Concerts at the Castle

Each summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue. Artists who have used the stunning backdrop of the castle include, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Runrig, Simply Red, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Deacon Blue, Arcade Fire, Westlife, Olly Murs, The Proclaimers, Bryan Ferry and Boyzone.

Il Divo - Friday 13 July 2018

As part of their 2018 UK Tour, Il Divo will play Edinburgh Castle on 12 July. 

Picture of Il Divo

Tickets on sale Saturday 2 December at 10am. 

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Ticket hotline:  0844 844 0444 

Bananarama - Friday 20 July 2018

Making their Edinburgh Castle debut, Bananarama will play their first ever outdoor gig on 20 July. 

Picture of Bananarama 

Tickets on sale now. 

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Ticket hotline:  0844 844 0444 

Del Amitri - Saturday 21 July 2018

25 years after last taking to the stage at the castle, Scottish Band Del Amitri will play Edinburgh Castle on 21 July 2018.

Justin Currie (right) and Iain Harvie (left)

Tickets on sale now. 

Online:     and
Ticket hotline:  0844 844 0444 

General advice and information

Concerts are not run by Historic Scotland. The further Information document gives details about tickets and show times.

The onsite box office is at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG and is open on event days from 4pm.

For other concert enquiries please email

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade is an outdoor venue, so please come appropriately dressed in warm, waterproof clothing (as required) and sturdy footwear for the steep entrance and tiered seating.

Concerts go ahead in poor weather unless it is unsafe.

Seating high in the grandstands is not recommended for people with vertigo, breathing difficulties or heart complaints.