In 2013 we launched the Stirling Fringe Festival - the city’s biggest and most successful arts festival. After three years we’ve re-launched as The Shindig - the Best Wee Party in Scotland and taken up residency at the Old Town Jail. Over three days the jail yard will house a performance marquee, acoustic zone yurt and an open air music stage, all playing host to an eclectic variety of events. From live music and comedy, to children’s storytelling, to ceilidhs, pipe bands and beer tastings. Not to mention a cornucopia of street performers, street food from around the world. And with many of the events completely free of charge this really will be the Best Wee Party in Scotland.
The Best Wee Party in Scotland kicks off with a top drawer comedy line-up. Award-winning comedian and Capital FM Breakfast Show presenter Des Clarke headlines while Raymond Mearns takes on compering duties. They are joined by David Kay and Daisy Earl.
In association with Shapes, this is the biggest party of the year. Rising Glasgow DJ Big Miz has played alongside a range of household names through the longstanding club night and crew Offbeat, which he’s a founder and resident. He’s also in demand as a leading producer, seen through his releases on Glasgow’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label. A formidable stand-out force in the heady world of house and techno he’s joined by local heroes Jamie Alexander (Jelly Roll Soul) and Alan Hotchkiss (Shapes). After show party at the Fubar.
Time: 7pm - 11PM
Fresh from the success of his debut solo album, Big World, the winner of The Voice 2016 headlines our Saturday music programme against the dramatic backdrop of the Old Town Jail. Completing this incredible bill is fellow The Voice contestant and local hero Laura Begley and Glasgow singer-songwriter Sinny.
Sir Moustache Bristleby and Co have travelled the world exploring exotic lands and having many marvellous adventures along the way. Though they arrived here quite by accident, there's nothing these three love more than a captive audience. Join them to hear stories of their marvellous adventures, each has a tale more exhilarating and far-fetched than the last, as they bring shadow puppetry and storytelling theatre for adventurers of all ages to the Shindig.
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Suitable for all ages
Hilarious and high energy improv from Edinburgh’s five-star improvisational comedy troupe. Improvised comedy games and sketches culminating in an entirely improvised musical.
Grab your grans, uncles, aunts and children for the ultimate hoolie. Under the guidance of top ceilidh band Boorach, we’ll be stripping willows and bumping into dashing white sergeants.
Time:7pm - 10pm
Join Harviestoun beer experts as they invite us to sample a specially selected range of the finest crafted beers from the award-wining local brewery
Strictly over 18s
Stirling’s very own legendary record shop hosts a second day of live music from every genre imaginable.
Time:12pm - 6pm
Zoe and Giggles the Boogie Beat monkey would love lots of pre-school children to come along to have some fun. There’ll be dance, music, singing and plenty of laughter and noise – you can even bring your mum, dad or other family member along too.
Suitable for pre-school age.
Think fairy tales are all about lovely princesses and handsome knights in shining armour? Think again. This show will introduce you to the delightfully gruesome tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and will have you shriek in delight and terror. Reviving the ancient tradition of live storytelling, Scottish-Germany company Louna Productions have been entertaining audiences since 2010 and invite you to witness terrible tales, silly songs and quite possibly some flying body parts…!
Suitable for ages 5+
[Untitled] presents Rhyme and Punishment A provocative parade of performers and poets gather in Stirling for an afternoon of Rhyme and Punishment featuring an eclectic range of voices including Mike Garry, Loki, Bram E. Gieben, Katie Ailes and Bigg Taj.