Assembly Checkpoint

Assembly Checkpoint is located on Bristo Place, about half way between the Royal Mile and Assembly George Square, and houses one main venue that plays host to mix of cabaret, music, variety and theatrical shows. It also has a cracking restaurant that does a mean cocktail or a kickstarting coffee to get you through your festival day. 

SHOWING AT Assembly Checkpoint...

Iconic - A Brief History of Drag

A triple threat of heavenly vocals, theatrical swagger and razor-sharp wit. Direct from sell-out performances, Velma Celli celebrates the iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture. Join Velma, h...

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John Partridge: Stripped

Stripped is a new beginning. A reintroduction of myself. Life has a way of hardening you, at least mine has. This is my attempt at shedding those skins, saying goodbye to part of myself and embracing someone...

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John Partridge: Stripped

18:30

01 Aug

African Rise

Afripella presenting African Rise is a celebration of song, rhythm and dance. An international phenomenon that aims to sweep across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. A free ble...

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African Rise

12:30

02 Aug

Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place, My Life in and Out of Squeeze. With Boo Hewerdine

Chris Difford celebrates the release of his autobiography with some very special shows. A stand-up evening of stories and songs covering his career over the last 45 years. He will be joined by Boo Hewerdine....

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Hannah Gadsby - No Bones About It (CANCELLED)

Last year Gadsby won every major live comedy award. How do you follow that? You quit. Get serious. Write an art lecture about that massive blind spot in the male gaze. And make it hilarious. This year Gadsby...

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Midnight Marauders

Cabaret's international riot girl Carla Lippis finally brings her late-night, sleazy rumble to Edinburgh! Featuring the hottest hand-picked acts from across the fringe, plus a live house band playing eve...

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Midnight Marauders

23:30

02 Aug

Misha Glenny: McMafia

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit B...

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Misha Glenny: McMafia

15:30

20 Aug

Sweet Tango

Tango-Korean music band, Gena Tango, presents a new look at tango through Korean eyes in a joyful musical experience that combines the urgent passion of Argentinian tango with traditional Korean instruments ...

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Sweet Tango

14:00

02 Aug

The Jive Aces: Swingin’ the Fringe

The UK's number one jive and swing band, The Jive Aces are teaming up with the all-dancing, all-singing, all-tapping pinup darlings The Satin Dollz to bring you a swingin' vintage revue! Right in-bet...

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Yana Alana – Between the Cracks

Australia's favourite feather-ruffling, rabble-rousing, cabaret anarchist and neo-punk diva, Yana Alana bares all in this bent night of blues, boobs and blame. Exposing mental health, sexual politics, femini...

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Larry Dean: Bampot

Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit debut on Live At The Apollo, Larry returns with a new hour of “unexpected and excellent” (Times) thoughts on Scottis...

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Larry Dean: Bampot

17:00

02 Aug