The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2016 – Rob Deering’s Beat This, 24th August 2016

Rob Deering's Beat ThisDifficult to know how to follow Eurobeat, but this sounds like it will be a lot of fun – Rob Deering’s Beat This. It’s on at The Dining Room @ Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, at midnight on the night of Wednesday 24th. Here’s the blurb: “The live music-based game show and late-night Fringe favourite from ‘brilliant musical comedian’ (Time Out) Rob Deering returns. ‘Employing live music mash-ups and megamixes (not enough of them nowadays) and music trivia, nimble-fingered Deering pits comedians and audience against each other’ (Comedy Central). The festival’s not the festival without Beat This, the perfect end – middle, if you’re that badass – to your evening. New show with four top-notch guests every time. Previous guests include Alan Davies, Gary Delaney, Nick Helm, Miles Hunt, Sarah Millican, Andi Osho, Frank Skinner and Josh Widdicombe.”

Rob DeeringSo this should continue both the musical and the comedy themes. I don’t think we’ve seen Rob Deering before but I’m expecting him to be damn funny. I’m not bad at recognising music either, especially if it’s pre-1988! Check back shortly around 1.15am to see how well we did (and if we’re still awake!) and by then the preview blog for our next show should be available to read too.

Post-show update:

Well I surprised myself by being the only audience member to recognise the legendary Radar Love by Golden Earring, which won me a “strong audience point”. Happy with that! Our star guests were Matt Green, Tiffany Stevenson, Stu Goldsmith and Tom Allen. I can see how this show has easily attained its cult status, and Rob Deering’s ability to play virtually any tune under the sun on the guitar is simply phenomenal. The gameshow element is fairly loosely structured, and I doubt whether Mr D would have been happy with any of the Eurovision suggestions that kept running through my head. Very good natured fun and perfect late night entertainment for rock aficionados. 

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