Kelburn’s cabaret and alternative entertainment with a diverse programme of daytime entertainment and late-night cabaret curated by the Kelburn Team. Expect a wide range of acts over the course of the weekend here covering everything from family fun and science talks to comedy, magic, burlesque, circus, open mic and much more. Expect to laugh, expect the unexpected too.
The Junkoactive Wasteman and the Tin Can Twins
The Junkoactive Wasteman, self proclaimed junkophile. World’s 1st ever Tinphonia player. Playing chopped up samples and live breaks. Whilst working as a freelance bin man, relentlessly picking litter in the backstreets, he drowned in a barrel of toxic waste but was saved by tin cans which fused to his body. No longer a bin man, but part man, part tin can.
A collective of clowns, comedians and creatures of calamity come together to whisk the audience off on a tour of pure imagination around the moon and back. Enter the dancehall of your dreams and Immerse yourself in a world of kazoo toting janitors, banana cannibalism and backwards burlesque.
The Shiitake team will hold your hand and take you with them on their wild adventures through the irreverent and absurd corners of their minds. With a little help from the house band and a whole host of rogues, vagrants and weirdos, get ready to laugh, cry and party like its your Aunt Brenda’s retirement do.
Performance poet Iona Lee and DJ Nikki Kent present Wax Lyrical: a spoken-word cypher; an off-the-cuff collaboration; an entirely spontaneous tapestry of music and poetry. Seamlessly weaving together field recordings, soundscapes and beats, Wax Lyrical invites poets, rappers and storytellers to take the mic for a fully ephemeral, one-off and ad-hoc adventure.
The Figiro Quartet
The Figiro Trio are a three-piece light jazz and swing group hailing from the west of Scotland. The group specialise in bringing a vintage twist to modern classics. Get down with the sickness, but stay classy.
Vive le Variete
Vaudeville, comedy and cabaret are all on the menu in a five-star feast of first-rate fun. Vive La Variete gathers performers from all around the world to create a dazzling spectacle that is guaranteed to entertain and never fails to please. No smoke. No mirrors. Its a five star festival in itself!
“Endlessly enjoyable” – The Scotsman
“Vive La Variete is still the original – and still the best” ***** – EdinburghSpotlight.com
The Fungasm Gameshow
Expand your business credentials at the Fungasm Accredited Corporate Experience, the business conference gameshow!
Our enigmatic host and overworked secretarial staff will guide your team up the Staircase of Success, via low-tax networking loopholes and motivational speeches into ca$h bonanzas and grand prizes!
“FACE: the business conference gameshow everybody’s talking about.”
Hippy Grime Ting
Fresh from their European world tour of East Ayrshire the weasall crew come with their eclectic hippy grime mega mix.
This small team of performers, facilitators and creators is based in Leith, Scotland. They are brought together by a belief that playfulness, connection and quality are really important and have been collectively creating circus for over a decade. They Take over our Cabaret tent on Sunday afternoon.
The Creative Martyrs
Back to our favourite en plein air art celebration for a little post-satirical satirically cheerful doom, everything is entropy and we’re falling apart. Let’s laugh and sing, do join in, as we pretend we can learn from the past, survive the now and shape the future.
“wonderfully dark and delightful” BroadwayBaby *****
“cabaret at its best” Scotsman ****
The Willow Trio – The Swan of Salen
The Swan of Salen is a Gaelic take on Swan Lake, a projected ballet film accompanied live on three clàrsachs.
Slam poetry and ear snacks that satisfy a craving you never knew you had!