• Festival Programme 2018

    01 -26 August 2018

    We launch Summerhall’s 8th festival into an unpredictable and challenging world. Our programme brings together a diverse group of artists who are doing their best to make sense of what’s going on.

  • Southern Exposure

    Fri 15 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

    In 2018, SUMMERHALL is holding a brand-new 10-day series called SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, all taking place in its central courtyard. Events include music from Scottish legends to ambient jazz, a completely revamped take on the annual FestivALE, an outdoor ceilidh and film screenings.

  • Rip It Up Festival

    Sat 23 June 2018

    A special all-day event featuring some of the best Scottish acts: Stanley Odd, Emma Pollock, Broken Records, Be Charlotte, Babe, Modern Studies, Withered Hand + more TBA!

  • Beer Festival

    Fri 15 - Sat 16 Jun 2018

    FestivALE, Summerhall’s sell-out beer festival, returns this June – this year, we’ll be moving outside into the courtyard as part of Southern Exposure and we’ll be revelling in the festival spirit and midsummer sunshine.


Upcoming Events


Tue 19 Jun 2018

Synergy Concerts

The Skids & Big Country

Standing only. Event takes place outside.
Two of Fife's most influential bands come together this June - The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. The late Stuart Adamson then went on to form Big Country in 1981 with Bruce Watson. Part of Southern Exposure.
19:00-22:30

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 20 Jun 2018

Synergy Concerts

Portico Quartet

Standing only.
Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet have always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular, cinematic sound. Part of Southern Exposure.
19:00-22:30

Thu 21 Jun 2018

Nothing Ever Happens Here

NEHH presents... Idlewild perform 'The Remote Part' - a celebration of the Rip It Up Exhibition

Standing only. Event takes place outside.
To celebrate the launch of National Museum of Scotland's new exhibition, 'Rip It Up' - an exploration through the history of Scottish pop music - Nothing Ever Happens Here presents a night of Scottish music featuring Idlewild, PAWS & Man of Moon.
19:00-22:30

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Edinburgh International Film Festival & Summerhall Presents

Retrospective LIVE! - Monterey Pop

Standing only
Continuing EIFF’s annual retrospective event, we are delighted to bring the wonderful and rarely seen Monterey Pop to the outdoor screen at Summerhall. Part of Southern Exposure.
20:30-00:30

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Budapest Café Orchestra

Unreserved seating.
Led by leading violinist and composer, Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk & gypsy flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections.
20:00-22:00

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Rip It Up Festival

Standing only. Event takes place outside.
NEHH are happy to present a full day of world-class music to celebrate the opening of NMS' flagship exhibition "Rip it Up", a celebration of Scottish Rock and Pop from the 1950's to present day. Including: Stanley Odd, Emma Pollock, Withered Hand, Modern Studies, Babe, be Charlotte & very special guests. Part of Southern Exposure.
12:00-22:30

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Synergy Concerts

The Rezillos

Standing only. Event takes place outside.
The Rezillos ripped into the rock scene through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock, the Spectoresque Girl Group voice of The Shangri Las injected with their inimitable molten attitude and created their unique left-field brand of punk rock and roll. Part of Southern Exposure.
19:00-22:30

Tue 26 Jun 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 27 Jun 2018

Summerhall Singers

Summerhall Singers Summer Concert

Unreserved Seating
Join the Summerhall Singers community choir for their annual Summer Concert. Expect an eclectic mix of TV and film theme songs. This is an event you will not want to miss. Suitable for all the family and all musical tastes.
19:30-20:00

Fri 29 Jun 2018

Anatomy

ANATOMY #18: Vaudeville Value Basics

Unreserved seating.
ANATOMY is a regular performance cabaret producer based in Edinburgh. We bring many different sorts of artforms and many different sorts of artists together for events to surprise, shock and delight. 
20:00-23:00

Sun 01 Jul 2018

Anatomy

ANATOMINIs #5

Under 5s free - max. 2 per adult
ANATOMY is a quarterly live art cabaret based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall and occasionally venturing elsewhere. We are thrilled to announce our next matinee for kids aged 0-5s and their friends of all ages. Presented in a friendly, relaxed space, ANATOMINIs will host a number of short acts that will thrill and delight young brains, and
11:00-12:00

Tue 03 Jul 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 03 Jul 2018

Synergy Concerts

Start to End perform Jeff Buckley - Grace

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Some of Scotland’s leading young musicians perform their favourite albums in full from Start to End. Featuring Sam West on vocals and members of Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Fat-Suit and Pronto Mama.
19:30-23:00

Tue 10 Jul 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 17 Jul 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 18 Jul 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Wed 18 Jul 2018

Edinburgh Folk Club

Miriam Erasmus

Unreserved seating.
As a professional touring artiste in the '70s Miriam Erasmus was given the name “First Lady of Folk”, becoming one of the foremost interpreters of British Folk Songs. Her debut album Gypsy without a road on Mother Earth Music label, is now a collector's item and mentioned in Electric Eden by Rob Young.
20:00-23:00

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Braw Gigs & NEHH present... Godflesh

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Godflesh are an English experimental metal band from Birmingham. Melding influences ranging from electronic music to dub, Godflesh’s innovative music is widely regarded as a founding influence on both industrial metal and post-metal.
20:00-23:00

Fri 31 Aug 2018

NEHH presents... The Lone Bellow

Standing Only. 27 Stairs to venue
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.
20:00-23:00

Thu 04 Oct 2018

NEHH presents... Jon Boden

Unreserved seating. 27 Stairs up to venue.
Jon Boden, best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, launched his solo career in 2016, playing the self-penned songs of the albums Painted Lady and Songs From The Floodplain and latest album Afterglow (Oct ’17, Hudson Records), material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his A Folk Song A Day project.
19:30-23:00

Sun 14 Oct 2018

NEHH presents... Mark Kozelek

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Over the last 20 years Mark Kozelek has been ploughing his own unique furrow, through his work in the band Red House Painters and through the moniker Sun Kil Moon. In 2017, Mark released a self-titled record in collaboration with Ben Boye (of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three).
20:00-23:00

Sun 09 Dec 2018

Summerhall

Summerhall Christmas Market 2018

Admission on the door
Applications for Summerhall’s Christmas Market 2018 open at 10:00 on Thursday 12th April. Apply here:  SHChristmasMarket2018 Submissions will close on Thursday 3rd May at 10:00.     This years Christmas Market will be as jam packed as ever with  local businesses selling top quality unique products and  food vendors serving up delicious food and drink alongside
11:00-17:00

Sun 10 Mar 2019

Scottish Ensemble

Continental Drift

Unreserved seating.
Keyvan Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani and Sokratis Sinopoulos are exceptional musicians: intuitive, agile, inventive. Together, they'll join Scottish Ensemble musicians to explore the connections between the music of Baroque Europe and the Eastern musical traditions of the same era; the results are astonishing, shedding new light on history, music and our perceptions of both.
15:30-17:30