Hidden Door reveals diverse music line-up for 2019 weekender

Volunteer-run arts organisation Hidden Door has revealed a diverse music programme for this year’s event, taking place at Leith Theatre from 30 May – 2 June 2019.

Following a successful fundraising campaign to secure the future of the non-profit festival, the team behind Hidden Door have opted for a shorter format in 2019, to support efforts to build towards a full festival return in 2020 whilst attracting top live acts to Edinburgh.

Tickets are now on sale at www.hiddendoorblog.org/tickets

Thursday 30 May will be presented in partnership with The List, offering an eclectic opening night that once again makes a strong statement of intent to address the gender imbalance rife in UK music festival lineups, with a female-led roster of acts including the groundbreaking R&B star Ray BLK, winner of BBC Sound of 2017, and the universally acclaimed experimental pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma. Bass-heavy hip hop direct from the East Coast (of Scotland) is provided by the all-female rhyme-masters The Honey Farm, with Edinburgh’s underground, electronic duo Chuchoter and notorious Glasgow DJ Sarra Wild bookending the celebratory bill.

Friday 31 May will see Hidden Door offer its first ever nine-hour show of seamless music from 6pm – 3am, bringing together some of the finest electronica currently being made in the UK with a live set from London-based George Fitzgerald fresh from his BBC Radio 1 residency, and Ninja Tune’s Nathan Fake taking us through til 3am alongside local duo Maranta and acclaimed producer and singer Kelly Lee Owens.

Saturday 1 June welcomes Crystal Fighters, darlings of the alternative dance scene and widely adored for their catchy songwriting, live energy and penchant for glitter. The group’s arsenal of feel-good anthems have made them a magnificent live proposition, helping them to forge a reputation for creating a celebratory party atmosphere wherever they play.

Sunday 2 June sees the hugely popular US phenomenon Cigarettes After Sex light up the main auditorium of Leith Theatre for one final night with their distinct brand of euphoric and atmospheric crafted songwriting.

Tickets are available now via Edinburgh-based ticketing platform Citizen Ticket. Each ticket gives you full access to the venue on the night, including several rooms of visual art installations and exhibitions to explore.

Citizen Ticket recently announced a new charity initiative where 50% of their booking fee from each ticket sold will be donated back to Hidden Door, as the first Scottish organisation to benefit from the scheme.

Quotes

David Martin, Creative Director of Hidden Door, said: “Hidden Door wants to make a difference to Edinburgh – we want to play a part in making sure the people who live in this city have the chance to experience some of the very best, most exciting, and beautiful music of today, right on their doorstep, in a venue worthy of the city. That’s why we are putting on this weekender and continuing our work to make the Leith Theatre fulfil its potential.

“The music will be incredible, but Hidden Door is more than just a set of gigs. We are bringing together some of our favourite visual artists from the past five years to embellish and adorn the venue, and together with our incredible production team, we’ll be showing the Leith Theatre off in a more visually stunning and immersive way than ever before! This year, with the acts we have secured, coming to the Leith Theatre will be a truly sublime experience!”

Arusa Qureshi, Editor in Chief at The List, said “We are really pleased to be involved with Hidden Door again this year. As one of our top events in the city, being asked to programme the opening night has been an absolute pleasure and we’re very excited to share our line-up with everyone.

“The wonderful Ray BLK, who was the first unsigned winner of the BBC’s Sound Of competition, and experimental pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma will no doubt ensure that it’s an awesome party but we’re also so happy to have List favourites The Honey Farm, Chuchoter and Sarra Wild on the bill, along with various other surprises. We’re certain that this year’s Hidden Door will be the best yet.’

Jack Hunter, chair of the Leith Theatre Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Hidden Door will return to Leith Theatre in 2019 in a fantastic, packed weekend programme. Hidden Door has been instrumental in putting Leith Theatre on the map and generous in its time and support of our campaign to save the theatre.”

More info

Hidden Door 2019 runs from 30 May – 2 June at Leith Theatre, Edinburgh.

Images of the venue and acts are available to download via DropBox.

Tickets are now on sale at https://hiddendoorarts.org/tickets

Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, performers, film makers and poets. Through organising temporary events Hidden Door works to showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover.

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