Inspired by the reality of a multicultural neighbourhood in Glasgow, Closed Doors refuses to recognise genre boundaries as it tackles questions of identity, heritage, community and isolation with rigour and heart.
With every choice we create a new universe. I make it, I don’t make it, I make it, I don’t. Two musician-performers take us on a fantastical journey that links four characters in interconnecting stories across the Multiverse.
Prehistoric offers an iconoclastic and hilarious take on the pivotal 'punk moment' that still echoes today. Winner of Best Performance award – Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Named stand-out cabaret of the year by the NZ Herald, Valerie is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre reaching into the guts of family mythologies. Music, genetics, and storytelling combine to unravel one family's history. A love letter from grandson to grandmother, this celebration of resilience is gig-theatre at its finest.
A Belgian popstar moves to London to steal the job of British popstars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel.
Est. 2010, this is Edinburgh’s institutional shot of deep rhythms and rugged grooves. Expect rare funk, the deepest disco, Brazilian boogie and some afro-Latin vibrations as Soulsville takes up its August residency at Summerhall. Dress light - shoes advisable!
27-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana.
Rhythm Machine is a night of dance music and performance art. Each week DJs Yves, William Francis + special guests play dance music from around the world - rooted in the international new wave scene - as guest artists create new work for the space; approaching it as if creating for a gallery while utilising and responding to the unique context of the nightclub space.
The Italian Horror Soundtrack maestro Claudio Simonetti and his band Goblin return to the UK to perform their classic scores live to screenings of the famous films SUSPIRIA and DAWN OF THE DEAD in celebration of their 40th Anniversaries.
Based on a medieval story handed-down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.
Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar are an instrumental rock outfit, often cited as one of the most influential music acts in their genre of the last decade. Ranging from Post to Math-rock, the Belfast band have released 5 albums & 3 EPs to date.
Start to End return with a live band interpretation of John Martyn’s classic 4th solo studio album ‘ Solid Air’, following a sold out appearance at Celtic Connections 2018. Featuring Sam West on vocals and a very special line-up of musicians from Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Pronto Mama and more.
PUSSY RIOT need little introduction, the Russian protest art collective have one of the most important voices of the last 10 years whose lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Vladimir Putin.
Kevin Rowland - style icon and leader of the band Dexys (formerly Dexy’s Midnight Runners) - is renowned for his vast wealth of musical knowledge & a highly charged eclecticism, which in turn has secured his standing as a fascinating and entertaining DJ, or perhaps more accurately, “Sing-J”.
Multi award-winning venue CanadaHub returns to the Fringe with a new late-night show. Guest hosts introduce the best of Canadian cabaret, comedy and music from across the festival. All acts guaranteed to have been to Canada at least once.
Fringe University believes that the Edinburgh Fringe makes an excellent classroom. Come meet and network with other university professors from around the world planning to, or already using, the Fringe for educational purposes.
Meursault presents Crow Hill, a series of urban horror story vignettes, set in the titular, fictional, Scottish town. A project comprising of a studio album, a feature film and a graphic novel, Meursault will be performing Crow Hill in it's entirety, accompanied by projections, dancers and actors.
Come and see an evening unfold. We don't know what will happen. But we know it’s going to be good.
The legendary duo JD Twitch and JG Wilkes bring Optimo to Edinburgh this festival. Renowned for their visionary and exploratory musical approach during sets, as well as throwing some of the best parties on the planet, the original weekly club night ran uninterrupted between 1997 and 2010. Experience one of the most influential and eclectic late nights ever formulated in Scotland.
Heat will rise for one night only to ignite The Dissection Room with fed-after-midnight electro disco, homegrown in Summerhall's last industrial graveyard.
A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour.
Fusing introspective songwriting with vivid polyrhythmic indie rock and pop, Wye Oak emerged from Baltimore’s underground sound in the mid-2000s to acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
After a decade of sharing stages and crafting collaborations in the studio, real-life rap BFFs SAGE FRANCIS and B. DOLAN have finally caved to years of fan pressure to form an official group.
The viral poet returns for his second Edinburgh Fringe along with his critically acclaimed new book 'The Future’. The most watched poet of all-time, famous for the internationally successful poems 'OCD', 'Joey', and 'The Future’.
BALKANARAMA are back at Summerhall this August with their incredible sell-out show. This riotous night brings you the best of tastes and sounds of the Balkans - expect superb live music, gypsy belly dancing, Balkan Beats DJs, bespoke live visuals, Balkan rakija, costume boudoirs and more.
Westhouse Collective’s outstanding Transatlantic Ensemble return this August to perform Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album in its entirety, a record that has soundtracked the lives of multiple generations. Experience one of the greatest albums of all time, lovingly & accurately recreated in a live setting - including many of the band’s greatest hits.
Niteworks fuse Gaelic language and traditional music with electronic influences to create a fresh and exhilarating sound, winning them the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ award at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards. The band’s unique sound comes into its own in the live arena with the last year alone having seen multiple sold-out shows in Scotland and stage-closing performances at festivals across the country, leaving packed crowds pulsating into the night.
The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base.