Haddstock will be back on the weekend of 25 May, bringing Haddington’s venues and streets to life with music, art and events. We’ll have more updates soon, but our first exciting announcement is that Karine Polwart will headline Hadstock 2024!
We partner with the Brunton Theatre to bring this local multi-award-winning songwriter, folk singer, and storyteller to Haddington. Her songs evoke a richness of place, hidden histories, scientific curiosity and folklore. Trees and rocks speak. Birds flit in and out of vision. And the stars know everything. She conjures the beauty and magic, the sorrow and complexity of the world out of the corner of her eye, with lyricism and tenderness.
Karine’s many collaborative projects include – Still As Your Sleeping, a duo with pianist Dave Milligan; a longstanding trio with brother Steven Polwart and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson; her Scottish Songbook re-imaginings of classic Scottish pop; Spell Songs, a multi-artist response to environmental loss; and Wind Resistance, her peatbog-inspired theatre show for The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.
Recent commissions include new work for both the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 2023 saw her host and write for Seek the Light, a poetic three-part BBC Radio 4 series combining science, music and folklore.
This is a rare chance to enjoy Karine in intimate, conversational solo performance. Expect a clutch of new songs and wonder tales, and an evening suffused with light.
Long established as a glorious singer, enquiring songwriter and enlightened mind★★★★ MOJO
There are few songwriters sharper★★★★ Financial Times
Support artists still to be announced, and we’ll have lots more to share soon. In the meantime please keep in touch with us on Facebook and to whet your appetite, here is our official 2023 video by Iain Henderson (Hendo Film).
A heartfelt thanks to the entire community that allows this wonderful wee festival to happen
Supporters & Collaborators
those who support us and work with us
ELC Arts Service - East Lothian Schools - Mazzoli - Naked Lunch - Cafe Luca - Jabberwocky - Ronnie’s Music - Murray Moves - The Malt Kiln - Ageing Well - Our Community Kitchen - NHS Lothian Charity - Rob McDougall Film Making - Just Sing - Napier University - Lammermuir Larder - Haddington Farmers’ Market - East Coast FM - Edinburgh College - Nexilis Audio - YMI East Lothian - Haddington Athletic Football Club - ELC Instrumental Music Service - Volunteer Centre East Lothian - Accelerate Support - Hendo Film - Go Fibre - JRM - Haddington Community Council
the pubs, cafes, halls, vans etc who host us
Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre - The Loft - St. Mary’s Church - Golf Tavern - The Tyneside - The Mercat - Waterside Bistro - Winton Brewery Haddy Tap - Ogilvies of Haddington - The Green - The Victoria Inn - Diggory’s - The Bridge Centre - The Corn Exchange
those who bring knowledge and energy without which we would have a much smaller offering!
Performing Arts Network - Lamp House Music - East Lothian Flower Farm - Haddington Library - Thomas Hall - The Mad Scrapper - Woodland Learning Adventures - Fantoosh Sketching - Iona Molleson - MADE Arts Hub - Lower Impact Living (Lil) - East Lothian Play Association - Night Owl Books - The Drama Mill