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music, Live Music

Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System are among the pioneers of the contemporary world music scene. Their ground-breaking fusion of African, Gaelic and Bhangra influenced sounds has won the hearts and minds of audiences since the group’s beginnings over 25 years ago. With album sales now topping more than one and a half million, two Grammy nominations to date and tours all around the world, they are the legendary afro-celtic band bringing spirits and music from different cultures together to a breath-taking show.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman

Andrew Wasylyk’s cinematic compositions have been nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award and been awarded BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gideon Coe’s Album of the Year. He has collaborated with former National Poet for Scotland, Liz Lochhead, and written soundtracks for Radio 4. Tommy Perman’s work as a musician and DJ has taken him across the world, with numerous record releases under his own name and with experimental group/arts collective FOUND, alongside visual works at the Sydney Opera House and National Museum of Scotland. An intimate, transcendental audio-visual performance by two artists at the height of their creativity.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Baby Bushka

Baby Bushka are 8 powerful women whose detailed, choreographed performance of Kate Bush’s music transcends the word “tribute” to create a wild joyous celebration that is simply unforgettable.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, folk, Live Music

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (pronounched Breetch-er Hime-bowl) is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music. A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, Brìghde's style is rooted in her language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of global piping traditions, such as from Eastern Europe, Cape Breton and Ireland.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Burd Ellen

Burd Ellen is a project featuring Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons) and Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Electroscope). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere. They are twice featured in The Guardian’s Folk Albums of the Year, 2020 and 2022. A Tarot Of The Green Wood is their third studio album, released Oct 2022. Debbie Armour says “I’m a long time collector and lover of tarot, and I’ve recently become drawn to the idea of finding parallels between interpretation of traditional song and the art of divination. Gayle and I have brought together a new collection of songs that reflect the ideas, archetypes and imagery of the Major Arcana.” Developed on residency at Sage Gateshead, the album also features guest appearances from Mercury Prize nominee Ian Lynch (One Leg One Eye, Lankum) and Newcastle-based composer Mark Wardlaw (Kenosist, The Old Police House). With support from Rylan Gleave.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, folk, Live Music

CALAN

Immerse yourself in an enchanting world as the mesmerising quartet CALAN grace our stage with their unique brand of power-folk.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Ceilidh Club

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club brings you the best regular ceilidhs with fantastic live bands. The bands all have a caller to teach the dances, so everyone is welcome - from complete beginners to experienced ceilidh dancers.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Main Hall

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music, Live Music

Constant Follower

Constant Follower is the band formed around songwriter Stephen McAll. His debut album for legendary New York indie label Shimmy Disc was nominated for the 2022 Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) and found its way onto the top of multiple ‘Best Albums of 2021’ lists, leading to a string of notable performances including Austin’s SXSW 2022 and SXSW 2023, and a spellbinding set from the crown of Scotland’s National Wallace Monument.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Curiosity Shop, Calum Anderson, Frobisher

Experience a performance from Edinburgh Napier University's graduating music students: indie folk group Curiosity Shop, led by Sonny Scott; indie rock singer-songwriter Calum Anderson; and Frobisher, a contemporary jazz fusion group led by bassist Louis Taige Hodgson. This triple bill showcases the diversity of music hailing from Edinburgh Napier University.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Donald WG Lindsay & Alasdair Roberts

Scottish musicians Donald WG Lindsay and Alasdair Roberts have been friends for thirty years, since their teenage days. In these three decades, their careers in music have taken them down differing yet similarly unorthodox paths, and they’ve continued to make a lot of music together, usually informally. They’ve only rarely appeared together in concert, but in autumn 2024 they will remedy this state of affairs with their first duo tour.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Edinburgh Psych Fest 2024

Edinburgh Psych Fest, the sister festival to the UK’s leading Psychedelic music and arts festival Manchester Psych Fest, has announced the second wave of acts joining the bill for this September’s festival. Off the back of a huge first lineup announcement that featured Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Temples and NewDad, Edinburgh Psych Fest reveals more exciting names that will head to Scotland’s capital on Sunday 1st September, including renowned musician, composer, producer, film-maker and former Super Furry Animal’s frontman Gruff Rhys, Seattle psych band La Luz, hazy indie-pop outfit Lime Garden, frantic experimental rock-jazz two piece O. and Glasgow’s dreamy slowcore duo Cloth. Post-punk quintet Gurries, Edinburgh’s 60’s psych duo Logan’s Close and surrealist punk-poetry-rockers Loose Articles also join the bill alongside Manchester’s 90’s influenced shoegaze outfit TTSSFU, Glasgow’s soupy psych-rock band The Wife Guy’s Of Reddit and the lo-fi psych post-punk sounds of Nightshift. Taking place across Summerhall and the new 2024 venue addition, The Queen’s Hall, the festival promises another unforgettable day filled with mind-bending sounds, trippy visuals and a celebration of all things psychedelic. £20 & £30 early bird tickets SOLD OUT. £35 Advance tickets are on now on sale. Current Line-Up: Gruff Rhys | Pigs x7 | Temples | NewDad | Juniore | La Luz | The Bug Club | Lime Garden | Divorce | O. | Cloth | Hotwax | Molly Payton | Holly Macve | Gurriers | Loose Articles | TTSSFU | Crush Of Souls | Logan's Close | The Wife Guys Of Reddit | Nightshift | Puppy Teeth + DJs | Food & Drink | Merchandise LINE-UP SUBJECT TO CHANGE | VENUE CAPACITIES ARE BASED ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SO CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR SPECIFIC ACTS | THE QUEEN’S HALL & SUMMER HALL | 01.09.24 Artwork by Thea Bryant - Instagram: @__bythea

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room & Main Hall

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folk, rock, Live Music, pop

Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell

Celebrating Joni Mitchell: the 7-piece band Hejira performs the greatest works of the genius singer-songwriter. Fronted by the outstanding vocalist/guitarist Hattie Whitehead, this band fully captures the poetry, passion and beauty of Mitchell’s masterpieces.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Holy Other

In 2021 Holy Other returned with Lieve, his first new work to be released in nine years, and the start of a new chapter. Emerging from an extended stay at Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, Lieve was recorded throughout 2020 in the North West of England. Much like his past work, Holy Other leaves the listener to draw their own semantic conclusions from the record. Lieve breaks almost a decade of silence, finding the language to articulate painful feelings, exhaling and moving forward.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Ibibio Sound Machine

Pull the Rope, the new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard-led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remains, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album Electricity, the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues, from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club. The atmosphere has changed, but you’re still having the time of your life.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Insider Trading

For two years Insider Trading have haunted the Edinburgh underground circuit, becoming a staple of the post-punk scene. A blend of textural post-rock with furious walls of sound reminiscent of 80s no-wave with gentler melodic aspects of slowcore, they have carved a unique sonic identity in the Edinburgh gig landscape.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Jalen Ngonda - NEW DATE

This gig has been postponed from 25th April to 10th July. Tickets may have the original date on, but will be valid for entry. Artist statement: "UK dates for this tour are postponed on Doctors orders. We understand that this is a major disappointment but health comes first. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates which we will be working on immediately. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their support and understanding your kindness is appreciated.” Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen Ngonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was at the age of 11 he began getting into music, inspired by his father’s collection of jazz, hip-hop, soul and classical records. Since moving to Liverpool in 2014 Jalen has been playing gigs across the UK and beyond. Two years later Jalen is selling out headline shows in London and Geneva, is breaking into the Viral Charts with his debut single and is supporting touring act such as Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen will leave you no choice but to be drawn into his world.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

John Maus

John Maus is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he’s fashioned the frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humour over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80’s drum machines and synth sounds employed, John’s music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. There’s a cinematic quality to his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his deeply resonant vocal.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand

Dan Willson is Scotland's acclaimed singer songwriter Withered Hand. He has released three albums and a number of EPs over the last 15 years and has toured internationally, amassing a devoted following while staying close to his DIY roots in the underground music scene. Kathryn Williams is a Mercury Music prize-nominated English singer songwriter who has released 16 albums. She had collaborated with poet Dame Carol Ann Duffy, author Laura Barnett and written songs with Paul Weller, Neill Maccoll and Michele and Romeo Stodart, to name just a few. She has written a novel The Ormering Tide, hosts her own podcast Before the Light Goes Out and tutors at the Arvon and Moniack Mhor Foundations.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley’s art and music, born out of struggle, hardship (but perhaps more importantly), out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, music and filmmaking. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert and recording. Holley has released five critically-acclaimed albums: Just Before Music, 2012; Keeping a Record of It, 2013; MITH, 2018; National Freedom, 2020; Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection (with Matthew E. White), 2021. His sixth album, Oh Me Oh My, produced by Jacknife Lee, which includes collaborations with Bon Iver, Michael Stipe (REM), Moor Mother, Sharon Van Etten and Rokia Koné, was released on March 10, 2023, on Jagjaguwar.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Mare Music x Tonegarden presents Disposable + Brasser

Described by Distorted Sound Magazine as a “furious, unrelenting combination of gritty vocals, blistering riffs and hammer-blow like drums”, Edinburgh’s veteran thrashers Disposable have been delivering their energetic and ferocious brand of metal to crowds in the U.K. and Europe for almost 15 years. Support from Brasser and Slow Karma

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, rock, Live Music

Meteor Airlines

For the first time, Meteor Airlines is set to bring their unique sound to Scotland. This event is an exciting opportunity for Scotland’s audiences to experience the rich, culturally infused rock music of Meteor Airlines, a band that not only entertains but also educates and connects listeners to the Moroccan Amazigh culture

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Natu Camara

Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Guinea, West Africa, Natu Camara has taken the world stage by storm with her powerful vocals and magnetic presence. Her presence and music resonate as a harmonious blend of legendary voices such as Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, and Tina Turner, emerging from the heart of West Africa as a dynamic singer and songwriter.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Pain and I (Audio)

What does it mean to care for our bodies, ourselves, and each other in times of personal and collective pain? Pain and I is a bold exploration into chronic pain experience by Sarah Hopfinger, which unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. In this 30 minute audio experience for headphones, Hopfinger’s poetic and honest autobiographical text is layered over a sensitive and spacious musical score by Alicia Jane Turner; inviting the listener to be with their body and settle into the richness of listening to pain, wherever they are.

Location Summerhall Online

subvenue Summerhall Online

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Project Smok

Project Smok is the neo-trad trio of Ali Levack, Ewan Baird and Pablo Lafuente, whose nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music has set them apart since their formation in 2017. Project Smok’s debut album has cemented their place as a young band at the forefront of the traditional music scene who have great intensions and crave innovation. They offer an unconventional, idiosyncratic, energetic synergism that defies expectation. Their second album ‘The Outset’ was released on 19th January 2024.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Live Music

R.A.P. FERREIRA + AJ SUEDE + G’s US

R.A.P. Ferreira fka milo aka scallops hotel is an MC, producer and theorist working in the Black arts tradition commonly categorised as rap. Having founded the label ruby yacht in 2015 and since releasing all of his music through this channel, Ferreira has earned a sizable following within independent hip hop by rigorous, constant touring and an elevated, explorational style of performance. He is known for an uncompromised, utopic flow that speaks directly to the root of the listener.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, rock, Live Music

Soccer Mommy

Sometimes, Forever, the immersive and compulsively replayable new Soccer Mommy full-length, cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. Packed with clever nods to synth-filled subgenres like new wave and goth, the album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that make Soccer Mommy songs so easy to obsess over.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Botanical Dyeing on a Budget, A talk by Sarah Clarkson of Woolly Originals

Sarah will present a 60-minute talk with a Q&A session, covering all that you need to know to start plant dyeing small amounts of yarn in your kitchen on a limited budget. A workbook will be available to purchase as part of the talk for you to take away and use as your own dyeing diary. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Creating a New Interpretation of Traditional Techniques in Handknitting: from cabled Fair Isle to Knitweave, Intarsia and Gansey

A talk by Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell. Di and Sheila will explore the design process using 4 examples of reinventing knit in new ways through a slide show and samples. They will discuss the journey from inspiration, through colour, shape, form and stitch. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Finding My Identity Through the Art of Knitting, A talk by Sylvia Watts Cherry

Knitting can be a way of preserving cultural records and passing them down through generations. In this presentation, Sylvia shares her creative journey and how she communicates her sense of identity through hand knitting and embraces the art of storytelling through her designs.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Scottish Merino: Transforming a Family Farm to Work with Nature

Balmerino Farm in Fife are developing Scottish merino sheep especially for their fine, luxurious wool, so soft it can be worn next to the skin. Hear farmer Rachel Crawford share the story of how this family farm is being transformed from intense arable to organic livestock farming with a deep rooted ambition to boost insect and bird populations.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Shetland Lace Haps, A talk by Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth will talk about Shetland lace knitting and the Shetland Hap. In Shetland dialect a hap is a shawl, these have been knitted for centuries in the islands. They are used for everyday wear, weddings and also christenings. She will be showing examples of her own and her mother’s lace knitting and haps. Q&A to follow. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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The Relentless Approach of Better Times

An urgent and compelling solo performance using improvised double bass, electronic music and experimental film to reflect on the overwhelm of news headlines, government manipulation and the increasingly chaotic times we’re living through. More importantly, it’s about how music and art can help us cope.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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craft, Festival

The Woolly Good Gathering - Marketplace

The Woolly Good Gathering includes a Marketplace in the large, light-filled rooms of Summerhall, with plenty of space for visitors to mingle, chat to vendors and squish yarn and fibre.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Summerhall

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Festival, craft, Party

The Woolly Good Gathering - Social

Join us for the craft night of your dreams! Enjoy laid-back live music, including a performance from theatre maker, musician and yarn dyer, Charmaine Wombwell of Yarn Tings, and get ready for an unforgettable bingo game! With plenty of food choices and a fully stocked bar, secure your spot now as tickets are very limited. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Live Music

Tom Mcrae

Mercury and Brit nominated artist returns with his 9th album. Tom’s 9th studio album is an album of duets with some of his favourite French artists. McRae decided to collaborate on these 11 new songs with various artists as a way of acknowledging his deep love of French music, and deepen his relationship with mainland Europe, following Britain’s disastrous decision to leave the EU.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Wojtek the Bear and BMX Bandits

Wojtek the Bear’s new album Shaking Hands with the NME was recorded in 2023 under the gaze of legendary producer Stephen Street. They will celebrate its launch by sharing their stage with Scottish legends BMX Bandits.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: An Introduction to Shetland Lace: Rosebud pattern

In this workshop, tutor Elizabeth Williamson will take you through the basic stitches and techniques of Shetland lace knitting. At the end of the session, you will have a swatch of the Rosebud pattern on a garter base. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Bundle-dyeing Sock Blanks with Natural Dyes

Explore natural dyes while creating a speckled sock blank that you can use to make identical socks (or more)! Using local and seasonal flowers, leaves, roots and plant extracts, we’ll begin exploring the key aspects of working with natural dyes: fibre preparation, sourcing dyestuffs, setting dyes, safe dyeing practice and other tips and tricks and explore some of the many dyeplants found in our local landscapes. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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craft, workshop

Workshop: Dorset Button Bouquet Brooch

Join Tania of TJFrog to learn how to make a beautiful Dorset Button bouquet brooch using traditional Dorset Button techniques and French knots. The finished brooch, which uses a hollow brass ring and TJFrog Shorelines & Strata double knit Dorset wool, is approximately 4.5cm in diameter. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Highland Coo Cushion Cover Intarsia Knitting Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore intarsia knitting and learn tips for keeping your yarns organised, maintaining your tension, calculating yarn needs and more. You will get a free pattern to practise your skills to make your own Aggie cushion cover. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: How to design and plan your own traditional granny square sweater

We'll cover sizing, layout, construction, yardage, neck lines, cuffs, hems & using partial motifs and short rows to help with shaping. Using the student's own swatch and body measurements, we'll work through a series of worksheets to plan out their custom design

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Workshop: Introduction to Dyeing with Acid Dyes

Dyeing yarn is fast becoming a very popular hobby so Lisa has decided to share the tips and tricks she has learned from over a decade with you. This workshop will teach the basics of yarn dyeing , You will be supplied with all the materials you need to create a stunning skein of yarn (100g) plus 5 mini skeins which you will be able to take home and turn into a true one of a kind masterpiece! This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting

This is a project-based class providing an introduction to Fair Isle knitting using dpns. You will produce a small sample in the round which can be made into a cover for a small lavender bag while learning how to knit with yarn in both hands, read charts and other general techniques. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is a great technique that combines some elements of both knitting and crochet yet can end up looking completely different! Add a craft to your repertoire and enjoy the fabric you create with your new skills! This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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craft, workshop

Workshop: Joining Crochet Motifs for Blankets and Clothes

From join-as-you-go, to more decorative crochet borders, discover beautiful and effective ways to join your crochet motifs. During the workshop, we're aiming to try 3 different techniques and students will be given worksheets with 2 additional joins to try at home.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Print the Knitting - Creating a Cyanotype Print from the Tools of our Trade

Cyanotype is a very old photography technique which needs only UV light and some small objects to create a stunning image. In this workshop Jeni will give you a brief history of the technique, showing examples of their own as inspiration. We will then use familiar objects from the world of fibre to make A4 cyanotype prints that can be taken home as a souvenir of the festival.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Punch Needle Workshop with The Modern Crafter

The Modern Crafter is sisters Rachel & Siobhan who hand design punch needle and embroidery kits. Punch Needle is like drawing with wool, it's also mindful and joyful! With the punch needle tool and a stash of yarn you can achieve lots of fun projects from wall art to interior items such as cushions. During the workshop you will be guided through the punch needle tools, fabric, frames and the punch needle technique as as well as receiving support to make a punch needle hoop wall art. All tools and materials are included which includes The Modern Crafter's own brand of 100% British Wool. No previous experience necessary.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Toe Up Sock Knitting

Learn to knit beautiful socks from the toe up with Samira Hill! In this workshop, participants will learn all the techniques required to knit a beautiful pair of socks, using either double pointed needles or the Magic Loop technique, as well as the advantages of using the toe-up method. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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YUNGMORPHEUS

LA-based, by way of Florida rapper YUNGMORPHEUS announces his forthcoming new solo album. Picking up right where he left off with his prolific run of projects in 2022, his new album From Whence It Came was released April 28 via Lex Records

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Yeah You / Off Brand

Yeah You is the Welsh father/daughter duo Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas. Their spontaneous sonic outpouring spews unfiltered into jagged pop requiems made from a variety of tools in endlessly shifting contexts. With support from Edinburgh’s Off Brand.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System are among the pioneers of the contemporary world music scene. Their ground-breaking fusion of African, Gaelic and Bhangra influenced sounds has won the hearts and minds of audiences since the group’s beginnings over 25 years ago. With album sales now topping more than one and a half million, two Grammy nominations to date and tours all around the world, they are the legendary afro-celtic band bringing spirits and music from different cultures together to a breath-taking show.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman

Andrew Wasylyk’s cinematic compositions have been nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award and been awarded BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gideon Coe’s Album of the Year. He has collaborated with former National Poet for Scotland, Liz Lochhead, and written soundtracks for Radio 4. Tommy Perman’s work as a musician and DJ has taken him across the world, with numerous record releases under his own name and with experimental group/arts collective FOUND, alongside visual works at the Sydney Opera House and National Museum of Scotland. An intimate, transcendental audio-visual performance by two artists at the height of their creativity.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Baby Bushka

Baby Bushka are 8 powerful women whose detailed, choreographed performance of Kate Bush’s music transcends the word “tribute” to create a wild joyous celebration that is simply unforgettable.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, folk, Live Music

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (pronounched Breetch-er Hime-bowl) is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music. A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, Brìghde's style is rooted in her language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of global piping traditions, such as from Eastern Europe, Cape Breton and Ireland.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Burd Ellen

Burd Ellen is a project featuring Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons) and Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Electroscope). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere. They are twice featured in The Guardian’s Folk Albums of the Year, 2020 and 2022. A Tarot Of The Green Wood is their third studio album, released Oct 2022. Debbie Armour says “I’m a long time collector and lover of tarot, and I’ve recently become drawn to the idea of finding parallels between interpretation of traditional song and the art of divination. Gayle and I have brought together a new collection of songs that reflect the ideas, archetypes and imagery of the Major Arcana.” Developed on residency at Sage Gateshead, the album also features guest appearances from Mercury Prize nominee Ian Lynch (One Leg One Eye, Lankum) and Newcastle-based composer Mark Wardlaw (Kenosist, The Old Police House). With support from Rylan Gleave.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, folk, Live Music

CALAN

Immerse yourself in an enchanting world as the mesmerising quartet CALAN grace our stage with their unique brand of power-folk.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Ceilidh Club

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club brings you the best regular ceilidhs with fantastic live bands. The bands all have a caller to teach the dances, so everyone is welcome - from complete beginners to experienced ceilidh dancers.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Main Hall

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music, Live Music

Constant Follower

Constant Follower is the band formed around songwriter Stephen McAll. His debut album for legendary New York indie label Shimmy Disc was nominated for the 2022 Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) and found its way onto the top of multiple ‘Best Albums of 2021’ lists, leading to a string of notable performances including Austin’s SXSW 2022 and SXSW 2023, and a spellbinding set from the crown of Scotland’s National Wallace Monument.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Curiosity Shop, Calum Anderson, Frobisher

Experience a performance from Edinburgh Napier University's graduating music students: indie folk group Curiosity Shop, led by Sonny Scott; indie rock singer-songwriter Calum Anderson; and Frobisher, a contemporary jazz fusion group led by bassist Louis Taige Hodgson. This triple bill showcases the diversity of music hailing from Edinburgh Napier University.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Donald WG Lindsay & Alasdair Roberts

Scottish musicians Donald WG Lindsay and Alasdair Roberts have been friends for thirty years, since their teenage days. In these three decades, their careers in music have taken them down differing yet similarly unorthodox paths, and they’ve continued to make a lot of music together, usually informally. They’ve only rarely appeared together in concert, but in autumn 2024 they will remedy this state of affairs with their first duo tour.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Edinburgh Psych Fest 2024

Edinburgh Psych Fest, the sister festival to the UK’s leading Psychedelic music and arts festival Manchester Psych Fest, has announced the second wave of acts joining the bill for this September’s festival. Off the back of a huge first lineup announcement that featured Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Temples and NewDad, Edinburgh Psych Fest reveals more exciting names that will head to Scotland’s capital on Sunday 1st September, including renowned musician, composer, producer, film-maker and former Super Furry Animal’s frontman Gruff Rhys, Seattle psych band La Luz, hazy indie-pop outfit Lime Garden, frantic experimental rock-jazz two piece O. and Glasgow’s dreamy slowcore duo Cloth. Post-punk quintet Gurries, Edinburgh’s 60’s psych duo Logan’s Close and surrealist punk-poetry-rockers Loose Articles also join the bill alongside Manchester’s 90’s influenced shoegaze outfit TTSSFU, Glasgow’s soupy psych-rock band The Wife Guy’s Of Reddit and the lo-fi psych post-punk sounds of Nightshift. Taking place across Summerhall and the new 2024 venue addition, The Queen’s Hall, the festival promises another unforgettable day filled with mind-bending sounds, trippy visuals and a celebration of all things psychedelic. £20 & £30 early bird tickets SOLD OUT. £35 Advance tickets are on now on sale. Current Line-Up: Gruff Rhys | Pigs x7 | Temples | NewDad | Juniore | La Luz | The Bug Club | Lime Garden | Divorce | O. | Cloth | Hotwax | Molly Payton | Holly Macve | Gurriers | Loose Articles | TTSSFU | Crush Of Souls | Logan's Close | The Wife Guys Of Reddit | Nightshift | Puppy Teeth + DJs | Food & Drink | Merchandise LINE-UP SUBJECT TO CHANGE | VENUE CAPACITIES ARE BASED ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SO CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR SPECIFIC ACTS | THE QUEEN’S HALL & SUMMER HALL | 01.09.24 Artwork by Thea Bryant - Instagram: @__bythea

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room & Main Hall

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folk, rock, Live Music, pop

Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell

Celebrating Joni Mitchell: the 7-piece band Hejira performs the greatest works of the genius singer-songwriter. Fronted by the outstanding vocalist/guitarist Hattie Whitehead, this band fully captures the poetry, passion and beauty of Mitchell’s masterpieces.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Holy Other

In 2021 Holy Other returned with Lieve, his first new work to be released in nine years, and the start of a new chapter. Emerging from an extended stay at Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, Lieve was recorded throughout 2020 in the North West of England. Much like his past work, Holy Other leaves the listener to draw their own semantic conclusions from the record. Lieve breaks almost a decade of silence, finding the language to articulate painful feelings, exhaling and moving forward.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Ibibio Sound Machine

Pull the Rope, the new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard-led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remains, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album Electricity, the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues, from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club. The atmosphere has changed, but you’re still having the time of your life.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

Insider Trading

For two years Insider Trading have haunted the Edinburgh underground circuit, becoming a staple of the post-punk scene. A blend of textural post-rock with furious walls of sound reminiscent of 80s no-wave with gentler melodic aspects of slowcore, they have carved a unique sonic identity in the Edinburgh gig landscape.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Jalen Ngonda - NEW DATE

This gig has been postponed from 25th April to 10th July. Tickets may have the original date on, but will be valid for entry. Artist statement: "UK dates for this tour are postponed on Doctors orders. We understand that this is a major disappointment but health comes first. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates which we will be working on immediately. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their support and understanding your kindness is appreciated.” Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen Ngonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was at the age of 11 he began getting into music, inspired by his father’s collection of jazz, hip-hop, soul and classical records. Since moving to Liverpool in 2014 Jalen has been playing gigs across the UK and beyond. Two years later Jalen is selling out headline shows in London and Geneva, is breaking into the Viral Charts with his debut single and is supporting touring act such as Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen will leave you no choice but to be drawn into his world.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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music, Live Music

John Maus

John Maus is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he’s fashioned the frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humour over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80’s drum machines and synth sounds employed, John’s music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. There’s a cinematic quality to his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his deeply resonant vocal.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand

Dan Willson is Scotland's acclaimed singer songwriter Withered Hand. He has released three albums and a number of EPs over the last 15 years and has toured internationally, amassing a devoted following while staying close to his DIY roots in the underground music scene. Kathryn Williams is a Mercury Music prize-nominated English singer songwriter who has released 16 albums. She had collaborated with poet Dame Carol Ann Duffy, author Laura Barnett and written songs with Paul Weller, Neill Maccoll and Michele and Romeo Stodart, to name just a few. She has written a novel The Ormering Tide, hosts her own podcast Before the Light Goes Out and tutors at the Arvon and Moniack Mhor Foundations.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley’s art and music, born out of struggle, hardship (but perhaps more importantly), out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, music and filmmaking. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert and recording. Holley has released five critically-acclaimed albums: Just Before Music, 2012; Keeping a Record of It, 2013; MITH, 2018; National Freedom, 2020; Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection (with Matthew E. White), 2021. His sixth album, Oh Me Oh My, produced by Jacknife Lee, which includes collaborations with Bon Iver, Michael Stipe (REM), Moor Mother, Sharon Van Etten and Rokia Koné, was released on March 10, 2023, on Jagjaguwar.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Mare Music x Tonegarden presents Disposable + Brasser

Described by Distorted Sound Magazine as a “furious, unrelenting combination of gritty vocals, blistering riffs and hammer-blow like drums”, Edinburgh’s veteran thrashers Disposable have been delivering their energetic and ferocious brand of metal to crowds in the U.K. and Europe for almost 15 years. Support from Brasser and Slow Karma

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, rock, Live Music

Meteor Airlines

For the first time, Meteor Airlines is set to bring their unique sound to Scotland. This event is an exciting opportunity for Scotland’s audiences to experience the rich, culturally infused rock music of Meteor Airlines, a band that not only entertains but also educates and connects listeners to the Moroccan Amazigh culture

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Natu Camara

Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Guinea, West Africa, Natu Camara has taken the world stage by storm with her powerful vocals and magnetic presence. Her presence and music resonate as a harmonious blend of legendary voices such as Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, and Tina Turner, emerging from the heart of West Africa as a dynamic singer and songwriter.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Pain and I (Audio)

What does it mean to care for our bodies, ourselves, and each other in times of personal and collective pain? Pain and I is a bold exploration into chronic pain experience by Sarah Hopfinger, which unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. In this 30 minute audio experience for headphones, Hopfinger’s poetic and honest autobiographical text is layered over a sensitive and spacious musical score by Alicia Jane Turner; inviting the listener to be with their body and settle into the richness of listening to pain, wherever they are.

Location Summerhall Online

subvenue Summerhall Online

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Project Smok

Project Smok is the neo-trad trio of Ali Levack, Ewan Baird and Pablo Lafuente, whose nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music has set them apart since their formation in 2017. Project Smok’s debut album has cemented their place as a young band at the forefront of the traditional music scene who have great intensions and crave innovation. They offer an unconventional, idiosyncratic, energetic synergism that defies expectation. Their second album ‘The Outset’ was released on 19th January 2024.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Live Music

R.A.P. FERREIRA + AJ SUEDE + G’s US

R.A.P. Ferreira fka milo aka scallops hotel is an MC, producer and theorist working in the Black arts tradition commonly categorised as rap. Having founded the label ruby yacht in 2015 and since releasing all of his music through this channel, Ferreira has earned a sizable following within independent hip hop by rigorous, constant touring and an elevated, explorational style of performance. He is known for an uncompromised, utopic flow that speaks directly to the root of the listener.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, rock, Live Music

Soccer Mommy

Sometimes, Forever, the immersive and compulsively replayable new Soccer Mommy full-length, cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. Packed with clever nods to synth-filled subgenres like new wave and goth, the album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that make Soccer Mommy songs so easy to obsess over.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Botanical Dyeing on a Budget, A talk by Sarah Clarkson of Woolly Originals

Sarah will present a 60-minute talk with a Q&A session, covering all that you need to know to start plant dyeing small amounts of yarn in your kitchen on a limited budget. A workbook will be available to purchase as part of the talk for you to take away and use as your own dyeing diary. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Creating a New Interpretation of Traditional Techniques in Handknitting: from cabled Fair Isle to Knitweave, Intarsia and Gansey

A talk by Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell. Di and Sheila will explore the design process using 4 examples of reinventing knit in new ways through a slide show and samples. They will discuss the journey from inspiration, through colour, shape, form and stitch. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Finding My Identity Through the Art of Knitting, A talk by Sylvia Watts Cherry

Knitting can be a way of preserving cultural records and passing them down through generations. In this presentation, Sylvia shares her creative journey and how she communicates her sense of identity through hand knitting and embraces the art of storytelling through her designs.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Scottish Merino: Transforming a Family Farm to Work with Nature

Balmerino Farm in Fife are developing Scottish merino sheep especially for their fine, luxurious wool, so soft it can be worn next to the skin. Hear farmer Rachel Crawford share the story of how this family farm is being transformed from intense arable to organic livestock farming with a deep rooted ambition to boost insect and bird populations.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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Festival, craft, talk

Talk: Shetland Lace Haps, A talk by Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth will talk about Shetland lace knitting and the Shetland Hap. In Shetland dialect a hap is a shawl, these have been knitted for centuries in the islands. They are used for everyday wear, weddings and also christenings. She will be showing examples of her own and her mother’s lace knitting and haps. Q&A to follow. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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The Relentless Approach of Better Times

An urgent and compelling solo performance using improvised double bass, electronic music and experimental film to reflect on the overwhelm of news headlines, government manipulation and the increasingly chaotic times we’re living through. More importantly, it’s about how music and art can help us cope.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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craft, Festival

The Woolly Good Gathering - Marketplace

The Woolly Good Gathering includes a Marketplace in the large, light-filled rooms of Summerhall, with plenty of space for visitors to mingle, chat to vendors and squish yarn and fibre.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Summerhall

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Festival, craft, Party

The Woolly Good Gathering - Social

Join us for the craft night of your dreams! Enjoy laid-back live music, including a performance from theatre maker, musician and yarn dyer, Charmaine Wombwell of Yarn Tings, and get ready for an unforgettable bingo game! With plenty of food choices and a fully stocked bar, secure your spot now as tickets are very limited. This event has now sold out.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Live Music

Tom Mcrae

Mercury and Brit nominated artist returns with his 9th album. Tom’s 9th studio album is an album of duets with some of his favourite French artists. McRae decided to collaborate on these 11 new songs with various artists as a way of acknowledging his deep love of French music, and deepen his relationship with mainland Europe, following Britain’s disastrous decision to leave the EU.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Dissection Room

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Wojtek the Bear and BMX Bandits

Wojtek the Bear’s new album Shaking Hands with the NME was recorded in 2023 under the gaze of legendary producer Stephen Street. They will celebrate its launch by sharing their stage with Scottish legends BMX Bandits.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: An Introduction to Shetland Lace: Rosebud pattern

In this workshop, tutor Elizabeth Williamson will take you through the basic stitches and techniques of Shetland lace knitting. At the end of the session, you will have a swatch of the Rosebud pattern on a garter base. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Bundle-dyeing Sock Blanks with Natural Dyes

Explore natural dyes while creating a speckled sock blank that you can use to make identical socks (or more)! Using local and seasonal flowers, leaves, roots and plant extracts, we’ll begin exploring the key aspects of working with natural dyes: fibre preparation, sourcing dyestuffs, setting dyes, safe dyeing practice and other tips and tricks and explore some of the many dyeplants found in our local landscapes. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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craft, workshop

Workshop: Dorset Button Bouquet Brooch

Join Tania of TJFrog to learn how to make a beautiful Dorset Button bouquet brooch using traditional Dorset Button techniques and French knots. The finished brooch, which uses a hollow brass ring and TJFrog Shorelines & Strata double knit Dorset wool, is approximately 4.5cm in diameter. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Highland Coo Cushion Cover Intarsia Knitting Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore intarsia knitting and learn tips for keeping your yarns organised, maintaining your tension, calculating yarn needs and more. You will get a free pattern to practise your skills to make your own Aggie cushion cover. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: How to design and plan your own traditional granny square sweater

We'll cover sizing, layout, construction, yardage, neck lines, cuffs, hems & using partial motifs and short rows to help with shaping. Using the student's own swatch and body measurements, we'll work through a series of worksheets to plan out their custom design

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Dyeing with Acid Dyes

Dyeing yarn is fast becoming a very popular hobby so Lisa has decided to share the tips and tricks she has learned from over a decade with you. This workshop will teach the basics of yarn dyeing , You will be supplied with all the materials you need to create a stunning skein of yarn (100g) plus 5 mini skeins which you will be able to take home and turn into a true one of a kind masterpiece! This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting

This is a project-based class providing an introduction to Fair Isle knitting using dpns. You will produce a small sample in the round which can be made into a cover for a small lavender bag while learning how to knit with yarn in both hands, read charts and other general techniques. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is a great technique that combines some elements of both knitting and crochet yet can end up looking completely different! Add a craft to your repertoire and enjoy the fabric you create with your new skills! This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Courtyard Gallery

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craft, workshop

Workshop: Joining Crochet Motifs for Blankets and Clothes

From join-as-you-go, to more decorative crochet borders, discover beautiful and effective ways to join your crochet motifs. During the workshop, we're aiming to try 3 different techniques and students will be given worksheets with 2 additional joins to try at home.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Print the Knitting - Creating a Cyanotype Print from the Tools of our Trade

Cyanotype is a very old photography technique which needs only UV light and some small objects to create a stunning image. In this workshop Jeni will give you a brief history of the technique, showing examples of their own as inspiration. We will then use familiar objects from the world of fibre to make A4 cyanotype prints that can be taken home as a souvenir of the festival.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Punch Needle Workshop with The Modern Crafter

The Modern Crafter is sisters Rachel & Siobhan who hand design punch needle and embroidery kits. Punch Needle is like drawing with wool, it's also mindful and joyful! With the punch needle tool and a stash of yarn you can achieve lots of fun projects from wall art to interior items such as cushions. During the workshop you will be guided through the punch needle tools, fabric, frames and the punch needle technique as as well as receiving support to make a punch needle hoop wall art. All tools and materials are included which includes The Modern Crafter's own brand of 100% British Wool. No previous experience necessary.

Location Summerhall

subvenue Histology Lab

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Festival, craft, workshop

Workshop: Toe Up Sock Knitting

Learn to knit beautiful socks from the toe up with Samira Hill! In this workshop, participants will learn all the techniques required to knit a beautiful pair of socks, using either double pointed needles or the Magic Loop technique, as well as the advantages of using the toe-up method. This event has now sold out

Location Summerhall

subvenue Deans Office

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YUNGMORPHEUS

LA-based, by way of Florida rapper YUNGMORPHEUS announces his forthcoming new solo album. Picking up right where he left off with his prolific run of projects in 2022, his new album From Whence It Came was released April 28 via Lex Records

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab

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music, Live Music

Yeah You / Off Brand

Yeah You is the Welsh father/daughter duo Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas. Their spontaneous sonic outpouring spews unfiltered into jagged pop requiems made from a variety of tools in endlessly shifting contexts. With support from Edinburgh’s Off Brand.

Location Summerhall

subvenue The Old Lab