Neu! Reekie! – Alternative Cultural Cabaret

Once a month in Edinburgh, a most wondrous gem of a-happenin’ happens and it goes by the name of Neu! Reekie! Imagine a cultural smorgasbord of entertainment which showcases Scottish live music, spoken word, poetry, short film and animation all packed into a four hour programme. Hosted by poet and publisher, Kevin Williamson (whose Rebel Inc imprint launched the careers of Irvine Welsh and Alan Warner) and award-winning poet, Michael Pedersen, this is one of those arts events which started in a typically underground, word-of-mouth way and has amassed quite the following over the past seven years. There’s always an array of fascinating acts and I’ve made many a discovery such as the poetry of Holly McNish, the animated films of Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson and the eccentrically, soulful voice of Law Holt. Do check them all out for they are all superbly talented humans.

Young Fathers play Neu! Reekie! 2015

Neu! Reekie! events are always held in inventive and often, unique locations such as Edinburgh Central Hall where my favourites, Young Fathers headlined two years ago and the National Museum of Scotland where Charlotte Church‘s Late Night Pop Dungeon brought the party with an array of genre-spanning covers. (I mean, she did a version of ‘Hometown Unicorn’ by Super Furry Animals. What’s there not to love about this alone? Best. Night. Ever!)

Charlotte Church's Pop Dungeon play Neu! Reekie! 2016

As well as the fabulous live performances, there’s usually other novelty things to do at these events, such as dressing up like vikings, replete with crazy wigs. Exhibit A.

Neu! Reekie! Celts 2016 dressing up as Vikings

As well as Edinburgh, Neu! Reekie! have been popping up all over Scotland recently, hosting events in Glasgow, Dundee, Elgin and even noising up smaller towns such as Hawick, Anstruther and Ullapool. They even left their beautiful trail of chaos in Smoo Cave, Durness which having visited, I would have loved to have seen!

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Head along to one of their nights – you can thank me later 😉

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