The concept was that the night would be a special event at "Scotland's oldest knight club" (see what they did there?), Edinburgh Castle, showcasing young talents from across the arts and giving people a chance to explore the castle in neon light. It delivered accurately on that description.
Glasgow-based indie quartet West Princes opened, playing the courtyard before the sold-out crowd marched the drawbridge, past the burning crown torches, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to enter the castle (which it’s worth noting is normally £16.50 to see around, given this event was £15).
All the exhibitions were open and available to stroll through, and seeing the history available to tourists year round was definitely one of the high points in itself. There’s a great new exhibition opened just on the event day exploring how the castle changed hands between the English and Scottish after the 12th century and the invention of the trebuchet. The prize-posession crown jewels were also open to the public, and the old castle jails had been takeover by magicians and singers who entertained the crowd as they walked through.
Likewise, in between exploring you could drop in to magic shows or musicians placed around the castle.
Singer-songwriter, guitar player, pianist, and women of many talents Sophie Penman impressed with her commendable instrumental skills, immaculate voice and poignant lyrics. Penman had won a competition from The List to play in the Grand Hall at the castle, which we thought a particularly good idea. There was a resounding plea for more when the singer finished her set.