The List Festival Party

The List Festival Party, London

Thursday 31 May 2018

The List (, which publishes information on events and entertainment in the UK but also everything to do with Edinburgh Festival (1 – 27th August),  held its summer party last night to formally launch its programme of events .

Hosted by the List’s own Ross Foley and introduced by Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance, as the evening  “where everyone comes but no-one remembers”; it provided a brief snapshot of the entertainment to be discovered amongst the vast array of talent available in Edinburgh each August.

First up was Jess Robinson who will be performing at Assembly. Her vocal mimicry in the form of song wowed the crowd with what she calls ‘musical revelations’, mismatching artists with songs you would never expect to hear leave their mouth. A great range and powerful performance was also provided by the ‘7ft Ginger Beard GLAMONSTER’ Gingzilla. Her own strapline provides you enough of a glimpse into this performance! Fantastic voice. Assembly: 60 theatre acts, 60 comedy shows and cabaret.  Highlights include: Maureen Lipman sharing tales of her life, Max and Ivan’s Prom Night and theatre from Simon Callow.

From Gilded Balloon was Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches. A riotious, quickfire avalanche of ranting on socio-political issues. She certainly left me wanting for more. Gilded Balloon acts include Cabaret and Children’s shows, but is prolifically filled with comedy splendour, including Dylan Moran and Jack Docherty.
From Pleasance was Koko Brown, a spoken word artist who uses a loop station to weave sounds as a  base to her outpourings focusing on race, gender, mental health and identity. Also Showstopper! a group performing improvised musicals based on audience suggestions. Other highlights from Pleasance to come are: Cirque Berserk! adrenaline-filled circus daredevil performances, and Mr. Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant.
Newsrevue provided your Fringe staple of political satire in the form of song – quirky, witty and great fun. They will be performing at Underbelly, along with Helen Lederer, Su Pollard and an absolute raft of dance, circus, music and comedy.