EDINBURGH has talent, as visitors to the new Festival Village on the roof of the Waverley Mall are discovering.
Until the end of August, the pop-up venue which boasts stunning views of the Old Town as a backdrop is providing a showcase for local Edinburgh music talent
It’s a godsend believes Steve Morrison, a 24-year-old musician from the Capital, who has been performing regularly at Festival Village site.
“Pop-up venues such as the Festival Village are becoming more and more important for the live music scene as they provide an inclusive space for emerging musicians to perform to a variety of different audiences,” he says.
By the end of the month, more than 200 local and international artists and bands will have performed on one of the three live music stages at Festival Village.
The village has be praised for championing the city’s live music scene, and giving it a boost while providing a platform for local artists to perform to an international audience attending the Edinburgh festivals.
30-year-old local singer-songwriter Jon Mackenzie, adds, “This has been great for local musicians like myself as it has provided a platform to perform music to an international audience at different times throughout the week and not just the usual Friday/Saturday night.”
As well as daily live music throughout the festival, the village also offers customers a variety of local street food vendors as well as a fine dining seafood restaurant.
Simon Keane, Director of Festival Village: Waverley, says, “With Festival Village’s three stages, we have been able to provide local talent with a space to perform to an audience they would otherwise have struggled to reach.”
Festival Village, located on top of Waverley Mall, Princes Street, is open from 11am until midnight, seven days a week throughout August