nme.com can reveal that the Scottish capital will play host to a string of top acts...

Pulp play their only Scottish gig of the year at the first T ON THE FRINGE festival in EDINBURGH in August, which also features IAN BROWN and SEMISONIC, nme.com can announce.

So far 15 bands have been confirmed for the gigs at the city’s Corn Exchange and Liquid Rooms venues. The festival, which will run throughout August and forms part of the Fringe event, is organised by T In The Park promoters DF Concerts.

The Pulp date will be their only Scottish show this year.

DFC boss Stuart Clumpas speaking at the launch in Edinburgh this afternoon, said the demise of the Flux festival this year, which had been held during the Fringe for the last three years, was purely coincidental with his decision to put bands on for the first time this year.

“It is down to the fact that there are now venues in Edinburgh that we can use to present acts of a certain size. We used to put bands on at the Fringe 10 years ago but you were asking them to go on after a comedy act at the Assembly Rooms, and bands will just say no.

“We have been involved with V2000 for the last three years and realised that we have all these bands who are in Britain who wouldn’t normally come up to Scotland for a one-off gig. But if you mention that it’s the Fringe, with hundreds of thousands of tourists in the city and bars open to 6am, they jump at it.”

Clumpas, who said another few big-name bands are likely to be announced for the 2500-capacity Corn Exchange and at least half a dozen more for the 600-capacity Liquid Rooms, added that the festival will become a permanent addition to the Fringe bill.

He also remarked that sponsors Tennents had taken on the mantle of the Arts Council as far as music in Scotland is concerned: “As far as government bodies go, if you’re fat and from Italy they’ll throw money at you, but if you’re from Scotland and playing rock music they’re not interested.”

The full line up of acts announced so far is: Corn Exchange Semisonic (August 21) Pulp (24)Ian Brown (25)

Liquid Rooms David Gray (August 7) Rae & Christian (8) Glenn Tilbrook (10) Martyn Bennett (11) Creeping Bent Records Night with Vic Godard, The Leopards and Speeder (12) Babybird (17) Toploader (18) Doves (21) Idlewild (24) Lo-Fidelity Allstars (25) Hobotalk, Grandaddy (29)

Further acts are still to be announced. An information hotline has been set up on 0141 339 8383.