Miaoux Miaoux, Abandoman and Howard Marks among highlights at The Pleasance Sessions

Miaoux Miaoux, Abandoman and Howard Marks among highlights at The Pleasance Sessions

Miaoux Miaoux / Photo: Vito Andreoni

The gig series also plays host to Conquering Animal Sound, Three Blind Wolves and Chris Ramsey

Probably best known as a mobbed venue for August Fringe shows, The Pleasance is often overlooked during the other 11 months of the year. Now, the Edinburgh University Student Union plans to raise its status as one of the best entertainment venues in the city with a brand new three-week festival.

So what are The Pleasance Sessions?
Basically, the festival is a cultural Oktoberfest of music, comedy and spoken word. Over the three weeks, there’ll be performances from The Pictish Trail, Conquering Animal Sound and Three Blind Wolves to name but a few. There’ll also be stand-up comedy from Fringe favourites Chris Ramsey and Abandoman, as well as a special spoken-word show with Howard Marks. As if that’s not enough, the EUSA Film Society are also holding screenings of Searching for Sugar Man and In Bruges.

Bit of a random bunch of acts: how were they chosen?
Many of the nights are curated by local record labels, music promoters or boutique festivals. Never ones to blow our own trumpet, The List has curated the opening night of the festival which will see performances from the all-female classical act Cairn String Quartet and wonky-electro soloist Jonnie Common, headlined by SAY Award nominees Miaoux Miaoux.

Sounds fun, so how can I get tickets?
From EUSA’s website. As with all events at the Pleasance, the festival is open to both students and non-students. But why pay for tickets when you can win them? Visit list.co.uk/offers and enter our competition for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event of your choice.

The Pleasance Sessions, The Pleasance, Edinburgh, Thu 10–Sat 26 Oct, £2.50–£15.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Miaoux Miaoux

Lovely bleepy electronica from Glasgow artist Miaoux Miaoux, aka Justin Corrie.

Three Blind Wolves

'Badass hillbilly rock'n'roll' from Ross Clark's band.

Conquering Animal Sound

The Glasgow-based twosome of Anneke Kampman and James Scott plays experimental pop and ambient electronica.

Howard Marks: Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe

The author and former drug dealer shares his experiences of smuggling contraband.

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

  • 3 stars

Fast-paced musical comedy sketches and hip hop.