With the musical element of the Fringe once again appearing to have slipped into abeyance, Back Garden Promotions (Edinburgh label Song, By Toad in association with several local musicians)  is putting on a series of small gigs at Henry’s Cellar Bar next month.

Pale Imitation Festival has, it has to be said, a cracking line-up. Given that admission each evening is just £5 (with the exception of the Malcolm Middleton show) and that there’s a season ticket for £25 (covering all NINE shows) all shows will likely sell-out quickly. Here’s the full line-up:

Thursday 1st August: William Henry MillerJonnie Common & The Bad Books (Plus Opening Party Until 1am) (Tickets)

Saturday 3rd: FoundAdam Stafford & Mike Macfarlane (Tickets)

Thursday 8th: Plastic AnimalsDeathcats & Mad Nurse (Tickets)

Saturday 10th: Sparrow and the WorkshopThe Rosy Crucifixion & Siobhan Wilson (Tickets)

Saturday 17th: RM HubbertWounded Knee & Lidh (Tickets)

Thursday 22nd: The LegZed Penguin & Numbers Are Futile (Tickets)

Saturday 24th: Malcolm MiddletonIan Humberstone Now Wakes The Sea (Plus Papi Falso) (Tickets)

Thursday 29th: Rob St. JohnHanna Tuulikki & David Orphan Dj Set (Tickets)

Saturday 31st: eagleowlRachel Lancaster & Nap Sholty (Tickets)

Yep, there’s at least a couple of pseudonymns in there.

If I had the time and didn’t live an hour away, I’d be investing in a season ticket but since I’m double booked on a couple of the dates already and I need some semblance of a normal life during August, I will likely end up going to none.

Which would be a shame as, repeat, it’s a cracking line-up. The only thing I would say is that it’s a fairly predictable line-up for this sort of thing in Edinburgh.