Cancelled due to COVID-19 Back in 2021

Cancelled due to COVID-19
Back in 2021

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COVID19 Update – Event Cancelled

Dear Spoonfullers, steady yourselves… We have some sad news. The Spoonful gals have taken the very tough decision to cancel The Spoonful 2020. A huge amount of work has already gone into planning and we’re really sad about it, but we’ve chosen to make the decision before we commit any further. Cancelling early relieves the […]

March 30, 2020

Only a small number of tickets remaining!

If you’re thinking of signing up – get on it! We have just a few Switch and Lead passes left, and a waiting list for Follow tickets. We love delayed gratification as much as the next gal, but just waiting around’s no fun. Let’s get our Followers off the waiting list, so everyone can book […]

February 21, 2020

Instructor Line up Announced

Here we have it… Our teacher lineup for The Spoonful 2020!! A veritable cornucopia of delightful teachers to bring out your best blues 🤩 Adamo & Vicci The Wilkersons Leigh & Daire Joe DeMers Bibi Becky & Moritz Olga The Fierce Sisters of Blues Can’t wait to see their faces on The Spoonful dance floors […]

February 09, 2020

Prices for 2020

This year, we’re introducing a tiered pricing system in an effort to make the event as accessible as possible. It looks like this: Full Pass (Workshops Fri, Sat & Sunday and Parties Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £180 (Patron) £165 (Regular) £140 (Concession) We anticipate most people will go for the Regular tickets, and some […]

January 20, 2020

Registration opens 14th Feb

The gals have been cooking up fun and mischief for the next Spoonful edition on 16-19 July 2020. We’ll have that special Spoonful magic that you know and love, a fantastic (but like *really* fantastic) teacher and band lineup, plus a few surprises – announcements are coming soon. Put a note in your calendar – […]

January 12, 2020

Important Date Change for 2020

Hey Spoonfullers… after much background researching and tinkering, the Spoonful Gals have lined up some spectacular teachers and treats for the 2020 edition. We’re also going to be working closely with the fabulous Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and plan to bring some extra special music to the event. To line up with a change […]

November 12, 2019

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Festival Format

The Spoonful is an action-packed weekend so you may want to pace yourself. We have a lot in store for you including inspiring classes, fun competitions, great live music, whisky tasting, and the return of the Spoonful Mega Games.

The weekend is in your hands to do as little or as much as you want. This includes the workshop class schedule, which is Choose Your Own Adventure. This means you can select the class that interests you most in the moment (with the help of the descriptions provided in the Guide).

If you are signed up as a Switch Dancer you can choose to either lead or follow on a per class basis (as instructed by your teachers). As a switch dancer, your role is to help create a good balance of leaders and followers in each class.

Every class has a level (1, 2 or 3 Spoon difficulty rating) so make sure you choose a class that is appropriate to your experience & skill level so that you (and everyone else) can get the most out of it! 

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Ticket Info

This year, we’re introducing a tiered pricing system in an effort to make the event as accessible as possible.

Full Pass (Workshops Fri, Sat & Sunday and Parties Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

  • £180 (Patron – for those who can afford to help support dancers with lower incomes)
  • £165 (Regular – for most people)
  • £140 (Concession – for students, pensioners and others on low incomes)

Party Pass (Thursday, Fri, Sat & Sun parties, including entrance to competitions and Mega Games)
£65 (Limited number available) 



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!


Our workshop venues are in Inverleith in the north of the city, and we party at The Halls at the foot of Leith Walk (see our map).

Inverleith, Botanic Gardens, Ferry Road, Warriston or Leith are all suitable areas and well connected by public transport. Perhaps pool together with other dancers and get an AirBnB near the workshops or along the road near the parties? Last year many dancers organised on Facebook.

Safer Spaces 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!






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