Live Music in Edinburgh

In four years, Summerhall’s Nothing Ever Happens Here… has grown from an idea to bolster Edinburgh’s music scene, to become one of the best places to see exciting, live music in the city.

We’ve brought Billy Bragg, Sun Kil Moon, FaUSt, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Grandaddy, Janka Nabay, Charlotte Church, Iceage, Hinds, Titus Andronicus and a whole host of others to Summerhall’s Dissection Room, whilst helping to provide a platform for young bands in Edinburgh to play with established touring musicians from around the globe. This year, we’re reaffirming our commitment to this, with a new scheme to get everyone on Edinburgh’s music community listening.

The Ticket Scheme

At every NEHH show this year, there’ll be TEN FREE TICKETS put aside for up-and-coming musicians in Edinburgh.

We want you to come along to gigs, to watch bands you wouldn’t usually see and get inspired and we want NEHH to be something every upcoming musician in Edinburgh can shoot for. So come along and check something new out!

Interested? Get in touch, tell us what you’re working on, and we’ll put you in the mix.


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  • Shakey Graves

    Shakey Graves

    Thu 06 Jun 2019

    Shakey Graves Is Just Here For The Spice Girls Mini Solo Tour comes to Summerhall, Edinburgh this June – Tickets available.

  • a a bondy

    A.A. Bondy

    Sat 08 Jun 2019

    ENDERNESS, A.A. Bondy’s first album in eight years, was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down. He recorded and played everything himself. Fat Possum will release on May 10.

  • The Orb

    The Orb – 30th Anniversary Tour

    Sat 08 Jun 2019

    Ambient House pioneers The Orb come to Summerhall, Edinburgh as part of their 30th anniversary tour. This performance is SOLD OUT.

  • Sacred Paws

    Sacred Paws

    Sat 15 Jun 2019

    Sacred Paws return to Summerhall in June 2019 in celebration of Run Around The Sun, the follow-up to their SAY Award-winning debut album Strike a Match.

  • Jeffrey Lewis

    Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

    Wed 19 Jun 2019

    Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life as a comic book artist and an indie-rock musician. ‘Weird? Very… but also downright inspiring’ ★★★★ – Rolling Stone

  • Aslan


    Fri 14 Jun 2019

    Aslan come to Edinburgh’s Summerhall this June – tickets available Monday 18th March at 9am.

  • Southern Exposure

    Southern Exposure

    Fri 21 Jun 2019 -  Sat 22 Jun 2019

    Southern Exposure returns to Summerhall’s Dissection Room this June with 2 packed days of the best in Scottish talent.

  • Free Love

    Fri 02 Aug 2019

    Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) - a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments.

  • Shoot Your Shot

    Fri 02 Aug 2019

    Queer stalwart' (Dazed and Confused), Shoot Your Shot will be throttling into Summerhall for their Fringe opening party! feat. Lezzer Quest, Cormac.

  • Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O'Rourke

    Sat 03 Aug 2019

    Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars.

  • Rhythm Machine

    03, 10, 17, 24 Aug 2019

    Rhythm Machine is a night of dance music and performance art. Each week in August DJ's Yves, William Francis and special guests play unboundaried dance music across genres.

  • Andrew Wasylyk - The Paralian

    Tue 06 Aug 2019

    Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Wasylyk brings his acclaimed new record The Paralian to Edinburgh. Conceptualised as part of an extended residency at arts centre and historic house Hospitalfield, The Paralian was released in April to rave reviews.

  • Siobhan Wilson

    Wed 07 Aug 2019

    Edinburgh songwriter Siobhan Wilson plays a hometown show, bringing songs from her new record The Departure. 'Magical, beautiful, haunting' - BBC Music

  • Emma Pollock

    Thu 08 Aug 2019

    Scottish singer-songwriter and Chemikal Underground co-founder Emma Pollock made her name in indie pop outfit The Delgados and is known for her unique brand of lavishly lyrical songwriting, all elevated by the honeyed liquid clarity of her voice.

  • Niteworks

    Fri 09 Aug 2019

    Niteworks blur the lines between Scottish traditional, folk and Gaelic music with contemporary electronica, creating a unique and exhilarating sound.

  • Optimo (Espacio)

    Fri 09 Aug 2019

    Renowned for their visionary and exploratory musical approach during DJ sets, as well as throwing some of the best parties on the planet, the legendary duo of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes return to Summerhall with another Optimo (Espacio).

  • Rachel Sermanni - Album Launch

    Sat 10 Aug 2019

    Rachel Sermanni returns with her new record So It Turns, a collection of songs inspired by her time studying & volunteering at a Buddhist monastery.

  • Bodega

    Mon 12 Aug 2019

    New York's art rockers Bodega come to Summerhall this August for the Festival. 'Riot grrrl rant meets deadpan satire' ★★★★ - The Observer.

  • Kathryn Joseph - From When I Wake

    13 - 15 Aug 2019

    An intimate and provocative live performance that 'evolves into a hypnotic whirlwind of warring emotions' (Herald), Cryptic's critically acclaimed, poignant staging of award-winning singer Kathryn Joseph's second album returns by popular demand.

  • Tom McGuire & The Brassholes

    Fri 16 Aug 2019

    Tom McGuire & The Brassholes are an eclectic modern-soul-funk 8 piece band from Glasgow. Taking inspiration from classic 70s funk and soul as well as the likes of modern funk purveyors Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy.

  • Start to End Perform Taylor Swift's 1989

    Fri 16 Aug 2019

    Some of Scotland’s leading young musicians come together as Start to End. Experience a live band’s interpretation of Taylor Swift’s 2014 breakthrough album ‘1989’.

  • 100% Soul

    Sat 17 Aug 2019

    Experience Motown and soul classics all performed live by the outstanding, full 16-piece Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir band and horn section.

  • Incinerator Artist Party

    Sun 18 Aug 2019

    Heat will rise for one night only (for a second time…) to ignite The Dissection Room with fed-after-midnight electro disco, homegrown in Summerhall’s last industrial graveyard. Featuring: MISS WORLD, The Royal Dick, Gnomatron, Dozen Draft.

  • Peter Broderick sings Arthur Russell

    Tue 20 Aug 2019

    A celebration of the music of the great experimental cellist & songwriter Arthur Russell. This performance follows on from an acclaimed show at Celtic Connections, featuring Peter Broderick and a live band made up of members of Scottish acts C Duncan, Admiral Fallow, Monoganon, Yous and WOLF.

  • Dylan Carlson (Earth)

    Thu 22 Aug 2019

    Carlson’s musical explorations can be traced back to his pioneering work with the minimalist ensemble Earth—from the groundbreaking drone metal of Earth 2 to the ominous instrumental twang of Hex. His solo work under drcarlsonalbion veered into English folklore.

  • Balkanarama

    Fri 23 Aug 2019

    BALKANARAMA are back at Summerhall this August with their incredible sell-out show. This riotous night brings you the best of tastes and sounds of the Balkans – expect superb live music, gypsy belly dancing, Balkan Beats DJs, bespoke live visuals, Balkan rakija, costume boudoirs and more.

  • Broken Records

    Sat 24 Aug 2019

    Broken Records come to Summerhall for their only live date in 2019 to put on a special show celebrating the bands four album back catalogue as well as a look forward to future releases. Expect old songs, new songs and a few surprises.

  • Cate Le Bon

    Sun 25 Aug 2019

    Cate Le Bon comes to Edinburgh's Summerhall this August, as part of Summerhall's Festival programme. She brings songs from her latest record, Reward.

  • Local Natives

    Local Natives

    Mon 14 Oct 2019

    Local Natives come to Edinburgh’s Summerhall on their 2019 tour, in support of their fourth full-length record, Violet Street.

  • She Drew The Gun

    She Drew The Gun

    Fri 01 Nov 2019

    She Drew The Gun make impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop built around the lyrically evocative songwriting of singer-guitarist Louisa Roach. 

  • Aldous Harding

    Aldous Harding

    Sun 01 Dec 2019

    An artist of rare calibre, Aldous Harding does more than sing; she conjures a singular intensity. Coming to Summerhall, Edinburgh December 2019.

  • Dreadzone

    Fri 13 Dec 2019

    One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993

Credit: Peter Dibdin Photography