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Further Rip It Up events unveiled

Monday 10 September, 2018

A further series of events to mark the exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced.

Further Rip It Up Events Unveiled                

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

until 25 November 2018

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh


A further series of events to mark the exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced.

The programme of events at the Museum includes panel discussions featuring artists and authors including Clare Grogan, Richard Jobson, Emma Pollock and Barbara Dickson, a special Museum Lates event with sets from and The Pastels and Sacred Paws, a pop quiz in the Grand Gallery hosted by Phill Jupitus and a record fair.

Meanwhile, associated events include Shamanic, an outdoor visual art/rock crossover in the University of Edinburgh’s Old College featuring current and former members of The Rezillos, The Skids and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie as well as screenings at the Filmhouse of Grant McPhee’s acclaimed music documentaries Big Gold Dream and Teenage Superstars.

Singer and actress Clare Grogan said:

“I have been in Scotland a lot through the summer and its been fab to bump in to so many people that have already visited the exhibition and loved it!  I personally can’t wait to take it all in again and to share a platform with two people I hugely admire in Fay Fife and Richard Jobson. We’ll have some stories to tell!”

Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels) said:

“We were extremely happy when we were invited to take part in the Rip It Up exhibition. We decided to base our case around our first album, Up For A Bit With The Pastels, which Stephen Allen and his excellent team not only supported but went out of their way to help us realise. Probably the first time that plastic grapes have featured in the museum. The exhibition is fascinating and throws light on many obscure corners, including an outstanding and complete Poets 45s selection. Very proud to be playing there with our friends, Sacred Paws.”

Phill Jupitus said: 

“I went to see the Rip It Up exhibition for my birthday this year which was quite the treat. I had loved a bunch of Scottish music acts throughout my life, but to see them all gathered together like this was quite awe inspiring. Having spent 18 years working on a pop quiz, and having recently moved to Fife, the fine folk at Rip It Up have asked me to host THE BIG SCOTTISH POP QUIZ. It should be a top night. Get a team together!”

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop explores the popular musical culture of the nation over more than half a century, from influential indie pioneers to global superstars. The exhibition puts music in the spotlight, featuring archive footage and new interviews with artists and musicians along with iconic costumes, memorabilia, instruments and props from musicians including The Proclaimers, Shirley Manson, Lulu, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, Gerry Rafferty, Alex Harvey, Texas, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers and more. The majority of the objects on display are on loan to the exhibition by the artists themselves and in many cases have never before been on public display.

These events continue a varied programme of associated activity in which there have been TV and radio series on BBC Scotland, a book written by Vic Galloway, the Light on the Shore concerts at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and a series of shows at Summerhall earlier in the summer.

Both the exhibition and the National Museums Scotland programme of events are sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.

Events at the National Museum of Scotland

Keynote Sessions

Thu 27 Sep, 19:30, £10/£8 Members & Concessions

Fay Fife (The Rezillos), Clare Grogan (Altered Images) and Richard Jobson (The Skids) in conversation with Vic Galloway

Thu 18 Oct, 19:30, £10/£8 Members & Concessions

Barbara Dickson, Mike Heron (The Incredible String Band) and Rab Noakes, in conversation with Nicola Meighan.

Thu 1 Nov, 19:30, £10/£8 Members & Concessions

Pete Irvine (founding director of Unique Events), Sylvia Patterson (author of I’m Not With the Band) and Emma Pollock (The Delgados) in conversation with Nicola Meighan.

Record Fair

Sat 29 Sep 11:00–16:00 Free drop-in

This one-day record fair in the museum will bring together vinyl collectors and enthusiasts.

Brian Hogg: In Conversation

Sat 29 Sep 14:00–15:00 Free booking required

Brian Hogg, author of All That Ever Mattered: The History of Scottish Rock and Pop, explores the story of Scottish popular music.

The Big Scottish Pop Quiz with Phill Jupitus

Sunday 7 October 18:30 – 21:30, age 18+

£75 per team of 6, includes entry to the Rip it Up exhibition

Think you know Scottish pop? Test your music trivia knowledge with our interactive Scottish pop quiz hosted by very special quizmaster, Phill Jupitus. Drinks and food will be available to buy on the night and you’ll be able to do some last-minute cramming in our Rip It Up exhibition before the quiz begins.

Autism After Hours: Rip It Up

Tue 23 Oct 17:30–19:00 Free booking required

Enjoy exclusive after hours access to our temporary exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, including a tour of the exhibition from curator Stephen Allen followed by a Q&A session. Suitable for autistic young adults aged 14+ and their families or support workers.

Sat 3 Nov

Turntable Pop-up and Performance

Turntable started when Michael John McCarthy and his Great Aunt Kathleen connected over a stack of vinyl. The project invites listeners of all ages to share their music memories and stories.

12:00–14:00 Free drop-in

Join us at our free Turntable Pop-Up where records will be spun and stories will be shared. Drop in to browse our record collection and pick your favourite track to share.

14:30–15:30 £6, £5 Members & Conc.

Join Michael John McCarthy and guest for this special performance exploring memory, identity, family and, most importantly, the joy of music.

Edinburgh Gaelic Festival

Sun 4 Nov 11:30–12:00 & 13:05–13:45 Free drop-in

Inspired by our current Rip It Up exhibition, three members of award-winning Scottish rock-folk band Mànran perform a lively mix of self-penned, contemporary and traditional Scots and Gaelic songs, plus an array of instrumental sets.

Part of Edinburgh Gaelic Festival 2018

Museum Late: Rip It Up

Fri 16 Nov 19:00–22:30, age 18+ Late plus exhibition £20, £18 Members & Conc. Late only £12, £10 Members & Conc.

Our Museum Lates return 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.

Off The Record

Sat 17 Nov 10:00–17:00 £5

An event for young musicians and those who want to work in the music industry, Off The Record is open to anyone aged 16–25. 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.

Part of Year of Young People 2018

Associated events


At Edinburgh University Old Quad
28 September 2018, 19:00

A visceral collision of alternative rock, live painting/projection and architecture, this outdoor show features Fay Fife (The Rezillos), artist Maria Rud, Mike Baillie (The Skids), Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps/The Gun Club/The Bad Seeds) Martin Metcalfe (Goodbye Mr MacKenzie/Filthy Tongues),  Chris Agnew (The Rezillos) and DJ Dolphin Boy, with a prelude reading by Rula Lenska.

Find out more and book tickets at

Film screenings at Edinburgh Filmhouse

Big Gold Dream

23 October (time tbc)

Grant McPhee’s Big Gold Dream uses archive and interviews to tell the story of the creativity and innovation of Scotland’s post-punk scene, with a focus on influential Scottish indie labels FAST Product and Postcard Records. Big Gold Dream won the Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award in 2015.

Teenage Superstars

29 October (time tbc)

Following on from Big Gold Dream, Grant McPhee’s Teenage Superstars explores the alternative pop music scene in Glasgow from 1982 to 1992.

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.

Tours run every Saturday at 13:00–14:30 & 15:00–16:30. £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

Further information on exhibition and images from Bruce Blacklaw, Press Office on 0131 247 4165  or email

Notes to editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation 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.

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  1. The National Museum of Scotland is the most popular visitor attraction in the country outside of London (source: 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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