EDINBURGH GRASSMARKET FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

A new festival for Edinburgh, The Grassmarket Festival, is running over three days: Friday 29th, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. The festival will be both an arts market and live music festival. Arty crafty folk selling their wares amongst a diverse mix of new and exciting live music.

The Festival will be open from 12noon to 8pm – Friday and Saturday – and to 6pm on Sunday, with entry being free. The festival is being organised by the Grassmarket Area Traders Association, in association with Avalanche Records, Red Dog Music and Dancebase.

Programme of Events:

Live Music:

Fri 29th: 3-8pm Ballboy, The Last Battle, Supermarionation, Academy stage

Sat 30th: 3-8pm Burnt Island, Star Wheel Press, Trapped Mice, Donnie Willow, Kalatara

Sun 1st: 3-8pm TV21, Second Hand Marching Band, Edinburgh School for the Deaf, The Banjo Lounge 4, These Fading Polaroids

With dance presented by Dance Base:

Friday 12.30-1.30

Swing with Fly Right Company

Saturday: 12.30-1.30

DanceBase presents Rumbos de Tango with Tango Society Members

Art Market: Open 12noon to 8pm everyday with around 35 different makers each day. The market will showcase work from many of Scotland’s leading and most innovative artists and makers. Reworked vintage clothing, furniture and ceramics sitting alongside secondhand vinyl, artist books, quilts and other cool collectibles. A common theme running through the festival will be that of tea, handmade cakes, and of the vintage and recycled. Matched to all this will be an exciting programme of sounds from some of Scotland’s finest bands along with exciting newcomers.

Full details at: www.grassmarket.net

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