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Friday 18 March, 2016

Idlewild will headline an evening of Celtic entertainment at Museum Late: Celts at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 May 2016.

Museum Late: Celts

Friday 13 May 2016, 7pm - 10.30pm
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Idlewild will headline an evening of Celtic entertainment at Museum Late: Celts at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 May 2016.

The Scottish chart-toppers ( will perform an acoustic set on the Grand Gallery main stage, supported by Indie folk duo Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean and a themed DJ set by Lates favourite Vic Galloway.

Roddy Woomble. lead singer of Idlewild said:

“I’m very much looking forward to getting the chance to play at the National Museum of Scotland for Museum Lates. I understand that the evening’s theme is inspired by the Celts exhibition. Speaking as a modern Celt, this is good news. This will also be the first time in Idlewild's 20 year career that Rod (Jones, Idlewild guitarist) and I have performed as a duo. So that’ll be interesting!”

The evening’s Celtic theme complements National Museums Scotland’s major exhibition Celts, 10 Mar – 25 Sep 2016 ( An atmospheric performance by musician John Kenny and sound designer Chris Wheeler will bring the Early People gallery to life with the unique sound of the Deskford carnyx. The Beltane Fire Society will bring a taste of Beltane to the museum, with fiery performances of drumming, dancing, and more. Entertainment on offer will also include storytelling with the legend of Fionn mac Cumhail and other Celtic tales, hands-on archaeology, temporary tattoos and dancing with a difference at the silent ceilidh.

Popular features will return with Fresh Air FM providing the soundtrack for the silent disco alongside themed craft activities from the Red Door Gallery, object handling and engaging talks, including an exploration of the archaeology of Asterix. There will be bars and food plus the rare opportunity to simply explore the galleries of the National Museum of Scotland by night.

Tickets are on sale now or by phoning 0300 123 6789. The live music programme is curated by media partner, The List.

Tickets for the Late only are priced £12 (£10 concessions and National Museums Scotland members), combined tickets for the Late plus admission to the exhibition, Celts are £20 (£18 for members/concessions).

Further information and images from Kirsten Cowie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4391 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  2. The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £50m redevelopment. With over 8 million visits since reopening, the National Museum of Scotland is the most popular museum in the country outside London (data from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). The National Museum of Scotland was awarded ‘Gold’ Level Green Tourism Visitor Attraction status in 2016.
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