Live and Unlocked Perth Summer Festival

August 04, 2021 by Catriona Anderson

Audiences flock to Live and Unlocked Perth Summer Festival


The sun set on Perth’s Live and Unlocked Summer Festival with a relaxing evening of jazz from Martin Taylor and Alison Burns on the Perth Concert Hall Plaza outdoor stage on Monday 2 August.

Throughout the six days of the festival, audiences of all ages gathered in the heart of the city to celebrate the return of live performance with the perfect pick and mix of family shows, Fringe favourites, local bands, popular classics and more. Organised by Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation and charity behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, the festival was supported by EventScotland and Perth and Kinross Council.

Many audience members took to social media to praise the festival and the joy of sharing live performance again: “nights like this have been much missed”; “Thanks Perth Concert Hall, great event, well organised and superb staff”; “Brilliant night”; “fab gig. thank you for being live!!”; “Great fun”; “Top night.”

Nick Williams, chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation and charity behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“What a week! It has been a huge pleasure to bring live performance back to Perth withour Live and Unlocked Festival. Audiences have been flocking to our programme which truly offered something for everyone. Thanks to them and our amazing staff, who worked tirelessly to support the artists and keep audiences safe, we’ve had an enormously successful festival. We’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm our audiences have shown and look forward to announcing our reopening shortly and welcoming everyone back to our beautiful venues.”

Commenting on the festival, Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:

“With the excitement around the return to in-person events being so palpable, EventScotland is delighted to be able to provide support for events like Live and Unlocked through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund that will allow performers and audiences alike to enjoy the live entertainment experience again.”

The Live and Unlocked Summer Festival is an important step towards reopening with Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre planning to host a full programme of autumn activities in line with the anticipated easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Details will be announced shortly.

For more information click on Perth Concert Hall 

Horsecross Arts is supported by Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and The Gannochy Trust.

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