Preview: Pleasance Sessions
Featuring RM Hubbert, Withered Hand, Man of Moon and PAWS
Together with Nothing Ever Happens Here, the series of gigs staged at Summerhall's renovated Dissection Hall, the Sessions are a key art of the campaign to stage more live music events outside of the August festival umbrella. Now in their third year, the Pleasance Sessions are hosted by Dusty Moose, Edinburgh University Student's Association's (EUSA) listings and events vehicle. I caught up with Rae Baker, events manager at Dusty Moose, to discuss the Sessions' place in Edinburgh's cultural calendar.
This year, she says, the mini festival is a smaller but more selective affair. ‘The 2015 Pleasance Sessions are actually a condensed version of what we’ve done in previous years,’ she says. ‘The programme reflects both where we feel the Scottish music industry is heading and also nods to recent successes, and we’re really looking forward to seeing some really special performances from this years’ artists.’
Baker says that the Sessions' ability to bring different scenes together through events such as Saturday's record fair and beer festival are a big draw. ‘The Pleasance Sessions has always had a firm focus on creativity and collaboration, whether that’s with acts, record labels or student societies. This year we have the introduction of the Pleasance Sessions Market Place on Saturday 10th where we have invited record labels and extended Pleasance family to come along and sell their wares. We now have 27 stalls popping along with some brilliant exclusives so it’s certainly not one to miss.’
When I ask her about other initiatives to hold big events outside of summer, Baker tells me that, ‘I agree that there is an emphasis from the council on our summer festivals and they could be doing a lot more to help, but if you look, there is actually a vibrant scene throughout the year, one which the Pleasance Sessions has been contributing to for three years now. All people have to do is look, attend, support and nourish.’
The Pleasance, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Oct–Sun 11 Oct.