• Science Festival

    Apr 2019

    During the Science Festival, Summerhall hosts art exhibitions, artist talks and interactive events for all ages. This year, you can enjoy the science of gin & tonic, explore Kombucha as a fashion option, peer inside a human heart and much more.

  • Bill Ryder-Jones

    Wed 13 Feb 2019

    Multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years, a rarity in a world that so often looks to the new.

  • Summerhall Scratch Night

    Thu 14 Feb 2019

    Join us for an evening of fresh new work across all genres. Summerhall Scratch brings together a group of exciting artists who’ve been working on ideas that they are now ready to share with an audience for the first time.

  • THE DIVINE ORDER - FILM SCREENING

    Sun 24 Feb 2019

    Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely in the wake of the #MeToo movement.


Upcoming Events


Tue 19 Feb 2019

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

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Incidental Futures

We Are Your Archive

Unreserved seating. 4-10 stairs to seating.
Incidental Unit (IU) with artist Anthony Schrag host the first event of Incidental Futures (IF) programme, examining walking as a political and poetic act.
14:00-17:00

Sun 24 Feb 2019

The Divine Order - Film Screening

Unreserved seating. 14-24 steps to seating.
Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Part of the Cinema on Sunday series.
17:00 - 19:00

Tue 26 Feb 2019

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 Feb 2019

Summerhall Curated

Lethe by Sylwia Kowalczyk | Exhibition tour with the artist

Please note that it is a standing/walking event - when booking your ticket let us know if you require a seat
Join us for an artist-led tour around Sylwia Kowalczyk's LETHE exhibition - a collection of collages, portraits, objects and landscapes and drawn from Sylwia Kowalczyk’s own images, where these loose prints from her past grow into new entities.
14:00 - 15:30

Fri 01 Mar 2019

The Same Tendency | Closing Event

Join us at the start of March for a special closing event and private screening of The Same Tendency, including performances by Joshua Leon and Matthew Wilson on the evening of the Private View.
18:00-21:00

Tue 05 Mar 2019

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

Fri 08 Mar 2019

Screen Education Edinburgh

Write Shoot Cut

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Since 2011 Write Shoot Cut has been supporting and showcasing Scottish filmmakers, building a vibrant independent filmmaking community and providing a crucial networking space for potential collaborators to meet one another. 
19:00-21:00

Fri 08 Mar 2019

Balkanarama

No admittance after 1am. 27 stairs to venue.
This year's spring Balkanarama celebrates International Women's Day, featuring music created and produced by various female Balkan artists from all around the world,
22:30 - 03:00

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

Tue 12 Mar 2019

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

Sat 16 Mar 2019

Summerhall Curated

Lethe by Sylwia Kowalczyk | Artist's Talk & Closing Event

Please note that it is a standing/walking event - when booking your ticket let us know if you require a seat
Join us this March for the closing event of Sylwia Kowalczyk's LETHE exhibition - an artist-led tour and talk around the show.
14:00 - 15:30

Sun 17 Mar 2019

Paths of the Soul - Film Screening

Unreserved seating. 14-24 steps to seating.
There’s never been a road movie quite like Paths of the Soul, an extraordinary chronicle of ordinary Tibetans undertaking a 1200-mile pilgrimage to Lhasa. Part of the Cinema on Sunday series.
17:00 - 19:00

Tue 19 Mar 2019

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 Mar 2019

Kristin Hersh

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Throwing Muses’ lynchpin, Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album, Possible Dust Clouds is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.
19:30-23:00

Thu 21 Mar 2019

432 Presents

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.
19:30-23:00

Fri 22 Mar 2019   -  Sat 23 Mar 2019

Zinnia Oberski

Dreams of the Small Gods

Contains nudity
Dreams of the Small Gods is a new circus theatre show devised by Zinnia Oberski and directed by Ellie Dubois. Inspired by folk mythology and how it can be relevant in today's culture, Dreams of the Small Gods blends aerial circus, masked ritual and performance art.
19:00-19:45

Sat 23 Mar 2019

The Queen's Hall

Resonate 2019: Edinburgh Schools' Rock Ensemble

Unreserved seating. 27 stairs to venue.
Edinburgh Schools' Rock Ensemble will be performing live
Doors 18:30, Show 19:00 - 21:30

Tue 26 Mar 2019

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

Thu 28 Mar 2019   -  Sat 30 Mar 2019

Aulos Productions

Double Bill - Women of the Mourning Fields & Antigone na h'Éireann

Warnings: violence, swearing, implied rape, abuse, suicide
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Aulos Productions is proud to present a double-bill revival. For one price, catch expanded versions of two of their most critically-acclaimed shows: “Women of the Mourning Fields” and “Antigone na h’Éireann”.
19:30 - 22:15

Tue 02 Apr 2019

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 02 Apr 2019

Tim Hecker

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Few in the field of explorative ambient music have remained as questing and unclassifiable as Canadian composer Tim Hecker. The experiential composer's ninth official full-length, Konoyo was largely recorded during several trips to Japan where he collaborated with members of the gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso, in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo.
20:00 - 23:00

Thu 04 Apr 2019

432 Presents

Pinegrove

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Pinegrove come to Summerhall in 2019.
19:30

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Louise Mackenzie: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Louise Mackenzie explores human behaviour and the evolution of society through art practice. Taking human-made objects as a starting point for exploration, we discuss Mackenzie's recent work focusing on aspects of biological matter that she describes as 'lively material'.
16:00-17:00

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Aurélie Fontan: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan discusses her cutting edge garments inspired by science and biodesign and how these sustainable materials can reshape the industry.
13:00-14:00

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Russell Beard: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join artist Russell Beard as he discusses his joint exhibition with Stephen Kavanagh presenting new sculptural works and the challenges emerging from the social geo-political and environmental uncertainty of the Anthropocene.
14:30-15:30

Sat 06 Apr 2019

The Science of the Sesh

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join us for an evening of delicious drinks, boozy (but responsible) experiments and cocktail history as we explore the Science of the Sesh!
19:30-21:30

Sun 07 Apr 2019

Tentacular Resonances

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Artist Louise Mackenzie uses sound and new media to explore our entangled relationship with lively materials. Explore the material relationship between resonance and form through the technique of sonoporation – a means to alter the DNA of living organisms using sound.
14:00 & 18:00

Mon 08 Apr 2019

Microfibres, Microorganisms and Design

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join the conversation about fashion and sustainability, capture your own scientific imagery and explore how Kombucha, often more well known as a fermented drink, can be transformed into wearable fashion.
14:00 & 18:00

Tue 09 Apr 2019

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 09 Apr 2019

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
All change begins with a story and In Our Hands is the story of the farmers who, through hope, hard-graft and sheer bloody mindedness are refusing to be victims of history.
19:00 - 22:00

Tue 09 Apr 2019

#nofilter: Urine trouble!

This venue is accessible by 29 steps. Unreserved Seating.
Chat to researchers from the University of Edinburgh about kidney health and how factors such as diet, lifestyle and age can effect kidney function, then get hands on with interactive experiments exploring this complex filtration system.
14:00 & 18:00

Tue 09, Wed 10, Tue 16 & Wed 17 Apr 2019

The Science of Gin and Tonic

Standing only. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join Pickering’s Gin Co-Founder Matt Gammell in Summerhall Distillery for an abridged insight into the science of creating the perfect Gin & Tonic! Come and experience an in-depth, fast-paced distillery tour with practical demonstrations along the way.
14:00 & 16:00

Wed 10 Apr 2019

What Makes Your Ticker Tick?

This venue is accessible by 29 steps. Unreserved Seating.
Explore what makes your ticker tick with this unique sensory and hands-on workshop.
14:00 & 18:00

Thu 11 Apr 2019

Author & Punisher + Úir

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Author & Punisher bring their special brand of doom metal to Edinburgh - a robotic experimentation in industrial metal, noise, doom and drone.
20:00 - 23:00

Thu 11 Apr 2019

Becoming Animal and Plastic Man

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
A nature film with a difference, Becoming Animal traces how we sense the 'more than human' world.
19:30 - 21:00

Fri 12 Apr 2019

Optimo (Espacio)

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
The legendary duo of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes return to Summerhall with another Optimo (Espacio) evening this April.
23:00-03:00

Fri 12 Apr 2019   -  Sun 14 Apr 2019

Egg by Paper Doll Militia

Please note this performance is not wheelchair accessible.
Weaving together personal testimony, live original music and stunning aerial artistry, Egg takes you on a highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice, following the true story of a woman who gave her eggs to her friend to have a child.
19:30 - 20:35

Sat 13 Apr 2019

One Inch Badge Presents

Lowkey

Standing only. 27 stairs to venue
Hip-hop activist Lowkey makes a triumphant return to the live scene off the back of Ghosts of Grenfell - a devastating event that he witnessed first hand.
19:00-22:00

Sat 13, Sun 14, Fri 19 & Sun 21 Apr 2019

Summerhall Tours

Please meet at Summerhall reception.
Visit Summerhall's labs and lecture theatres and learn about the notable alumni who contributed to science around the world.
14:00 - 15:00

Tue 16 Apr 2019

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

Thu 18 Apr 2019

Hollie McNish

Unreserved seating. 27 stairs to venue.
Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections.
20:00-23:00

Fri 19 Apr 2019

Samantha Crain & Hamish Hawk

Unreserved seating.
Join us for an intimate evening with two songwriters from either side of the pond - Samantha Crain and Hamish Hawk.
20:00 - 23:00

Sat 20 Apr 2019

Sneaky Pete's

Free Love

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) - a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments.
19:00-22:00

Tue 23 Apr 2019

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 24 Apr 2019

NEHH presents... The Sun Ra Arkestra

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
The Sun Ra Arkestra, under the able direction of altosaxophonist Marshall Allen since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, returns to Edinburgh in April.
19:30-22:30

Sun 28 Apr 2019

In Bed With Victoria - Film Screening

Unreserved seating. 14-24 steps to seating.
An amusing contemporary romp about a single mother whose personal and professional life are as volatile as an active volcano, from writer-director Justine Triet. Part of the Cinema on Sunday series.
17:00 - 19:00

Tue 30 Apr 2019

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

Thu 02 May 2019

NEHH presents... James Yorkston

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
James Yorkston returns to Summerhall to celebrate the release of his new album The Route to the Harmonium on Feb 22nd 2019.
20:00-23:00

Tue 07 May 2019

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

Fri 10 May 2019

432 Presents

C Duncan

Standing only. 27 stairs to venue
C Duncan's music is intricately crafted out of the artist's diverse influences - his classical background intertwines with his contemporary influences, creating an entirely unique sound.
19:30-23:00

Tue 14 May 2019

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

Fri 17 May 2019

NEHH presents... Grace Petrie

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
Grace Petrie is a  folk singer, songwriter and activist from Leicester, UK, she has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly ever since. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over audiences everywhere.
20:00-23:00

Sat 18 May 2019

WHQ & Nat Turner Live Events

100% Soul: WHQ & The Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir (live)

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue
A chance to experience Motown & Soul Classics all performed live by the full 16 piece 'Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir' band & fab horn section - an unbelievably uplifting Soul / Gospel / Saturday night out from the very top drawer!
20:00 - 23:00

Tue 21 May 2019

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

Sat 25 May 2019

WHQ & Nat Turner Live Events

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours : Performed by the Transatlantic Ensemble

Standing Only. 27 stairs to venue. This performance includes flashing lights.
Having brought the house down at both last year's Fringe Festival & Xmas Summerhall shows, the outstanding 'Transatlantic Ensemble' make a welcome return, by popular demand to perform Fleetwood Mac's iconic 'Rumours' album in it’s entirety.
Doors 20:00, show 20:45 - 23:00

Tue 28 May 2019

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 04 Jun 2019

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

Sat 08 Jun 2019

A.A. Bondy

Standing only
ENDERNESS, A.A. Bondy’s first album in eight years, was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down. He recorded and played everything himself. Fat Possum will release on May 10.
20:00-23:00

Tue 11 Jun 2019

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 18 Jun 2019

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 25 Jun 2019

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 02 Jul 2019

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 09 Jul 2019

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 16 Jul 2019

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