Nothing Ever Happens Here… Says Who?

Nothing ever happens here… says who? Welcome to NEHH and Summerhall’s music programme for the Fringe. Now in its fifth year, NEHH has grown from an idea of creating a platform for emerging artists to one of the most diverse and innovative music programmes and stages in Edinburgh. Featuring a wealth of local Scottish talent – including six Scottish Album of the Year award nominees – as well as beloved international acts and club night favourites Balkanarama and Rhythm Machine, just about everything is happening in the Dissection Room this August. 

Here are some of our highlights:


Andrew Wasylyk: The Paralian, 6 August, 19:00

Arriving to the Dissection Room with a Scottish Album of the Year longlist nomination under his belt, Andrew Wasylyk is here to bring some respite to the Fringe. Conceptualised as part of a residency at Hospitalfield on the North Sea’s coast, Wasylyk’s latest album, The Paralian, is a contemplative and epic journey to the water. Tonight, Wasylyk plays the record through.


Siobhan Wilson, 7 August, 19:00

Siobhan Wilson touches down in her hometown after a recent US tour of her new album, The Departure. With loud, bold gusto, Wilson paints an emotional portrait of moving forward, articulating artistic independence. Come see a performer at the height of her power, described as “magical, beautiful, haunting” by BBC Music. 


Emma Pollock, 8 August, 19:00

Whether, you know her from indie-pop group The Delgados, or as a co-founder of record label Chemikal Underground, or as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters working today, Pollock has become something of lynchpin of the Scottish indie music scene. Supporting Pollock is Irish-based, Scotland-based Martha Ffion, another singular and infectious performer. 


Rachel Sermanni – So It Turns Album Launch, 10 August, 19:00

“Folk noir gem” (The Times), Rachel Sermanni is coming to Summerhall to launch So It Turns, her new record inspired by time spent at a Buddhist monastery. A powerful performer, full of folky swag and tender lyricism, Sermanni fully embodies the role of songwriter as storyteller. Join her as she releases her latest story into the world. 


Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake, 13-15 August, 20:00

Scottish artist Kathyrn Joseph has already established herself as a legendary stage presence. Over three nights at Summerhall, Joseph will perform her Scottish Album of the Year nominated album From When I Wake The Want Is, produced in collaboration with Glasgow arthouse producers Cryptic. Expect an intimate, raw and sensual magic spell of a show.


Peter Broderick Sings the Songs of Arthur Russell, 20 August, 19:00

With a live band featuring musicians from beloved Scottish bands, C Duncan, Admiral Farrow, Monoganon, Yous and WOLF, critically acclaimed, American-born and Irish based multi-instrumentalist, Peter Broderick is, well, singing the songs of Arthur Russell. Celebrating the music of avant-garde, twentieth-century cellist and songwriter Arthur Russell, Broderick and his band will journey through a brilliant career, from the classical to the disco and everything in between. 


Broken Records, 24 August, 19:00

Coming together for their only live gig in 2019, Edinburgh’s Broken Record is celebrating ten years since the release of the band’s debut record, Until The Earth Begins To Part. See the seven-piece ensemble play their discography of anthemic hits, 80s inspired grooves and soaring choruses as well as some new songs and a couple of surprises. 


Cate Le Bon, 25 August, 19:00 

“Lovely, airy, occasionally rocking songs are underpinned by elliptical lyrics and seeping loneliness” is how The Guardian described Cate Le Bon’s latest and Mercury Award-nominated album, Reward, and we can’t argue with that. Welsh soft rocker, Le Bon wrote Reward while living alone in a cottage at the Lake District and the result is a record of lush romanticism and woozy solitude.


For the full Nothing Ever Happens Here Fringe programme, click here.