City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Music


Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and outfits from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The series of displays, which take place on the castle esplanade (an 18th century parade ground), combine breathtaking shows of military precision, often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a rousing finale of mass pipes and drums, topped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

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A free, family music and dance event with a flamboyant, festive flavour, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Int

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Horn at Jazz Fest

The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more traditional Dixie and ragtime bands to up-and-coming stars, from big band concerts to Latin dance music. The EJBF comes the month after the Edinburgh International Film Festival and gets the August Festivals season going.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Edinburgh's Hogmanay on New Year's Eve

The Street Party (tickets, review) is perhaps the best-known event in the 3-day Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival. The New Year street party is a ticketed event that in 2019-2020 runs for seven hours the length of Princes Street, with live bands, a carnival atmosphere and dancing in the street.

Festival Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks (Dave Stewart)

The Edinburgh Festival goes out each year with literally many, very large bangs, with the annual Festival Fireworks Concert.

Edinburgh International Festival

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The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 72nd anniversary in 2019. A high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies, the festival was launched in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. It was out of the Festival that the now massive Edinburgh Fringe sprung and grew in subsequent years.

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

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The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The stats bear that out: 2019 will see 3,841 shows in 323 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are hundreds of free shows and pay-what-you-want shows at the Fringe as well.

Agustitos Night

Our monthly "Agustitos Night" is a unique night of Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Rumba & Fiesta Session brought to you by the Sergio Prazeres and the Bossa Trio, Cheekyrrikis Flamenko Power and some special

Royal Scottish National Orchestra : Søndergård Conducts Belshazzar's Feast, Usher Hall, Review

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This was the concert to celebrate the end of Thomas Søndergård's first season as Music Director. It filled all the boxes, and proved to be a very fine evening.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continuously run film festival in the world, takes place over a 12 day period in the second half of June/early July. The festival's artistic director is Mark Adams.