Free gigs across Dunbar

We've got free gigs happening right across Dunbar on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September. Perfectly timed to fit in with the sessions at the Battery.

Map of Dunbar showing locations of festival venues

Why not stop off at one of our cafe, pub and hotel venues for a pint, a meal or a cuppa and catch another fantastic gig? And even if you're not going to the Battery, you're welcome to join us for these freebies anyway!

All performances are happening outdoors and our venues are less than 10 minutes' walk from the Battery, the railway station and the bus stops on the High Street.


Get a flavour of what these great acts are performing from their Facebook profiles.

Saturday 2.30 to 4.30pm

  • Volunteer Arms: Andrew Gordon (Scottish folk guitarist and singer)
  • Wishing Tree by the Sea: MacFunkel (Americana and feel-good classic rock 4 piece) 

Saturday 5.30 to 7.30pm

  • Hillside Hotel: Rollin' Sky (Local trio playing original, rock and blues tunes)
  • Royal Mac Hotel: Tony Cox (South Africa's finest folk singer, a raconteur and spell-binding guitar virtuoso)

Sunday 2.30 to 4.30pm

  • Hillside Hotel: Three Straight Heads (Soulful, jazzy pop classics 4 piece)
  • Royal Mac Hotel: Cairnsie (Dunbar's very own father/daughter duo performing Scottish folk and country tunes)
  • Wishing Tree by the Sea: Rockahillbillies (Old-time classic rock n roll 4 piece)

Sunday 5.30 to 7.30pm

  • Royal Mac Hotel: Toby Mottershead (Classic, authentic blues. A master of his craft)
  • Volunteer Arms: Dropkick (Beautiful harmonies from this alt-country duo) 

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Sunday Battery line ups

About the venues

Wishing Tree by the Sea

Situated in Lauderdale Park with its green space and the biggest playground in Dunbar, this is the perfect place to enjoy some live music while the kids entertain themselves.

The Wishing Tree Cafe offers a range of hot and soft drinks, and delicious cakes and snacks that showcase the best locally sourced produce in East Lothian.

Acts will be performing from the cafe terrace, so you might want to bring your own folding chairs or blankets and make yourself comfortable on the Park's old bowling green.

Wishing Tree by the Sea website 

The Volunteer Arms

Our closest venue to the Battery, you can sit on the Vollies' terrace and see the main Festival venue. This traditional pub is popular with local musicians as (in normal times) it hosts both open mic and trad music sessions.

Serving real ale on cask and offering a varied menu including locally caught fish, it's a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the Festival and get a real taste of Dunbar.

Volunteer Arms website

The Royal Mackintosh Hotel

Known locally as 'The Mac', this beautiful Victorian hotel is pretty much the first thing you see when you reach the top of Station Road. A popular venue with locals as well as visitors to the town, its intimate function room has seen many great 'Back of the Mac' music sessions.

Offering a wide range of food, and an extensive cocktail menu it's a convenient stop off between the Battery and the station.

Royal Mackintosh Hotel website

The Hillside Hotel

Recently renovated, the Hillside's beautiful new three-tier terrace is a great location to enjoy the sounds of the Festival. With the right seat, you'll also be able to enjoy a view down onto Dunbar's East Beach which - along with the station and the Battery - is just minutes' walk away.

There's a wide range of drinks and food on offer in a family-friendly environment.

Hillside Hotel website