Our Museum Lates return in November with a Rip It Up-themed evening extravaganza!

Enjoy live music from two of the exhibition’s featured bands, 2017 Scottish Album of the Year award winners Sacred Paws and indie legends The Pastels, along with bars, food, themed activities and a chance to explore the museum after dark. 

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  • Dance around our galleries with new silent disco tours 
  • Belt out a Scottish pop classic in the karaoke corner
  • Head to the dance floor with DJ Vic Galloway, author of the accompanying Rip It Up book 
  • Set the scene with retro face painting and temporary tattoos
  • Visit our famous silent disco for the best and cheesiest Scottish anthems
  • Dress up and pose for a band album cover
  • Create a bespoke 80s pop badge of your own
  • Play Jukebox Bingo and match the artists on the cards with the tunes on the decks
  • Join our dance tutor extraordinaire and learn some funky disco moves
  • Look out for Fashion Communications students as they show off their Rip It Up-inspired ‘Club Kid’ fashions
  • Hear behind-the-scenes stories from curator Stephen Allen and Vic Galloway

If you want to arrive early for a drink, the Brasserie Bar will be open from 6pm. They'll also be serving food until 9pm. Ticket holders only. 

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Sacred Paws

London/Glasgow duo Sacred Paws uplifting debut album Strike A Match is out now via Rock Action. A vibrant collection of pop gems, Sacred Paws first full-length features ten complex yet instantly infectious songs, fitting perfectly between uplifting indie-pop and intricate post-punk. Strike A Match has already received a slew of incredible reviews from the likes of Q, DIY, Clash, Loud & Quiet, The Skinny and more. Most recently single ‘Rest’ is currently playlisted BBC Radio 6 Music and was also awarded Album of Day at the station. 

The Pastels

Following in the footsteps of the so-called ' Sound Of Young Scotland’ in the early 1980s, The Pastels have proven to be an enduring act, stubborn and purposeful, carving out their own niche and still commanding a legion of devoted fans and seeing off too many fads, fashions and scenes to mention. The current Pastels lineup is, for the most part, the musicians who made Slow Summits which was shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Album Of The Year - Stephen McRobbie, Katrina Mitchell, Tom Crossley, Alison Mitchell and John Hogarty, with Suse Bear on bass guitar. They are looking forward to starting work on a new record in 2019. 

  • Sacred Paws

    Sacred Paws
  • The Pastels

    The Pastels
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Rip It Up
The Story of Scottish Pop

Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.

Off The Record

SOLD OUT. Key figures from the music industry will lead seminars, discussions and workshops all aimed at demystifying the industry and providing the knowledge to kickstart a career in music.

Rip It Up playlists

To get you in the mood for Rip It Up, we're sharing playlists of music inspired by the exhibition's themes, from Scottish pop classics to the tracks that mean the most to the people involved in creating the exhibition.

Rip It Up events
Join us for an eventful programme of talks and live music

From live music to key note sessions to kids' craft, join us for an eventful programme to accompany our Scottish pop exhibition.
Event information


16 Nov 2018
19:00–22:30 (Doors open 18:45)


National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

How much

Lates only: £12/£10 Members/Concessions*
Lates plus exhibition entry: £20/£18 Members/Concessions*

* Concession prices apply to 60+, students and unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free. A valid NUS card must be shown.

Booking information

Age 18+

Call 0300 123 6789 to book your place or book online

Book Museum Late

Book Museum Late + Exhibition Entry

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