The Race for Space Live

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Date(s) - Wed, Apr 12 2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm GMT

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Usher Hall
Lothian Road

A special event as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Join us on Yuri’s Night – the international celebration of human endeavour in space – as corduroy-clad London-based outfit Public Service Broadcasting perform their hit album The Race for Space from start to finish. With accompaniment from the National Youth Choir of Scotland and string quintet Mr McFall’s Chamber, this very special evening will bring stories and samples from the American and Soviet space race to life before your eyes and ears.

PSB’s uniquely spellbinding live AV transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future. The evening will begin with the brains behind Public Service Broadcasting – J. Willgoose Esq. – in conversation with science-obsessed comedian and broadcaster Helen Keen, discussing the making of the album and the fascinating tales of the space race that inspired it.