Edinburgh, Scotland 12th - 15th July 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland
12th - 15th July 2018

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July 02, 2018

The Spoonful goes to the Jazz & Blues fest!

This year’s Spoonful has been planned to coincide with the amazing Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival! Whether you’re one of the Party Pass Peeps who can see shows during the day, or you’re hanging around after the festival; join the Facebook event to arrange meetups and see some kickin’ live music from all over the […]

June 28, 2018

Sold out and waiting lists

Hello spoonfullers – here’s a quick update on bookings for The Spoonful 2018. As you may have already noticed we have been running a waiting list for this year’s event already as were pretty much SOLD OUT of passes within the first week of opening – you folks are quick! We’d encourage you to still go […]

April 08, 2018

2018 Ticket Prices

£140 – Full Spoonful Pass (All classes and parties) £65 – Full Social Pass (All parties) £55 – Thursday-Saturday Social Pass (All parties except Sunday night)    

February 15, 2018

Registrations opening next week

Registrations for this year’s Spoonful will open 17th Feb at 12 noon. You want to get in quick to gab a pass for they run out. We know how easy it is to skim over these things quickly in your urgency to register for your Spoonful 2018 pass next week. So, before then you may […]

February 10, 2018

Teacher Team 2018

  The Spoonful gals are oh-so-very excited to announce the teacher team for 2018… Spoonful favourites Annette, Eran, Adamo and Vicci; plus all the way from the US we have Campbell, Shawn and Julie!

February 07, 2018

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What comps will the spoonful have this year?

This year’s spoonful will include two chances to complete. A Solo Versatility Comp and a Mix n’ Match Comp.

Who can Compete?

Anyone! who has a Spoonful pass (social or otherwise)… except us the organisers.. and of course our headline instructors (but they will be judging!). We will only limit numbers due to time pressures only – so make sure you sign up early to guarantee your place.

Please note: If you have a social pass and are not doing workshops you will need to join us at the workshop venue on Friday Afternoon and 5 pm at the end of classes to be eligible to compete in the prelims.

Cost for Competing

None! The price is included in your Spoonful Pass so why not give it a go?

The cost of not competing..? Well, who can put a price on missing your chance for glory?!!

How can I enter?

We will have a sign up sheets at registration desk at socials and at workshop venue. You can enter up to the 3.40pm of the Friday of the festival.

Numbers are limited just due to time so get in quick to guarantee your spot.


We’ve snagged brilliant prizes for the comps with some of our favourite events, including Petit ESBF, Blues in the Hudd, Dig Deeper… and our friends at Slide & Swing!

Don’t Forget

First and foremost – we want you to go out there and have fun!

Competition dances can be your most fun dances because not only are you and your partner bringing it, but you have a crowd to cheer you on!

So don’t forget to cheer on your fellow competitors when you are not dancing.

Your Visit


Edinburgh is a special place; a small and ancient city of cobbled streets and wynds with great shopping, bars and eateries and plenty of things to do. The castle and a volcano sit smack-bang in the heart of the city and look out onto The North sea and The Firth of Forth.

We are a passionate community of friendly dancers with real a love for blues, and we’ll look after you from the moment you touch down to when you collapse in a tired, happy, blues-filled heap.


Edinburgh flats are small so people have limited space! Unfortunately, this means we have very limited hosting spaces and we want to allocate them to the folks that need them most. If you need hosting to be able to attend the festival, you can request as part of the registration process.

Edinburgh blues dancers we need you!

Some dancers who are coming to The Spoonful will only be able to come if they are hosted. Can you offer a spare bed, sofa or floorboard? Guests don’t need much, a hot shower and a cup of tea. They can bring their own sleeping bags etc if required. Most will arrive on the Thursday and leave either on Sunday night or Monday morning. Hosting is a fantastic way to meet new friends who have a common interest in blues dancing.

So when you register, please let us know how many guests you can host – you’ll have a place in our hearts forever!


If you’re not lucky enough to get hosting with a local dancer, there are lots of different options. If you’re looking for budget accommodation there’s a large hostel not far from all the venues.

Most of the venues are in Leith so if you are looking for a place to stay in this area will cut down on your travel time. Maybe try to pool together with other dancers and get an airbnb in Leith? Last year many dancers organised on Facebook.

Safer Space Policy

The spoonful gals want this to be a fantastic weekend for everyone involved. Check out how you can be a great Spoonfuller with our safer space policy/code of conduct!




The Spoonful gals are striving to make this the friendliest, most awesome event we can.  We’ve taken our combined 18 years of blues experience and our favourite things from the hundreds of events we’ve been to, and packed all that goodness plus a whole lotta love into a four day festival that celebrates everything that makes blues dancing so special.


The Spoonful is all about traditional blues music, excellent classes from the most fun and talented teachers, competitions so welcoming that everybody can take part, and bringing the blues community together for one helluva party in our home of Scotland. We can’t wait to see you on the dancefloor!


Leigh Anderson


Sigga Vala Gunnarsdottir


Shell Davies


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