Fringe Focus: Vive

Vive - Jazz A Cappella

Vive – Jazz A Cappella

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 second of this series of articles, we will be looking at this year’s VF-UK Champions Vive, who will be making their Fringe Festival debut following their current tour of Lithuania.

Fringe History

As mentioned above, Vive have never performed at the Fringe Festival before, and will be continuing their highly successful year by becoming the latest in a line of London-based groups to grace the Festival.

Previous UACUK Ratings


This Year

Vive will be taking the place of last year’s debutants The Accidentals in performing at SpaceCabaret @ 54, a small but intimate venue which will definitely suit their style of a cappella better than that of the St Andrews girls. They will be at the Festival early on, performing for a week from 2-8 August from 6.10pm. Their astonishing rise to the top of UK university a cappella in just one year has been nothing short of phenomenal, and their established musical background means that they should be one of the slickest sounding groups at this year’s Festival.

What To Expect

To be honest, it’s unclear. Having only seen them perform a short 12-minute set at the Voice Festival UK Final back in March before, I do not know how they will tackle a more lengthy hour-long show. What is certain, though, is that their jazz a cappella is on a par, if not better, than that of more established jazz group The Oxford Gargoyles, and they are one of the tightest groups musically that I have ever heard. The venue selection seems to indicate they will be keeping to their informal way of performing: preferring natural rhythm-based movement to highly choreographed routines, so one assumes that it will be more of a musical than a visual treat. But hey, that’s what a cappella should be all about, right? Get your tickets quickly for what will be the best sounding group at the Fringe. Period.

Further Information

Fringe Listing


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