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Edinburgh Summer Sessions Festival organisers DF Concerts have announced that Florence + the Machine, Chvrches, James, Courteeners, Madness, Primal Scream and Johnny Marr will play festival shows across seven dates during Edinburgh International Festival this summer.
The line-up features trailblazing female talent and iconic greats, all taking place against the incredible backdrop of Edinburgh Castle in the Ross Bandstand.
Making a return to Scotland, Florence + The Machine will open Edinburgh Summer Sessions in 2019, playing not one but two consecutive shows on 7 and 8 August. 2018 was a remarkable year for Florence Welch, whose fourth album High As Hope was released to wide acclaim in what felt like a career-defining moment. She received her third Mercury Prize nomination and more recently has been shortlisted for both an Album Of The Year and British Female Solo Artist in this year’s BRITS nominations.
Primal Scream will take to the Edinburgh Summer Sessions Festival stage on 10 August, their first Scottish date since the iconic V+A opening in Dundee last summer. Primal Scream released the original studio recordings from Memphis of the tracks that eventually became their 1994 album Give Out But Don’t Give Up in October last year. They teamed up with legendary producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section of David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) at Ardent Studios in Memphis, the resulting recordings from those classic sessions showcase the more country soul, rock’n’roll side to a band who continue to surprise.
The early 1980s weren’t the best of times to be an aspiring guitar player. Born in Manchester on Halloween 1963, of Irish heritage, Johnny Marr’s earliest musical memories are the get-togethers of his extended family, perhaps – as his early guitar idol Marc Bolan would sing – dancing himself out of the womb to the traditional strains of Black Velvet Band. With a career quite like no other, Marr is a musical genius creating a guitar sound with The Smiths that, today, is still one of the most iconic in British history. Marr has reaped the rewards of a hugely successful solo career playing huge shows in Scotland, most recently a legendary show at the famous Glasgow Barrowlands. He’ll be sharing the Edinburgh Summer Sessions stage supporting Primal Scream on 10 August – a date that is sure to rock the hearts of lovers of great music around Scotland.
Synth-pop maestros Chvrches will make their debut at Edinburgh Summer Sessions on 11 August, almost five years since their last performance in the capital. After a special homecoming performance at TRNSMT Festival in their hometown last summer, the Glasgow trio fronted by Lauren Mayberry will return to Scotland after an incredible seven years. Their debut album in 2013 proved Chvrches were turning the Scottish music scene on its head, blending Lauren’s mesmerising vocals with catchy indie-pop hooks and lyrics. 2018 saw the band release third album Love Is Dead showcasing hits like Get Out and My Enemy.
Also on the line-up, one of Britain’s most celebrated and enduring bands, James, are set to take the stage at this year’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions Festival on 15 August. Having sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, the band are no strangers to creating iconic music that comes alive on stage. James released their 15th studio album Living in Extraordinary Times last year. It debuted Top 10 and received critical acclaim and may be their best album yet. The band will no doubt bring these incendiary new songs and some of their classics of the past three decades to Edinburgh Summer Sessions.
Tickets are on-sale from Friday 1st February at 9AM from www.smmrsessions.com