Ian Rankin plans Edinburgh music festival to celebrate Rebus

crime writer Ian Rankin is planning to launch his own music festival in Edinburgh next year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Rebus literary collection.
Ian Rankin. Picture: Toby WilliamsIan Rankin. Picture: Toby Williams
Ian Rankin. Picture: Toby Williams

The author, who mentions a range of his favourite tracks in his novels, will be publishing his 21st full-length Rebus novel later this year.

Mogwai and Belle and Sebastian are just two of Scotland’s top bands earmarked to appear at his city festival, but the line-up is yet to be settled.

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Mr Rankin said: “Rebus’s 30th anniversary is basically happening the whole of next year.

“We are hoping to put on a few music shows - a music festival in Edinburgh with bands or musicians that are discussed, or have been important to, the Rebus series.”