Fringe Focus: The Alleycats

The Alleycats: Contemporary A Cappella

The Alleycats: Contemporary 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 third of this series of articles, we will be looking at one of the most impressive groups from last year’s Festival, the Alleycats.

Fringe History

The Alleycats made their Fringe debut back in 2010 with a short six-day run, which earned them much critical acclaim and an official Fringe Sell-Out award. They have since been back every year, becoming ever more popular, and last year was arguably their best yet, expanding their audiences and receiving some of their highest praise since they graced the Fringe scene.

Previous UACUK Ratings

2011: 8/10 – “Thoroughly entertaining”
2012: 9.5/10 – “Impeccable blend”

This Year

The Cats will be hitting up the Fringe in a week’s time, starting early on 31 July and performing until 13 August. They will once again be in C Venues’ main venue on Chambers Street, and will be part of an a cappella afternoon feast, starting their 50-minute show at 15:30. After what many were calling the ‘Golden Generation’ of the group last year, they will surely be one of the hottest tickets in town, so get them fast!

What To Expect

The Alleycats in recent years have become the complete package: no other group has the energy, dynamism and ‘hipness’ combined with the solid musicality that the mixed-voice group from St Andrews provide. While many groups will offer slick musicality, a highly-tuned blend and the so-called ‘wall of sound’, The Alleycats bring this and more: last year, they proved that they sacrifice no amount of musical intricacies for their energetic choreography. This could partly be down to departing musical director Brendan Macdonald, who has overseen two CDs (one forthcoming) in his two-year tenure and has a real ear for blend. If the group can muster up the same variety as last year, this could be one of the stand-out shows at the Festival.

Further Details

Fringe Listing


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