Horsecross Summer Season

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It’s shaping up to be a busy and exciting summer at Horsecross Arts as Perth gets ready to welcome some of the biggest names in music, dance and comedy in the coming months.

With Perth Festival of the Arts, Perth Dance Festival, Youth Arts Festival and Southern Fried Festival to look forward to, as well as a host of other great performances and events at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, you’ll want to make sure you get on the phone to the Horsecross Box Office pronto to make sure you don’t miss out on tickets!

Next month’s Perth Festival of the Arts will see a combination of big global names and top home-grown talent come together over ten days in what will be the Festival’s 47th year. Jools Holland, Ruby Wax, English Touring Opera and Grimethorpe Colliery Band are just some of the stars who’ll be on stage at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre.


Also in May there’s a treat for the little ones. Kids will love Animals and Baba Yaga – both at Perth Theatre – and will be mesmerised by both performances. Animals uses real and imagined stories collected from 6-year-old children with live music, dance and film on stage. Baba Yaga is a brand-new take on an old Russian folktale guaranteed to grab the kids’ attention!

Staying on the subject of youngsters, in June young people will have the run of Perth Theatre as it opens its doors for a Youth Take Over Day! 2018 is the Year of the Young People and Horsecross is playing its part by staging a Youth Arts Festival, where the next generation will be given a platform to showcase their acting, singing, dancing and musical skills.

Local and professional dancers will take to the stage this summer for Perth Dance Festival’s ‘The Great Big Dance Show’ at the Concert Hall. This year’s special guest is the internationally renowned, award-winning Janis Claxton Dance company and it promises to be a fantastic Festival celebrating the best of dance across the region.

As if that wasn’t enough, this summer will also see Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz and Janette performing as part of ‘Remembering Fred’, an audience with fellow Strictly star Ian Waite and South African dancer Oti Mabuse, and a special Strictly treat to round it all off. Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith will be coming to Perth to star in 'Rip it Up' - a night you won't want to miss!

Former celebrity dancers on the BBC show Harry Judd (McFly), Aston Merrygold (JLS) and Louis Smith MBE (Olympian) will be coming to Perth to star in ‘Rip it Up’ – a night you won’t want to miss as the trio perform dance routines to some of the nation’s favourite music from the 1960s. Also performing in Perth this summer is Flawless – finalists of Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009.

The annual Southern Fried Festival returns to the city once again in July and this year’s headliners include Steve Earle, Graham Nash, Iris DeMent, Rodney Crowell and Gretchen Peters; all bringing the best of American roots music to Perth for what is one of the most eagerly anticipated weekend’s in the city’s calendar.

As always there will be a host of performances throughout the weekend from other country, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel acts throughout the weekend at Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and other city centre venues. And don’t forget the delicious Southern Fried grub which has become just as popular as the entertainment!

If it’s laughs you’re looking for then you’ll be delighted to know that some of the UK’s top comics will be appearing in Perth over the course of the summer. Local funny man Fred MacAulay is returning to Perth Theatre in June for his 30 Years On show, celebrating the anniversary of his stand-up debut.

Other big names appearing at Perth Concert Hall include Ed Byrne, perhaps best known from his appearances on Mock the Week, and Joe Lycett who you’re sure to have seen on shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and QI. Sarah Millican, one of the UK’s finest female comedians, also brings her Control Enthusiast show to Perth Concert Hall in September and last but not least Manchester lad Jason Manford makes his Perth debut with his show ‘Muddle Class’ in the same month.

Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestras are among the other big names set to appear this summer in what is a packed schedule at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. A full list of the summer programme can be found on the Horsecross website.


For more information on individual events or to book tickets, contact the Horsecross Box Office on 01738 621031.



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