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Iconic greats will be topping the bill at this year’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions Festival with Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Michael Kiwanuka, The 1975, McFly, Simple Minds and Travis all set to headline Princes Street Gardens across 8-20 August.
With a plethora of Grammy, BRIT, NME, Ivor Novello, Mercury Music Prize and even Golden Globe and Oscar award winners and nominees on this year’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions bill, the festival will be a truly unique landmark event in the UK’s 2020 music calendar.
Taking place in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh Summer Sessions pops up against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle during the world-renowned Edinburgh International Festival, as six of the seven artists will make their Edinburgh Summer Sessions debut.
With some of the hottest artists in the world right now joining bona-fide music legends, Edinburgh Summer Sessions is the festival to get excited about this summer.
Set to return to Edinburgh Summer Sessions after opening the festival’s inaugural year, Tom Jones headlines on Saturday, 8 August.
One of the most influential showmen in music, the singers’ appearance at the 2018 festival went down a storm as Tom Jones opened proceedings fully clad in a tartan jacket.
Expect timeless classics like It’s Not Unusual and Sex Bomb, plus non-stop entertainment from one of the UK’s biggest superstars on what is set to be an unforgettable Saturday night in the capital.
Lionel Richie will make his Summer Sessions festival debut on 9 August as another international superstar brings his talents, and a discography like no other, to Princes Street Gardens.
With timeless pop hits such as Hello, Endless Love and All Night Long, Richie is a true music icon who will make his return to Edinburgh after over five years away from the city.
Lionel Richie said: “I’m really looking forward to heading back to Scotland next summer, the crowds are some of the best in the world and I can’t wait to get back over there to see you all!”
This year’s award-winning line-up includes Michael Kiwanuka, nominated for two Brit Awards in 2020 and whose album was hailed as “one of the greatest of the decade” by The Guardian.
The London singer-songwriter has established himself as one of the UK’s most gifted and unpredictable of artists with the release of his compelling and broadly acclaimed self-titled third album last year.
Fans can expect a night of triumphant sounds from Kiwanuka, perfect in the serene surrounding on a summer evening in the capital, making him a truly outstanding addition to this year’s line-up on 11 August.
Playing one of their most intimate Scottish shows since the band transcended to arena settings, The 1975’s fans are set to be treated to new music as the four-piece make their Edinburgh Summer Sessions festival debut in August.
With their highly anticipated fourth album due for release in April the band, fronted by the charismatic Matty Healy, will perform their biggest festival tunes like Chocolate and It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) alongside latest single Me & You Together Song on 12 August.
Pop rock boyband McFly will be welcomed to the festival on 13 August as they continue their massive comeback, after a hiatus.
The band released some of the most successful pop songs of the 2000s and now fans have the chance to watch McFly in one of the most intimate concert settings in the country.
With classic hits like Five Colours In Her Hair and All About You, their electric performance at Summer Sessions will be a singalong pop extravaganza.
McFly said: “We’re so excited to play Edinburgh Summer Sessions for the first time ever. It’s going to be an amazing show in front of Edinburgh Castle and we really can’t wait to get back to Scotland – see you this summer!”
Scotland’s most successful rock band ever, Simple Minds, join the 2020 line-up as they headline on 18 August.
With one of the most iconic back catalogues in the world and celebrating 40 years of hits this year, the legendary Glasgow band are responsible for huge anthems that will go down a storm with the Edinburgh Summer Sessions crowd, like the classic Don’t You (Forget About Me), Alive and Kicking and Belfast Child.
Jim Kerr said: “Among the 100 plus shows we have lined up for our upcoming World tour, we are delighted to now be added to the line-up for Edinburgh Summer Sessions.
“No one enjoys playing in Scotland more than we do, and we are sure that Simple Minds fans from far and wide will want to join us for what is set to be a memorable concert in our capital city. We look forward to it immensely!”
Making a much-anticipated return to Edinburgh after a seven year absence, Scottish heroes Travis will close an incredible run of shows in Princes Street Gardens, as they make their Edinburgh Summer Sessions festival debut on 20 August.
In 2019, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album The Man Who, with songs like Why Does It Always Rain On Me? and Driftwood.
As a classic Scottish band, it seems fitting that Travis round off another world-class summer of music in Edinburgh.
Frontman Fran Healy said: “Very excited to announce this show. The venue is pretty breath taking with Edinburgh Castle as our backdrop. See you there!”
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