead – synched live to screenings of the two films.
Four evenings from the former Dresden Doll. Expect material from throughout her career rendered idiosyncratically on Steinway piano and ukulele in her strident but ebullient style.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Vaughn Williams’s epic Sea Symphony and the Scottish premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Turbulent Landscapes, inspired by Turner’s paintings.
The infamous Russian protest performance collective present their semi-autobiographical multi-media show, using lo-fi electro punk, cut-and-paste visuals, homemade costumes and righteous rage to tell the story of their politically motivated trial and imprisonment for protesting Putin’s presidency.
It’s going to be a busy Festival for composer Anna Meredith. Here, she collaborates with the hip Southbank Symphonia to perform her Scottish Album of the Year Award-winning Varmints, but will also provide the soundtrack for the EIF opening event and reprise her electric reworking of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Anno: Vivaldi, at the EICC.
Edinburgh-based cross-cultural curators Neu! Reekie! host two eclectic evenings as part of EIF’s Light on the Shore. Krautrock maestro Michael Rother, New York punk doyenne Lydia Lunch and Edinburgh post-punk legends The Fire Engines converge for the first event, while Glasgow’s indie godfathers/mothers The Pastels and The Vaselines are joined by poet, sage and gentleman Linton Kwesi Johnson.
Tattoed soul man mountain Rag’n’Bone Man was the breakout success story of 2017. Catch him at the Edinburgh Summer Sessions.
Self-styled drunk folk storyteller Jay McAllister, who goes by the troubadour handle Beans on Toast, makes his Fringe debut with a set of pithy political protest songs and whimsical minstrelsy.
Edinburgh-born mezzo soprano Catriona Morison is the only British winner of the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition, lifting the title in 2017. She is joined by pianist Simon Lepper for her debut EIF recital, featuring songs by Brahms, Mahler and Korngold lieder and settings of poems by Mary, Queen of Scots.
Polwart is a hugely evocative singer/songwriter in her own right but she is also a supreme interpreter so this personal compendium of her favourite Scottish pop songs of the last fifty years looks set to be a highlight of the EIF’s Light on the Shore strand.
Paloma Faith brings her slick soul pop, flamboyant costumes and effervescent stage presence to Edinburgh in the hopes of spreading her self-styled Epidemic of Kindness to the festival city.