Alternative Peers' Ball brings the best Scots together for a celebratory night for lovers of music and the arts
- Craig Angus
- 11 October 2017
Assembly Rooms event features Django Django, Pictish Trail and Siobhan Wilson, with tickets on sale now
The Alternative Peers' Ball takes place at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms on Sat 25 Nov, with a lineup that features some of the finest contemporary Scottish acts on one stage. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
It's an up to date version of the Peers' Ball, which first took place in 1822, hosted by Waverley writer Sir Walter Scott. That event was a celebration of King George IV visiting Edinburgh, an occasion notable for being the first time a UK monarch had come to Scotland for two centuries. It was also one of the first events where Scotland's national dress was worn by members of the public, and was a bit part of tartan reaching the mainstream.
The alternative 2017 edition of the event is graced by the likes of Django Django, Pictish Trail, Meursault, Siobhan Wilson, Man of Moon, Monoganon and SKJØR, with a DJ set from LuckyMe Records.
With two successful albums up their sleeve (the self-titled, Mercury nominated release from 2012, and 2015's Born Under Saturn), Django Django's live show is a sight to behold. The group topped the bill at this year's Skye Live Festival, their first Scottish show in 18 months going down a storm on the island.
Johnny 'Pictish Trail' Lynch was the winner of this year's SAY Award public vote for his acclaimed release Future Echoes (with the prize on the night going to Sacred Paws), and judging by the reception for Siobhan Wilson's There Are No Saints, the singer-songwriter could be an early tip for the 2018 prize.
Also on the night the artistic talents Ursula Cheng, Too Much Fun Club, Donald Watson and Projector Club will be on display. A night for those who're fond of both the arts and a good old fashioned knees up.