Caitlyn Vanbeck’s AAA Edinburgh

Teenage singing sensation Caitlyn Vanbeck may have bowed out of X Factor last year – but it’s clear her exit from TV’s biggest talent show is only just the beginning for the local lass, who is set to open this year’s Midstock Festival.

The 18-year-old primary teaching student didn’t get through to the Judges’ Houses stage of X Factor, but she caught the eye of Midstock Festival organisers, who promptly added her to the bill for the September event at Dalkeith Country Park, where she’ll be sharing the stage with chart-toppers Scouting For Girls, The Pigeon Detectives, Reverend And The Makers, and many more.

Back in 2011, when she was just 13 years old, Caitlyn was crowned the winner of Edinburgh’s Got Talent, having thrilled the crowd at the Playhouse with her rendition of Adele’s tearjerking ballad, Don’t You Remember. She’s been considered a star in the making ever since, and looks set for a very bright future.

AAA caught up with Caitlyn earlier this week to find out what she loves most about Edinburgh…

  • Most memorable Capital event?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is the time of year I love most, with lots of music, culture and creativity – really brings the best of Edinburgh out.

  • Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?

The Proclaimers, definitely. I’ve seen them perform live already this year and had the time of my life.

  • Favourite old-fashioned boozer?

I don’t tend to drink or go out in Edinburgh a lot, but that said, I’ve heard that the Royal Mile has some pretty nice places.

  • Favourite style bar?

A bar that is always full of music and energy.

  • Favourite restaurant?

TGI Fridays is 100% my favourite place to dine. They do amazing burgers and their cheese & bacon fries are to die for!

  • Do you love or loathe the Festival?

Love it! I perform there every year and just love the atmosphere – although on hot sweaty days the crowd can get too much.

  • Favourite art gallery?

I think that the Scottish National Art Gallery has some wonderful pieces.

  • Favourite cinema?

I went weekly to the cinema in Ocean Terminal with my parents, so I have to say that one.

  • Favourite live music venue?

That’s easy! The Edinburgh Playhouse. I won Edinburgh’s Got Talent and performed in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang there, so it’s a special place for me. Also, being the largest UK theatre, I think it’s pretty phenomenal and has a huge history.

  • Favourite walk in or around the city?

I love occasionally walking through Princes Street Gardens and taking the path through the back up to the Castle.

  • Favourite shopping area?

Princes Street, obviously! I can’t walk past Primark without buying a thing or two.

  • Favourite piece of architecture?

I love the shops just behind Waverley Station built by Zone Architects – the oval shaped buildings are so cleverly designed and look beautiful in the evening.

  • What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?

The trams. I was so used to buses and taxis, but now trams have taken over in Edinburgh.

  • Favourite festival?

Food or music festivals are always my favourite. I love the Hidden Door Festival because it’s full of both. Also, Midstock Festival is pretty special – I’m thrilled I’m going to be playing there this year. Can’t wait.

  • Favourite Edinburgh-set novel?

I don’t have one, sorry!

  • Favourite Edinburgh band ever?

The Proclaimers, definitely. I love their music, especially when it featured in Sunshine on Leith – huge fan!

  • Favourite local hero?

I think Jak Trueman and his family are hugely inspirational. The work they have done with Jac before he passed and still continue to do now, without him, is phenomenal.

  • Sell Edinburgh to a tourist in no more than ten words…

The culture you meet arriving, you’ll beg to leave with.

Caitlyn Vanbeck performs at Midstock Festival on Saturday, 3 September. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.midstockfestival.com