Idlewild debut new tracks at a rare hometown gig...

Idlewild debuted three brand new tracks at a small hometown gig in EDINBURGH last night (August 24), which has been one of the highlights of the T ON THE FRINGE festival so far.

The sold-out gig at the 600-capacity Liquid Rooms was a rare hometown show for the band, who have only performed twice in Edinburgh in the last 12 months, at the opening of the Scottish Parliament last summer and an in-store show at HMV to launch their album ‘100 Broken Windows’ earlier this year.

The new tracks were ‘Generation’, ‘Picture Within’ and ‘Close Of The Day’, which the band told are all currently working titles. The songs demonstrate again the band’s leaning towards an ’80s sound. Idlewild are likely to play some of their new material when they perform at Carling Weekend Festival at Reading and Leeds this weekend.

Guitarist Rod Jones, who has been performing live with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon on his solo dates, will be playing two sets on each day of the festivals, one with his own band and a second with Coxon.

Pulp also played at T On The Fringe last night, in front of a sold-out audience at the Corn Exchange. They played the new tracks already previewed at their secret London show on Tuesday night, and were forced by an over-enthusiastically demanding crowd to play an unscheduled additional second encore of ‘Babies’ and ‘Do You Remember The First Time’.

Organisers of T On The Fringe, DF Concerts, say they are happy at the response to the inaugural music festival, which is running in parallell with the Edinburgh Fringe, and have confirmed that it will go ahead again next year. A spokesperson added: “Next year we will try to have a show on every night, and one thing we would like to do next time is get a dance music package together, along the lines of Death In Vegas and Groove Armada. But this year has succeeded all our expectations in terms of sales and atmosphere.”