Autumn in Edinburgh and Glasgow always means that there are about 1000 shows on all in a really short space of time. If you’re new to the city, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing ever happens here, but you’d be wrong! We’re gonna talk you through our pick of the best shows across the two cities to maybe guide your decisions and introduce you to the best venues!
There’s no better way to start than Young Fathers at Potterow tonight! Mercury Prize, SAY Award winners bring their unique blend of hip hop, r&b and sublime harmonies to Fresher’s Week and it is certainly not one to miss, a long stretch from Union J and The Big Cheese. They’re supported by electro rap duo Carbs whose first album has just been released, their ability to bring humour into just about everything is one on it’s own and the slick production is perfect. On the 17th, Edinburgh band The Book Group take to the stage at the first Nothing Ever Happens Here show of autumn at Summerhall. As a live music venue Summerhall is relatively new on the scene and it’s ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ shows, whilst controversially named have showcased some of the best local and touring talent in the unique Dissection Room Venue, They’re supported by American DIY angels Quarterbacks with quiet, heartfelt, emotional bedroom pop. Fresh from supporting some of the most famous riot grrrl bands of all time, PINS are coming to Sneaky Pete’s on the 19th. Head down to take in one of the city’s best venues and take in PINS’ refreshing garage rock. If you like your fuzzy british DIY guitar bands then you will definitely be excited about Joanna Gruesome. They come to Summerhall on the 23rd, with their infectious punk and whole new line up. They’re supported by Edinburgh and worldwide indie pop favourites The Spook School. If you like having so much fun you might burst then definitely get along to this show.
Moving into October, Sneaky’s plays host to Summer Camp. The 80s inspired duo whose synth-pop is second to none, and Elizabeth Sankey might just be the greatest person ever. Hopefully they’ll be playing a mix of songs from all three albums and the sublime ‘Beyond Clueless’ E.P. The Pleasance turns into a hub of wonderful Scottish music between the 9th and 10th for The Pleasance Sessions. Bands playing include PAWS, Man of Moon, Jonnie Common, Withered Hand and heaps more. We’re lucky enough to be media partners this year so you’ll definitely hear much more about this over the coming weeks. Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods come to newly re-opened La Belle Angele on the 14th playing tracks from both of their political, straight-talking albums. Darwin Deez is bringing his radar detector to the Electric Circus on the 18th. New Zealand atmospheric synth pop team Son Lux are heading to Summerhall on the 22nd. Also on this date, SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph is coming to Electric Circus, along with The Son(s) in a fundraiser for Edinburgh Carers. Whilst she may just be one woman with a piano, Joseph plays rousing, haunting songs which leave you speechless for a while afterwards. On the 26th, the most fun band you will ever see in your whole life The Spook School launch their new album at The Banshee Labrynth. They write about relatable issues like the damn gender binary, the bloody patriarchy and Buster Keaton. This is probably going to prove to be one of the best shows of the year and if the last album launch is anything to go by, it will end in a big sweaty hug from a big sweaty drummer.
It’s wise to say that if you’re staying at Edinburgh Uni and want to go to gigs, you’ll be getting the train through to Glasgow. That last 11:30 train back will become a home away from home, but it’s definitely worth it. Glasgow plays host to most touring bands and there’s a great local scene going on. On the 18th of September, local favourites Honeyblood bring their guitar pop to The Art School. Fresh from supporting Foo Fighters they are going from strength to strength, definitely try to get to see them soon. If you prefer queer DIY nights, Glasgow promoter Dick Manor brings Jesus and His Judgemental Father, No Ditching and Joyce Delaney to The 13th Note. What is sure to be a funny, heartwarming show from some indie pop angels. The 25th brings around WOMPS fresh from recording their latest album with Steve Albini, see them in Scotland whilst you can at the brand new The Hug ‘n’ Pint. On October 8th Low return to The Art School closely followed by Metric at the ABC on the 11th. Coming to the Barrowlands, arguably one of the best music venues in the whole wide world (certainly lots of our favourites) are Hot Chip. The next day the hotly anticipated Jamie XX show finally comes to the O2 Academy after the announcement of the closing of the beloved Arches (R.I.P). It’s sold out multiple times unfortunately, but you might be able to swing a ticket for what is sure to be a total dance party. Good times, good times. La Luz come to The Hug ‘n’ Pint on the 19th and indie rock favourites The Cribs descend upon the Barrowlands on the 20th. On the same night, proudly slutty Chastity Belt come to Broadcast. Speedy Ortiz come to Stereo on the 22nd, with their wonderful, inclusive new safe space hotline, saviour of short girls everywhere. They’re supported by absolute darlings Trust Fund and local faves Pinact. The 25th and 26th are jampacked, with three American favourites returning to Scotland on the back of new albums. Battles take to the ABC on the 25th and HEALTH and Beach House both battling for your attention at Stereo and ABC respectively. The month rounds of with emo angels Hop Along coming to Broadcast.