Leith Theatre, which previously hosted concerts by AC/DC, Kraftwerk, Slade, John Martyn, Thin Lizzy and Dr Feelgood, will partner with STV to broadcast a series of shows performed in the venue. The Live in Leith programme, which will be released on the STV Player platform, will be hosted by broadcaster Vic Galloway.
Artists include former Nova Scotia Scottish Album of the Year winner, teenage sensation Conor Fyfe, the youngest performer due to appear at next month’s TRNSMT festival in Glasgow, and Lizzie Reid, who has supported Paolo Nutini last month during his long-awaited return.
The new partnership, described as ‘a dream come true’ by the Leith Theater Trust, which is leading efforts to secure the building’s long-term future, was revealed after the building was chosen as the new home of the series of BBC day The Bidding House.
The building opened in 1932 but was nearly destroyed in a World War II bomb blast before being revived for music, theater and as a weightlifting venue for the Commonwealth Games, before falling into decline in the 1980s and threatened with sale by the council.
Kae Tempest, Neneh Cherry, Gerry Cinnamon, Jarvis Cocker, Teenage Fanclub, The Fratellis, The Snuts and Young Fathers have all taken to the stage since it was commissioned for Edinburgh’s Hidden Door festival in 2017.
Audiences will return to concerts at the Leith Theater for the first time in three years in August, when the venues host the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF).
Arab Strap, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ezra Furman, Princess Nokia, Sons of Kemet, Squarepusher and Jeff Mills are among the artists who will perform during the festival.
The five-part STV series, which will launch on July 2, will also include Retro Video Club, Ransom FA, The Ninth Wave, Lucia & The Best Boys and LOTOS.
Richard Williams, Chief Digital Officer at STV, said: “STV is passionate about championing grassroots talent, so we’re delighted that these amazing local performances at the iconic Leith Theater are now being shown on STV Player for a wider audience can benefit from it. ”
Leith Theater Trust chief executive Lynn Morrison said: “It’s a dream come true to bring our first-ever in-house production of Live in Leith to STV Player.
“These recordings from our grand auditorium and intimate backstage allowed us to shine a light on this incredible place.
“One of our main goals is to deliver the renovation of this historic 1930s art deco building into a premier concert venue for local and international artists.
“Living in Leith is such a powerful way for us to tell this important story.”
Callum Jones, Program Curator and Coordinator at Leith Theatre, said: “It is a joy to share these fantastic performances with national audiences at home thanks to our friends at STV Player.
“If Live in Leith is a pulse on the health of revolutionary Scottish music, then we’re in a really healthy place.
“We look forward to exploring further opportunities to celebrate Scotland’s vibrant music sector in the beautiful setting of the Leith Theatre.”