Leith Festival announces line up

Leith stages bigger than ever festival this summer

Leith provided further evidence of its status as one of the city's most vibrant areas with the launch of its annual festival. Organisers revealed that the Leith Festival would showcase its trademark brew of home grown talent, alongside big name headliners.

Held over a week, the popular jamboree will boast over a hundred musical acts, 50 comedians and a dozen visual artists. This year's more expansive programme is responding, said organisers, to the unprecedented success of last year's festival.

Polish physical theatre troupe, Gappad Theatre Company, will make an appearance with their bi-lingual piece, As You Always Do, which was inspired by the story of a Polish migrant who vanished in Glasgow two years ago. Elsewhere dance collective, the Osiligi Maasai Warriors, who impressed during their last Scottish performance at the Royal Highland Show, will showcase their impressive footwork.

Other highlights include the return of theatre hit, Heartfelt, about a Hibs fan who goes undercover as a Hearts supporter. Music is also set to feature heavily with Leith band St Jude's Infirmary and acclaimed indie-punk band Isa and the Filthy Tongues making an appearance alongside and Story About the Boy. The Leith Festival Sessions are also set to take place every night in local bar The Granary, featuring signed and unsigned bands from Edinburgh and further afield.

A vibrant programme of visual art and photography, as well as a slew of Scottish comedians, complete the mix. Leith Festival Manager, Rowan Campbell, said: ‘We are all very excited about this year's festival. We are expecting this year to be bigger and better than anything we have done before. We are looking to take the festival to a new level, while keeping its roots firmly in Leith.’

Leith Festival runs from 20 May–8 Jun; see www.leithfestival.com for full listings.

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