Edinburgh Fringe: The Mars Patrol Interview

Local alt-rockers The Mars Patrol are set to make their Fringe debut with an acoustic show at The Merchant’s Hall this weekend.

Ahead of their one-off gig, AAA caught up with frontwoman Davina Divine.

You’re playing a gig at The Merchants’ Hall on 20th August. What can people expect from your set?

There’s usually six of us that play in The Mars Patrol but our Fringe show is going to be a stripped-down, acoustic performance by just Ross and myself. We’ll be playing two 45-minutes sets, which is what we used to do when we played around pubs in Edinburgh. We’re going to be playing songs from our new album, Human Condition, and older material so we’re really looking forward to it.

Is it your first time performing at the Fringe?

It is, actually! As a local band, we’ve always been fans of the Fringe so it’s been great to see ourselves in the brochure this year. We moved down to London for a while but we’re now back living in Edinburgh so it’s great to be involved and get back to our roots.

Are there any other shows you’re planning on catching?

We’re going to see Blue Rose Code and are hoping to catch some live comedy, too. I really enjoy going to Best of the Fest as you get to see a good mix of different comedians and you always discover someone new.

There’s thousands of Fringe shows on this year – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

We’re a local band and I’m hoping that people will come out to the show that might have seen us in the past. A lot of music is overproduced now, making it sound like computer games but we’re a real live band and this will be an intimate, acoustic show.

The Mars Patrol (Acoustic), Merchant’s Hall, Saturday 20 August, 12.30pm, £10, www.edfringe.com

Words: Amy Anderson


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