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The best music events at the Edinburgh Festivals

The best gigs from across the Fringe, International and other festivals in Edinburgh this August
By Niki Boyle |

Live music typically takes a back seat at the Edinburgh festivals as the performing arts dominate. But that’s not to say there aren’t great concerts of a whole variety of types to be enjoyed across the month, in venues large and small. Indeed, with the Edinburgh International Festival’s new director Fergus Linehan vowing to bring pop into their programme in a big way – and putting his money where his mouth is in 2015 – positive changes are afoot for people who regard pop and rock music as just as high art forms as classical, opera, dance and theatre. Here are ten of the best Edinburgh live music performances this August to make room for in your packed festival schedules (plus a sample song from each in case you're still unsure).

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