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EH32 Live Youth Bands Gig

Sunday 11 June 2pm – 8.30pm (date changed from 4th)

Available slots for youth bands or solo acts (U25s):

  • 4 slots of 40 mins between 2pm and 6pm.
  • 1 evening band slot 6.30 – 8.30pm (could be 2 hours or two shorter sets)

Situated in the stunning gardens of Cockenzie House, EH32 Live brings the best of local live music to East Lothian. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from June until August 1.00pm – 8.30pm and showcases some great acts. It’s family (and dog) friendly and has a relaxed, festival vibe. Most days there are two featured bands, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, but there are also band jam and open mic sessions too, so there’s something for everyone.

Watch a wee promo video here.

This year ELjam has teamed up with EH32 Live to being you the opening event of the season, and we’re delighted to offer a day of youth band performances for your listening pleasure!

If you would like to apply for one of the gig slots mentioned above, please download and complete the form below and return it to eljam@eastlothian.gov.uk by Friday 26 May 2023.

Reasonable travelling expenses will be covered (receipts/mileage required) and vouchers to use at the food stand will be provided.

Fringe by the Sea Opportunities

4-13 August 2023, Lodge Gardens, North Berwick


Youth Band Gigs

This year, ELjam and East Lothian Council Arts Service will partner with Fringe by the Sea to showcase some of the region’s best young talent.

As well as FBTS’s own superb line up, ELjam is inviting youth bands (under 25s) to apply for one of eight 40min slots on the Lighthouse Stage.

If you’d like to be considered, please complete the form below and return it to eljam@eastlothian.gov.uk by 26 May 2023. Acts will be selected jointly with the FBTS team and scheduled to compliment the rest of their varied programme.

Reasonable travelling expenses will be covered (receipts/mileage required) and a food allowance will be provided.

Workshop Delivery

If you are interested in running a creative arts workshop at Fringe by the Sea festival in 2023 (on in North Berwick from 4th – 13th August) please complete the form below and return by April 14th 2023 to eljam@eastlothian.gov.uk. The venue for workshops is a stretch tent with space for up to 40 participants and workshops should ideally be 45 mins to 2 hours in duration.

Weaving Wonder

Visual Arts Brief for 2023

Fringe by the Sea, in partnership with East Lothian Council Arts Service, is inviting notes of interest from East Lothian-based visual artists and craft makers to create a textile-based art installation for presentation at this year’s festival in North Berwick from 4th – 13th August.

For more information and to submit a note of interest, please download the full brief. Deadline 26 April 2023 to info@fringebythesea.com

Crew Staff Temporary Vacancies

The festival is looking for a “crack team of positive-minded, energetic people to help us deliver a friendly, fun and safe event”. General crew vacancies are available 3-14 August and lead roles 2-14 August.

Positions available are:

  • General Event Crew (e.g. event set up and strike, public liaison, crowd management, ticket checks, box office, & artist liaison. Bar and hospitality work is also available.
    • Box Office Lead
    • Artist Liaison Lead
    • Venue Leads

Apply  to info@fringebythesea.com with your CV, telling us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to work at Fringe By The Sea. Closing date for applications is 19th May 2023.

Find out more about the festival at www.fringebythesea.com

ELjam’s Battle of the Bands @ Haddstock

Battle of the Bands logo

Sat 27 May 12-4pm

Haddington Bridge Centre.

ELjam is delighted to be working with Haddstock this year to host a Battle of the Bands competition.

The Bands

Bands from all six East Lothian high schools will take part. We are delighted to announce the following line up:

The Professionals

We have four fabulous judges and a wonderful compere who are generously donating their time to the event. They are all professionals working in the music industry and are extremely well placed to offer valuable feedback and advice.

Our Judges

Bruce Craigie is co-owner of A Modern Way Management Company & Record Label who have Idlewild, Fatherson, Zoe Graham, Rudi Zygadlo, Tom Joshua on their rosta. He is also involved in Aimless Play, a Digital Marketing & Services company, and has extensive experience of working in record companies & music publishing companies. Bruce also lectures part time in Music Business at Edinburgh College.

Harley Loudon is a songwriter, musician, jazz singer, therapist and storyteller with various albums out on apple / Spotify as a solo artist and band member. She has worked in the music industry supporting emerging artists.

Andy Pennycuick is lead vocalist and harmonica player for 10 piece ska band BOMBSKARE, and guitarist/backing vocalist for “The Pennycuick Girls”.

Inge Thomson is a performer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her main instrument is the piano keyed accordion but she finds herself increasingly drawn to the creation and recording of new sounds and the possibilities and parameters of sound manipulation.  Much of Inge’s work is inspired by our environment and her place in it. 

Our Compere
Photo Murray Briggs on Drums

We are delighted to have Murray Briggs from Edinburgh band Aberfeldy leading us through the festivities on the day.

The Prizes

We have a sensational list of prizes up for grabs. Details to follow very soon. However, we can reveal that everyone will receive a prize and, as a bonus, two of our bands will be selected to perform on the Lighthouse Stage at Fringe by the Sea in August! Thank you to our partners at FbtS for this great opportunity!

In addition EthicArts has offered all bands one year’s web hosting with a free subdomain at https://ethicarts.com, a band email, a WordPress page for their portfolio, biography, blog, etc. and e-commerce through their profiles at EthicArts.com | Creative Marketplace (where they can register for free and enjoy a 50% transaction fee reduction for life). WHAT A PRIZE!

Prize Giving & Evening Entertainment

The results will be announced and prizes allocated between 4.30pm and 5pm. After that, we have performances from The Knox Music Project which will include a video and a song written especially for the occasion. There will be a live performance from YMI’s Build a Band and the Knox Samba Group. The event will finish with a performance from the young members of The Brunton Performing Arts Network drama groups.

For Festival-Goers:

Make a day of it and check out FREE Arts Tasters, enjoy tea + cake served by Haddington Guides and Pizza by Mazzoli at the Tyneside Tavern in the The Haddington Bridge Centre courtyard. East Coast FM Scotland will also be supporting and broadcasting the event live

Arts Activity Taster Sessions

East Lothian Council Arts Service will be offering a wide range of arts activities to try for free, you just need to book in. Details are being finalised but you can keep your eye on this page to get the full line up and to reserve your place.