Launch: Edinburgh’s Greatest Hits


Born To Be Wide & Birlinn Ltd. present the launch of Edinburgh’s Greatest Hits, celebrating Edinburgh’s illustrious music history.

Born To Be Wide is set to return with a special evening celebrating the Scottish capital’s music scene, both past and present. Taking place at the Fruitmarket on Monday 22 August, it will begin with the book launch of Edinburgh’s Greatest Hits, which charts the city’s musical history.

Co-authors Jim Byers and Fiona Shepherd will be in conversation with Born To Be Wide founder, Olaf Furniss, and will be signing copies on the night. They will highlight some of the featured stories, how the book was conceived and how the music scene can continue to thrive. Members of the audience will also be encouraged to share their own recollections and perspectives.

Following the conversation, guest DJs including individuals featured in the book and pillars of today’s music community, will play their favourite records by Edinburgh acts.

Speakers: Fiona Shepherd (The Scotsman/Glasgow Music City Tours), Jim Byers (Edinburgh Music Lovers) + additional guest + DJs TBC.

Host: Olaf Furniss (Born To Be Wide/Wide Days)

19:30 (GMT)* – Doors Open

20:00 – 21:00 In conversation with Fiona Shepherd (The Scotsman/Glasgow Music City Tours), Jim Byers (Edinburgh Music Lovers) + additional guest TBC. Hosted by Olaf Furniss (Born To Be Wide/Wide Days)

21:00 – 23:30 Signing + DJ sets

Tickets £6/£4 (proceeds donated to Attitude Is Everything and British Association of Performing Arts Medicine


If a guest is unable to attend without the support of a personal assistant or companion, then a free companion ticket can be provided upon request. Every effort will be made to provide a BSL interpreter if requested in advance. Please contact

Ticket money from the forthcoming event will be donated to the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Attitude Is Everything. The former provides an extensive range of health services for musicians and the latter aims to improve access to live music for deaf and disabled artists, industry professionals and audiences.

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Date and time

Mon, 22 August 2022

19:30 – 23:30 BST



45 Market Street



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Monday 22 Aug 2022
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. United Kingdom