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Linkylea in the City


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Charity festival moves from East Lothian to a new home on the Cowgate.

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Credit: Graham Wynne

Just a week on from one successful charity music festival in Edinburgh, another one hits the city this weekend.

Linkylea Festival has run for ten years in rural East Lothian, raising money for The Linkylea Trust, a non-profit focusing on the care of vulnerable children in and around Gwalior, India. Without an outdoor location for this year, they’ve found a new home at Stramash on the Cowgate, with the same ambition of raising funds for their good work.

The Festival offers three sessions – Friday night, Saturday day and Saturday evening – full of new Scottish talent. On the bill are brothers Eugene, Fergus, Eoin and Donal Gaine, aka Ded Rabbit, who’ll be providing their own brand of perky indie-pop. They’ll be joined by the likes of the 60s-tinged Miracle Glass Company and Falkirk’s Adam Stafford, whose latest album Taser Revelations was out earlier this year on Edinburgh’s Song, By Toad Records. Among other performers will be Delighted Peoples, reprising their turn at last week’s Oxjam, and the singer-songwriter formerly known as Fridgemaster, Callum Easter. Chapel Perilous, Samedia Shebeen and FourbyFour Djs will then be on the decks until 3am.

The Saturday daytime session will be family-focused, with arts and crafts, face-painting and other activities, alongside the live performances.

Money raised will be directed towards the work of the Linkylea Trust. The Trust supports existing charitable establishments in and around Gwalior by providing grants and volunteer support for work including improving health and social care, and working directly with children in orphanages and schools. They have a close link with the Sarita School, situated in one of the poorest slums in the city.

Tickets, priced £30 for the full weekend, or £10-15 for individual sessions are available now.