Hidden Door Festival 2016 – An Artistic Wonderland


Hidden Door Festival 2016

Via the hashtag #LiveMusicMatters and a general move towards making Edinburgh a ‘365 city’, the capital is now, in my humble opinion, a fully functioning hub for a whole host of art and creativity. And not just in August! One perfect example of how things have changed is the ever-popular Hidden Door Festival.

This year’s fest is set to be a truly special occasion. Taking place in the disused street lighting depot below the castle, the Electric City, as it’s now being dubbed, will play host to bands such as Teleman, Meilyr Jones, Rosie Owe, NZCA Lines, Jane Weaver, Bossy Love, Rozi Plain, Luke Abbott, Supermoon and Rival Consoles to name but a few.

But it ain’t all about the music, the festival gives creative industries from across Scotland a space to showcase over the nine day event. There’s a host of visual artists on site this year and, as part of the Invited Artists Programme, graduates from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee art colleges are being given the chance to create large scale pieces in the disused depot. The artists will focus on using light in particular thereby referencing the ‘Electric City’ theme. Neat isn’t it?

Oh, and there’s plenty more. For you thesps, a top pick is the Magnetic North Theatre Company’s production of Walden. This will take place in the atmospheric ‘Peely Room’ – an old vehicle repair workshop converted into a theatre for the festival. The Ludens Ensemble is also making a return this year with Ubu Roi.

And if all that wasn’t enough there’s a new dedicated poetry and spoken word programme this year. Hidden Door will be working with poets such as Rally and Broad, MacGillivray, Jamie Gordon, Nick-e Melville and Ron Butlin – ex-Edinburgh Makar from whose poem ‘The Electric City of Heck’ the festival gets its theme.

There’s also not one, not two, not three but four bars this year with an array of craft beers, cider and speciality gins. And, of course, there’s plenty of intriguing food stalls to gorge on.

The Hidden Door festival opens at 6pm on Friday 27th May.  The doors open at 12pm every other day and admission is free until 6pm when tickets are available to buy.  Tickets can be purchased from the website.

Get all the info on each day of the festival via 7ahead here.

Thanks to Hidden Door for the press release.

Jamie: 7ahead