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Contemporary Music At The Edinburgh International Festival 2018

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The Edinburgh International Festival had it's programme launch in the city's McEwan Hall last night & contemporary music one again rubs shoulders with the dance, classical music, theatre etc. within it, albeit at the moment it's a tad thin on the ground, with much to be fully confirmed on May 2nd.

What is in the programme so far are appearances by John Grant (August 20, £25-£35) and St. Vincent (August 26, £25-£40) at the Edinburgh Playhouse

The criminally neglected Leith Theatre (a council asset left to rot) has been undergoing a resurrection over the last couple of years and that's now being recognised by the EIF as it will play host to Mogwai and what, from the general information available at time of writing, sounds like a nostalgia-heavy programme of Scottish bands. The Vaselines and The Pastels were mentioned but it's not 100% certain whether they'll play there or another venue.

Folk band LAU (a new one on me but apparently I should have heard of them) are also curating a few events.

Tickets go on sale on March 24 and can be obtained here. We'll keep you updated on the further announcements as they happen.


Preview: Mogwai, Albert Hall, Manchester

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Arguably a band who need little introduction, Glasgow post-rock monoliths Mogwai have been melting fans’ faces since their inception while simultaneously changing people’s perceptions about what instrumental music should sound like. Now 23 years and nine studio albums in to their career, the four-piece show no sign of slowing down, or indeed, even mellowing out.

With last year’s incendiary album Every Country’s Sun seeing the band’s focus shift from the soundtrack work they’d recently busied themselves with, back to the expansive sprawling post-rock of their best loved records it was clear that the uncompromising Mogwai they fell in love with were back.

It was also obvious that a tour was going to follow, and in a testament to the band’s enduring appeal, many of the shows have sold out in advance, including the first night at Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall; a venue ever bit as imposing as the band it will host this Friday and Sunday evening.

Tickets available here.


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