Pale Imitation brings music programme of local acts to Edinburgh during 2013 Fringe

Pale Imitation brings music programme of local acts to Edinburgh during 2013 Fringe

RM Hubbert

RM Hubbert, Malcolm Middleton and Sparrow & The Workshop among highlights

It’s a bold promoter that tries to place a celebration of local, independent music amid the multi-arts bustle of the Edinburgh festivals. Tigerfest went toe-to-toe with the Fringe in the mid-00s, before shifting out of the capital and out of August, then going on indefinite hiatus after 2010. Retreat found a niche at Pilrig St Paul’s between 2008 and 2011 and captured more than a few imaginations, but also seems to be taking an extended break.

Into the indie void steps a new event paying its dues to one of its forbears with, um, a Star Wars analogy. Pale Imitation, its poster claims, is ‘the Anakin Skywalker to Retreat’s Han Solo’.
It’s roughly two gigs a week/three names per bill from the cream of Scottish talent, at just £5 entry. On the line-up are FOUND’s experimental electro-wonk (3 Aug), Sparrow & The Workshop’s whip-cracking alt-country (10 Aug), the dolorous alt.folk delights of Malcolm Middleton (24 Aug), eagleowl’s pulse-quickening slowcore (31 Aug) and 2012 Scottish Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert (17 Aug,).

Henry’s Cellar Bar, 629 4101, 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 Aug, 7pm, £5-£7, or £25 season ticket, See and Facebook for the full line-up.

Sparrow & the Workshop

Alt.folk and rockier interludes from this Glasgow-based trio touting percussion, violin, guitar and Jill O'Sullivan's intoxicating voice.


Experimental electronica but with a pop edge from this Edinburgh-based collective.

The Leg

Local masked indie terrors The Leg.

RM Hubbert

Guitar instrumentals from the artist who won the Scottish Album of the Year in 2013.

Plastic Animals

Edinburgh's glorious, shoegazey indie-rockers Plastic Animals.


Lo-fi folky loveliness from Fence Records signing.

Rob St John

Doom-folk Song, By Toad signee St John.

Jonnie Common

Experimental music from Jonnie Common who veers on the edges of electro / folk / indie in his lo-fi shows. His deadpan lyrics are packed with humorous asides, and he's not afraid of experimentation or collaboration: 2016's Kitchen Sync is an album composed entirely of sounds from his kitchen, and his side-project CARBS is…

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