Crowd at Hidden Door music stage

Picking your night at Hidden Door

You are truly spoiled for choice for bands to see at this year’s Hidden Door, taking place from Wednesday 31 May to Sunday 4 June, and we know it can be hard to choose your night!

Hidden Door regulars may remember the fantastic line-up of live acts from last year’s festival at the Old Royal High School. This year, we’ve programmed some of the best emerging talent – a range of must-see artists representing an eclectic range of musical styles. So here is our very own guide to help you pick your festival favourites for 2023.

Remember… you saw them first at Hidden Door!

If you liked Warmduscher…

Make a date for the opening night with DEADLETTER – an unbelievable live band with a real swagger – offering a post-punk Warmduscher vibe but with added in-your-face urgency and confrontation.

Or why not come along on Thursday night for the explosive post-rock experience of ‘Warmduscher’s little brother’, Butch Cassidy. And Sunday night sees Glasgow four-piece Sweaty Palms embrace a more electronic energy laden with a pumping, pulsating guitar-driven sound.

If Portico Quartet was your favourite from 2022…

You’d be daft to miss the Cabaret Stage on Friday night, featuring award-winning multi- instrumentalist, composer, producer and visual artist Liam Shortall, aka corto.alto, followed by the dark, textured mix of experimental electronic music and stunning visual art from the one and only Max Cooper.

If Saint Etienne is more your jam…

The one-to-watch on Friday night is Sarah Carton, bringing her own brand of dreamy indie-electropop to this year’s festival, while Thursday night sees the dizzy and explosive new-wave lushness of Flasher grace the Loading Bay Stage.

But we’d suggest our closing night party on Sunday for the full Saint Etienne experience, with everything from the atmospheric pop-punk vibes of Pillow Queens, the post-pub musings of Eyes of Others, the quirky pop tunes of Rozi Plain and an exhilarating electro-pop closing night party with Free Love.

If you’re a fan of good old-fashioned guitar music…

Come along to our opening night post-punk guitar party on Wednesday night, featuring Edinburgh- based alt-rock four-piece Dinosaur 94; the unique bass, drums and sweeping violin sounds of Pozi; sharp guitar rock from Kentucky-based trio Wombo, and the indie-pop-art-rock sounds of Mercury Prize-shortlisted Porridge Radio.

If you’re simply up for something new…

Saturday may be the night for you. Curated by London-based arts and music collective NiNE8, Saturday features some experimental and underground takes on hip hop, rap and R&B from the likes of freestyle rapper Bemz, London-based alternative rap trio Frozemode, and hardcore gothic hip hop artist Denzel Himself, ending with a late-night rock n’ roll party from Fat Dog on the Cabaret Stage.

And if you want to party until late…

We’re throwing the ultimate office party with 5 late night programmes taking us through to 1am. We’re excited to have Sisu and EPiKA collectives showcasing some of the best women and non-binary DJs on the circuit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and our opening night party on Wednesday features a set by the legendary Prosumer, “one of the world’s best DJs” according to Attack Magazine.

Still undecided?

We’ve only mentioned some of the music acts playing at Hidden Door here – be sure to check out the full line-up and of course all of the poetry and spoken word also on offer.

And if you still can’t decide, why not pick up a five-day festival pass and come along to see all of them!