Following its hugely successful debut in 2016, the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the heart of St Andrews will again host ByreIn The Botanics – a season of spectacular outdoor concerts, performances and big screen films programmed by the ByreTheatre.
Taking place in a fully-seated and covered marquee, Byre In The Botanics 2017 runs from Thursday 29th June to Saturday 29th July. Big names visiting St Andrews this summer include Midge Ure with his Something From Everything tour (22 July), the ‘Queen of British Blues’ Elkie Brooks (15 July), arguably the greatest current proponents of traditional Scottish music Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (29 June), jazz icon Chris Barber with his big band (27 July) and a rare live set from songwriting legends Gallagher & Lyle (29 July).
Making a welcome return to Byre In The Botanics are last year’s runaway favourites, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys who will bringing their authentic Louisiana party sounds to St Andrews on 20 July, with other live music highlights including the toe-tapping Glenn Miller Orchestra UK led by Ray McVay (8 July) and dynamic Celtic beats from Mànran (7 July).
This year’s event will host the only Scottish performances of OperaUpClose’s Olivier Award-winning production of the classic romantic opera La Boheme (13 & 14 July), with a fresh new English language translation making opera entertaining and accessible for all. Fans of Diversity won’t want to miss the Scottish debut of the jaw-droppingly talented Dutch street dance crew The Ruggeds (1 July), who come to St Andrews fresh from working with Justin Bieber and Rita Ora, and those wanting to show off their own moves can practice their best Virginia Reels and Strip The Willows at two Grand St Andrews Ceilidhs (6 & 28 July), with a live band led by top broadcaster and musician Billy Anderson.
The Byre In The Botanics big screen will be showing a host of favourite family movies including Frozen (7 July), The Secret Life of Pets (21 July) and Up (28 July), with fun activities before the films ranging from Gruffalo Trails around the Gardens to a fascinating plant potting workshop.
Fife street food company Screaming Peacock will be firing up the on-site BBQ to serve up local wild venison burgers whilst the BITB bar is fully stocked with locally brewed ales alongside wines, fizz and cocktails. BITB audiences can also pre-order deli hampers for two, packed with olives, charcuterie, cheese, fresh bread, Fife strawberries and homemade scones – with even the option of adding a bottle of chilled Taittinger to make it a real night out to remember.
For tickets, visit www.bitb17.com or call 01334 475000