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 34 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

Aldous Harding

New Zealand folk singer-songwriter.

Sun 1 Dec

Sold out / 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 21 Nov

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Sat 23 Nov

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Thu 28 Nov

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

…and 5 more dates until 14 Dec

Californian Wine Fair

Annual wine fair with Californian wine and cheese tasting.

Fri 22 Nov

£15 / 0131 560 1581

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

Cold Turkey's Warm Stuffing

A Christmas night with folk music, poetry, delicious food and more.

Fri 6 Dec

Over-18s only

£16 / 0131 560 1581

Dreadzone

One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they…

Fri 13 Dec

Over-16s only

£17.50–£20 / 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

Grace Petrie

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

Tue 21 Apr 2020

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

Jackhammer 18th part 2 - Dave Clarke and Stephen Brown

Jackhammer Birthday part with 2 of the greatest of all time Dave Clarke and Stephen Brown

Sat 14 Dec

£8.80 / 0131 560 1581

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

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

Sun 29 Mar 2020

£28.12 / 0131 560 1581

Sat 15 Feb 2020

£14.62 / 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 2020

£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 2020

£15.68 / 0131 560 1581

Magic Nostalgic

'The Wheel' decides the playlist be it disco, 80s, rock gods, 90s rave, power ballads, one hit wonders or movie music, at this multi-genre nostalgia fest.

Tue 31 Dec

£20 (early bird £12) / 0131 560 1581

A cult favourite since its inception in 2009, your Hogmanay is at the mercy of the Wheel!

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

More than 30 years after he formed his first band, The Pale Fountains, with his younger brother John, soulful Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Michael Head and his constantly rotating band of gifted musicians promote his first album of strings and brass-laden new material in over 11 years, Adios Senor Pussycat.

Thu 30 Jan 2020

£25.87 / 0131 560 1581

Mount Strange and the Temple of Fame

In this curated exhibition, four major female artists investigate and uncover managed histories, strange landscapes and the power of myth-making and folklore. The artist’s research, re-claim, reveal and re-present semi imagined old pasts, new futures, and truth. In her film Daedalus, Victoria Clare Bernie explores…

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 560 1581

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 560 1581

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 560 1581

…and 35 more dates until 15 Mar 2020

The Ninth Wave

Noise pop four piece from Glasgow influenced by 80s new wave and goth pop music.

Fri 31 Jan 2020

£13.44 / 0131 560 1581

The Ninth Wave, Savage Mansion and Heir of the Cursed

Indie and rock-pop night featuring post-punk ensemble The Ninth Wave, rock'n'roll band Savage Mansion and otherworldly singer-songwriter Heir of the Cursed.

Fri 31 Jan 2020

£12 / 0131 560 1581

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

Peret el Rey de la Rumba + TuFlamenco rumba concert

The documentary will be preceded by a celebration of Rumba concert by our amigos TuFlamenco. Peret: The King of Gypsy Rumba Get your rumba moving! This documentary is an intimate portrait and at the same time a tribute to Peret (aka the King of the Catalan rumba) forever and ever, amen. With testimonies of his…

Wed 4 Dec

£11 / 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

Siobhan Wilson

Franco-Scottish folk singer-songwriter, known for her heartbreaking voice and beautiful lyrics. Her debut album There Are No Saints was released in July 2017 on Song, By Toad Records.

Sat 14 Dec

Over-16s only

£14 / 0131 560 1581

Siobhan & friends.

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.

Fri 29 Nov

Free / 0131 560 1581

Sat 30 Nov

Free / 0131 560 1581

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 0131 560 1581

…and 70 more dates until 8 Mar 2020

Summerhall & St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Present: Fair Play

Charity event showcasing a variety of talent from Summerhall's artist development programmes, featuring performances by Jenni Fagan, SHHE, Harry Harris and Little King.

Sat 30 Nov

Dissection Room / Over-16s only

£12 / 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

Tutored life drawing ¦ Portraits

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 19 Nov

Sold out / 0131 560 1581

Viagra Boys

Swedish punk band.

Thu 18 Jun 2020

£15.75 / 0131 560 1581

Wolfgang Flur

A member of Kraftwerk during the group's golden era, Wolfgang Flur was the band's electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987.

Fri 13 Mar 2020

£22.50 / 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 2020

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 2020

Over-16s only

£14 / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

Win tickets to Transfigured at MANIPULATE #13

Win tickets to this year's MANIPULATE Festival #13.

Win tickets to the Magic Nostalgic Hogmanay Party at Summerhall

Win a pair of tickets to Edinburgh's cult favourite Magic Nostalgic's Hogmanay Party at Summerhall.

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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