11 July 2007
The firing of the One O’clock Gun will not be the only magnificent sound emanating from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle this weekend as some of the world’s greatest performers, past, present and future descend on Scotland’s capital city to play in this, one of the country’s most breathtaking venues.
The music begins tomorrow evening, 12 July, with a special acoustic gig by upcoming Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald in the Jacobite room at Edinburgh Castle. Fresh from her acclaimed performance at T in the Park, the Castle will be the final stop in a special one-day Scottish tour to mark the release of Amy’s second single, Mr Rock and Roll. For exclusive audiences only at each location, the tour includes Mount Stuart and Culzean Castle before culminating with a unique evening performance at Edinburgh Castle.
On Friday evening (13 July), the music moves to the esplanade as Historic Scotland and Castle Concerts present the world famous (and indeed world class) American band; Blondie. With a career spanning over 30 years it is easy to say that Blondie and front woman Debbie Harry are one of the truly legendary bands of the 20th century. As their only show in Scotland this year and with over 20 top ten records, this will certainly be a show not to be missed, packed with hits such as ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Maria’ and ‘Atomic’. Special guest support on the night will be Echo and the Bunnymen, the Liverpudlian post-punk group whose greatest hits include The Cutter and The Killing Moon.
On Sunday evening (15 July), it’s time to get the party started as the multiple award winning and multi-platinum selling PINK rocks the Castle esplanade. Performing her first ever concert in Edinburgh and playing to a sell-out audience as part of her ‘I’m Not Dead’ World Tour, Pink’s sensational set will include all her smash hits; ‘Nobody Knows’, ‘Stupid Girls’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Get The Party Started’.
Barbara Smith, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: "Performances at Edinburgh Castle over the next few days are set to be on an awesome scale and we are delighted to be hosting these events. Not only does the line up include some big names in music, but a true diversity of styles for everyone to enjoy. This coupled with the magnificence of the setting will give all those lucky enough to be attending a truly memorable historic experience."
Please note: tickets for the Blondie concert with special guest support Echo and the Bunnymen at Edinburgh Castle on Friday 13 July (doors open at 7.00pm) are still available, please visit www.ticketweb.co.uk
Notes for editors
Concerts have been held at Edinburgh Castle since 1991, with the exception of 2005. The Castle has also hosted other music events in recent years including Sandi Thom, The View, Paolo Nutini and Eddi Reader.
Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.
Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.