The Edge Festival

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The Edge Festival
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The Edge Festival in 2009
Datesvaries; normally August of each year
Location(s)various venues, Edinburgh, Scotland
Years active2000 (2000)–2012 (2012)[1]
Founded byDF Concerts, Tennent's Lager

The Edge Festival was an annual music festival held in Edinburgh, Scotland, during August of each year. Formerly known as T on the Fringe, The Edge was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts fringe festival (to the larger Edinburgh Festival).[2] Unlike other music festivals, The Edge did not take place at one location, with performers instead playing numerous venues across the city during the month.[3] The festival was founded under the T on the Fringe name by DF Concerts and Tennent's Lager, with DF continuing to promote the festival after the departure of Tennent's from 2008 until 2012.[4]

The festival began in 2000, with fifteen concerts in its first year. It was founded by Dave Corbett, after realising the lack of contemporary music taking place at the Edinburgh Festival.[5] Since 2000, T on the Fringe has played host to some of the most commercially successful artists as well as the best in alternative and emerging talent. Over the years the event has seen performances by the likes of Pixies, Muse, Morrissey, Nancy Sinatra, Franz Ferdinand and Arcade Fire.[6] The 2007 festival featured three concerts taking place at the 25,000 capacity Meadowbank Stadium, a record for the festival at the time.


2004 festival[edit]

Date Artist(s) Venue
10 August The's Liquid Room
13 August Zero 7 Corn Exchange
Usher Hall
15 August Best of T Break Liquid Room
John Power The Venue
16 August Laura Veirs
19 August Massive Attack Corn Exchange
Ed Harcourt Liquid Room
James Yorkston The Venue
20 August Mull Historical Society Liquid Room
Josh Ritter
A Girl Called Eddy
The Venue
Date Artist(s) Venue
23 August The Charlatans Corn Exchange
Hope of the States Liquid Room
Kinky The Venue
24 August The Zutons Liquid Room
Sons and Daughters
The Fiery Furnaces
The Venue
25 August 2manydjs
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
LCD Soundsystem
Corn Exchange
Kelis Liquid Room
Yourcodenameis:milo The Venue
Date Artist(s) Venue
26 August Radio 4
The Futureheads
The Venue
27 August Dashboard Confessional Liquid Room
28 August The Streets Corn Exchange
Deus Liquid Room
29 August The Hives Corn Exchange
Goldie Lookin' Chain Liquid Room
30 August Embrace
TV on the Radio The Venue
31 August Morrissey Corn Exchange
1 September Jurassic 5 Corn Exchange
Edwyn Collins The Venue

[7] Embrace's performance at the Liquid Room was named "Best Gig of T On The Fringe 2004" by a judging panel consisting of the Sunday Mail, DF Concerts and Tennent's.[8]

2005 festival[edit]

The 2005 festival took place between 5–31 August, with more than forty acts performing across five venues.[9] The festival's main highlight was a performance by Pixies on 28 August 2005, playing as part of their reunion tour following a 12-year hiatus.[10] The band performed at the city's Meadowbank Stadium, the first outdoor performance for the T on the Fringe festival, with support from Idlewild and Teenage Fanclub.[9] The festival's other main draw was two homecoming performances by Franz Ferdinand in Princes Street Gardens on 30–31 August 2005, supported by Arcade Fire. The dates were the band's first performances in the country since December the previous year.[11] Other headline T on the Fringe shows included The Prodigy, Alabama 3, The Zutons, Weezer, Basement Jaxx and Razorlight. During August, Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire venue hosted a number of free concerts, featuring former Squeeze lead vocalist Glenn Tilbrook, Michael Franti, Saul Williams, Trashcan Sinatras and Rachel Fuller performing acoustic sets between the 15—26 August.[12] Idlewild would also play acoustically at the venue, appearing on 27 August prior to supporting Pixies. Idlewild's concert was later steamed online for three months following the festival, under the moniker of "T on the Fringe Radio". The broadcast also included a feature on the Best of T Break.[13]

The festival was deemed a success by critics, with Lynsey Hanley of The Observer stating that "..[the festival's line-up] encompassed the past, present and future of alternative rock".[10]

2006 festival[edit]

2006 saw 100,000 tickets sold for almost 60 gigs featuring 134 artists. Snow Patrol rocked the 22,000 Meadowbank Stadium crowd in what was their biggest headline gig yet, while at the same time breaking a record already held by T on the Fringe for the biggest show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Radiohead performed at the same venue supported by Beck and Muse played the following night supported by My Chemical Romance.

2007 festival[edit]

The 2007 festival took place on 4—28 August across four venues,[14] with more than 60 events taking place.[15] The festival was marked by the announcement of three large outdoor concerts taking place at Meadowbank Stadium, which had increased in capacity to 25,000 for the event. Two of the headlining acts were announced as Foo Fighters and Kaiser Chiefs,[6] with Razorlight later confirmed to play the stadium. The three concerts marked the biggest performances in the festival's history.[15] Support acts for Foo Fighters and Razorlight were later confirmed as Nine Inch Nails and Silversun Pickups, and Editors, respectively.[16] As well as this, independent record label Chemikal Underground announced a showcase at the Liquid Room featuring Mother and the Addicts, Aidan Moffat and De Rosa, in honor of the record label's 100th release.[17] The festival's full line-up, announced on 7 June 2007, was as follows:

Date Artist(s) Venue
4 August Tom Baxter
Stephen Dosen
Cabaret Voltaire
5 August The Law
Luva Anna
6 August Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Liquid Rooms
8 August Angus & Julia Stone Cabaret Voltaire
9 August The Magic Numbers Liquid Rooms
Candie Payne Cabaret Voltaire
10 August Emma Pollock
My Federation
Corn Exchange
11 August Silverchair
Forever Like Red
12 August Calvin Harris Liquid Rooms
13 August Duke Special
The Ghost Frequency
Pete & the Pirates
The Dials
Cabaret Voltaire
14 August Seasick Steve
Dave Arcari
Liquid Rooms
15 August Amy Macdonald Cabaret Voltaire
16 August Kanye West Corn Exchange
Date Artist(s) Venue
16 August Kharma 45
Penny Blacks
Cabaret Voltaire
17 August Paul Steel
Stephen Fretwell
Evan Crichton
Liquid Rooms
18 August Broken Records
Union of Knives Cabaret Voltaire
19 August Crash My Model Car
The Orange Lights
Jamie T Liquid Rooms
20 August Guillemots The City Cafe
Liquid Rooms
Figure 5
Cabaret Voltaire
21 August Foo Fighters
Nine Inch Nails
Silversun Pickups
Meadowbank Stadium
Willy Mason Liquid Rooms
22 August Mother and the Addicts
Aidan Moffat
De Rosa
The Maccabees
Corn Exchange
Date Artist(s) Venue
22 August Scouting for Girls
The Hussy's
Cabaret Voltaire
23 August Hot Club de Paris
Kate Nash Liquid Rooms
The Shins
Eugene McGuinness
Corn Exchange
24 August Happy Mondays
Kaiser Chiefs
The View
The Pigeon Detectives
Meadowbank Stadium
Soma Records showcase Cabaret Voltaire
25 August Turbonegro Liquid Rooms
26 August Razorlight
The Dykeenies
Meadowbank Stadium
The Sounds Liquid Rooms
27 August Dinosaur Jr.
The Teenagers
Wild Beasts
Dan Deacon
Cabaret Voltaire
28 August Jack Peñate
Eagles of Death Metal Liquid Rooms

[18] Guillemots were originally scheduled to perform at the Corn Exchange, but chose instead to play two separate smaller performances, at the City Cafe and later in the Liquid Rooms.[19] Greg Forbes of festival website eFestivals said that Editors' supporting concert at Meadowbank Stadium "blew them away", outperforming headliners Razorlight.[20] In 2008, The Independent reported the 2007 event had sold 130,000 tickets, highlighting that the total number of events taking place had now quadrupled from the festival's inaugural year.[5]

2008 festival[edit]

In 2008, it was announced that T on the Fringe would be rebranded as The Edge Festival, following the end of DF Concerts' partnership with Tennent's.[21]

2009 festival[edit]

The 2009 event took place between 1–31 August, with more than fifty artists performing across seven venues.[22] Organisers secured a number of high-profile revival acts, including David Byrne, Magazine and Faith No More, the band's first Scottish performance in over a decade. As well as this, performers included ex-Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie, The Bluetones, Mumford and Sons,[23] Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Andrew Bird, Unicorn Kid and Young Fathers, The Streets, Amanda Palmer, múm, Broken Records and Calvin Harris.[24] The List named Unicorn Kid and Young Fathers in their Top 20 Festival Shows list for 2009, the only appearance by an Edge Festival performance.[25]

2010 festival[edit]

The 2010 event took place between 5—31 August.[26] It marked the return of the Cabaret Voltaire venue, which had suffered fire damage the previous year. The first acts were announced in June 2010, with Dizzee Rascal confirmed to play the Corn Exchange.[27] Further acts announced included Mika, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Eels, Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Coral, The Divine Comedy, Doves, Steve Mason and Colin MacIntyre, The Phantom Band, Pearl and the Puppets, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kassidy, Broken Records, The Low Anthem, Little Feat, General Fiasco, Gomez, Tom Gray, Phoenix, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Stornoway and dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. The festival featured a performance by Michael Rother, formerly of Neu!.[28]


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