As well as a host of live performances, talks and discussions hosted at the National Museum of Scotland, an exciting programme of associated events will be taking place across Edinburgh during the exhibition run. These events and performances are an extension of our celebration of Scottish pop music and, in many cases, will include artists and performers who also feature in the exhibition itself.

Southern Exposure at Summerhall

Friday 15–Sunday 24 June

This June, Summerhall will host 10 days of outdoor live music and events in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland, Synergy Concerts, Nothing Ever Happens Here and Edinburgh International Film Festival to coincide with the launch of Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop.

Tue 19 Jun Synergy Present… The Skids + Big Country
19:00–22:30, £32 Adv
Thu 21 Jun NEHH Present… Idlewild W/t Paws & Man of Moon
19:00–22:30, £23 Adv
Sat 23 Jun NEHH Present… The Rip It Up Festival
Feat. Stanley Odd, Emma Pollock, Withered Hand, Modern Studies, Be Charlotte & Very Special Guests To Be Announced
12:00–22:30, £25 Adv
Sun 24 Jun Synergy Present… The Rezillos
19:00–22:30, £20
  • The Skids © Nick Henderson

    The Skids © Nick Henderson
  • Big Country

    Big Country
  • Idlewild

  • Paws

  • Man of Moon

    Man of Moon
  • Be Charlotte

    Be Charlotte
  • Broken Records

    Broken Records
  • Emma Pollock

    Emma Pollock
  • Stanley Odd. Photo © Jannica Honey.

    Stanley Odd. Photo © Jannica Honey.
  • Withered Hand. Photo © Pam Berry.

    Withered Hand. Photo © Pam Berry.

For event details and to book tickets visit


Edinburgh International Festival: Light on the Shore

Leith Theatre
9–25 August 2018

In association with Rip It Up, Light on the Shore brings together major bands, artists and collectives to celebrate the diversity, virtuosity and originality of Scottish popular music as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Crossing genres – from folk to hip hop, electronica to rock – and spanning decades, Light on the Shore showcases some of those who have built Scottish music’s international reputation as well as those who are remaking it for a new generation. Several artists in the programme also feature in the Rip it Up exhibition, including Mogwai, King Creosote and Karine Polwart.

Other artists confirmed so far include Anna Meredith & Southbank Sinfonia, s t a r g a z e performs Boards of Canada, Django Django, The GRIT Orchestra performs Bothy Culture and Beyond,  Lau presents Lauland and King Creosote. The full line up and ticketing details will be announced on 2 May 2018.

  • Anna Meredith © Kate Bones

    Anna Meredith © Kate Bones
  • Django Django

    Django Django
  • GRIT © Mihaela Bodlovic

    GRIT © Mihaela Bodlovic
  • Karine Polwart © Paul Heartfield

    Karine Polwart © Paul Heartfield
  • King Creosote © Calum Gordon

    King Creosote © Calum Gordon
  • Lau

  • Mogwai

  • Neu! Reekie! © Kat Gollock

    Neu! Reekie! © Kat Gollock
  • s t a r g a z e

    s t a r g a z e

Edinburgh International Festival

Header image: Objects on loan from Simple Minds.

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