Media release: Galaxy of stars set to lift the roof at Usher Hall this Saturday


THIS year’s World Fair Trade Gathering is returning to the beloved Usher Hall stage – with a fantastic line-up, this Saturday, 13 May!

Headlining this high-energy concert are Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who have been celebrating over 20 years of touring the world with their ‘bagpipes with attitude’, ‘drums with a Scottish accent’ and their ‘show so hot, it carries its own health warning!’. The audience can expect everything from ‘Flower of Scotland’ to Coldplay, AC/DC or Avicii.

Chilli Pipers are joined by Shooglenifty, who have the musical wanderlust, as well as the rocking electric bottom end to summon their audience to a world ceilidh.

In a 30-year career spanning many firsts – the first band to incite a stage invasion at the Sydney Opera House, the first UK band to play in Cuba, and the first Scots to perform in the Borneo Rainforest – Shooglenifty blazed a trail that many other top Scottish traditional bands have followed. They will get you on your feet with their electric new tunes and a full-on set of old favourites!

Also performing are two very talented youth bands, Samba band Pulse of the Place and Royal High Pipe Band. Both youth bands will have a chance to join the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on stage.

Additionally, the audience will enjoy a World Fair Trade Logo creation performance by Baila Venezuela, a dazzling Latin dance group based in Edinburgh.

Hosted by TV presenter and ambassador for Fair Trade, Gail Porter, this concert is a celebration on a World Fair Trade Day and tenth anniversary of Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation status!

Event organised by Hand Up Events, a local social action business.

Tickets from The Usher Hall

£22 plus booking fee £1.50. Please use a code FAIRTRADENATION to get 20% off the ticket price. Only Standing tickets remain! For more information, please contact Usher Hall on 0131 228 1155.


Notes for editors:

World Fair Trade Day is a global celebration on the second Saturday of May. World Fair Trade Day is celebrated annually and globally promoted by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) to raise awareness on alternative solutions to the planet’s economic and ecological challenges. More information at

Gail Porter is one of the UK’s most sought-after female TV presenters. Gail Porter is recognised for featuring in shows including Fully Booked (1995), The Movie Chart Show (2000), and Live & Kicking (1993)and was the subject of the BAFTA award-winning BBC documentary Being Gail Porter (2020) during which she opened up about her struggles with mental health.

Known for her outspokenness in raising awareness for alopecia, Ms. Porter published her hair loss story in an autobiography, ‘Laid Bare: My Story of Love, Fame and Survival’, in 2007. This April, Gail Porter was a Grand Marshall at the annual NYC Tartan Parade wearing World Fair Trade Tartan. Gail Porter is a Fair Trade Ambassador.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were voted Scotland’s ‘Live Act of the Year ‘ in 2007 and 2010 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Since they won the top prize on UK primetime TV talent show, ‘When Will I Be Famous’ in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have not stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes! The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish Music and Rock/Pop anthems which they proudly call ‘Bagrock’. A truly brawsome global phenomenon!

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh. Its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for three decades.

Pulse of the Place Local Leith-based Samba band who accompanied this year’s New York City Tartan Week Parade’s Grand Marshall Gail Porter! /

Royal High Pipe Band Royal High Pipe Band was formed in 2018 from the Davidson’s Mains & District Grade 4A and Novice Juvenile Pipe Bands. The Band is based in North Edinburgh and is affiliated with The Royal High School, however membership is open to all.

Baila Venezuela is a Venezuelan Folk Dance group based in Edinburgh. 

MEDIA RELEASE issued by Hand Up Events

Contact: Tania Pramschufer

Phone: 07914 254334




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