The A Club comes marching back to The Merchants’ Hall

It is the historic headquarters of one of Edinburgh’s oldest business organisations. But this month, the Merchant Company of Edinburgh (MCoE) is set to open its elaborate doors once again to become one of the biggest live music venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The A Club, set up by Michael Fraser who runs MacKenzies Catering and John Stirling who co-founded Arbikie Distillery will allow revelers the chance to be entertained under the A-listed venue’s neo-classical dome roof throughout August.

Over 40 jazz, soul, hip hop, classical, pop and folk artists will be performing throughout the month-long event, which will also give visitors the opportunity to enjoy some Arbikie cocktails and dinner, whilst immersing themselves amongst the MCoE’s sculptures and paintings.

Pat Denzler, Master of The Merchant Company, said:

“We are delighted the A Club is returning to the iconic Merchants’ Hall once again. This year it’s going to be bigger and better with over 40 acts performing over 21 days.

“As an organisation which has been active in Edinburgh for over 300 years, the historic venue offers the best of art and architecture combined to create a building of grace and distinction. It is certainly hard to beat.”

John Stirling added:

“A visit to ‘the A Club is an amazing experience, an occasion to enjoy a fantastic mix of live entertainment, stunning Arbikie cocktails and food throughout August’s Edinburgh Festival. Here you can relax, unwind and enjoy table service in The Merchants’ Hall whilst some of the world’s top names in pop, jazz, folk, rock and classical musical will entertain you.”

Ticket prices start from £10. To book please visit

Erith McKean

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