Ten years ago, Danny MacAskill uploaded a video to YouTube which would go on to change his life.
Now the street trails rider, from Skye, is celebrating its anniversary by heading to Edinburgh for his debut show at the city’s Fringe festival.
MacAskill and Drop and Roll Tour, his hugely popular street trials stunt display team, head to the capital for the month of August with a brand new live indoor show, promising jaw-dropping stunts and gravity-defying tricks.
MacAskill said: “After living on the Isle of Skye for my entire childhood, Edinburgh was the first city I ever lived in. Since arriving in the capital in 2006 the city has always been a home from home. It really opened up a whole new world in terms of riding and made me the rider I am today.”
Edinburgh provided the stunning back drop for April 2009, the video that launched MacAskill’s career. Overnight, hundreds of thousands of people viewed the clip, which saw him show off his stunts and tricks at iconic locations around the capital. It now sits at around 38 million views.
MacAskill added: “10 years on it seems a fitting time to return to Edinburgh with the Drop and Roll Tour display team for a run of shows with Underbelly at such an iconic festival. Our new show for the Fringe is going to be something very special!”
Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll Live, will be performed at The Lafayette at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on The Meadows, Edinburgh, every day from August 3 to 24 2019; with two shows a day on August 7, 12 and 19.
Hosted by extreme sports commentator Henry Jackson, the hour-long show will be filled with super skilled tricks and audacious stunts, many replicated from the team’s videos.
There will be plenty of crowd participation, prizes and post show poster signings.
Drop and Roll’s co-founder and talented rider Duncan Shaw, from Inverness, said: “After five years of touring all over the world to some of the most amazing crowds, the time is right to come back home to Edinburgh for a month of awesome shows on home soil in front of the very special international festival audiences we have heard so much about.
“We can’t wait to get into rehearsals to develop some of the crazy ideas we have been talking about in the tour bus for the last couple of years. It will be interesting to see which will make the cut.
“For this extra special show, we are planning to replicate a number of iconic tricks, previously only seen on screen. It is no secret that some of these video stunts can take hundreds of attempts to perfect, so we really have our work cut out to get them refined and ready for August. No pressure!”