Usher Hall completes line-up for Centenary Programme

Together with the previously announced concerts, the Usher Hall can confirm the addition of The Gilded Comedy Gala on Friday 7 March at 7.30 pm evoking the spirit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gilded Comedy Gala is a one-off event which celebrates 100 years of the Usher Hall, in a Gala Evening hosted by veteran comedian and broadcaster Arthur Smith.

Artist’s already confirmed, include “Smack the Pony” actress Doon MacKichan, from “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” Phill Jupitus, grumpy old man Barry Cryer and in a rare special appearance, Scotland ’s Greg McHugh as Gary Tank Commander. Surprise guests still to be announced.

The Usher Hall, owned and operated by The City of Edinburgh Council, first opened its doors on 6 March 1914 and has an amazing history of entertainment over the last one hundred years. The versatility of The Usher Hall is shown in this series of concerts, proving that the Usher Hall is still one of the most impressive entertainment venues that Scotland has to offer.

The complete series of Centenary Events are:


Wednesday 5 March - Rufus Wainwright;


Thursday 6 March - 100th Birthday Concert; 1914 opening programme;


Friday 7 March - Gilded Comedy Gala;

Saturday 8 March - Mogwai with guests The Pastels, Remember Remember;


Sunday 9 March - Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Tickets for all performances are available from and 0131 228 1155.

The Usher Hall has made a significant contribution to the cultural life in Edinburgh and these celebrations mark the 100th anniversary of this land-mark venue.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener of Culture & Sport said; "The Usher Hall has held a unique niche in Edinburgh’s history and has continued to thrive throughout a century. The grandeur of the venue both internally and externally and its qualities as a concert hall have led the Usher Hall to become one of the foremost buildings, enhancing the city of Edinburgh”.


Mark Mackie, Regular Music, said; "The Usher Hall is one of the most outstanding music venues in the world and one of our favourites. It’s a hall that the people of Edinburgh and all of Scotland should be and are rightly very proud of and it’s a privilege to be able to contribute to the celebrations to mark the centenary."

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Victoria Fuller, Usher Hall

0131 221 6339

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