LeithLate - Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 28 Jun (4 stars)

Remember Remember head up one-night transformation of Leith Walk

LeithLate - Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 28 Jun

On a rare evening of summer sun, for one night only, Leith Walk itself became the little piece of live-art/promenade theatre it’s sort of always been. From Whitespace and Superclub in Gayfield Square at the top to Henderson Halls in South Leith Parish Church at the bottom, some 19 largely bespoke venues from the Windsor Buffet to Oscar’s Alterations, Leith Walk Barber’s Salon and beyond played host to a cavalcade of live music and pop-up exhibitions that fused a civic and social experience with an artistic one to expand the aesthetics of community spirit in the best sense of that much overused phrase.

Individual events were sometimes rough and not always ready, but in their willingness to experiment with form, content and circumstance, facilitated an explosion of noisy life that captured a sense of what’s going on artistically away from the city’s designated cultural quarters. The sound may have been a mess for much of the after-show party headlined by Remember Remember’s mighty Steve Reich-for-indie-kids routine, but seeing the multitude of creative types in the same room makes you realise what a glorious playground the neighbourhood’s become.


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