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 and more 
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. 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

    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

Edinburgh's Greatest Hits: The Story of the Capital's Music

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

Edinburgh Music Tours

Header image: Objects on loan from Simple Minds.

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Road closures - Sunday 24 June

Chambers Street, George IV Bridge and other nearby roads will be closed to traffic on Sunday 24 June for the Let's Ride UK cycling festival. The museum will be open to the public as usual.