1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
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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.

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Events at this venue

There are 20 events at this location

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369 Remembered – The Women

An exhibition celebrating Edinburgh's 369 Gallery and the women who exhibited there during the 1980s. These women are considered to be the 'Grandes Dames' of Scottish art and include Pat Douthwaite, Lil Neilson, Carole Gibbons, Lys Hansen, Sheila Mullen, Rose Frain, Joyce Cairns and more.

Sat 19 Jan

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 20 Jan

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Wed 23 Jan

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 4 more dates until 27 Jan

Bill Ryder-Jones

The alt rock singer-songwriter from Warrington.

Wed 13 Feb

£16.50 / 0131 560 1581

Brave Burds Throw Axes

The first of the Brave Burds adventures is axe throwing! We'll throw some axes and have some drinks in The Royal Dick pub inside Summerhall.

Sat 26 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 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 23 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 30 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 6 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 6 Mar

Grace Petrie

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

Fri 17 May

Over-16s only

£12 / 0131 560 1581

Standing only.

Gyða Valtýsdottir

Icelandic musician Gyða Valtýsdottir performs her Epicycle project.

Sun 3 Feb

Over-16s only

£14 / 0131 560 1581


Psychedelic rock from brilliantly-named Hookworms.

Sat 2 Feb

Cancelled / 0131 560 1581

James Yorkston

Folk from the Fife musician.

Thu 2 May

Over-16s only

£16 / 0131 560 1581

Standing room only.

Juniper Festival

With a variety of top producers to try before you buy as well as gin talks, cocktails, food stalls and handmade fashions and crafts on sale, the Juniper Festival is a celebration of all things gin.

Fri 31 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 629 5710

Sat 1 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 629 5710

Sun 2 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 629 5710

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

The godfather of dub, Lee 'Scratch' Perry supplies a night of eccentric reggae sounds.

Thu 21 Mar

£27.50 / 0131 560 1581

Mediterraneo: Carnevale

World music concert series. The line-up for 2019 features The Badwills, Swampfog, Bristol Branch and more.

Sat 16 Feb

Over-18s only

£12 includes mask (£10 with own mask) / 0131 560 1581

Mini Zoomers (Ages 0–5)

Sensory play and action art activities for children under 5 with a free-play approach and weekly themes. Booking is essential.

Wed 23 Jan

£6 also admits one adult / 0131 560 1581

For children ages 0–5. Siblings under 6 months come for free.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Fri 25 Jan

£6 also admits one adult / 0131 560 1581

For children ages 0–5. Siblings under 6 months come for free.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Wed 30 Jan

£6 also admits one adult / 0131 560 1581

For children ages 0–5. Siblings under 6 months come for free.

  • 10:30 – 11:30
…and 13 more dates until 15 Mar


Four-piece American alt rock unit.

Thu 4 Apr

£16.50 / 0131 560 1581

Scottish Ensemble: Continental Drift With Keyvan Chemirani and Friends

Zarb virtuoso Keyvan Chemirani and friends join musicians from the UK's leading string orchestra for an inventive concert of Eastern, Western and improvised music. What happens when you blend the music of the old European masters with the breathless virtuosity of contemporary Persia and the Mediterranean? Keyvan…

Sun 10 Mar

£11.14–£16.47 (£5.82–£7.95) / 0131 560 1581

Start to End: Carole King – Tapestry

Start to End and Scottish vocalist Rachel Lightbody team up to perform Carole King's classic 1971 album Tapestry in its entirety.

Sat 2 Feb

£13 / 0131 560 1581

Summerhall Beer FestivALE

All things beery, yeasty and delicious are packed into Summerhall for an ale-filled weekend featuring in-house brewery Barney's.

Fri 3 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 4 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sylwia Kowalczyk: Lethe

Photography concerned with memory, recollection, forgetting and renewal.

Fri 1 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sat 2 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 3 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 30 more dates until 17 Mar

Sat 2 Feb

0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 12:15 – 13:15
  • 13:45 – 14:45
  • 15:00 – 16:00

The Vaselines

Much loved-Scottish lo-fi grungers, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee.

Fri 1 Feb

Dissection Room

£15 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Independent Venue Week.

The Wedding Present

Perennially popular archetypal 80s indie stalwarts fronted by David Gedge head out on their Hit Parade tour.

Fri 5 Apr

£22 / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

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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…

Comments & ratings

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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