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Coming Out of Hiding


Hidden Door is back! This time, it’s a nine-day arts extravaganza featuring 40 bands, 70 artists, poetry, cinema, theatre and bars — yes bars plural — in the 24 disused vaults in Edinburgh’s Market St. It starts on Friday this week and runs until Saturday 5 April.

I’m excited to be appearing on Day 5, Tuesday 1 April, in a MacAdam collaboration with Holm. This set will be part of Words vs Music, an evening of poetry, spoken word and music divided into three movements across two vaults:

Movement 1 – Ethereal electronica from the Highlands-based Fiona Soe Paing and poet Jane McKie, with renowned projection artist Tracy Foster.

Movement 2 – Nuanced songwriting by Matt Norris and the Moon, a music and word collaboration by duo Holm and acclaimed poet Andrew Philip, climaxing with the incredible performers Mickey 9s.

Movement 3 – Poetry by Rob A Mackenzie juxtaposed with a rare performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains by Viridian Quartet, building the tension before a full energy set by the Paraletic Universe Hip Hop collective, featuring DJ Sokol and Tragic Pro, plus Wolfhart, Mr P, and MC Dandy, and featuring “Drawings from the Underground”, a live projected drawing by Miss U Kam-Ling.

Trio Verso keep things real with their spoken word music-poetry in the Project Space, and Olof Ohlson’s sound installation will thread between all the performance spaces.

Holm and I will be onstage at 8:25, but don’t miss the rest of the evening, which will be fantastic. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Rob’s response to the Steve Reich, which he has blogged about a little bit here.

Get your tickets here or from the performers in person! There is an exclusive offer on all online ticket sales, finishing today. If you buy a ticket for Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th March, you receive a £5 ticket for any night between Monday 30th and Thursday 3rd April. You know you want to …

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