Rip It Up at the Edinburgh Fringe: Comedy & Music Highlights
Though we are based in Glasgow, Scotland’s second largest city - Edinburgh - is renowned as the place to be in August, with over 300 venues showcasing comedy, drama and art drawn from across the world. Scotland’s capital is home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 2018 is shaping up to be an unmissable year.
This year the Festival includes the Rip It Up exhibition. Curated by the BBC’s Vic Galloway and hosted by the National Museum of Scotland, it is the first exhibition of its kind to honour Scottish musicians from the past, present and future. From Lulu and Annie Lennox, to Franz Ferdinand and Biffy Clyro there is a rich heritage to explore - and hear.
Rip It Up
Running until 25 November, and developed in collaboration with an amazing BBC series, Rip It Up celebrate decades of Scottish pop music through a multimedia, audio-visual experience - a tribute to the men and women that pioneered, defined and continue Scotland’s pop music scene.
Entering the exhibition you arrive straight in the 50s with Lonnie Donegan and the genesis of skiffle rock’n’ roll, and travel through the 1960s’ dancehalls that inspired an entire generation of youth to twist. The explosion of 70s heavy rock bands and punk music is followed by softer icons such as Simple Minds and Wet Wet Wet.
Filled with over 300 pieces of music memorabilia - from a truly historic John Byrne-painted guitar owned by Gerry Rafferty (used to write the classic hit “Stuck in the Middle with You”), to the burned-out RunRig CD recovered from the debris of the Challenger rocket tragedy - Rip It Up is a testament to the reach of Scottish music, filled with “I didn’t know they were from Scotland!” moments.
Throughout the festival there are well over 3000 shows; no matter how organised your schedule there’s no way to see it all, so here’s are a few recommendations for Edinburgh this year:
John Robertson’s Dark Room
It takes some level of genius to bring entertainment of this calibre to a text-based adventure game. Ready player one and take the night into your own hands. An immersive 80s throwback mix of audience participation and imagination-driven hilarity.
John-Luke Roberts – All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!
Prepare yourself and leave all sensibility at the door – John-Luke’s energetic performance is both mesmerising and mad, toeing the fine line between “he’s lost the plot” an immaculately crafted plan.
No Fringe tour would be complete without stand-up comedy. For over 30 years Late’n’live have been bringing laughter into the wee hours of the morning. Head to the Gilded Balloon, get a drink and grab a seat (maybe avoid the front row). There is no way of knowing who is going to appear on stage – it could be an international name, or it could well be your new favourite comic.
Check out our #RipItUp playlist below: