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Looking back at the Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside

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After an amazing month celebrating the vitality and variety of Scotland's contemporary music scene under Leith Theatre's roof, Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside has come to an end. We've had an incredible time sharing so many artists with you and hearing about your experiences at this fantastic series of gigs. 

'One! More! Tune!'

Okay, you said it. Let's take a moment to relive some of the unforgettable moments that we've all shared this August.

What the press said

★★★★ 'Light on the Shore is a proud exemplar of grassroots dedication and the bounties it can provide.'
The Skinny

★★★★★ 'Even die-hard fans will have been hard-pressed to ­remember a better Mogwai show.'
The Scotsman, on Mogwai

★★★★ 'The Jesus and Mary Chain are rock and roll incarnate'
The Herald

★★★★★ 'a mighty celebration which bounced between giddy veneration and daring reinvention'
The Herald, on Karine Polwart' Scottish Songbook

★★★★ 'a dynamically charming contemporary music display that I believe perfectly encapsulates the flowing traditional excellence of the Celtic fusion musical landscape'
The Herald Young Critics, on Martyn Bennett's Bothy Culture played by The GRIT Orchestra

What you said

'I am rapidly deciding that the best newcomer and possibly star performer of Edinburgh Festivals this year is Leith Theatre' @eliz_lloyd

'Michael Rother made Edinburgh dance in ways I have never seen before' @Scotkraut on Neu! Reekie! #1

'The GRIT Orchestra is exceptional. Another stunning performance. The players all working their socks off while looking like they are having a ball. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it' @clairg on Martyn Bennett's Bothy Culture performed by The GRIT Orchestra

'The magnificent @mogwaiband in the magnificent @leiththeatre Beautiful noise, cathartically loud' @weareeml on Mogwai

'Gig of the year (...) incredible journey through Scottish pop history. Sang my heart out, grat my beads out. Braw' @del_paterson on Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

'At 'Since yesterday: Unsung pioneers of Scottish pop' gig @edintfest: seeing so many sisters on stage, it’s giving me goosebumps. Energy unleashed.' @miraknoche on Since Yesterday: The Unsung Pioneers of Scottish Pop

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