King Creosote set for secret Edinburgh rooftop gig

King Creosote. Picture: Greg Macvean
King Creosote. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Shoppers pounding the pavements tomorrow should keep looking up if they want to see Mercury Prize nominated King Creosote play in Edinburgh.

The concert is just one of seven secret gigs in unusual Edinburgh locations making up The Black Bottle Wee Jaunt.

The Beatles perform on the roof of the Apple building for their last public show in 1969. Picture: Getty

The Beatles perform on the roof of the Apple building for their last public show in 1969. Picture: Getty

Described as “a cloak and dagger musical adventure through the streets of the Capital”, event organiser and BBC Radio 1 presenter Ally McCrae is hugely excited about bringing the Wee Jaunt to Edinburgh.

He said: “Edinburgh is the dream place to do something like this. There are so many hidden lanes, historic buildings and epic views.

“Confusion and intrigue is the name of the game with the Wee Jaunt, and Edinburgh is the best place for this.”

While Fife-based King Creosote will play to a small audience of music fans on the rooftop of a “prominent building overlooking Princes Street,” six other bands – including some of the hottest indie acts in the UK – will play in equally unusual locations. One gig will take place in a hidden lane off Leith Walk, another on the top of a hill overlooking the city, and another from the back of a truck.

Mr McCrae said: “I think it brings something really special to the Capital. I find that people like me, who get excited about new music, have that in-built desire to discover new ways to experience live music. Getting a ticket for an event where you have no idea who you are seeing is a leap of faith, but it’s a great day out and it beats a lazy Saturday afternoon in the pub.”

Set to be the biggest and most ambitious Wee Jaunt yet, the event follows the success of a previous one in the city in 2011 and is expected to attract up to 200 people. It will culminate in an evening after-party with a special headline act.

Mr McCrae said: “The idea of the Wee Jaunt is to surprise people with the bands and locations. If the time is right, we might make it a regular event. I hope the reaction is positive, I am really proud of the line-up, and with no preconceptions, I feel the crowd will be able to watch the acts and appreciate them for their differing talents. We will be hitting a breadth of genres and styles, each band playing short sets, so if one is not for you, the next one probably will be. It’s an adventure after all.”

Tickets for The Black Bottle Wee Jaunt are £15 and are available from

Fab Four’s last public performance

On January 30, 1969, the Beatles took to the rooftop of Apple headquarters, on London’s Savile Row, for what proved to be their last public performance. Stunned passers-by stopped in their tracks when it emerged who was behind the music being played five storeys above. Many managed to scramble on to roofs of nearby buildings to get a closer look before the Metropolitan Police demanded the impromptu event was brought to a halt. Irish rockers U2 paid tribute on March 27, 1987, when they filmed the video for their hit Where The Streets Have No Name on top of the Republic Liquor Store on the corner of 7th and Main Street in Los Angeles.