The Burns&Beyond Festival which had its inaugural year in January of this year will be returning in January 2020 with a Festival Club at the Assembly Rooms featuring gigs by, among others, Scots musician Edwyn Collins and Glasgow four-piece band Tide Lines.
Collins will open the Burns&Beyond Festival Club on Thursday 23 January and Tide Lines, will appear on Friday 24 January.
Full programme details will be announced in early November, with organisers Unique Events promising a chance for audiences to discover the “very best in creative talents from across Scotland and beyond in some of Edinburgh’s most well-known buildings and a few of its more secretive spaces”.
The inaugural Burns&Beyond festival had over 30,000 visitors, with its eclectic programme of free and ticketed events including live music, art installations, family ceilidhs, theatre, comedy, free family activities and a not-so-traditional Burns Supper.
Edwyn Colins, who recently turned 60, has been a pioneer of Scotland’s music scene for over 40 years. Lead singer and co-founder of the 1980s post-punk band Orange Juice with hits like Rip It Up, Collins started a solo career following the group's split in 1985, and his 1995 single A Girl Like You was a world-wide hit.
In February 2005, Collins was hospitalised following two cerebral haemorrhages which resulted in aphasia, and he subsequently underwent an extensive rehabilitation period. He resumed his musical career in 2007 and a documentary film on his recovery, titled The Possibilities Are Endless, was released in 2014.
Collins was the co-founder of the indie record label Postcard Records and winner of the Ivor Novello Award, the Ivor Inspiration Award, in 2009. His latest album Badbea was released in 2019.
Tide Lines, appearing on Friday 24 January, are a four-piece band based in Glasgow who are heavily influenced by the traditional music of their native Highlands and Islands, but whose highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, with drums and keyboards.
Having recently sold-out Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom in only 6 minutes, their devoted fans are renowned for creating electric atmospheres and fuelling raucous live shows.
Tickets for Edwyn Collins & Tide Lines at Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker go on-sale on Friday 6 September at 10.00am from Burns&Beyond website.