Mark the 1st of September in your calendar as it will probably be one of the best days of the year to be in Edinburgh, thanks to the 2013 Edinburgh Mela.
Festival Director, Chris Purnell, has made no secret of his ambitions to push the profile of the Mela, and it would seem that he’s certainly managed to pull off a bit of a coup by bringing “90’s dance pioneers” The Orb to Leith Links, as part of a collaboration with the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana. The only other time these two acts have ever publicly collaborated was at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Should you be wondering what on earth the fuss is about here’s a video showing how that collaboration went down at Glastonbury.
We’ll not be the first folk to point out that a ticket for Glastonbury cost £205. The price to get into the Edinburgh Mela is a far more reasonable £4 for the whole weekend.
The organisers of the Mela say their intention is that the headline act will finish before the Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks display starts. So, for little more than £4 you’ll be able to hear some incredible live music before watching one of the best fireworks displays in Europe. What’s not to like?
It certainly seems that one way or another, there’s a good chance that Leithers will get to both see and hear Little Fluffy Clouds on that Sunday, anyway.
Of course The Orb and the Kakatsistsi Master Drummers are not the only reason to take part with the Mela. You can find out all the details of the Mela 2013 programme and book that £4 armband online in advance, here: http://www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk/
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