What's on in Edinburgh in July 2012?
Event of the month
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (20 - 29 July 2012)
Edinburgh's world class festival of blues, jazz and a hint of world music is now in its 34th year. The programme hasn't been released yet, but expect legendary jazz musicians alongside rising stars, free outdoor concerts and colourful parades - Find out more in our Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival blog post.
Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt (4 - 5 July 2012) - See the popular cartoon pig and her friends brought to life as puppets. The last show, Peppa Pig's Party, was a sell-out success, so book early if you want your kids to see this one! - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
Taste of Edinburgh (6 - 8 July 2012) - In the pleasant, green, city centre parkland of the Meadows in Edinburgh, this three day food festival serves up Celebrity chefs, pop-up restaurants and gourmet produce to sample and buy. If you want to do more than eat, drink and be merry, there are also masterclasses and workshops so that you can pick up some tips from the pros - The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh - www.tasteofedinburgh.co.uk
Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress (13 July - 21 October 2012) - As Empress of the Russia Empire during what was considered its Golden Age, Catherine the Great was one of history's greatest art collectors. This major exhibition - exclusive to Edinburgh - features more than 300 works from her collection, illustrating her tastes, interests and achievements - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF - nms.ac.uk
Starlight Express (3 - 14 July 2012) - The classic (and possibly only) musical on roller skates thunders into Edinburgh. Andrew Lloyd Webber fans will rejoice; anyone doubting the show's pedigree should take note that this is one of the longest running musicals in West End history - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/
High Flying Birds (17 July 2012) - Ex-Oasis guitarist, songwriter Noel Gallagher has a new band. Rumours of a radically different sound to Oasis may be exaggerated, but his gift for crafting a catchy tune is apparently still in place. Come and judge for yourself in the most spectacular venue in Scotland - Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG - www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/events/events_promo2.htm
Olly Murs (20 July 2012) - The dust will barely have settled after High Flying Birds' gig when X-Factor runner up and chart success Olly Murs rolls into town. A third album is in the pipeline, with writing due to start in April, so an early preview of new material is a possibility - www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/events/events_promo2.htm
Madonna - World Tour 2012 (21 July 2012) - Believe it or not, in a career spanning 23 years as an entertainer, this will be Madonna's first concert in Scotland. She's touring a new album, "MDNA", but we'd be surprised if she didn't play a few classics, too - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ - www.livenation.co.uk
Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show... Live! (21 July 2012) - Douglas Adams' much loved and wholly remarkable books actually started life as a successful radio series. Now those programmes have been adapted for the stage, with the original voice actors in their roles. It's been applauded by critics and fans alike and since this is the last date on the tour it's not to be missed. Breaking news also reveals that for the Edinburgh show, bestselling author Neil Gaiman will be the voice of the book - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/