The Big Top at Royal Highland Centre
The Big Top at Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh will play host to some amazing names in music in June 2022. Music fans can expect to spend a night under the canvas of The Big Top to get that legendary music festival feel.
James | 11 June 2022
Mavericks and survivors, James have sold +25 million albums, had 19 top 40 UK hits, toured with Neil Young, released the hugely successful 'Laid' (theme to the American Pie films) and rave-era anthem, 'Sit Down'
Formed in 1982 & signed to Factory in ‘83, they toured with The Smiths, who formed after James, with Morrissey calling them 'best band in the world.' Two years later they released Lenny Kaye-produced debut Stutter
In 1990 they became a septet with Mark Hunter (keyboard), Saul Davies (violin), Dave Baynton- Power (drums) & Andy Diagram (trumpet)
Catapulted into the mainstream in 1991 with 'Sit Down', the track became so ubiquitous they rationed playing it live, choosing to take risks and change setlists nightly.
With that success came Brian Eno, producing the next 5 albums, Laid, Wah Wah, Whiplash, Millionaires and Pleased to Meet You before a six-year band hiatus
They returned to form with 2008’s Hey Ma, followed by The Night Before & The Morning After, La Petite Mort, Girl at the End of the World and 2018’s Living in Extraordinary Times - all Top 10s, their gigs now selling out faster than in the 90s as a new audience rediscovered them
All The Colours Of You marks a new chapter for one of Britain’s enduring gems.
Madness | 12 June 2022
Along with The Specials, Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s.
As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark "nutty sound" and incorporated large elements of Motown, soul, and British pop.
50 Cent | 14 June 2022
50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer from Queens, New York.
Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, the Grammy Award winner rose to fame with his record-shattering debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and been awarded numerous prestigious accolades. Jackson has leveraged his star power to cross over with unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor and producer. From Get Rich or Die Tryin' being one of the fastest selling albums in history to creating one of the most influential deals in hip-hop with the sale of Vitaminwater, Jackson continues to break records. He currently has the most watched series on Starz “’Power” additionally in January 2020 Jackson received a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as being awarded an NAACP award for Best Director in a Drama Series.
Richard Ashcroft | 17 June 2022
“A natural rebel, here I am, but some of you won’t understand.” – Richard Ashcroft, Surprised By The Joy
Welcome to Natural Rebel, the mesmerising fifth solo album by one of the all-time totemic figures of rock & roll. Make no mistake, Natural Rebel is An Album in the proper sense, it shines with the passion of a singer-songwriter who knows that the best songs take the time and courage to be sought out by the artist who gives them voice. Natural Rebel is so all-consuming in its desire…these are songs deserving of commitment. Witness the gorgeous ‘That’s When I Feel It’, which captures the beauty of what music can mean to people. Set to an uplifting summery sway, Ashcroft sings: “That’s when I feel it, the spirit is moving/Music in motion with the melodies growing.” All 10 songs on Natural Rebel are written by Richard Ashcroft; nobody else could summon up these melodies.