Stag & Dagger – Scotland’s most celebrated multi-venue arts festival – to make Edinburgh debut

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Stag & Dagger - Scotland's most celebrated multi-venue arts festival - to make Edinburgh debut


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Dream Wife | The Orielles | Moses Boyd | Just Mustard | Matt Maltese | PINS | Flyte | All We Are | Callum Easter | Carla J. Easton | Dancing on Tables | Dream Nails | Jack Brotherhood | Jared Celosse | Lazy Day | Logan’s Close | Lucia & The Best Boys | Man of Moon | Maranta | Nova Twins | Parliamo | Pet Shimmers | Spyyn | Tiña | The K’s | Warm Digits | Weekend Debt | Wylde | Vlure

Stag & Dagger – Scotland’s most celebrated multi-venue arts festival – is expanding to include Edinburgh this Spring for the very first time with one of its most eclectic line-ups to date. Over the years Stag & Dagger Glasgow have hosted countless huge names from across the musical spectrum, from Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, Royal Blood and Catfish and the Bottlemen to Mac DeMarcoDMAsGlass Animals and Jungle. Now, as the festival approaches its inaugural edition in Scotland’s iconic capital, the brand-new wave of artist announcements has already confirmed Stag & Dagger Edinburgh as an unparalleled gem in the UK events calendar.

Paul Cardow, Director of PCL, said: “Over the last 12 years Stag & Dagger has proven to be where Scotland’s music fans discover the best new artists. Previous Stag & Dagger audiences  have had the opportunity to see artists who have gone on to have incredible careers including Lizzo and Royal Blood and we are extremely excited to bring this to the capital for the first of these annual events”

Promoters PCL are co-curating the Edinburgh instalment of Stag & Dagger alongside Sneaky Pete’s – No. 1 in The List magazine’s Hot 100 list.

Today they revealed that one of UK’s best young singer-songwriters Matt Maltese will be headlining, along with London’s premier new-wave punk pioneers Dream Wife, indie rock heroes The Orielles, alt-rock Irish 5-piece Just Mustard and two-time Mobo Award-winning drummer Moses Boyd.

Other new additions to the line-up include bold-post-punk trio PINS and Scottish new-wave innovators Man of Moon. The spring all-dayer will also host VLURE, who are known for their captivating, energy-busting live shows; indie fuzz-pop fourpiece, The K’s; pop-rockers Dancing On Tables; and gloomy-indie quartet Jack Brotherhood.

Supporting the best in local talent has always been at Stag & Dagger’s core, and in keeping with the ethos of authenticity, some of Scotland’s most exciting new acts will be joining the bill. Lo-fi pop purveyors from Perth Hip Priest, Dunbar indie five-piece Logan’s Close, Glasgow-based gothic singer-songwriter Jared Celosse, Edinburgh pop-rockers Go To Girland Dinosaur 94 who are known for putting on some of the wildest shows in the capital, will all be playing – plus loads more.

All the venues are within a 5-minute walk along Edinburgh’s world famous Cowgate district.

Nick StewartManager of Sneaky Pete’s and co-curator of Stag & Dagger Edinburgh said: “As the capital Edinburgh is so overdue a multi-venue festival of this quality. We are so glad to be a part of it, and even more pleased that it’s set to be a really busy one with the history and experience of Stag & Dagger behind it. Edinburgh’s music scene is really on the rise right now, we have brilliant bands here, its possibly the most exciting time for the cites artistic scene I can remember.

“More touring artist are coming to the city than ever before, and Edinburgh audiences are buying more and more tickets for the shows. Audiences are really supporting the grassroots, coming to see bands on the way up, whether they are local or touring acts, and there’s a sense that something really special is happening now. 
“We get told time and again by bands that Sneaky Pete’s was their favourite date on the tour, and although that is partly down to the venue,  it’s much more to do with the brilliant audiences we have now, who seem to be very excited  about  an event like this  coming to Edinburgh.”

Capacity is limited with almost half the tickets sold.

Tickets are on sale now via


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