It's that time of year when the Scottish capital comes to life as the Edinburgh Festival rolls into town. With over 2,000 unique shows, it's hard to know where to begin. So here are a few of our top Festival picks:

Abandoman: Hot Desk (comedy, music)

For three nights only the trio of Irish hip-hop improvisers are back by popular demand. You can expect the unexpected as Abandoman transforms the audience's likes, loathes and pet-peeves into razor-sharp hip-hop rhymes. A rap legend will also be making an appearance via Skype—technology permitting, of course!

 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (theatre, comedy)

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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Masters of satire Tobacco Tea introduce everyone's favourite eccentric, as you've never seen him before. In an all-new adventure, Sherlock and Watson must track down the culprit in the murder of one of their very own clients... only to discover that the murderer is an unwitting Sherlock Holmes himself. A truly inspired evening of entertainment.

 

Fanti Acrobatics Intl. (dance)

Fanti Acrobatics
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Flying in from Ghana, Fanti Acrobatics bring you some of the highlights of their West African culture. With contortionists, fire-breathing, limbo, drumming and dancing, it's hard to know where to look first. A chance to experience African culture right in the heart of Edinburgh.

 

David O'Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O'Doherty (comedy)

David O'Doherty
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Following on from sterling performances on panel-shows such as QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Would I Lie To You?, David O'Doherty brings his unique brand of bittersweet Irish humour to Edinburgh, accompanied by his trusty 1986 electronic keyboard. Join him for an hour of wit and wisdom as he contemplates life in the modern world.

 

Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser (cabaret, comedy)

Elsie Diamond
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By day she dresses some of the biggest stars in the world. By night, she regales audiences with the unbelievable stories she picks up along the way. Elsie Diamond effortlessly blends storytelling, comedy and burlesque to create a sumptuous journey through the decades. Not one to be missed.

 

Dylan's Daughter (poetry)

Dylan's Daughter
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Back in 1970, actress Anne Rutter met the daughter of Dylan Thomas, the late Aeronwy Thomas, for the first time. A great friendship was born and Aeronwy shared candid tales about life with her genius, but ultimately troubled, father. Anne brings these conversations to life, along with some of Thomas's lesser-known works, and rare video footage of the interviews with Aeronwy, to provide an extraordinary insight into one of Britain's greatest poets.

 

The Jäger Maestros Oompah Show (music, comedy)

One of Manchester's best-loved entertainment troupes, the Jäger Maestros deliver an evening of traditional German oompah music with a very modern twist. Comprised of eight talented brass musicians and fronted by a natural comedian, the Jäger Maestros take audiences on a journey from Oktoberfest drinking songs right up to modern day hits played as you've never heard them before. This is what the Edinburgh Festival was made for.

 

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