The Kiwi multi-instrumentalist psych-popper makes marvellously off-kilter music, blending styles and hypnotic grooves with oddball lyricism. His third studio album Jassbusters saw him backed by a full band for the first time, described by the Quietus as ‘fuller, groovier, twangier… a revelation’.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen scheduling issues.
Emotionally raw harmonic melodies abound on New Jersey songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s songs of love and loss. Her new album Remind Me Tomorrow, her fifth, has been described as her best work to date.
The inimitable Pulp frontman and solo artist remains a startlingly vital force in music, playing songs from his glittering career. He returns to the International Festival with his new project JARV IS...
Returning from a six-year hiatus, the Danish indie rock group from Copenhagen play otherworldly, ambitious, exceptional pop songs. An innovative and evolving trio, Efterklang have created an album based on sounds from an arctic expedition, produced films, co-founded festivals and a radio station, and they have performed all over the world including an iconic performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Get ready to sing along with this feel-good favourite which is based on the songs of Leith royalty, The Proclaimers. We’ll greet you in the grandeur of The Balcony Suite of The Leith Theatre for a Society tasting before settling down to the much-loved musical. We’ll even provide the popcorn!
Reel Girl Film Club are teaming up with Cinetopia and Leith Theatre for a screening of the British classic, Bend It Like Beckham, inspired by this year’s Women’s World Cup!
The legendary Scottish alternative rock band, described by Kurt Cobain as ‘the best band in the world’, play songs from their three-decade career. Equal parts grunge, shoegaze and Britpop, Teenage Fanclub have continually evolved their sound and their 2019 world tour sees them delve into their back catalogue of classics, as well as premiering new material.
Expect thundering guitars, dramatic dreamscapes and operatic vocals in Anna Calvi’s return to the International Festival. Her eponymous debut album, Anna Calvi, was a record of raw power that signalled the arrival of an ambitious and inventive songwriter, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
The Swedish singer, rapper and audacious 80s icon Neneh Cherry makes her International Festival debut to perform songs from her three-decade career. Her fifth solo album Broken Politics, released in 2018 and produced by Four Tet, took a cerebral lo-fi approach, reinvigorating her song writing and signalling a fresh direction for an ever-changing artist.
Born and bred in south east London, poet, rapper, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest is one of the UK’s most innovative and celebrated artists. Occupying a space between slam poetry and rap, she has twice been nominated for the Mercury Prize, as well as winning multiple literary prizes for her poetry and novels.
Leith Theatre and Cinetopia are continuing their Quotable Classics with a summer showing of BACK TO THE FUTURE!
It's family friendly! Cinema Scran is available from Ostara! And it's only a FIVER!
Leith Theatre and Cinetopia, in honour of the cherished school holidays, are taking their Quotable Classics to the kids with a summer showing of HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS!
AND - following the film, we are going to have some INVENTIVE activities for all the budding young scientists in the audience!
REMAIN IN LIGHT is a monthly showcase of experimental/avante garde/dissident/outward looking culture featuring an eclectic shapeshifting mix of poetry, music, spoken word, performance art, dance, visual art, science, film, animation & activism.
EXITMAN (featuring Ewen Bremner) * SARASARA * JENNY LINDSAY * CINEMAATTIC * plus Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson and more TBA.
Leith Theatre in partnership with Cinetopia are celebrating Pride Month at June's Cinema Nights with the movie PRIDE!
Ace movie! Open bar! Scrumptious Cinema Scran! Great community atmosphere!
This night has got it all! And it's only £5 (+ online service fee)
The second of two drop in sessions exploring the potential for a locally based network of theatre-makers and practitioners.
This session is FREE but booking is essential. Book Now
REMAIN IN LIGHT is a monthly showcase of experimental/avante garde/dissident/outward looking culture featuring an eclectic shapeshifting mix of poetry, music, spoken word, performance art, dance, visual art, science, film, animation & activism. Book Now
The first of two drop in sessions exploring the potential for a locally based network of theatre-makers and practitioners.
This session is FREE but booking is essential. Book Now
A huge, one-stop marketplace that celebrates the extraordinary breadth of talent in Leith’s independent businesses. From the kitchen table to the shop front, This Is Local Leith will feature designer makers, high end crafts, quality vintage, artisan food producers, jewelers, artists, and so much more! We’ll also have the very best in local Street Food so bring the family and make a day of it! Escape the high street and support the abundance of creative talent in our town with the fabulous women that brought you Vintage Nation Leith.
We’re delighted to announce Leith Theatre’s second annual comedy fundraiser! Start your weekend laughing with a multi-act showcase of some of the best in Scottish comedy.
Our sterling acts are donating their performances to help this incredible arts venue. Join them!
Sunday 2 June sees the hugely popular US phenomenon Cigarettes After Sex light up the main auditorium of Leith Theatre for one final night with their distinct brand of euphoric and atmospheric crafted songwriting.
Saturday 1st June welcomes Crystal Fighters, darlings of the alternative dance scene and widely adored for their catchy songwriting, live energy and penchant for glitter. The group’s arsenal of feel-good anthems have made them a magnificent live proposition, helping them to forge a reputation for creating a celebratory party atmosphere wherever they play.
Friday 31 May will see Hidden Door offer its first ever nine-hour show of seamless music from 6pm - 3am, bringing together some of the finest electronica currently being made in the UK with a live set from London-based George FitzGerald fresh from his BBC Radio 1 residency, and Ninja Tune’s Nathan Fake taking us through til 3am alongside local duo Maranta and acclaimed producer and singer Kelly Lee Owens.
Thursday 30 May will be presented in partnership with The List, offering an eclectic opening night that once again makes a strong statement of intent to address the gender imbalance rife in UK music festival lineups, with a female-led roster of acts including the groundbreaking R&B star Ray BLK, winner of BBC Sound of 2017, and the universally acclaimed experimental pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma. Bass-heavy hip hop direct from the East Coast (of Scotland) is provided by the all-female rhyme-masters The Honey Farm, with Edinburgh’s underground, electronic duo Chuchoter and notorious Glasgow DJ Sarra Wild bookending the celebratory bill.
Following our recent news that #HiddenDoor has been saved and will be back in May 2019, they’ll be returning to Leith Theatre, with a special opening night presented in partnership with The List.
This year’s event will take the form of a long weekender, running from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2019.
The MGA Academy of Performing Arts launches the Impulse Dance Festival, a platform showcasing choreography by our Third Year Dance Course. From submitting proposals, to casting, rehearsing, working within a budget, lighting design & staging, each choreographer will encompass the whole creative process.
Jackhammer are back for 2019 !!
This could be the BIGGEST and BEST event they've ever put together!!
Derrick May -Transmat Detroit
Dave Clarke - Skint
Stephen Brown - Live - Transmat Detroit
Brainstrorm - Pure
Keyte - Stepback Records
Wolfjazz - Jackhammer
Sapphire Notion are an acoustic rock/blues/soul inspired duo from Edinburgh. Jade Shields and Chris Sheering have been writing and performing together since early 2016. Their songs are honest and intimate that draw inspiration from Jeff Buckley, Tracy Chapman and Stevie Nicks amongst others.
"A captivating a soulful performance with powerful vocals complemented bu intricate guitar riffs to deliver a set reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac" - Rachel Male, Black Diamond FM
From Memphis Minnie to Muddy Waters, from Sleepy John Estes to Elmore James, Mud In Your Ear specialise in downhome blues and boogie from the days of the 78rpm record.
No bass, no drums, but an array of vintage guitars, harmonica, piano, mandolin, and washboard!
We are delighted to present an intimate acoustic show headlined by We Were Promised Jetpack’s Adam Thompson with special guests, Mt. Doubt and Gus Harrower.
Join us and show your support for the rejuvenation of Leith Theatre and enjoy some of the most talented musical voices in the country!
Are you looking for something to do during the Easter Holidays in Edinburgh?!
The Easter Youth Gaitherin' is an exciting opportunity for youg musicians to come and take part in three days of workshops led by some of Scotland's finest traditional musicians. Each participant can chose from three options, including fiddle (mixed levels), whistle, song and groupwork.