In the lead up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, every week we will be producing special focuses on our collegiate groups who will be performing at the world’s largest amateur arts festival in 2012. In the eighth and final edition, we’ll be looking at All the King’s Men, the Voice Festival UK 2012 champions and 3rd best group in the world, who are returning to the Fringe for the third time.
All the King’s Men and their punnily titled Fringe gigs first arrived in 2010, and in both previous years they have performed for a short period of time at the Spaces @ Surgeon’s Hall. Although their Fringe debut was a quiet one, their return in 2011 brought several successful reviews and a sell-out run, and they even gave viewers a special first-chance to see a documentary of their recent US Tour, which went down a treat.
“I love you! Sign my bra!” – ThreeWeeks, 2011 (*****)
“Truly incredible.” – BroadwayBaby, 2011 (****)
“Thoroughly impressive.” – UACUK, 2011 (8 out of 10)
The boys have had an incredible year, and to top it off they are bringing not one, but two shows to the Fringe. They’re not here for long, mind, so catch them while you can. Their main show, It’s Reigning Men, is at the Spaces @ Symposium Hall from 13th-18th August – just six nights. In their second show, they will not only be performing, but also introducing fellow a cappella acts such of Out of the Blue, The Alleycats and fellow King’s College group, The King’s Chix in All the King’s Men Present…. These will be happening on two separate occasions – 13th and 14th of August, with different guest acts each night. We admire the work the boys are doing to further collaboration within a cappella, and you’d be mad to miss out on either of these performances.
What To Expect
With international experience, the boys have come on in leaps and bounds in the last three years, and will undoubtedly bring a five-star show to the Festival again this year. Their Voice Festival set this year, which I assume will feature in their set for the Festival, was utterly astounding, and if the rest of their music is at that high a level, any audience will be in for an evening of sensational a cappella. As their press release reads: “One thing is guaranteed: the audience will leave smiling and utterly entertained.” Agreed.