Tweeting the Twestival

Article by Alex Cole | 19 Mar 2010
  • Mitchell Museum

Don’t let the friendly-sounding name fool you – Twitter is serious business. Well, serious in that it’s being used to help charities and bring people together. No so serious in that there’s a festival going on.

The Edinburgh Twestival is on this week, set to break all ticket sale records and bring together a slew of great acts and events. Held at the brand-spankin’-new Ghillie Dhu at Rutland Square, the Twestival is inviting those who tweet, those who like music, and even those keen for a massage or whisky tasting to get together in the name of charity. Twestivals in cities all over the world are raising money for Concern Worldwide, and 100% of ticket sales go to the fund. As if you needed an excuse to party this week.

On offer are Edinburgh-based Idlewild, indie bands Mitchell Museum, Pose Victorious and Shooting Stansfield, as well as DJ George Wallace, salon ‘pamper packages,’ a magician, a raffle, a duck pond, and, of course, a cake stand. Be sure to bring some spare change for all the extra events.

Tweets with the tag #edtwestival will appear on a massive projected screen, and along with a running schedule of the night and whole lot of re-tweets. The collected funds will go to benefit causes in Africa, South America, India and Haiti.

The Edinburgh Twestival is taking place on March 25th at the Ghillie Dhu on Rutland Square. Doors at 19:30, £8. Follow the event on Twitter at @edtwestival.