Edinburgh, Scotland 13th - 16th July 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland
13th - 16th July 2017

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Spoonful 2016 photo album out now!

Jean-Baptiste Lamontre’s full album is now available in high res, available to anyone to download for non-commercial use. Enjoy!

September 03, 2016

And the winner is….

Ian Brooks – our local hero wins a social pass to Spoonful 2017! Thanks to everyone who filled in our survey. You can still tell us your thoughts up to the end of August. We really appreciate you taking the time, and all your comments are being funneled straight into the “2017 Magic Machine”. The […]

August 25, 2016

Thank you!

It’s been an incredible festival and the Spoonful Gals have just about recovered from all the fun. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part, from the dancers who traveled from near and far, to all the crew who brought the event together. We love you ALL! The Spoonful shall […]

July 24, 2016

Congratulations again to our fantastic comp winners

The Strictly Comp (winners and prizes) 1. Agnieszka & Konrad – Blues Baby Blues 2. Ryan & Anna – Atlantic Blues 3. Isabelle & Susan – The Spoonful 2017 The Solo/Battle Red Team winners of Spoonful 2017 social passes (in no particular order): Lauren Fekete Andrada Drogesku Tiernan de Burca Louise Sutton Kristiin Ladstrom And […]

July 24, 2016

2016 Survey – and perhaps a free ticket to 2017!

Fancy winning a free social pass to next year’s spoonful (6-9th July)? The only thing we like more than blues dance events is FEEDBACK about blues dance events. (The survey collects data anonymously so you can be as honest as you like!) We’ll be drawing one lucky winner randomly. Fill in our survey by 15th […]

July 24, 2016

2016 Videos and photography

Check out all the videos (prelims and finals) at our YouTube chanel: Spoonful 2016 on Youtube Courtesy of The Blueswater and Diego Almazan, we have a beautiful HD version of the teacher jam… DAAAYM! Jean-Baptiste Lamontre will have the full photo album for us very shortly… stay tuned to this website and our Facebook group […]

July 24, 2016

SOLO/BATTLE finalists

Did you remember your number? Our SOLO/BATTLE finalists are: 22, 25, 28, 29, 31, 36, 37, 49, 52, 57… Finalists meeting in the dining/chillout room straight after Little Moaner’s first set (around 10.45pm). The final will be the first song of their second set so stick around!

July 02, 2016

Full festival guide available now

We have packed a whole lot into the weekend, so to help to plan your weekend ahead of time we have a handy guide that has all you need to know.  

June 24, 2016

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We had so much fun with the competitions last year. It was so great to see so many people taking part.

We couldn’t resist doing it all over again, and this year we have 2 different competitions to mix things up. A strictly blues competition and a Solo/Battle with a twist (More details to follow soon)

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!)

Please note: If you have a social pass and are not doing workshops you will need to join us at the workshop venue (Friday Afternoon 5pm for strictly / Saturday Afternoon 5pm for the Solo/Battle) at the end of classes to compete in the prelims.

Cost for Competing

None! 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 sign up sheets at reception. You can enter up to the afternoon workshop break on the day of the competition.

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.


Yes! We will be organising hosting for this event.

Hosting will be offered on a first come first serve basis. So you will want to get your booking in early as possible when we open. While we will try to host as many guests as we can, we will be limited by the number of volunteer hosts we have – Edinburgh flats are generally rather small! Hosting will be offered by default for the nights of the festival only (so don’t assume hosting for more nights).

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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