Edinburgh Castle is a music venue that rivals the marvels of classical Greece – Donald Anderson

Audiences gather for a performance of Verdi’s opera Nabucco at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images)

The concerts take place each year before the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is a phenomenal success that brings in even more tourist revenue than the official International Festival – although they are both equally important.

Concerts at the Castle give Edinburgh one of the most spectacular concert halls in the world. I’ve been a regular attendee since they started and was there for the mighty Deacon Blue on Saturday night.

I’ve been a fan since an old co-worker said to me in the 1980s, “You gotta hear that new song, it’s called Dignity.” I became an instant fan, and it was an instant classic.

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The Castle Concerts have been taking place for over 30 years and give Edinburgh what it currently lacks, namely a world-class venue with a capacity of 8,500, which can be used to present the best of popular music.

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Athens has its Odeon of Herodes Atticus next to the Acropolis, which is regularly used for concerts, and there are also concerts in Epidaurus and Ephesus in Turkey.

While these halls were built for concerts, I would say Edinburgh is up there with them as one of the best venues in the world.

For over 30 years the castle has also ‘rocked’ with some of the best concerts Scotland has ever had. Well done Historic Environment Scotland. May the concerts at the castle continue for a long time.


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