Fringe Focus: All the King’s Men

All the King's Men - Knight Fever!

All the King’s Men – Knight Fever!

In the lead up to this year’s 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 2013. In the first of this series of articles, we will be looking at last year’s VF-UK Champions and 2013 Finalists All the King’s Men, who will be returning to the Festival for the fourth consecutive year.

Fringe History

The boys have a long and fruitful relationship with theSpace venues, having performed twice at Surgeon’s Hall and shifting last year just around the corner to Symposium Hall. Last year was their most successful year yet, garnering some fantastic reviews and producing not one but two separate shows, both of which went down a storm. They aren’t known for their lengthy Fringe runs, preferring to hone their talents into short six- or seven-day runs, which has been a masterstroke in terms of keeping their voices fresh and not overdoing it.

Previous UACUK Ratings

2011: 8/10 – “Thoroughly impressive.”
2012: 9/10 – “Nothing short of exceptional.”

This Year

Once again, All the King’s Men will be bringing not one but two shows to the Fringe Festival, again limiting themselves to short run in the middle of the Festival madness. Their main show, Knight Fever!, is once again at theSpace @ Symposium Hall from 12-17 August at 15:10. Despite having been pipped at the Final of this year’s Voice Festival UK, they will still be one of the hottest tickets in town thanks to rave reviews coming from last year’s performance, which was arguably the pinnacle of the group’s short existence so far. Their second show, All the King’s Men Present… is a continuation of the successful setup of the same show last year, whereby the boys invite other groups in the collegiate scene to join them on stage. Those special evenings will be taking place on the 12 & 14 August from 23:30.

What To Expect

All the King’s Men’s domination of the London university a cappella scene has come under threat this year from newbies Vive, who will be joining them at the Festival this year, but the two groups are hugely different and All the King’s Men present that classic feel-good, look-good, sound-good style of a cappella, and they are one of the best groups in the country at what they do. They have gained even more international experience since last year, which will have banished any stage demons they may have had. Their failure to win VF-UK 2013 wasn’t down to a dip in quality, rather their competitors stepping up their game, and so if you enjoyed their show last year, as we certainly did, then you will definitely enjoy them again this year.

Further Details

Fringe Listing – Knight Fever!
Fringe Listing – AtKM Presents…

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