Summerhall

Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Box office 0131 560 1581
  • General enquiries 0131 560 1580
  • Opening times Cafe/Bar open Mon–Thu noon–11pm, Fri–Sat noon–1am; exhibitions open daily 11am–6pm.
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  • Website www.summerhall.co.uk
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Summerhall

Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a world-class space for technology startups and an on-site restaurant, bar and cafe, Summerhall has become a hub for creation, education and entertainment, doing much to support Edinburgh's cultural community.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

There are 33 events at this location

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100% Soul: WHQ & The Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir

A chance to experience Motown & Soul Classics all performed live by the full 16 piece Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir band & fab horn section! Last Summer iconic North East nightclub World Headquarters was invited to create a brand new, amazing, live Classic Soul Revue featuring Motown & Soul hits of the 60s…

Sat 18 May

Over-16s only

£20 / 0131 560 1581

A. A. Bondy

American alternative folk musician.

Sat 8 Jun

Over-16s only

£15.68 / 0131 560 1581

Aldous Harding

Dark alternative pop is the chosen genre of this New Zealand-originating singer-songwriter.

Sun 1 Dec

£16.87 / 0131 560 1581

ASCUS Art & Science Lab Open Sessions

Open day at ASCUS Lab, suitable for anyone with a creative idea or interested in experimenting with scientific tools.

Thu 25 Apr

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Sat 27 Apr

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Thu 2 May

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

…and 65 more dates until 14 Dec

Aslan

Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell front the long-standing rock five-piece from Dublin.

Fri 14 Jun

£29.25 / 0131 560 1581

Aurélie Fontan: Tensegrity

Exhibition of works by sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan.

Wed 24 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Thu 25 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Fri 26 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

…and 17 more dates until 19 May

Auricle Ensemble

Genre-hopping Scottish chamber ensemble.

Sun 26 May

£14 / 0844 415 5221

Rewrite:

Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) 3 Miniatures from ‘Water’ UK Premiere ‘88′ for solo piano (Piano – Laura McIntosh)

Stewart Copeland (The Police)

Sarah Hayes (You Tell Me / Admiral Fallow)

Bryce Dessner (The National) Letter 27

Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) Quartet for Heart and Breath Memorial

Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint, mvt III, for Electric Guitar (Guitar – Adele Neilson) Radio Rewrite (after Radiohead)

Bodega

The Brooklyn-based art-rock outfit, currently much-happening in NYC, channel influences from post-punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, krautrock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting.

Mon 12 Aug

£14.62 / 0131 560 1581

C Duncan

Scottish singer-songwriter nominated for a Mercury Award.

Fri 10 May

£13.75 / 0131 560 1581

Cate Le Bon

Indie-folk singer-songwriter who was born in Penboyr and is now based in Cardiff.

Sun 25 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Easy Star All-stars Playing "dub Side Of The Moon"

Blending musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a premier rhythm section, Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts on the scene today. Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side Of The Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006)…

Thu 23 May

£23.62 / 0131 560 1581

Edinburgh Life Drawing and Urban Sketching

This group is for anyone who likes to draw. Unlike other artists like musicians, actors or dancers… people who like to create drawings often do so alone. Once finished they tend to hide their sketch pad somewhere and few people get the pleasure of seeing their work. There's nothing wrong with that but it could also be a…

Wed 24 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 1 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 5 more dates until 12 Jun

Erol Alkan

Mashed up electro, beats and indie.

Fri 24 May

£11–£14.30 / 0131 560 1581

Fraɡ'mɛnt (Terra non-firma)

Joint exhibition of works by Russell Beard and Stephen Kavanagh which explores the uncertainty of the Anthropocene.

Wed 24 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Thu 25 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Fri 26 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

…and 17 more dates until 19 May

Grace Petrie

Folk music from the Leicester based singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Fri 17 May

Over-16s only

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

Standing only.

Grey Gardens

  • 1975
  • PG
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
  • Cast: Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale, Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale

Famed for their filmic encounters with Marlon Brando and Truman Capote, the Maysles brothers cemented their reputation for uncovering human truths in this piece about an 80-year-old ex-socialite singer Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, living a life of utter seclusion. This surreal mother-daughter relationship…

Thu 25 Apr

0131 560 1581

Honeyblood

Glasgow-based grunge rock duo featuring Cat Myers on drums and Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals.

Mon 3 Jun

£13.75 / 0131 560 1581

James Yorkston

Folk from the Fife musician.

Thu 2 May

Over-16s only

£17.92 / 0131 560 1581

Standing room only.

Jeffrey Lewis and The Burning Hell

New York's lo-fi anti-folk hero and satirical cartoonist.

Wed 19 Jun

£15.68 / 0131 560 1581

Juniper Festival

With top producers allowing you to try before you buy, as well as gin talks, cocktails, food stalls and handmade fashions and crafts on sale, the Juniper Festival celebrates all things related to gin.

Fri 31 May

£22.50 / 0131 564 1334

  • 17:30 – 22:00

Sat 1 Jun

£22.50 / 0131 564 1334

  • 12:00 – 16:30
  • 17:30 – 22:00

Sun 2 Jun

£22.50 / 0131 564 1334

  • 12:00 – 16:30

KLÄR – Or the Performative-Poetic Search for Schrödinger's Cat

Collaborative physical theatre between performers from Dusseldorf and Edinburgh, which explores quantum theory in our tangible reality, and is created anew at every venue.

Fri 24 May

Over-14s only

£8 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Local Natives

If you distilled California into sound waves and vibrations, it might resemble the sonic and spiritual interplay of Los Angeles quintet LOCAL NATIVES. Having progressed their sound over the course of four full-length albums, Gorilla Manor, Hummingbird, Sunlit Youth and most recently their forthcoming album Violet Street…

Mon 14 Oct

£19.80 / 0131 560 1581

The Orb

Ambient electronica for the masses.

Sat 8 Jun

Sold out / 0131 560 1581

PAWS

Upcoming outfit influenced by lo-fi US guitar rock from the 90s.

Sat 11 May

Over-16s only

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

Pithos (One Possible Story of Our Lively Material)

Exhibition of works by artist Louise Mackenzie which imagines the myth of Pandora for the biotechnological era.

Wed 24 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Thu 25 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Fri 26 Apr

Free / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

…and 17 more dates until 19 May

The Rum Festival Edinburgh

The UK's travelling rum festival comes back to Edinburgh for a third year. You can try over 100 different rums, cocktails and food from around the globe.

Fri 27 Sep

£7.50–£50 / +447590493873

Sat 28 Sep

£7.50–£50 / +447590493873

Shakey Graves

Folk-blues band.

Thu 6 Jun

£16.87 / 0131 560 1581

She Drew The Gun

Dreamy, lyrical psych-pop.

Fri 1 Nov

£14.06 / 0131 560 1581

Southern Exposure

A two-day celebration of Scottish talent, with live music from Pictish Trail, Piroshka, Bossy Love, Carla J. Easton, Be Charlotte, Savage Mansion and more.

Fri 21 Jun

Over-16s only

weekender £25; friday £17; saturday £18 / 0131 560 1581

Sat 22 Jun

Over-16s only

weekender £25; friday £17; saturday £18 / 0131 560 1581

Sun Ra Arkestra

The big band of late improviser Sun Ra performs jazz, swing and avant-garde freestyle.

Wed 24 Apr

£25.76 / 0131 560 1581

The Transatlantic Ensemble Performs Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

The operatic quartet perform their fresh spin on the iconic album.

Sat 25 May

Over-16s only

doors £21; advance £20 / 0131 560 1581

Victoria

  • 2016
  • France
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Justine Triet
  • Cast: Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud

As a divorced lawyer in her 30s, Victoria is struggling to raise her two children. Her life takes a turn after she is reunited with her old friend Vincent and Sam, an old client, at a wedding.

Sun 28 Apr

£5–£7 / 0131 560 1581

  • 17:00 – 06:30

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Welcome

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • France
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Lioret
  • Written by: Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Olivier Adam
  • Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Olivier Rabourdin, Derya Ayverdi

The plight of the immigrant and the viciousness of casual racism are the backdrop for this warm and engrossing drama about Bilal (Ayverdi), a young Iraqi refugee on his way to England who enlists the help of a former Olympic swimmer to help him swim the Channel.

Sun 26 May

0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

Independent Venue Week 2019: Glasgow and Edinburgh Highlights

18 Jan 2019

The Vaselines, Makeness and Vital Idles perform in support of small British music venues

Independent Venue Week is upon us once more, as grassroots music venues across the UK play host to emerging and established artists from Mon 28 Jan to Sun 3 Feb. This seven-day nationwide series of gigs pays homage to the small music venues and the…

Culture class: have a creative outlet for your student worries

20 Sep 2018

So you know all about the masters and the tastemakers – how about becoming one yourself? We take a look at some of the hands-on visual art activities on offer in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Forget naff posters, how about creating something by hand to decorate the walls of your new student digs? Edinburgh Printmakers and Glasgow Print Studio offer a range of courses in printmaking – from afternoon classes in simple stencil screen-prints…

Edinburgh Art Festival features of leading international and UK artists

2 Aug 2018

Major retrospectives of Rembrandt and Nolde are alongside work from emerging and established artists from Tacita Dean to Bill Viola

The Edinburgh Art Festival is in full swing, and whether you're a visual art fan who's already planning your itinerary or you just feel like taking a break from the tsunami of live performance, there are a lot of ways to see something a little quieter…

Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include Cirque Berserk!, Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl and What the Moon Saw

High octane acrobatics and moving storytelling collide in the circus programme at this year's Fringe. Guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat, explore the heights of physicality, movement and artistry in this most physically demanding of art…

Best dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include Infinita, The Troth and Distinction

Move your way over to Edinburgh's Southside because this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, some of the very best dance and physical theatre shows take place outside the city centre. Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO all have a packed programme of…

Best kids shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include MamaBabaMe, Duckie and Stoel

Although the Fringe can seem like it's a bit of an adult's only playground, there are also plenty of shows aimed at kids hiding beneath the swearwords and risqué cabaret. Edinburgh's Southside venues, Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO, have an especially...

Best theatre to see at Summerhall

31 Jul 2018

Queer love songs, Dolly – the sheep and the singer – and the great Pussy Riot feature in Summerhall's Fringe 2018 theatre programme

Summerhall has rightly made a name for themselves as the host of some of the most challenging and prescient theatre during the Fringe. This year features a mix of big names such as the thorn in Putin's side, the punk-rock collective Pussy Riot, the…

Fritz Welch: Crystalline Chrysalis Crisis

18 Jul 20184 stars

Magnificently messed up interiors by international noise scene doyen

Down in the basement, Glasgow-based American percussionist and international noise scene doyen has created a DIY bunker that turns the left-behind detritus of a former machine shop into the ultimate pop-cultural dungeon to hang out in. As with all…

Best of the Southside: Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO in August

4 Jul 2018

Highlights include Freeman, Riot Days and Century Song

The Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO join forces once again to highlight the best theatre, dance, music and more taking place across all three venues. From jaw-dropping circus to performances for the little ones, you can expect to find something to suit…

Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

Edinburgh's club scene: what happens now?

28 Feb 2012

Representatives from Bongo, Cab Vol, Electric Circus, Summerhall and G1 Group have their say

Rob Hoon. Manager of Bongo Club’s parent organisation, Out of the Blue. Despite being a beautiful, blossoming city of international renown and appeal that hosts the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh’s all year round independent music and…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 54: Summerhall venue offers something special

16 Dec 2011

Festival debut marks beginning of major creative space in Edinburgh

Before this August it seemed the Edinburgh Festival was already home to every sort of show and venue imaginable. So, when an entirely new major space sprang up, it was difficult to see what it might offer above the usual. On the programme at…

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1. Andrew Fostera13 Aug 2018, 3:53pm5 stars Summerhall Report

“Closed doors” at Summerhall And “Ulster American” at Traverse The best out of 16 events attended this year.

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