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 38 events at this location

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100% Soul with the Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir Live

Motown and soul classics performed live by a 16-piece Gospel choir band and horn section.

Fri 29 Nov

£20 (early bird £15) / 0131 560 1581

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert

Scottish indie-folk power duo Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert perform tracks off their new album, Here Lies The Body.

Fri 20 Sep

£18.56 / 0131 560 1581

Alan Smith: The New World retrospective

Alan Smith (b. 1941) worked extensively as a painter and teacher, exhibiting in Europe and America for a number of years. In 1991, shortly after his 50th birthday, the artist made a conscious decision to remove himself from the world of public art. Now, after a life threatening illness, Smith found the need to return…

Thu 19 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Fri 20 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 21 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

…and 36 more dates until 27 Oct

Aldous Harding

New Zealand folk singer-songwriter.

Sun 1 Dec

£16.87 / 0131 560 1581

Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky

Traditional Celtic and Nordic music with an American fiddling twist.

Sun 17 Nov

£22.40 / 0131 560 1581

Angel Bat Dawid

Performance by composer, clarinetist and jazz singer Angel Bat Dawid.

Tue 19 Nov

Over-16s only

£16.80 / 0131 560 1581

Under 18s accompanied. Standing only. Please contact venue with additional access requirements.

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 19 Sep

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Sat 21 Sep

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Thu 26 Sep

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

…and 23 more dates until 14 Dec

Beyond the Naked Eye: Beginners Microscopy Course

A course in the basics of using a microscope.

Tue 24 Sep

£130 (£100) / 0131 560 1581

Tue 1 Oct

£130 (£100) / 0131 560 1581

Tue 8 Oct

£130 (£100) / 0131 560 1581

Tue 15 Oct

£130 (£100) / 0131 560 1581

Black Midi

Black Midi are the enigmatic London 4-piece that are quickly becoming one of the hottest new underground bands in the country. Having formed only a year ago and making their name (as a lot of the great new up and coming bands are) at The Windmill in Brixton they feature Geordie Greep (vocals/guitar), Cameron Picton…

Mon 17 Feb 2020

£14.62 / 0131 560 1581

Bombskare

Scotland's ska juggernauts raise the roof.

Fri 25 Oct

£15–£18 / 0131 560 1581

Skalloween

Carbon's Casualties

Work by New York Times photographer Josh Haner, documenting the realities of climate change.

Thu 19 Sep

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Fri 20 Sep

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sat 21 Sep

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 36 more dates until 27 Oct

The Chats

Australian punk-rock band.

Fri 6 Dec

£15 / 0131 560 1581

Christmas & Co.

  • 2017
  • France / Belgium
  • 1h 32min
  • Directed by: Alain Chabat
  • Cast: Alain Chabat, Golshifteh Farahani, Pio Marmaï

Santa must search the Earth for a cure to the illness all his elves have fallen victim to, and save Christmas.

Sun 15 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Declan McKenna

Pop singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire.

Sun 17 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Dreadzone

Dubby dance beats from Dreadzone who charted in the mid-90s with 'Little Britain' but have been making compelling reggae-rooted soundscapes ever since.

Fri 13 Dec

£19.69 / 0131 560 1581

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Film festival devoted to screening short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the world. The ESFF evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and has hosted visiting film-makers from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and all over the UK.

Fri 25 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Sat 2 Nov

£8 (£6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sun 3 Nov

£8 (£6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sat 9 Nov

£8 (£6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 01:00

The Ex live at the Deaf Institute

The legendary Dutch post-punk group play Manchester as part of their 40th anniversary tour

Thu 19 Sep

£16.80 / 0131 560 1581

Exit: 100 Days of Khaos!

Two years ago Jane Frere created permanent murals at Summerhall reflecting the questionable links between Trump’s presidential campaign in the USA and the electoral manipulation that led to a marginal victory for the Leave campaign. The artist wanted to highlight the extent to which our personal data has been used as part…

Thu 19 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Fri 20 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 21 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

…and 36 more dates until 27 Oct

The Kt Bush Band - Live At Summerhall

Featuring original members of Kate Bush's 1977 KT Bush Band, this is far more than a Kate Bush tribute act. Guitarist Brian Bath went on, with Del Palmer, to perform on the original Tour Of Life with Kate, as well as on her classic early albums and a raft of TV and radio appearances. Today, Brian, along with the original…

Fri 15 Nov

£15–£45 / 0131 560 1581

Kung Fu Film Festival

Debut festival showcasing the best of action film-making.

Thu 19 Sep

Times vary / £6 per film / 0131 560 1581

Fri 20 Sep

Times vary / £6 per film / 0131 560 1581

Sat 21 Sep

Times vary / £6 per film / 0131 560 1581

Sun 22 Sep

Times vary / £6 per film / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing ¦ Adornment

Here's what happens: whether you're a seasoned pro or don't know a pencil from a pen, we welcome all ages and all abilities - ESPECIALLY those of you who think you have NO abilities whatsoever. You can strut in and confidently do your thing, or declare yourself clueless and ask for help; you can show off your work, or…

Wed 25 Sep

£7.70 / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing ¦ Drag King

Here's what happens: whether you're a seasoned pro or don't know a pencil from a pen, we welcome all ages and all abilities - ESPECIALLY those of you who think you have NO abilities whatsoever. You can strut in and confidently do your thing, or declare yourself clueless and ask for help; you can show off your work, or…

Wed 2 Oct

£7.70 / 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

Neil Bob Herd

Acclaimed alternative bluegrass, country and folk musician Neil Bob Herd performing songs from his bands' repertoires.

Thu 3 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

New Sodom will be a Shining City on a Hill

Andrew Sim (b.1987) has witnessed the transition from a society still bearing the scars of the AIDS epidemic and a media backlash against LGBTQ+ people, through a period of ‘integrationism’ (which saw marriage equality and increased acceptance for some) — to a new period of queer radicalism, community building, gender…

Thu 19 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Fri 20 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 21 Sep

Times to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

…and 36 more dates until 27 Oct

Oh Les Filles!

  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h 19min
  • Directed by: François Armanet

François Armanet's 2019 documentary talks about rock'n'roll history, Edith Piaf and gender indifference in France and in the world in general. The film features the untold stories of the French female rock stars who we tend to overlook.

Fri 29 Nov

£12 Film & Dance (film only £5–£7) / 0131 560 1581

film screening and dance party

Out of Sight / Out of Mind

Provocative show exploring perceptions of reality, labeling and discrimination in the context of mental health.

Fri 11 Oct

0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sat 12 Oct

0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 13 Oct

0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 15 more dates until 3 Nov

Paths of The Soul

  • 2015
  • China
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Yang Zhang
  • Written by: Yang Zhang

A docu-drama following a group of Tibetan monks on a journey to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. PG rating. Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with additional access requirements.

Sun 13 Oct

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

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

She Drew The Gun

Dreamy, lyrical psych-pop.

Fri 1 Nov

£14.06 / 0131 560 1581

Short Cuts

  • 2012
  • France
  • 1h 50min

Short films celebrating the new talents of French cinema. All films are screened with English subtitle. 2019 selection: Let Me Dance / Laissez-moi Danser (12A) by director Valérie Leroy Nefta Football Club (12A) by director Yves Piat La Persistente (12A) by director Camille Lugan Sweet Night / Nuit Chérie…

Sun 24 Nov

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

The Transatlantic Ensemble Performs Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

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

Wed 18 Dec

£20 (Early bird £18) / 0131 560 1581

Triple Bill: Agnes Varda in California

Martine Pierquin introduces a triple screening of Lift Share, Black Panthers and Unclue Yanco / Oncle Yanco.

Sun 27 Oct

Over-15s only

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Tutored life drawing ¦ Clay

I'm delighted to be putting on a course of 10 tutored life drawing classes with artists expert in each topic, which is different every week. Each one is standalone, and to save my poor brain trying to organise spreadsheets for discount block booking, I'm going to offer a Wednesday life drawing session for every 5 tutored…

Tue 8 Oct

£13.20–£15.40 / 0131 560 1581

Tutored life drawing ¦ Colour

I'm delighted to be putting on a course of 10 tutored life drawing classes with artists expert in each topic, which is different every week. Each one is standalone, and to save my poor brain trying to organise spreadsheets for discount block booking, I'm going to offer a Wednesday life drawing session for every 5 tutored…

Tue 1 Oct

£11–£13.20 / 0131 560 1581

Tutored life drawing ¦ Gesture

I'm delighted to be putting on a course of 10 tutored life drawing classes with artists expert in each topic, which is different every week. Each one is standalone, and to save my poor brain trying to organise spreadsheets for discount block booking, I'm going to offer a Wednesday life drawing session for every 5 tutored…

Tue 15 Oct

£11–£13.20 / 0131 560 1581

Tutored life drawing ¦ Tone

I'm delighted to be putting on a course of 10 tutored life drawing classes with artists expert in each topic, which is different every week. Each one is standalone, and to save my poor brain trying to organise spreadsheets for discount block booking, I'm going to offer a Wednesday life drawing session for every 5 tutored…

Tue 24 Sep

£11–£13.20 / 0131 560 1581

The Wicker Man

  • 5 stars
  • 1973
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robin Hardy
  • Written by: Anthony Shaffer
  • Cast: Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Christopher Lee

A devoutly celibate policeman (Woodward) arrives at a remote Scottish island to investigate a schoolgirl disappearance and becomes involved in local pagan rituals. A British horror classic, with some extremely scary and erotic moments.

Thu 31 Oct

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

Win tickets to Local Natives at Summerhall

Win a pair of tickets to see Local Natives at Summerhall this October.

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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