Edinburgh Festival 2012: fun after midnight

The Guardian / Jackie Hunter


Established in 2011 by 81-year-old festival impresario Richard De Marco, Summerhall was once the Royal (Dick) Vet School but is now Edinburgh’s hippest – and strangest — arts hub and Fringe venue. It’s a magnet for adventurous night owls, catering for the truly sleep-avoidant this festival season with “24h”, a one-man Fringe play running from 6am to 6am the next day. Along with theatre, visual art, music, film, fashion and photography, this ramshackle and tantalisingly macabre venue hosts a late-night Festival Club offering live music and quirky cabaret throughout August. In the Royal Dick bar, punters lounge till late on mismatched couches drinking Barney’s Beer – brewed on site in the original 18th-century Summerhall Brewery.

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