Edinburgh, Scotland 12th - 15th July 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland
12th - 15th July 2018

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Survey & Videos

Thanks so much for making Spoonful 2017 so much fun! Survey We would love to hear how we can make Spoonful even better in the future and so would love to hear your comments. Better yet if you get it filled out before the 31st August you will go into the running to win a […]

August 18, 2017

Mix n Match Finalists

Congratulations to our Mix n’ Match finalists.   Follows ======== Anna Price Carla Frade Roya Hersel Rosie Dawson-Keogh Luisa Barros Becky Norris   Reserve: Kristin Ladström   Leads ========= Louise Sutton Malcolm White Olga Seleznova Steve Lade Isabelle Mugai Ferran Puig   Reserve: Agnieszka Burza   Finalists, please meet Leigh for competitors meeting at 9:30pm […]

July 14, 2017

Festival guide

Spoonful is next week – can you believe it! It’s finally here.  Are you excited for the 5 live bands? Hanging out with old and new friends?Showing your stuff in the comps? Looking forward to sampling some whisky? Getting ready for dance your socks off? Or maybe just thinking of glory in the Mega games? […]

July 03, 2017

Sign ups for flash performance comp now open

Sign ups for the flash performance competition are now open! Update: Sorry, spots have now all been taken.  

July 01, 2017


The heat is rising for the Flash Performance Comp… We’ve noticed a lot of interest and we have limited time on Saturday night (we don’t want to keep y’ol from dancing), so performers will need to sign up in advance. Registration opens Saturday 1 July at noon and we’ll take the FIRST 12 PERFORMANCES – […]

June 13, 2017

The comps return!

The Spoonful is all about creating a welcoming atmosphere where you can let yourself shine… with that in mind, the comps are back – and they’re open to everyone no matter what ticket type you have! On Friday night, we have a Mix’n’Match (formerly known as Jack’n’Jill) competition with prelims straight after class earlier that day. […]

April 22, 2017

***2017 passes SOLD OUT***

Hey Spoonful crew, we are now sold out of *ALL* passes. If you’re on the Wait List, Maike will contact you if a place becomes available. We’re at capacity for our party venues so there are no tickets on the door. Hope you got your ticket!

April 19, 2017

Full passes and social passes now SOLD OUT

Our full passes and social passes are now SOLD OUT. Sorry if you missed out on getting your ticket in time. We have however now released very limited amount of Thursday-Saturday passes which gives you access to all parties except Sunday night where our venue is smaller. We are still operating waiting lists for all […]

March 20, 2017

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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 this by emailing us at hosting@thespoonful.co.uk

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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