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Coronavirus Prevention

Please note that all public events (shows and films) in the Universal Hall are now cancelled to the end of April. We will review the situation nearer the time for May. For refunds see below. Check here for latest updates- information may change at short notice. The Hall Office is now closed so we are not monitoring the phone. If you need to contact us use email and send to


If you have already bought tickets for events in March/April then you can get a refund. Online refunds are actioned automatically and you can see which shows are cancelled by scrolling through the events below

Online tickets: The online seller will automatically refund to the card you bought with.

Tickets bought in the Phoenix: Take them back to the Phoenix and they will refund. You do not have to get the refund before the date of the show.


Tickets held for May and beyond

Hang on to them. We obviously would like the events to go ahead but don’t yet have enough information.

If the event is cancelled you will get a refund as above. No tickets are available to buy in the Phoenix at present but some post-April gigs are still online - check below for details.

The Universal Hall Promotions Team  March 24th



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April 2020

Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie (music) Wed 8th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page.

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May 2020

Thunder and Rain (music) Sat 9th May, 8pm

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This event is now cancelled as the band have made the decision to cancel their UK tour due to coronavirus situation. See top of our home page for refund information.

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9Bach (music) Fri 22nd May, 8pm (SHOW CANCELLED)

Friday, May 22, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to “unforseeable circumstances” 9Bach have had to cancel their whole tour. The gig listed in our printed Good Gig Guide will not now be happening. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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Madison Violet (music) Wed 27th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

June 2020

Dunedin Consort – Purcell: Songes & Ayres (classical music) Fri 5th June, 8pm

Friday, June 5, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Soprano Mhairi Lawson joins the Dunedin Consort for an intimate programme of music from the composer Henry Purcell. With his flair for drama and extraordinary gift for bringing words to life, Purcell poured many of his most creative ideas into his songs — each of them miniature masterpieces. They are paired here with some of his most exquisite and intricately wrought instrumental works, shining examples of Baroque music at its most eloquent.

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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SCO Wind Soloists (classical music) Thu 11th June, 7.30pm

Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This year the wonderful Scottish Chamber Orchestra are sending their Wind Soloists for a variation on their usual concert. The perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening, the internationally renowned SCO Wind Soloists serve up a memorable musical feast. There’s something for everyone in this entertaining programme, which is guaranteed to bring a breath of fresh air to the Universal Hall. Full details of the programme are now posted below

“You’d be hard-put finding better wind ensemble playing.” The Guardian

Full Price: £16 full; 65+ £14; U26/Student/ Unemployed/Disabled/Full time carers: £6; U18: Free School groups: Free (accompanying teachers go free)

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) please click here


J C BACH Symphony for Winds in B-flat Op 3 no 4 09’
JANACEK Mládí 19’
CLYNE Overflow (SCO Commission – WP) 10’
Interval 20’
HAYDN London Trio No 1 in C 08’
MOZART Divertimento No 9 in B-flat, K240 10’
FRANÇAIX Seven Dances from Les Malheurs de Sophie 12’

The concert opens with Johann Christian Bach’s Symphony for Winds No 4. By turns jaunty, delicate
and even wistful, happily the piece ends on a bright, cheerful note.
This is followed by Janáček’s evocative and charming Mládí.
A much-anticipated highlight is the World Premiere of the SCO’s Associate Composer Anna Clyne’s
new work, Overflow, which has been commissioned especially for this tour.
The musical journey then continues with the first of Haydn’s London Trios – here for two flutes and a
bassoon. This is a simple, sunny delight as is the following amusing Mozart Divertimento No 9!
To complete the evening’s entertainment, be transported to France with Françaix’s Seven
Dances. The music is from the score for the ballet Les Malheurs de Sophie (The Misfortunes of
Sophie) which was based on a popular 19-century French children’s book.

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July 2020

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Fri 31st July, 8pm

Friday, July 31, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Phil & Aly, two of Scotland’s most acclaimed traditional musicians have been delighting audiences across Scotland with their masterful, versatile and amusing performances and leading us in the dance on BBC’s live Hogmanay show for over two decades. Oct 2013 saw the legendary folk duo receive the The Sunday Mail’s ‘Lifetime Achievement” Award in the Great Scot category.

“…simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear” Glasgow Herald

£18/£16 concs/£14 U16s

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August 2020

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards (music) Fri 7th Aug, 8pm

Friday, August 7, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards are firmly established as festival favourites following appearances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals and Dublin’s big TradFest. Brilliant exponents of Americana music and renowned for their powerful live shows, expect sweet vocal harmonies and impeccable playing from this outstanding American 4-piece.

“A class act and a musical force of nature” Folk Radio UK

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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To see a video click here

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November 2020

Elephant Sessions (music) Sun 8th Nov, 7.30pm

Sunday, November 8, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This show has been rescheduled from Wednesday 3rd June 2020. If you have already purchased tickets for the June show, WeGotTickets will be in touch soon to see if you want to transfer to this new date, or receive a refund. If you have bought a paper ticket from the Phoenix – hold on to it as it will be valid for this show. If you would like it refunded, please return it to the Phoenix.

Please note that the band will be playing straight-through with no interval, and at this time we do not yet know if there will be a support act. Please keep your eye on our website and we will update as and when we have the information.

Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions exploded onto the indie folk scene to unparalleled effect with their last album “All We Have Is Now.” The band have since gone on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards and are already winners of the 2018 Scots Trad Live Act of the Year. A truly great band to see live in an intimate venue like the Universal Hall.

‘Elephant Sessions … are using their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés…We love them’ Rolling Stone Magazine

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s/£15 dancing/non-seated wristband

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