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Leith Theatre

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28–30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4AE
  • Telephone 0131 629 0810
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  • Website www.leiththeatretrust.org
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Alan Cumming presents Club Cumming

Alan Cumming presents Club Cumming

Club Cumming began in Alan’s Studio 54 dressing room after performances of Cabaret on Broadway in 2015, where pals like Sting, Gareth Pugh and Monica Lewinsky would come backstage to party with him into the wee hours. A red neon sign showed up on Cumming’s Instagram, and we wanted in on the fun, so we invited him to bring his legendary after-party to Edinburgh International Festival. His 2016 Club Cumming nights after the curtain came down on his Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs shows were a raucous, hedonistic extravaganza, where cocktails flowed, friends were made and dancers often ended up shaking their tail feathers up on the stage beside Alan as he DJ’d. He’ll be doing it all again this year for one night only, in an evening featuring live performances from Alan and his band, records you never thought you’d hear again and guest appearances ranging from the unpredictable to the unclassifiable. Expect drinks, music, great company, games and surprises. And drinks!

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Sat 25 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Anna Meredith & Southbank Sinfonia

Anna Meredith & Southbank Sinfonia

Anna Meredith performs her debut album Varmints, in a specially expanded version for her band and the 30-piece Southbank Sinfonia orchestra. Varmints won Scottish Album of the Year in 2016, with critics describing her as “one of the most innovative voices in British music” for her genre-blending mix of modern classical, art-pop and experimental rock. This concert promises to be a very special homecoming gig for a London-born, but Edinburgh-raised artist, who is also composing new work for the International Festival’s spectacular, free, outdoor opening event. Her work has seen her create soundtracks for Prada fashion campaigns, compose music for an MRI scanner, write symphonies for nursery children and melodies for sleep-pods in Singapore. A Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Anna has also collaborated with Laura Marling and The Stranglers before working on this exhilarating new version of Varmints with the Southbank Sinfonia, which premiered at London’s Southbank Centre earlier this year.

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Anna Meredith Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Southbank Sinfonia Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Sat 11 Aug

£20

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Boards of Canada’s ‘Hi Scores’

Boards of Canada’s ‘Hi Scores’

Berlin-based classical collective, s t a r g a z e have teamed up with an extraordinary mix of musical talents over the years; Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, The Magnetic North, Julia Holter, Nils Frahm, Matthew Herbert and many more. They are turning their focus to Scotland this time, to pay a very special homage to Boards of Canada, the Edinburgh brothers, Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin. Their sublime ambient electronic symphonies soundtracked much of the 90s and 00s, and their debut album Music Has the Right to Children celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. s t a r g a z e’s performance at Leith Theatre will revisit an even earlier work from their back catalogue, the blissed out six-track EP, ‘Hi Scores’, first released by Manchester label Skam Records in 1996, with one of the tracks, ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ making its way onto their first album. Fans will find much to love in this large scale, orchestral interpretation of a true modern classic.

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s t a r g a z e Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sat 25 Aug

£20

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Coral

Scouse sonic wayfarers with an abundance of top retro sounds.

Fri 23 Nov

£38.50

Django Django

Django Django

Three heavy hitting pop acts, all made in Scotland, come together for this dazzling indie line-up. Django Django met while studying at Edinburgh College of Art and have gone on to put out three albums of multicoloured, psychedelic synthpop, often with matching patterned outfits and DIY videos to accompany them. Glasgow’s C Duncan studied composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before being nominated for the Mercury Prize for his gauzy dreampop debut album, Architect. While Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, aka Free Love (formerly known as Happy Meals), draw from sultry French chanson, woozy disco and cosmic, meditative grooves for their blend of addictive electronic jams, which were nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year.

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Django Django Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

C Duncan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*Free Love *(formerly known as Happy Meals) Website | Facebook | Twitter

Fri 10 Aug

£20

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

EH6

We are back bigger and better this year with an incredible line up of live music and over 100 acts in 3 days in 3 amazing historic venues.

Fri 23 Nov

£27.75–£99.25

Sat 24 Nov

£27.75–£99.25

Sun 25 Nov

£27.75–£99.25

Hidden Door present The Jesus and Mary Chain

Hidden Door present The Jesus and Mary Chain

Edinburgh multi-arts festival Hidden Door was instrumental in getting the long out-of-action Leith Theatre open to the public again, after years of being used as a council storage facility. So it seems only fitting that the organisers do their own one-night takeover of the magnificent venue, filling the space with film screenings, art installations and live music.

Hailing from East Kilbride, The Jesus and Mary Chain shaped the era-defining fuzzy, shoegazey sound with their blissed-out Psychocandy in 1985, and toured it again on the album’s 30th anniversary.

Honeyblood are a slacker-rock duo from Glasgow, celebrating girlhood through distorted guitars and woozy harmonies, and spreading a defiant message about women fending for themselves.

Spinning Coin channel the gorgeous pastoral indie folk made famous by The Pastels and update it with their own dark, dreamy spin for modern audiences.

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Hidden Door Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Jesus & Mary Chain Website | Facebook | Twitter

Honeyblood Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Spinning Coin Website | Twitter

Tue 14 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter peddling a folky country indie sound.

Sun 25 Nov

£38.50

Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

Scottish folk singer-songwriter Karine Polwart has a knack of delivering sucker punches in the gentlest, subtlest of ways. Returning to the International Festival after her serene but powerful debut Wind Resistance sold out in 2016, this year’s Scottish Songbook will breathe fresh meaning and life into folk songs that have been around for centuries. Karine will dig into her all-time favourite Scottish pop songs from the past fifty years, and explore the special musical landscape that she grew up in. From childhood memories of her mum’s Donovan and Gerry Rafferty LPs, through her young love of Big Country, Annie Lennox and The Blue Nile, she’ll also revisit maverick innovators like Bert Jansch and John Martyn, and celebrate current bands like Frightened Rabbit and Chvrches. Karine is joined onstage by a brilliant 6-piece band featuring Admiral Fallow’s lead singer and guitarist, Louis Abbott for a joyful evening of Scottish music gems.

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*Karine Polwart *Vox / Guitar / Harmonium *Steven Polwart *Vox / Guitar *Inge Thomson *Vox / Accordion / Percussion / Electronics *Louis Abbott *Vox / Guitar / Percussion / Keys *Calum McIntyre *Drums / Marimba / Trumpet *Graeme Smillie *Bass / Keys

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Thu 16 Aug

£20

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

King Creosote

King Creosote

King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, returns to the International Festival three years after he performed his glorious soundtrack to the nostalgia-soaked film, From Scotland With Love album as part of 2015’s Hub Sessions. This time, Kenny will perform a goosebump-giving set of his hooky, plaintive folk-rock, dipping into his back catalogue of hits and previewing fresh material from his upcoming album. The co-founder of the much-loved micro-indie label, Fence Records, and a key figure in the Scottish folk scene, Kenny lives in the peaceful East Neuk of Fife, in the fishing town of Anstruther. Signed to Domino Records, the cult folk hero followed up 2011's Mercury Prize-nominated Diamond Mine, produced in collaboration with Jon Hopkins, with 2016’s Astronaut Meets Appleman, a reminder of his astonishing vocals and ability to create spine-tingling moments of fuzzy folk-pop.

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King Creosote Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Thu 9 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Lau-Land

Lau-Land

WITH BRIGHDE CHAIMBEUL, RANT & RONA LIGHTFOOT

An all-day takeover by the fabulous Lau, a trio of folk adventurers with roots in Oban, Orkney and Edinburgh. Their Lau-Land was a huge success at this year’s Celtic Connections, and they’ve gathered more eclectic acts to perform over a day of community workshops, talks and folk music sessions.

Egyptian experimental artist Nadah El Shazly makes her International Festival debut, blurring traditional Egyptian song with warped guitars and mysterious electronic melodies. She’s joined on the bill by another artist shaking up the avant-rock world, the compelling Joan As Police Woman, aka Brooklyn singer Joan Wasser. Plus a set from the extraordinary avant-folk star Alasdair Roberts, the brilliant Whitburn Band and techno artist turned psychedelic folk-popper James Holden & The Animal Spirits. Lau will also take to the stage for a virtuosic display of their folk chops, filling the Leith Theatre space up with their hypnotic blend of song, fiddle, accordion, wurlitzer and synthesisers.

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Lau Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Joan As Police Woman Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

James Holden Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Nadah El Shazly Twitter

Alasdair Roberts Website | Twitter

Whitburn Band Website | Facebook | Twitter

Brighde Chaimbeul Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rant Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rona Lightfoot

Sat 18 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Le Vent du Nord & Julie Fowlis

Celtic Connections

For this specially curated evening, Celtic Connections brings its festival favourites Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind), a francophone folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec and Julie Fowlis, a Scottish Gaelic singer from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Both acts have close ties to their roots and bring a warm, foot-stamping set of rousing folk, often chucking hurdy gurdies, bouzoukis, mandolin, Highland bagpipes, shruti boxes, flute, melodeon and step dance into their rowdy mix. Celtic Connections is Glasgow’s annual music festival celebrating Scottish talent whilst looking outward to the colourful and often tangled up strands of folk, traditional, jazz and pop music around the world.

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Le Vent du Nord Website | Twitter | Facebook

Julie Fowlis Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Mon 13 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Light on the Shore

The Edinburgh International Festival heads to Leith for this 16-night programme of music featuring performances from Mogwai, King Creosote, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Django Django and more.

Fri 3 Aug

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Mogwai

Mogwai

Glasgow’s mighty post-rock turned arena-rock gods celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their debut album Mogwai Young Team last year, just as they were putting out album number nine, Every Country’s Sun. The Guardian said it was, “brilliant music to navigate life's chaos”, while Loud & Quiet piled on more praise for their highest charting album so far, calling it, “the sound of a band renewed and a personality reasserted”. After a busy summer spent performing at Primavera, Roskilde and Latitude festivals among others, Mogwai round up their worldwide tour with two special Scottish performances of their trademark skyscaping grandeur on consecutive nights at Leith Theatre.

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Mogwai Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Wed 22 Aug

£30

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 23 Aug

£30

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Neu! Reekie! #1

Neu! Reekie! #1

Avant-garde collective Neu! Reekie! have been busy feeding and nurturing an exciting grassroots scene in Edinburgh since 2011, and they’re bringing a typically delicious, eclectic and iconoclastic line-up to the International Festival with this triple threat of international talent.

Lydia Lunch is a post-punk feminist who emerged from New York’s 1970s No Wave scene and describes herself as a “one-woman protest machine” with a wicked sense of humour.

Edinburgh art-punks The Fire Engines made their first DIY single in a Fife bungalow for £46 in 1980, and burned brightly for a year before breaking up and reforming in 2004.

German krautrock legend, Michael Rother was a founding member of Neu! and a member of Kraftwerk and Harmonia before releasing solo albums of his own beautiful, cosmic jams.

This powerful triptych of sonic, artistic pioneers that reminds us that Edinburgh’s grassroots musical landscape is still alive and kicking, and usually punching too.

Neu! Reekie! Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lydia Lunch Website | Facebook

Fire Engines Website

Michael Rother Website | Facebook

Sun 12 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Neu! Reekie! #2

Neu! Reekie! #2

The second of two specially curated lineups see much loved local arts collective Neu! Reekie! assemble some mighty cult icons for one glorious evening.

Formed in 1986, indie rock duo The Vaselines, who famously influenced Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, broke up shortly after, only to make a very welcome comeback in the last decade with two new albums.

The Pastels played a crucial part in defining the C86 sound of jangly guitars and melodic power pop, helping spawn a DIY indie movement while putting Glasgow on the map with their gentle jams and shimmery pop-punk.

Born in Jamaica and raised in Brixton, pioneering spoken word artist and dub poet *Linton Kwesi Johnson *writes, often in Jamaican patois, about his experiences as a black African-Caribbean living in the UK. A former writer for NME in the 1970s, Linton runs a reggae record label and last year was one of the headliners at Neu! Reekie!’s counter cultural festival in Hull in June, alongside Young Fathers and Charlotte Church.

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Neu! Reekie! Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Vaselines Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Pastels Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Linton Kwesi Johnson Website

Fri 17 Aug

£25

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Since Yesterday

Since Yesterday

With Sacred Paws, Bossy Love & The Van T's

When Scotland’s music scene exploded out of the underground and in to the mainstream in the early 80s, groups were usually all male. But a number of female Scottish bands, spearheaded by The Ettes and Strawberry Switchblade were already gaining cult status. A new documentary by musician Carla J. Easton and filmmaker Blair Young will chart the history of those women who broke the mould in Scotland, from the early girl group sound of the 60s, through 80s’ post punk new wave and the 90s Riot Grrl movement, and their struggle to gain recognition in an era where the norm was, and still is, for groups to be predominantly male.

This is a live event celebrating the music of those bands, and the new generation of musicians who are challenging the gender balance. Expect exclusive documentary clips and special guest performances with sets by Sacred Paws, Bossy Love and The Van Ts, across a riotous night of music, distortion, sweet harmonies, glossy pop and celebration of sisterhood.

Carla J. Easton Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sacred Paws Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Bossy Love Website | Twitter | SoundCloud

The Van T's Facebook | Twitter

Fri 24 Aug

£20

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

SOPHIE, Lanark Artefax, Spencer & Sofay

Glasgow record label Numbers presents an evening of exciting names in electronic music, with innovative live performance and DJ sets from a selection of national and international guests including SOPHIE, Lanark Artefax, Spencer and Sofay.

A leading Scottish exponent of original and forward thinking electronic music, Numbers have released a string of records from influential producers including SOPHIE, Italy’s Lory D and Glasgow’s Denis Sulta. Glasgow aces Hudson Mohwake and Rustie are regular Numbers collaborators, and Jamie xx and Jessie Ware both released their debut singles through the label.

Initially born as a party from a collective of likeminded friends (the first ever Numbers in 2003 saw residents Jackmaster and Spencer joined on the bill by London’s Actress), Numbers continues to support visionary artists and celebrate inventive production through releases and events.

Numbers Website | Facebook | Twitter

SOPHIE Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Lanark Artefax Website | | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Spencer Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | Instagram

Sofay Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Sat 11 Aug

£15

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Leith Theatre

credit: Chris Scott

The theatre complex was a gift from the people of Edinburgh to the people of Leith following the decision to incorporate the Burgh of Leith into Edinburgh. It opened in 1932 and over the years Leith Theatre hosted performances by AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Kraftwerk and shows that were part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Leith Theatre was closed in 1988 and fell into a state of disrepair and neglect.

In 2017 the venue reopened its doors to host Hidden Door Festival. The Leith Theatre Trust are working to restore the space into a lively creative hub for Leith. Their aim is to refurbish the main auditorium and reopen it to provide a series of spaces which can host a wide range of events. The campaign has backing from Rod Stewart, the Proclaimers and Ewen Bremner.

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