This weekend in Edinburgh there’s a very swanky wee two day event on, which I highly advise checking out if you can.

Tickets for Saturday are sold out already, day tickets for Sunday are almost gone and there aren’t an awful lot of weekend tickets left either, so pick yours up in advance. You can get them here: Weekend – Saturday SOLD OUT – Sunday
Below is pretty much all the info you’ll need, but if you want any more you can find Retreat! on MySpace and Facebook too.
As a bonus there’s a sampler album featuring pretty much all of the bands playing available to download for FREE here.

Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh
August 28-29 2010, 2.30pm-11pm.
GBP 7 (day); GBP 12 (weekend pass).
Venerable DIY gig-putteronners Tracer Trails and The Gentle Invasion are thrilled to announce the third edition of Retreat!, a micro-festival celebrating Edinburgh’s contribution to the international pop underground.
Following on from previous years which have seen the festival occupy spaces in St John’s Church and the Bristo Hall, this year’s Retreat! will be a two-day event taking place in Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall, on the boundary between Edinburgh and the City of Leith.
Retreat! was founded in 2008 to create space for Edinburgh acts amid the bustle of the festivals, and has evolved into a riotous A.G.M. for the capital’s independent pop scene.
In its inaugural year Retreat! encompassed nine events over three weeks; in 2009 it took the form of a giant celebratory all-dayer as part of the Forest Fringe. Retreat! 2010 is different again, a lost weekend when Edinburgh’s first XVI will perform in a deranged gala-day environment in which anything might happen and some things probably will.
Hosted by the incomparable Owen Curtis Williams (The Pineapple Chunks / drummer-about-town), and with stage design by Tessa Lynch, the only common thread in this vibrant melange is the organisers’ overwhelming respect for each act’s inimitable contribution to the international pop underground.
Retreat! stands for: -
• cheap cheap tickets
• all-ages admission
• the most extravagant staging and costumery no money can buy
• film screenings, record stalls, book stalls, and food!
This year Retreat! is supported by the Scottish Arts Council Young Scot Action Fund.

Line Up:

Saturday 28th August

Wounded Knee
Skeleton Bob
Jesus h. Foxx
Withered Hand
Enfant Bastard

Sunday 29th August

Benni Hemm Hemm
Conquering Animal Sound
The Wee Rogue
The Douglas Firs
The Leg


  1. That’s pretty much within walking distance from me – and near a few good boozers on Leith Walk.

    I know – once done a pub crawl in every pub on the Walk. Was absolutely rat-arsed. Took me 90 minutes to walk a 10 minute route home. 18 pubs do that to you…