Lost instruments throw Otto & Astrid’s Edinburgh Fringe run into chaos

Otto & Astrid – Eurosmash! blue smoke – credit Andrew Wuttke

German band Die Roten Punkte have been left stranded on the opening night of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe run after British Airways lost all their musical equipment in Canada.

The duo, consisting of brother and sister Otto and Astrid Rot, travelled with the airline from Winnipeg to Edinburgh on July 30but discovered on arrival that their set of custom-made drums and electric guitars had not made it onto their connecting flight from Toronto.

Drummer Astrid Rot contacted Toronto Airport’s duty manager Andy Joseph, who found the instruments and supervised them being put on a plane to London, but British Airways have now told her they do not know whether they arrived at Heathrow Airport.

She said: “He (Joseph) personally went with his little legs and found our instrument and put them on the plane to London. But now we’ve heard nothing for another 36 hours.

“Why can’t they get here from London? I could have walked there and got back with them by now. How can I rock out and make noises with no drums?”

The pair are now scrambling to find alternative instruments in time for the opening night of their show Otto and Astrid: Eurosmash! which is on at the Underbelly Cowgate from August 3-27.

Otto said that they are using equipment that had been gifted or lent to them in order to get ready for opening night on Thursday, but their instruments have been custom-made for their performance.

“We are determined for the show to go on”, he added.

They have posted a video on their Facebook page pleading with anyone at Heathrow Airport to search for their lost equipment.

Yesterday BA suffered a systems crash that affected check-in and luggage systems at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, although a spokesman said the issue was now “resolved”.

It comes after an earlier IT glitch in May, which BA admitted was responsible for a “significant” number of passengers left without luggage.

This is the third time Die Roten Punkte have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, after being nominated for the Time Out and Soho Theatre’s ‘Best Cabaret’ award for their last run in 2013.

They first played at the Fringe in 2009, where they were nominated for a Total Theatre award and The List proclaimed them “set to be bigger than Jesus.”

Die Roten Punkte have supported Amanda Palmer on tour and have built up a cult following during their years performing together since they were children.

The Edinburgh Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and runs at venues across the Scottish capital from August 4-28.

Die Roten Punkte

  • Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) are “Berlin’s prince and princess of art rock and Europop”, Otto and Astrid Rot.
  • They return to Edinburgh with their first full show in four years with songs from their new album Eurosmash! This is their fourth full studio album, having released critically acclaimed albums in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
  • Their 2009 Fringe debut Super Musikant (Super Musician) was nominated for the Total Theatre award, while their 2013 show Kunst Rock (Art Rock) was nominated for Best Cabaret at the TO&ST – Time Out & Soho Theatre Award.
  • “Hilarious, outrageous. Set to be bigger than Jesus” (The List), “A beautifully grotesque, glam-rock punk-pop riot of a gig” (Fest mag), “The perfect musical comedy act and there is something there for everyone – it should not be missed” (Broadway Baby).