Gruff Rhys to make Edinburgh Fringe debut with Resist Phony Encores

Gruff Rhys to make Edinburgh Fringe debut with Resist Phony Encores

Welsh indie icon to perform run of ten shows at Pleasance Beyond in August

Iconic indie rock musician Gruff Rhys is to perform at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, taking his debut fringe show Resist Phony Encores to the Pleasance for eight nights only.

It would be a leftfield move for most musicians, but not so much for Rhys who's been pushing boundaries for the entirety of his career in music, with regular diversions into writing and filmmaking.

Psych rockers Super Furry Animals were britpop outliers, taking tanks to music festivals instead of starting tabloid wars, and cracking the UK album charts with an album sung entirely in the Weslh language, 2000's Mwng.

He formed the group Neon Neon with American hip-hop producer Boom Bip, recording conceptual works about the motor millionaire John DeLorean and Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, and has also fronted a co-production with National Theatre Wales: The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion featured his music and lyrics. More recently, he composed the film score to Set Fire to the Stars starring Celyn Jones and Elijah Wood, and released the album, book, film and app American Interior.

In Resist Phony Encores, he'll play songs from his lengthy career, explore how he overcame chronic shyness, and should feature some trademark surreal humour from one of the country's great musical talents. Welcome to the festival, Gruff.

Resist Phony Encores is at the Pleasance, Edinburgh, Fri 17–Sat 25 Aug (not 20), 11pm. Tickets go on sale on Thu 19 Apr.