Music For Bridges

Music For Bridges was a pop-up festival and full day of live music in Victoria Park & along the North Edinburgh Cycle Paths on 12th September, 2021

Organised by Tinderbox Collective & Neil Thomas Smith
Supported by Sustrans ArtRoots Community Fund


Tinderbox Orchestra

Tinderbox Orchestra
1pm-2pm, Victoria Park
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Edinburgh’s Tinderbox Orchestra will kick off the day with an outdoor set in Victoria Park – “A mesmerising and unforgettable live show featuring Scotland’s most talented young musicians across genres. Bringing together rappers & singers with soaring strings, heavy brass, woodwind and a powerful back-line, they have transformed preconceptions of what an orchestra can be.”


Duets For Trinity Tunnel
Between 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Trinity Tunnel
On the cycle path from 5 Ways Junction to Newhaven 
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Contemporary composer Neil Smith has written two brand new, site-specific duets to be played by musicians at either end of the very long Trinity Tunnel.  “Dual Trinity” will be played by violinists Rhona Sword and Erin McGonigle, and “Distance over Time” will be played by Harry Cleland on Clarinet and Neil Smith on Flute.


Busking Trail
Between 2.30pm and 3.30pm
On the Cycle path between Pilton and 5 Ways Junction. 
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Go for a stroll and keep your eyes and ears peeled for a string of musicians playing some live music under the bridges on the cycle path between Pilton and 5 ways junction!


4pm-4.45pm, “The Balcony”
Along the cycle path from Canonmills to the Shore, at the junction with a path to Victoria Park. 
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Edinburgh’s amazing trio of improvisers take to “The Balcony” bridge for a set of musical surprises. “A torrent of words and ideas that never fail to inspire” – CLASH Music. “Very, very brilliant indeed” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3


Jam Session at “The Weir”
5pm-6pm, “The Weir”
Next to the Water of Leith behind St Marks Park
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Tucked away behind St Marks Park, just off the path next to the Water of Leith, “The Weir” is a magical spot for some live music. Ending the day’s music, all acts will gather together for a showcase of live music and tunes from everyone involved!

Music For Bridges Map Final

Music for Bridges MAP
Click here to navigate your way around the different trails and performance spaces. 
Map Designed by Rhona Sword