Everything You Need to Know about this weekend's Meats and Beats Festival in Edinburgh

Perhaps one of the most unique food and drink festivals to arrive in the capital this year, here is everything you need to know about Meats & Beats Festival.

Published 18th Oct 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

What is Meats & Beats Festival?

Meats & Beats Festival is described by the organisers as a "mash-up of meatylicious street food and all your favourite tunes from the 1960s – 2017", so make sure to take your dancing shoes and your appetite.

Each hour of the festival will see a new decade of music with the DJs taking you on a journey through the swinging 60s, pop classics of the 70s, Disco anthems of the 80s and dance tunes of the 90s.

Playlists are complied from song requests submitted when attendees book their tickets, or tweet your requests into @meatsbeatsfest.

Where and when is the festival?

The festival takes place this weekend at Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place Edinburgh (EH8 9SU) from Friday 20 th – Sunday 22 nd October.

Session times are:

Friday Evening 5pm – 11pm
Saturday Afternoon 12pm – 5pm
Saturday Evening 6pm – 11pm
Sunday Afternoon 12pm – 5pm

Getting there

Street parking around the venue is limited however the venue is easily reached by public transport.

For bus timetables visit www.lothainbuses.co.uk

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Where do I get tickets?

Tickets start from just £5 (or two for £8) and are available to buy at

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What food will be at the festival?

A feast of mouth-watering meaty street food will be available for hungry festivalgoers, including veggie, vegan and gluten-free options from:

The Pitt

• Steak on fries with gremolata sauce

Wild & Smoky

• 8 hour smoked leg of lamb with chimichurri sauce and celeriac remoulade

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• 12 hour smoked slow-roasted spice pork with mellow yellow sauce and pickled apple

• Grilled smoked Scotch hanger steak taco with slaw salsa

• Sticky pork belly lollipops with red slaw

• Smoked brisket with honey mustard sauce

• Grilled Scotch steak hamburger with cheese

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Kilted Lobster

• Grilled lobster tail with Taittinger butter sauce

• Lobster & chilli prawn arancini with chipotle aioli

• Mara seaweed & pepper-dusted calamari fritter with pickled cucumber and samphire

• Tequila & lime crispy battered swordfish soft taco with red pepper pico de gallo


• Giant haggis bon bon with parsley & balsamic dressing

• Black pudding and smoked potato pakoras with coriander & chilli sauce

• Venison cheeseburger with pickled beetroot & onion marmalade on a toasted rowie

• Braised beef spale with Aran mustard mash and whisky jus

• Whole roasted pumpkin & chick pea Dahl (V, VG, GF)

The Mac Shack

• Classic - Classic mac topped with crispy fried onions

• Spicy Wan – Classic mac topped with Chorizo, caramelised onions and harrisa

• Pic Mac – Classic mac topped with bacon jam and crispy bacon bits

• The Italian – Classic mac topped with pesto, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella

• Mozzarella sticks

• Fried cheese sticks, Parmesan, tomato and chilli dip

Will there be alcohol?

Pop-up bars from Stewart Brewing, Fyne Ales, The Cocktail Kitchen, Poco Prosecco, Villeneuve Wines and Bon Accord will serve a selection of craft beers, cocktails, wines, prosecco and soft drinks.

What music will be played?

The team behind the festival said: "Meats & Beats Festival is all about rewinding through the decades with songs that make you throw your arms in the air declaring ‘I LOVE THIS SONG!’

"So get ready to bust-out your best John Travolta Night Fever moves, showcase your air guitar skills to Guns N’ Roses, and YMCA your way into the late evening as DJs rewind through the decades with all the cheesiest tunes."

Playlists are compiled from festivalgoers’ song requests before and during the event, just submit your song when booking your ticket online or tweet it into @meatsbeatsfest.

How can I register for the pub quiz and games?

Keeping with the theme of going back in time, there’s a line-up of retro entertainment in the upstairs theatre to take you on a trip down memory lane with TV Games Shows including Blind Date, Catch Phrase and Blankety Blank.

Teams can also enter pub quizzes in the downstairs snug.

To sign-up for any of these games email hello@meatsandbeats.co.uk with your booking reference number.


Is fancy dress allowed? Yes - fancy dress is encouraged at the festival. Dress-up as your favourite band, pop idol or in the style of your favourite musical era, and you could find yourself the winner of the ‘Best Dressed’ award.

Can I pay by card? Some stalls accept card payments but it is advised to bring cash with you. There are no cash machines inside the venue.

Is the event family friendly? Afternoon sessions are family-friendly, however evening sessions are strictly 18+. Kids under 13 get free entry.

Are dogs allowed? No. Two legged dancing humans only.

Will there be a cloakroom? No. The event is held indoors and dancing will keep you warm.

Got another question? Visit www.meatsandbeats.co.uk or email hello@meatsandbeats.co.uk

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