If you were lucky enough to visit the Pianodrome last year at the Botanics, you will be as excited as we are that it is returning to the festival – and this year in a new home within the Pitt Street Market…
The biggest small venue in town. This year their majestic 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from upcycled pianos goes wild downtown in a post-industrial warehouse in Leith. Join them for new music, new writing, street food and drinks. All singing, all dancing, all welcome. Intimate. Epic. Drop in for live music and activities from 11am.
Kids are very much included in the jam packed schedule throughout August – see the full line up and details here – we’ve had a look and picked out some of the family friendly goodies over the month, but it’s definitely one to explore, the programme will be full of magical delights to unearth, and even popping by and playing the pianos or appreciating the wonder of the structure is well worth it….
The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score by Sink –
This is sure to be SPECTACULAR – with this animated film coming alive with the soundtrack being played right beside you – and the film being shown on FIVE screens in the round !!! Swirling, spiraling strings, saxophones, accordion, percussion and voice transport you to a world of conjurors and princesses, where Aladdin battles demons and nothing is as it seems. Lotte Reiniger’s classic and groundbreaking paper-cut animation is a delight for all ages. 31st July – 4th August
Tinderbox – If you’ve never seen the Tinderbox orchestra play, then please, please get yourself along to one of their shows at the Pianodrome – the combination of the venue and the orchestra is going to be tremendous. Tinderbox Orchestra’s spellbinding 20-piece band bring a set of original music, orchestral experiments and site specific performance to this unique venue. Featuring special guests and new collaborations for each show. Tinderbox Orchestra brings together some of Scotland’s leading young musicians across genres. Fiercely independent, they combine core values of inclusivity and togetherness with an ambition to hit the highest levels of creativity and originality. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August
I Piano – In this one-of-a-kind venue the piano and the little girl set off on their quest, searching from the North Pole to the bottom of the sea. They meet dancing dinos and monks on scooters, and explore everything from Beethoven to boogie-woogie, but will they findmusic? If music is in all of us, they will need all our help. 7th – 11th August 3pm