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 35 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

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

The Big Moon

London four-piece whose debut album Love in the 4th Dimension was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Sat 29 Feb

£12.50 / 0131 560 1581

Blanck Mass

Beautiful, complex organic sounds from this solo project from Benjamin John Power (Fuck Buttons).

Thu 12 Mar

£17.92 / 0131 560 1581

The Bridesmaid

  • 2004
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claude Chabrol
  • Cast: Benoît Magimel, Laura Smet, Aurore Clément

A young man falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid only to find out she is not who he thinks she is.

Sun 29 Mar

£7 (£5) / 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

The Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

'Ceilidh! Is it too late to say I'm sorry, and ceilidh, could we get it together again?' Of course, singer from Marillion: at the ceilidhs of the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, the bands have a caller, so never again need you be embarrassed at not knowing the steps.

Tue 25 Feb

£7 / 0131 560 1581

  • 20:00

Tue 3 Mar

£7 / 0131 560 1581

  • 20:00

Tue 10 Mar

£7 / 0131 560 1581

  • 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 31 Mar

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

Grace Petrie

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

Tue 21 Apr

£13.44 / 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

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

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.

Sun 29 Mar

£28.12 / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing ¦ naked / nude

"…Whilst nakedness reveals itself, nudity is placed on display." (so says our man John Berger). What is the difference between a nude, and someone naked? Come and draw your own conclusion. 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…

Wed 26 Feb

£7.70 / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing ¦ with Callen

Welcoming back Callen McKeon. No theme decided as yet, but it'll be lovely tunes, lovely vibes, etc. Do join us x 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…

Wed 4 Mar

£7.70 / 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

£10–£12 / 0131 560 1581

The London Astrobeat Orchestra Performs Abbey Road

As September marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever recorded studio album Abbey Road, we've prepared a special night to celebrate.

Fri 28 Feb

£14 / 0131 560 1581

London Astrobeat Orchestra Play Talking Heads

Following their 4-date sold out run, London's finest multinational, West African outfit return to pay tribute to our favourite Talking Heads albums Remain in the Light and Speaking in Tongues. The pervasive afrobeat influence of these albums excellently lends itself to this completely unique take on David Byrne's timeless…

Fri 28 Feb

£15.68 / 0131 560 1581

Mount Strange and the Temple of Fame

An exhibition in which four major female artist investigate managed histories, strange landscapes and myth-making: Victoria Clare Bernie, Maria Gimeno, Mina Hedyari-Waite and Alix Villanueva.

Wed 26 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

Thu 27 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

Fri 28 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

…and 12 more dates until 15 Mar

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

Petina Gappah: Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. She is the author of the novels Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019) and The Book of Memory (2015); and two short story collections, Rotten Row (2016) and An Elegy for…

Thu 19 Mar

£13 (£9) / 0131 560 1581

The Place I Call Home

Contemporary photography exhibition featuring multiple artists exploring the Arabic diaspora living in the UK.

Wed 26 Feb

Basement Gallery

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  • 11:00 – 18:00

Thu 27 Feb

Basement Gallery

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  • 11:00 – 18:00

Fri 28 Feb

Basement Gallery

0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 7 more dates until 8 Mar

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

Simon Thacker's Svara Kanti

Simon Thacker (guitar), Japjit Kaur (voice), Sarvar Sabri (tabla) and Jacqueline Shave (violin) play music by Riley, Osborne, Korde and Thacker himself.

Sun 15 Mar

Over-16s only

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

Under 18s must be accompanied. Unreserved seating. Contact venue with additional access requirements.

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

Some of Summerhall: A Survey In Drawings by Will Knight

An exciting drawing and architecture exhibition featuring Will Knight's sketches of historic multi-arts venue Summerhall.

Wed 26 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

Thu 27 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

Fri 28 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

…and 7 more dates until 8 Mar

Squid

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

Sun 22 Mar

£11.25 / 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

Tutored life drawing ¦ wire sculpture

I'm delighted to be putting on a course of 5 tutored life drawing classes with artists expert in each topic, which is different every week. If you attend all 5, I'll give you a Wednesday drop-in for free:) (I'll give you a card to tick off at your first session, and if you fill the 5 stampy-spaces you can book a free…

Tue 25 Feb

£14.30–£16.50 / 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

Wolfgang Flür (Ex-Kraftwerk)

A member of Kraftwerk during the group's golden era, Wolfgang Flur was the band's electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Flur became the third member of the band in 1973, replacing a drum machine. He was a member of the group from their international breakthrough with the album Autobahn…

Fri 13 Mar

Over-16s only

£20–£23 / 0131 560 1581

Yorkston Thorne Khan

Experimental collaborative group that includes folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston, award winning sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb.

Sun 22 Mar

Over-16s only

£15.68 / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

Win tickets to Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 at Summerhall

Win a pair of tickets to see Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 at Summerhall this April.

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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