Edinburgh venue Summerhall hosts 2013 List Festival Party
Music, dancing and Fringe performer showcases feature at event in Edinburgh's arts laboratory
This article is from 2013.
The List Festival Party has grown in size and stature over the years to become the unofficial kicking-off point of the Edinburgh Festival proper. Taking place on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the Fringe, for many it marks the several firsts: the first proper midweek late night, the first night out in the city for many of the visiting performers and inevitably, the first real hangover. For party guests, in addition to the music, dancing and refreshments courtesy of sponsors Aperol Spritz and Heverlee, there's also the chance to catch one of several showcases by Fringe acts. Newly arrived in the city, when their shows are fresh and often still in-progress, these showcases in the performance spaces throughout the sprawling venue, provide the first insight into the future hit shows of each year's festival. The 2013 List Festival Party was no exception, with performers including Red Bastard, Vikki Stone, Bianco, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Anatomy of the Piano, A Simple Space, Electro Bevvy & The Dolphin Boys and Sotho Sounds.
Among the several installations were Hunt & Darton Cafe, who provided some delicious nibbles in the weird area where food meets art; LOOKLOOK photobooths and a barber/conceptual artist offering haircuts throughout the evening and later using the clippings to make art over the course of the Festival.
The venue of the List Festival Party itself is itself a star of the show. The former Edinburgh University veterinary school, Summerhall, with its labyrinthine corridors and decommissioned veterinary equipment provides an atmosphere akin to breaking into a school for an illicit party. The 2011 List Festival party helped launch Summerhall as a venue, introducing 'Edinburgh's arts laboratory' to the city's cultural audience and those involved in the festival. The Summerhall courtyard has since becomes a hub of alternative activity during the Fringe; meeting place with five bars, several food vendors and where live theatre can happen around you.
The List would like to thank all the staff at Summerhall for providing the perfect party venue for the third year running. A huge thanks to our drinks sponsors Aperol Spritz and Heverlee. Further thanks to Hunt & Darton Cafe, LOOKLOOK photobooths, our amazing team: YOURgb Events, Michael Heasman, Laura Hawkins, Katy Spry, Naomi Howarth (illustration), Kristie De Garis (The Wild Air Photography) and all our volunteers. And of course, the party wouldn't have gone off with a bang were it not for our amazing performers: A Simple Space, Anatomy of the Piano, Auditory Hallucinations, Benefit Cosmetics, Bianco, Die Roten Punkte, Electro Bevvy & The Dolphin Boys, Fright or Flight, Funny Women, Lili La Scala, Long Distance Affair, Luke Wright, Mark Dolan, Mat Ricardo, Red Bastard, Red Door Gallery, Rhys Matthewson, Saki and Flynn, Sotho Sounds, ThaTha, Trendy Wendy, Vikki Stone, Vive Le Cabaret, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
See you there next year.