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