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, Pink, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Jessie J, Arcade Fire, Westlife, The Proclaimers, Bryan Ferry and Boyzone.


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.