Edwyn Collins to perform at Portobello Town Hall

Edwyn Collins is heading to Portobello for a Christmas gig. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Edwyn Collins is heading to Portobello for a Christmas gig. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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It’s popular for ballet classes, taekwondo and private functions, but now Portobello Town Hall is welcoming an internationally known chart-topper.

The historic venue will be rocking to the sounds of Scot-pop stalwart Edwyn Collins this Christmas after he accepted an invitation to headline for a Capital-based band. Ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins will look to squeeze his fanbase into a more intimate venue than usual when he performs on Saturday, December 14.

The Girl Like You star is set to play at the venue for the first time after answering the call of a local record label bidding for the big time.

The event which he will be headlining, named “Kid 
Canaveral’s Christmas Bauble IV”, is an annual festive concert hosted by local indie label Lost Maps Records.

The 54-year-old Edinburgh-born songwriter spoke of his delight to be playing an intimate show in his native city, especially in the festive season.

He said: “Looking forward to a Christmas show in dear old Edinburgh – first time for a few years and in good company.

“Lost Map and Kid Canaveral, we’re like-minded. We do things for ourselves, we’re fiercely independent, but mainly, we do things for fun! It will be a hoot! Merry Christmas, one and all.”

Portobello Town Hall is a 600-seat venue that is not on the usual Edinburgh gig ­circuit, but event organisers Lost Maps are excited by the unique location.

Record label founder Johnny Lynch said: “We’ve had big names before, but this is definitely one of the biggest. Because we’re quite DIY, all our events are quite small.

“We knew there was a big demand for this event so we wanted to do something special in a venue that’s not used a lot.

“It’s a beautiful venue, we went down and checked it out. We liked the idea of putting on something so original and it’s really an amazing space.”

The label initially got in ­contact with Collins through his wife and manager Grace Maxwell and Lynch felt he would be a perfect fit for their annual Christmas gig.

He said: “I’ve been a fan of Edwyn’s for years and this is Kid ­Canaveral’s signature event.

“They’re very much in the Scottish indie pop tradition, so Edwyn seems like a natural fit for a headliner.”

The town hall was opened in 1914 and is currently a venue for hire used mainly for craft fairs, kickboxing classes and birthday bashes, so it is an unlikely choice for the Scottish indie scene.

The “Christmas Bauble” is the brainchild of the Edinburgh-based band Kid Canaveral, who have played at the event for the previous four years. Lead singer David McGregor was delighted to have such a prestigious headliner for this year’s concert.

He said “It’s our fourth year doing it and it’s really exciting to have him on board.

“He’s a genuine living 
legend.”