Neu! Reekie! Xmas Snowblinder promises 'the most eclectic and mental lineup we've ever put on in Edinburgh'
- Rowena McIntosh
- 6 December 2017
Festive event features Charlotte Church, Irvine Welsh, Bill Drummond, Aidan Moffat, Emme Woods, Scott Hutchison, She-Band Rave Unit, Hollie McNish and more
The Xmas Snowblinder is both Neu! Reekie!'s closer for the year and their seventh birthday celebrations. Hosted by Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson the evening features performances from Charlotte Church (who headlined at their counter culture festival in Hull in June), Bill Drummond, Aidan Moffat, Emme Woods, She-Band Rave Unit and Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit doing Tom Petty.
Irvine Welsh joins the Neu! Reekie! festive celebrations again and there's a Xmas Poetry Hit Squad featuring Hollie McNish, William Letford, Kayus Bankole, Leyla Josephine, Alan Gillis, Iona Lee and Keven Cadwallender.
Kevin Williamson of Neu! Reekie! said '2017 has been a helluva year for us at Neu! Reekie! We started with a big Burns night in Leith, put a show on at Barcelona Cosmopolis festival in March, had Bill Drummond polishing shoes in a church on Easter Road, then curated and organised a three-day counter cultural festival in Hull in June headlined by Young Fathers, Charlotte Church and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Possibly one of our highlights was the big event in Leith Theatre in August to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Trainspotting the film. That night was totally nuts! Legendary Edinburgh postpunk band Fire Engines reformed especially for it.
'We've put shows on in Dundee, Iona, London and up in Shetland, and instead of slacking off for Xmas we've organised the most eclectic and mental lineup we've ever put on in Edinburgh which brings together some of the amazing performers, musicians, writers, rogues and party animals we've worked with over the last year. Could be carnage backstage with that lot! Should be a great night to celebrate what Edinburgh can do culturally while showcasing some amazing artists.'
If you needed any more persuading, the mulled buckfast is back, if you get there early.
Neu! Reekie! Xmas Snowblinder, Central Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 15 Dec, £25 (£23)