Media Release: Edinburgh celebrates La Fete de la Musique with an eclectic programme of free concerts


THE Institut francais brings the Fete de la Musique to Edinburgh with a programme of free concerts ranging from rock to pop music, with jazz and world music tones, on Friday 21 June.

La Fête de la Musique will start with a key figure of the Edinburgh music scene: Rosie Nimmo. Regular performer at this event, Rosie Nimmo and her smooth voice will take us on journey through her musical universe combining jazz, folk and blues tones.

La Clinik du Dr Poemback will add a touch of madness to this 2013 Fête. Coming straight fromBelgium, this likeable twenty-musician brass band condenses all elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity. They will bring a vibrant energy to the Institut with an eclectic repertoire mixing the best of world music, tango, jazz and techno.

The evening will turn into a rocking hullaballoo with the Beat Poets, a band formed in 1986 by guitarist Tom Rafferty and saxophonist Keith Bruce. The Beats Poets were instrumental in bringing over the legend of the surf guitar Dick Dale to play concerts in Scotland and they also performed with legendary Memphis singer and songwriter of Big Star and the Box Tops, the late Alex Chilton, at the Glasgow Fair on Glasgow Green.

Finally, Jack and The’ will close our Fête de la musique on a charming pop touch. Strongly influenced by 60s pop music, this quartet, led by Edinburgh-based French musician, Julien Lonchamp, combines catchy melodies with elaborate orchestrations and song structures.

The Bistrot will be open until late and will serve food and drinks throughout the evening.

Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.

Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, including Scotland, it is now recognised as the world’s largest music event.


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Listings info:

La Fete de la Musique

Date: Friday 21 June 2013, from 6.00pm

Venue: Institut français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, EH3 7TT Edinburgh

FREE event. Non-ticketed. No booking required.

Full programme:

  • ROSIE NIMMO  : 6.00 pm (50 mins)

  • LA CLINIK DU Dr POEMBAK : 7.00 pm and 8.30 pm (2 x 30 mins)

  •  THE BEAT POETS  : 7.30 pm (50 mins)

  •  JACK AND THE’ : 9.00 pm (50 mins)

Notes for editors:

The Institut français d’Ecosse is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It also aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions. Additional information is available on or follow us on Twitter @ifecosse.

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