New 900 Capacity Venue In Edinburgh

EDINBURGH, Scotland (VIP NEWS) — A former nightclub in the heart of the Edinburgh is set to get a new lease of life as a live music venue.

Pictured: Dan Adams from Freestival, general manager and promoter Steven Cousins and Nick Smith, duty manager in Stramash.

Wilkie House on the Cowgate, which has stood empty for more than three years, will reopen as Stramash next month after a £500,000 facelift.

The 900-capacity venue will be operated by Bruce Taverns which runs nightspots across the city including The Fiddler’s Arms, The Royal Mile Tavern, The Globe Sports Bar, The Mash House and Whistlebinkies.

Bosses said Stramsash would fill a gap left in the live music scene by the closure of the Picture House on Lothian Road, which is set to be transformed into a Wetherspoon pub.

Operations manager Simon Rankin said: “We have been inspired by the success of Whistlebinkies but this will be a bigger venue with a bigger budget.

“The nightclub scene is dying off and people are demanding more live entertainment. The older crowd, particularly, like to spend money on entertainment.”

Stramash will open on Thursday, September 17 with performances from teggae band Sea Bass Kid, blues group Safehouse and Irish/Scottish folk group Mad Ferret. Big Country are set to perform on Burns Night in January.