City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Summerhall to host its first ever festival event outwith the Fringe in June 2018

By Irene Brown - Posted on 06 March 2018

This June, Summerhall, in association with Nothing Ever Happens Here…, Synergy Concerts, National Museums Scotland, and Edinburgh International Film Festival, will hold Southern Exposure Summerhall Festival, its first ever festival event outwith its Fringe.

The ten days of outdoor live music and events will encompass the annual Beer FestivALE, film screenings and more all set to the backdrop of the Royal Dick in the Summerhall Courtyard.

In the six years since Summerhall took over the old Veterinary College’s building, the venue has become a household name thanks to a diverse and exciting programme of events and happenings. Huge names in music have appeared as part of Nothing Ever Happens Here…, a popular selection of theatre an avant-garde performance arrives during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and events like the Beer FestivALE catering to a relaxed, warmed, local vibe across the venue programme.

On the eve of the opening of the National Museum of Scotland(NMS) exhibition, Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, 21 June, Edinburgh indie rock band, Idlewild, will take to the outdoor Mainstage in Summerhall Courtyard and support from Paws and Man of Moon make it a real celebration of Scottish indie pop. Summerhall will continue to host the full day Rip It Up Music Festival on 23 June.

Be Charlotte, Emma Pollock, Stanley Odd and Withered Hand will be joined by some special guests who will all perform in conjunction with the NMS’ headline summer exhibition celebrating Scottish pop.

Rip it Up is the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music, exploring the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century. Many of the 300 objects on display are being lent to the exhibition by the artists themselves, including several who are performing at Southern Exposure such as The Skids, Big Country, The Rezillos and Idlewild.

On Friday 22 June, the venue is set to host EIFF’s Retrospective LIVE! – Monterey Pop at Summerhall’s, outdoor screen. DA Pennebaker’s rarely seen film documents the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival that features performances from Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and The Mamas & the Papas. The film will be played as if it were a real, live gig, transporting the audience back to the 1960s, with full festival lighting and sound. Ponchos will be on for sale in case of inclement weather.

Now in its fifth year, Summerhall’s annual beer festival, FestivALE, when a range of craft beers from the best of Scottish and world brewers will be available, will take up the first weekend of Southern Exposure when the Massaoke band will be helming the world’s biggest jukebox.

At the venue’s second Courtyard Ceilidh, an afternoon of dancing with the excellent Scot Leslie Ceilidh Band takes place on June 17, before the giant outdoor stage welcomes two of Scotland’s most iconic bands, The Skids & Big Country on Mercury Music Prize nominated Portico Quartet and to close the festival, The Rezillos

Sam Gough, Summerhall General Manager commented, “We are so excited to be unveiling Southern Exposure. This ten- day, outdoor festival really showcases what we do best. We are presenting our own Summerhall grown brands, such as Nothing Ever Happens Here... and FestivALE, with collaborations from Synergy Concerts, National Museums Scotland, and The Edinburgh International Film Festival. Southern Exposure pulls it all together under one roof - or should I say under one sky! The tickets for all of the individual events will go on sale this Wednesday, so please do check out the line ups and get your tickets early!”

Summerhall’s Southern Exposure runs from Friday 15th - Sunday 24 June. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 7 March at 12.00PM from