EH1 Live, various venues, Edinburgh, Sun 16 Sep (4 stars)

EH1 Live, various venues, Edinburgh, Sun 16 Sep

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher are the highlight of a great multi-band line-up

After a somewhat dreich and dreary festival season (in terms of the live music scene in Edinburgh) it seems rather fitting that the resourceful DIY ethic from the latest event to firmly place itself within the festival calendar would come up trumps with their decision to showcase some of the best up and coming artists in Scotland across five of Edinburgh’s best music venues. With Glasgow arguably renowned for having the monopoly in the venue stakes, EH1 Live was able to show that not only is Edinburgh in with a fighting chance of dispelling this myth but there are also a handful of great venues within arms-reach of one another in the capital. With a comprehensive line up comprised of previous T-break alumni and darlings of the blogosphere, there was an eclectic melting pot of artists on show throughout the day.

The Lafontaines set the benchmark high at the Liquid Rooms early on with their hip-hop swagger and post punk attitude. On paper this may seem like a marriage of inconvenience yet comes off with an effortless air of cool that has thus far amassed a loyal following for the Lanarkshire outfit. Local Edinburgh boy Greg Pearson impressed at a packed Cabaret Voltaire in support of his new single ‘Coming Home’. The young singer/songwriter has a soulful wit and emotional resonance to his voice that will hopefully see his unique talent come into its own within the coming months. Despite a powerhouse performance from the mighty People, Places, Maps and a vibrant turn from The Vigo Thieves with their anthemic single ‘Heartbeats’ at Electric Circus, one band was on everyone’s lips today (even if it is a mouthful) - Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. The Dundee supergroup’s country folk musings and rootsy Americana are clearly a passion shared amongst each member, each of whom provide a vastly unique presence within the unit, switching between instruments as if part of some meticulous jam session. With a number of highlights across the day, EH1 Live proved to be the ‘one last hurrah’ that was able to bring this year’s festival season to a close.