Sun 5 – Sun 26 Aug 2018
(No Mon performances)
It’s 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is busting to get out into the world and see what's on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer.
Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t.
Based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.
Performing with a live band, directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Meet Me At Dawn, Milk, Swallow), Cora (Midsummer) celebrates life’s euphoric highs and epic shitstorms, asking what wisdom we should pass on to the next generation – and which glorious mistakes we should let them make.
For event details and to book tickets visit the Traverse website.
A Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material co-production in association with Regular Music.
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. It will also welcome a series of specially curated nights by local festivals and promoters, each with their own unique aesthetic, politics and following, to put their stamp on the programme. Several artists in the programme also feature in the Rip it Up exhibition, including Mogwai, King Creosote and Karine Polwart.
Explore the full programme here. Booking opens for Friends and Patrons at 12 noon on Wednesday 2 May. Booking opens for everyone at 10.00 am on Friday 4 May.
Anna Meredith © Kate Bones
GRIT © Mihaela Bodlovic
Karine Polwart © Paul Heartfield
King Creosote © Calum Gordon
Neu! Reekie! © Kat Gollock
s t a r g a z e
16 June– 25 November 2018
To coincide with Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, join Edinburgh Music Tours for an entertaining and informative guided walking tour telling the story of the musicians who have stayed, played and made music in Edinburgh.
Covering folk to funk, pop to punk and past to present, the tours trace the people, venues and gigs that made Edinburgh’s music. Brought to you by the team behind Glasgow Music City Tours.
Tours run every Saturday at 13:00–14:30 & 15:00–16:30. Additional tour 11:00–12:30 on 4, 11, 18 & 25 August.
£14 adult, £12 concession. Visitors to the exhibition can use the discount code RIU18 to get £2 discount on walking tour tickets.
To book tickets visit glasgowmusiccitytours.com/edinburgh
Edinburgh University Old Quad
28 September 2018
A visceral collision of alternative rock, live painting/projection and architecture, this outdoor show will transport its audience into sensual overload through a live union of sound and vision. The line up consists of Fay Fife (The Rezillos) on vocals and theremin, artist Maria Rud, Ted McKenna (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) on drums and percussion, Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps/The Gun Club/The Bad Seeds) on guitar and vocals, Chris Agnew (The Rezillos) on bass and Marilyn Carino on electronics +vocals, with a prelude reading by Rula Lenska.
The music created for SHAMANIC is a soundclash of 60s garage, alternative rock and contemporary electronica, laced with a punk spirit, and a defiant DIY spirit runs through all aspects of the show’s development.
SHAMANIC is in association with and was partly inspired by Rip It Up. Find out more and book tickets at www.shamaniclive.com.
Friday 15–Sunday 24 June
This June, Summerhall hosted 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.
The Skids © Nick Henderson
Man of Moon
Stanley Odd. Photo © Jannica Honey.
Withered Hand. Photo © Pam Berry.
Header image: Objects on loan from Simple Minds.