R&B star Ray BLK, Let's Eat Grandma, Kelly Lee Owens and Cigarettes After Sex revealed as part of diverse roster
This morning, the volunteer-run arts festival announced the first acts slated to perform at their 2019 festival. Hidden Door will once more take over the historic Leith Theatre with an eclectic programme of music, visual and performing arts from Thu 30 May–Sun 2 June. Following their successful Save Hidden Door fundraising campaign, which saw the community rally to raise £40k towards securing the festival's future, Hidden Door will be running a shorter programme in 2019, with the view of returning in full for 2020.
The opening night, presented in partnership with The List, will feature a dynamic woman-led line-up, in a strong rebuke of the pervasive gender imbalance in the music festival industry. The roster will lead with R&B star Ray BLK, winner of the BBC Sound of 2017; experimental pop duo Let's Eat Grandma, Scottish rhyme champions and hip-hop maestras The Honey Farm; Edinburgh's own indie-electro pop twosome Chuchoter; before closing with a set from OH141's fearless leader DJ Sarra Wild.
Friday will boast a seamless nine-hour programme of electronic music from 6pm to 3am, with a live house and techno set from BBC Radio 1 resident George Fitzgerald, as well as indie label Ninja Tune's Nathan Fake, who will be playing into the wee early hours alongside Edinburgh electronic act Maranta and the great Kelly Lee Owens
Saturday's line-up has yet to be confirmed, but Sunday's closer will be the acclaimed American ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex, who were catapulted to fame with their atmospheric sleeper hit 'Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby' and their widely-lauded eponymous debut album in 2017.
Tickets for the weekender will go on sale Thu 21 March via the Edinburgh-based ticketing platform Citizen Ticket, including full access to the art and performance works being staged in the venue. 50% of the booking fee will go back to Hidden Door to support the continuity of this multi-arts festival.
'Hidden Door wants to make a difference to Edinburgh,' says David Martin, Hidden Door's Creative Director. 'We want to play a part in making sure the people who live in this city have the chance to experience some of the very best, most exciting, and beautiful music of today, right on their doorstep, in a venue worthy of the city. That's why we are putting on this weekender and continuing our work to make the Leith Theatre fulfill its potential.'
'We are really pleased to be involved with Hidden Door again this year.' says Arusa Qureshi, Editor at the List. 'As one of our top events in the city, being asked to programme the opening night has been an absolute pleasure and we're very excited to share our line-up with everyone. The wonderful Ray BLK, who was the first unsigned winner of the BBC's Sound Of competition, and experimental pop duo Let's Eat Grandma will no doubt ensure that it's an awesome party but we're also so happy to have List favourites The Honey Farm, Chuchoter and Sarra Wild on the bill, along with various other surprises. We're certain that this year's Hidden Door will be the best yet.'