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 28 events at this location

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65daysofstatic

The Sheffield-based four-piece plays instrumental post-rock.

Sat 16 May

£18.56 / 0131 560 1581

Thu 17 Dec

£18.56 / 0131 560 1581

All Work Together: Eugene Kelly, Rick Redbeard & Faith Eliott

All Work Together is Summerhall’s new series of Songwriters circles, highlighting some of the best of Scottish music’s established and up and coming songwriting talents. All artist will perform onstage together, taking turns to highlight the stylistic ticks and rhythms that make each such a unique presence in…

Thu 21 May

£14 / 0131 560 1581

Andy Shauf

Indie folk troubadour from Canada.

Sun 30 Aug

£18.56 / 0131 560 1581

Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5

Things get weird with Colonel Mustard's live show. Group hugs, crowd high fiving, singalongs and yoga are just a few of things you can expect from this raucous Glasgow act.

Sat 18 Apr

£20.72 / 0131 560 1581

Fri 25 Sep

£20.72 / 0131 560 1581

David Ford & Jarrod Dickenson

Please Please You presents David Ford & Jarrod Dickenson The Crescent, York Monday 27th April, 7.30pm. £15adv More at http://www.pleasepleaseyou.com

Thu 23 Apr

£19.12 / 0131 560 1581

A Faithful Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • France
  • 15
  • Directed by: Louis Garrel
  • Cast: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp
  • UK release: 23 August 2019

Abel (Garrel) is a journalist three years into a relationship with Marianne (Casta), who informs him that she’s pregnant, and not by him. Despite the brief running time, it’s packed with incident and there’s an appealing, lighter-than-air confidence about it. Charming and melancholy.

Sun 26 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Field Music

Innovative Sunderland group return with more effortlessly complex indie pop.

Sat 8 Aug

£19.68 / 0131 560 1581

Grace Petrie

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

Thu 29 Oct

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

Dissection Room

£12 / 0131 560 1581

The Great Eastern

A festival of musical exploration and discovery. Lineup: Beak>, Free Love, Warmduscher, BC Camplight, Rachel Sermanni, Boy Azooga, Broken Records, BABii, Kaputt, JFDR, Penelope Isles, Quiche, Swim School, Super Inuit, Rory James, Kubitaru, Hamish Hawk, Eleanor Kane … & many more to be announced! The Great…

Sat 9 May

£23.50 third release / 0131 560 1581

Jake Xerxes Fussell

Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist JAKE XERXES FUSSELL (yes, that’s his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from across the river in Phenix City, Alabama (once known as “The Wickedest City in…

Fri 8 May

£13.44 / 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 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0131 564 1334

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0131 564 1334

Kevin Morby

The former bassist of the band Woods performs indie-folk rock material.

Sat 25 Jul

£20.72 / 0131 560 1581

Lankum

Four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin.

Wed 19 Aug

£22.50 / 0131 560 1581

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

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

Tue 13 Oct

£28.12 / 0131 560 1581

Like Animals

  • 3 stars

Play about human and not-so-human communication in relationships, inspired by actual research into animal language.

Wed 15 Apr

Cancelled / 0131 560 1581

Mclusky*

Post-hardcore legends mclusky* return to play only their second reunion gig since 2005. Joined by two of the Ouseburn's finest, Eat Fast and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind. Mclusky (often stylized as mclusky), originally known as Best, were a three-piece post-hardcore group formed in Cardiff, Wales. The group consisted of…

Sat 29 Aug

£22.50 / 0131 560 1581

The National Whisky Festival

A chance to try a selection of fine whiskies from over 40 tasting stands. Some of the best drams from around the world are on offer and local restaurants are also providing ideal dishes to complement the different whiskies.

Sat 18 Jul

£38.50 / 0141 337 1731

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Alt rock quintet from Newcastle.

Fri 4 Dec

£18.48 / 0131 560 1581

The Rifles

Leeds indie rockers with mod leanings.

Mon 2 Nov

£24.20 / 0131 560 1581

Robyn Hitchcock

The ex-Soft Boys frontman returns to the stage to perform tracks from his vast back catalogue.

Sat 13 Jun

£22.50 / 0131 560 1581

Slum Village x Abstract Orchestra

Detroit hip hop legends Slum Village join forces with the UK’s orchestra hip hop powerhouse the Abstract Orchestra.

Tue 15 Sep

£22.50 / 0131 560 1581

Squid

Math-pop band of the moment with their single Houseplants getting plenty of airplay on BBC 6 Music.

Sun 13 Sep

Sold out / 0131 560 1581

Stories We Tell

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • Canada
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sarah Polley
  • UK release: 28 June 2013

Polley's first documentary looks inwardly at her family life, particularly at her mother who died when Polley was aged 11.

Thu 30 Apr

£8 (£6) / 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.

Thu 16 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Fri 17 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 18 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sun Ra Arkestra

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

Fri 8 May

£25.76 / 0131 560 1581

Swans

Michael Gira's influential no wave band return with their harsh mix of proto-industrial rock and atmospheric acoustica.

Tue 25 Aug

£32.06 / 0131 560 1581

UduL

Los Galindos presents a feast of circus-style acrobatics about misunderstandings and egos in conflict, set in an intimate yurt.

Thu 28 May

£13 (£10; Children £10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Fri 29 May

£13 (£10; Children £10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 30 May

£13 (£10; Children £10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sun 31 May

£13 (£10; Children £10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Viagra Boys

Swedish punk band.

Thu 18 Jun

Sold out / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

Natalie Taylor: 'I think [art offers] more poetic, visceral ways of expressing one's reaction to the climate crisis'

2 Aug 2019

Summerhall plays host to a month-long residency by Extinction Rebellion, the headline-grabbing radical climate change protesters

Last year, one of the highlights of the Fringe at Summerhall was the gig-documentary Riot Days by Russian punk band Pussy Riot, telling the story of the 2012 protest action which led to two band members being tried and imprisoned in the gulag. This…

Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

16 Jul 2019

Highlights include Cirque Berserk!, Everything I See I Swallow and Staged

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

16 Jul 2019

Highlights include Havana After Dark, Ali and Alpo and Ritualia

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 family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

16 Jul 2019

Highlights include Moonbird, Bout and Un Poyo Rojo

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…

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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