Burns&Beyond: New festival celebrating life and legacy of Scotland's national bard
- Deborah Chu
- 6 December 2018
Featuring a night of electronic music curated by The List, with Nightwave, Sofay, Ribeka and The Honey Farm on the bill
Unique Events have today revealed the first details of the inaugural Burns&Beyond, a new six-day festival dedicated to beloved poet Robbie Burns. An expansion upon the annual Red, Red Rose Street events, the festival will pay homage to Burns' cultural influence upon Scotland with a vibrant programme of Scottish music, comedy, theatre and visual art, which will take place in special venues around Edinburgh from Tue 22 to Sun 27 January.
The flagship Burns&Beyond Culture Trail (Sat 26 Jan) will take audiences on a cultural voyage across the city centre, wherein they will discover eight secret performances at transformed historic venues from St Giles' Cathedral to Freemason's Hall. As part of the festivities, The List is proud to present the Red Rose Club, an evening showcase of electronic music by some of the most talented Scottish DJs currently on the scene. Based on the groundbreaking all-women Hot 100 this year, the night's line-up includes the likes of Nightwave, Sofay, Ribeka and The Honey Farm.
Trad music will also play a central role in Burns&Beyond, with performances by Lau fiddler and composer Aiden O'Rourke, acclaimed piper Brighde Chaimbeul and singer Alasdair Roberts at Lucky Middlemiss' Tavern, which will evoke the warm uproarious spirit of an Old Town watering hole as Burns would have known in his day. Similarly, Pictish Trail will be curating Lost Map's Howlin' Fling, a recreation of Eigg's famous Ceilidh Hall in tribute to the rich musical traditions and culture of hospitality in the Hebrides. Edinburgh art collective Neu! Reekie! have programmed a highly anticipated evening of music and poetry, featuring a recitation of Burns' 'Tam O' Shanter' as you've never heard it performed before by Kevin Williamson, and music and dance from Kixx Collective.