Running across the whole weekend, with a stellar line-up of incredible comedians, speakers, podcasters, and insightful conversations, our speakeasy in collaboration with The List is something to be excited about.



Starting off the weekend on Friday is the up-and-coming pop sensation LVRA, discussing all things music, winning the Scottish Album of Year’s Sound of Young Scotland Award, and performing on the Guitars & Other Machines stage. 

Rounding up Friday is Black Scot Pod, who'll record a special live edition of their hit podcast. Black Scot Pod was launched after hosts, Shirley McPherson and Suzie Mwanza noticed a lack of black Scottish voices in mainstream media and sought to create a space where their experiences of growing up in Scotland could be shared alongside discussions on pop culture, social issues, and everything in-between. It’s set to be a fun and insightful watch.

Friday will also see a host of comedy sets from Fern Brady, Sean McLoughlin, Mark Nelson, Katie Pritchard, and Conor Burns as well as a keynote from Tiny Changes.



Saturday at Speakeasy sees the likes of Shetland storyteller and comedian Marjolein Robertson, who will treat the audience to a rendition of Hillswick Wedding, one of Shetland’s most famous folk tales.

Also appearing on Saturday will be The Twilight Sad’s James Graham and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, who will trade tales of their long careers and lasting friendship. Following their conversation, both Braithwaite and Graham’s bands will take to The Grand Parade stage - The Twilight Sad on Saturday, and Mogwai on Sunday.

The final performance of the night comes from Glasgow-born poet Leyla Josephine. The former UK National Poetry Slam award winner will perform a selection of her most popular poems from her career so far.

Saturday will also see a host of stand-up sets from names such as Finlay Christie, Tom Cashman, Jenny Bede and Brennan Reece.



Kicking off Sunday is a run of must-see stand-up sets with performances from the likes of Justin Moorhouse, Jo Caufield, Becky Lucas, and Joe Wells. Troy Hawke will also be performing, who recently went viral on social media for his hilarious video greeting the players of Manchester City on the way to the first day of their pre-season camp.

Up next is Canadian-born Alycia Pirmohamed. The multi award-winning poet is set to perform a selection of poems from her already impressive body of work, as well as material from her upcoming debut poetry collection Another Way to Split Water.

The penultimate act of the weekend will see DJ and Radio host Rebecca Vasmant in conversation with The List’s Megan Merino. Vasmant will discuss her life and career so far including her earlier set on the Unknown Pleasures stage at Connect that same day.

Capping off the weekend at Speakeasy is Orwell prize-winning author, musician, and political activist Darren McGarvey. McGarvey will discuss his latest book The Social Distance Between Us: How Remote Politics Wrecked Britain.

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