FIRST EVER EDINBURGH SUMMER SESSIONS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

THE FIRST EVER EDINBURGH SUMMER SESSIONS PROVES A HUGE SUCCESS AS AMAZING ARTISTS BRING SOME INCREDIBLE MOMENTS TO THE CAPITAL

SIR TOM JONES KICKS OFF FIRST EVER EDINBURGH SUMMER SESSIONS CONCERT SERIES! - 06.08.2018
PICTURE BY: RYAN JOHNSTON

Edinburgh’s newest music festival, Edinburgh Summer Sessions, saw two weeks of music’s most heralded and respected performers, plus some incredibly talented emerging acts, take to the iconic Princes Street Gardens stage.

SIR TOM DELIVERS CAREER-SPANNING SET

SIR TOM JONES OPENING THE FIRST EVER EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS CONCERT SERIES - 06.08.2018
PICTURE BY: RYAN JOHNSTON

Sir Tom Jones, one of the most experienced performers on the planet, treated a sold out crowd of adoring fans to a performance that showed there is no end to his showmanship, with a setlist that charted some of the soulful singer’s biggest hits including ‘Sex Bomb’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’ providing some spectacular singalong scenes at the bandstand. The set was also peppered with some incredible covers and touching moments, taking on Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ and the Prince classic ‘Kiss’.
 
Sir Tom was joined by fellow Welshmen Into the Ark with the former buskers providing the ideal opening to the festival, easing fans in with their acoustic driven, soulful rock sound.

With five more headline shows to go, Sir Tom Jones certainly showed Summer Sessions exactly how it’s done.

FESTIVAL FAVOURITES KEEP THE PARTY GOING

BASTILLE CLOSING DAY TWO OF EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS 2018 - 09.08.2018
PICTURE BY: CAMERON BRISBANE

Day two of Edinburgh Summer Sessions saw three of the country’s finest indie bands take to the stage in Princes Street Gardens. Retro Video Club kicked the day off with their indie-rock party sound and festival-ready anthems.
 
For singalong indie favourites, one band can certainly deliver… The Vaccines, who soundtracked the resurgence of guitar music in the early 2010s, returned to Scotland armed with their latest album Combat Sports and the plethora of indie favourites that saw them rise to such prominence. As the night drew in, Bastille took to the stage, making Princes Street Gardens the only place to be for indie music fans. Their setlist included everything the crowd were anticipating from their headliners: the announcement of new music, fan favourite ‘Of the Night’ and some classics such as ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ capping off an incredible day of live music.

WEEK TWO OF EDINBURGH SUMMER SESSIONS
 
Rag‘n’Bone Man, Grace Carter and The LaFontaines started the second week of Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2018 with a hip-hop tinged day of partying and soulful moments.

RAG 'N' BONE MAN CLOSING DAY THREE OF EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS 2018 - 14.08.2018
PICTURE BY: RYAN JOHNSTON

The LaFontaines got the day started in style with their rock-influenced rap sound, bringing incredible party scenes to Edinburgh. As Scottish natives and festival favourites, there was perhaps no better band to begin week two of the festival. Grace Carter kept the good vibes going with her soulful singer-songwriter sound and while fans wait for her highly-anticipated debut album, Summer Sessions was the best setting to enjoy her incredible sound.

Rag‘n’Bone Man provided the perfect fusion of hip hop beats and striking vocals, perfectly displaying how he has risen to become one of the most popular acts in the UK. Adding his own personal touch, the singer found a member of the lucky Summer Sessions’ audience named ‘Grace’ to dedicate his soulful song of the same name to, marking a poignant moment of the night. With the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, massive singles ‘Human’ and ‘Skin’ were moments to be remembered.

PALOMA FAITH AND WARD THOMAS BRING THE FRIDAY FEELING
 
Singer-songwriter duo Ward Thomas began weekend two of Edinburgh Summer Sessions, with their atmospheric sound providing the ideal soundtrack to the beautiful setting.

PALOMA FAITH CLOSING DAY FOUR OF EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS 2018 - 17.08.2018
PICTURE BY: RYAN JOHNSTON

Then, it was finally time for Paloma Faith, one of the UK’s favourite powerhouse singer-songwriters. Paloma certainly kept the good times coming with her infectious radio hits including ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’, ‘Crybaby’ and ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ going down a treat with the capital crowd. Since releasing her debut album in 2009, Paloma has been a shining light in the music industry, skilfully blending genres like pop, R&B, soul and jazz to produce her own eccentric retro signature style which went down a storm at her phenomenal Summer Sessions show.
 
KASABIAN’S CAPITAL RETURN

KASABIAN CLOSING FINAL DAY OF EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS 2018 AT PRINCES STREET GARDEN'S - 18.08.2018
PICTURE BY: RYAN JOHNSTON

One of the most seasoned festival headliners on the planet, Kasabian, returned to their beloved Scotland, for a more intimate gig compared to the arenas they regularly fill across the globe. With a back catalogue as diverse and well-loved as Kasabian’s, picking their headline setlist was certainly a challenge, but the Leicester lads delivered a set that encompassed the fan favourites and indie-rock anthems that have soundtracked UK festivals for 15 years including mass dance parties to ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ and ‘Club Foot’. Kasabian showed once again why they are the experts at blending dance beats with rock anthems and captivating audiences at headline festival sets around the world with a spellbinding sold out show.

Australian trio DMAs began the Saturday night party and made sure the crowd were well and truly warmed up for Kasabian’s headline set, as they merged their Britpop inspired sound with classic indie rock anthems.
 
INTERNATIONAL ICON BRIAN WILSON CLOSES THE FIRST EDINBURGH SUMMER SESSIONS

BRIAN WILSON CLOSING FINAL DAY OF EDINBURGH'S SUMMER SESSIONS 2018 - PERFORMING AT PLAYHOUSE - 19.08.2018

Brian Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys and one of the most highly-regarded figures in the history of music, signed off the inaugural year of Edinburgh’s newest music festival in simply incredible fashion. Celebrating the iconic Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, fans were treated to the album in its entirety including hits like ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Sloop John B’, alongside other classic including ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Surfing USA’. Joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, Brian Wilson and Co. took the audience on a journey of iconic musical heritage and as the Edinburgh Playhouse sang back every word, it was clear that this was perhaps the best curtain call for an amazing six days of live music that fans could ask for.

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Wednesday 22nd August
Kings of Leon | The Wombats | The Hunna | Everything Everything | Isaac Gracie
 
Saturday 25th August
Catfish and the Bottlemen | Twin Atlantic | DMA’s | Peace | Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes | Neon Waltz
 
Wednesday 29th August
Kendrick Lamar | N.E.R.D. | Bugzy Malone

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