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Forty years of the Queen’s Hall

While Edinburgh has lost many of its most popular live music venues in modern times, the Queen’s Hall has continued to thrive.

Forty years old in July, it has played host to acts as varied as David Byrne, Nina Simone, Nick Cave, Tori Amos, Blur, Ivor Cutler and Prefab Sprout since it was opened by the Queen.

The Queen’s Hall management has been trying to raise the profile of the venue ahead of the competition it is expected to face from a reopened Leith Theatre and the new Impact Centre on St Andrew Square over the next few years.

An impressively eclectic line-up of music and comedy has already been announced for much of 2019, with Midge Ure, Neil and Liam Finn, Wilko Johnson, Tommy Smith, Blue Rose Code, Julian Clary, Ben Elton and Ardal O’Hanlon all joining the celebrations.

Jazz maestro Tommy Smith and fiddler John McCusker will be among those who will be curating special events, while other big names are expected to be confirmed for the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe seasons at the venue over the next few months.

Watch this space...

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