The first few days of Hidden Door as immortalised through the camera (or iPhone) lens
Hidden Door, Edinburgh's much-feted interdisciplinary arts festival kicked off with a bang last weekend. The rejuvenated Leith Theatre is base camp for the whole festival - which runs until Sun 4 Jun - an imposing art deco venue that, until last weekend, had lain derelict for the best part of 28 years. After enormous support from the public via a dedicated Kickstarter, which reached more than double its initial funding goal, the theatre was brought back to life in time to host what's been an enormously successful festival so far.
On Friday, FOUND took to the stage with their experimental electronica and a stunning light display, followed by dream-pop from sometime Ladytron frontwoman Marnie, indie elctro from BDY_PRTS and a triumphant headline set from last year's SAY Award winner, Anna Meredith, who hit the spot with her version of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'.
Saturday saw Freak Circus gracing the stage for some spoken word, plus Manuela Gernedel and multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand, FFS) in their Manuela guise and Idlewild storming it as headliners.
On Sunday, Hidden Door was the place to be if spoken word is your bag, with Flint & Pitch leading the way with a lineup including A New International, Michael Pedersen, Jenny Lindsay, Dominic Waxing Lyrical, Bella and the Bear and Ellen Renton, while film lovers were catered for on Monday with a showing of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
Running until next Sunday, there's still plenty to see at Hidden Door - think everything from theatre from award-winners Grid Iron (Wed 31 May), poppy Krautrock from DTHPDL (Thu 1 Jun), films from Scottish Queer International Film Festival (Fri 2 Jun), Hidden Orchestra (Sat 3 Jun) and a closing party with Tinderbox Collective, Kathryn Joseph, Dawanggang, Theatre Sans Accents and Frontiers Orchestra on Sun 4 Jun.
The Hidden Door music and arts festival celebrated its best event yet in 2017, helping bring the stunning Leith Theatre back into use for the first time in nearly three decades. Hidden Door’s earliest instalments – at the derelict Waverley Arches (in 2014) and the abandoned stables on King’s Stables Road (2015 and 2016)…