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.


'Arguably Edinburgh's best music programme of the year'

No.4 on The List Hot 100 2016
  • Godflesh

    Fri 20 Jul 2018

    Godflesh are an English experimental metal band from Birmingham. Melding influences ranging from electronic music to dub, Godflesh’s innovative music is widely regarded as a founding influence on both industrial metal and post-metal.

  • Soulsville

    3 + 26 Aug 2018

    Est. 2010, this is Edinburgh’s institutional shot of deep rhythms and rugged grooves. Expect rare funk, the deepest disco, Brazilian boogie and some afro-Latin vibrations as Soulsville takes up its August residency at Summerhall. Dress light – shoes advisable!

  • Adam Holmes & the Embers

    Sat 4 Aug 2018

    27-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana.

  • Rhythm Machine

    4, 11, 18 + 25 Aug 2018

    Rhythm Machine is a night of dance music and performance art. Each week DJs Yves, William Francis + special guests play dance music from around the world - rooted in the international new wave scene - as guest artists create new work for the space.

  • Goblin perform Suspiria

    5 + 6 Aug 2018

    The Italian Horror Soundtrack maestro Claudio Simonetti and his band Goblin return to the UK to perform their classic scores live to screenings of the famous films SUSPIRIA and DAWN OF THE DEAD in celebration of their 40th Anniversaries.


    Wed 8 Aug 2018

    Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar are an instrumental rock outfit, often cited as one of the most influential music acts in their genre of the last decade. Ranging from Post to Math-rock, the Belfast band have released 5 albums & 3 EPs to date.

  • Start to End - John Martyn

    Thu 9 Aug 2018

    Start to End return with a live band interpretation of John Martyn’s classic 4th solo studio album ‘ Solid Air’, following a sold out appearance at Celtic Connections 2018. Featuring Sam West on vocals and musicians from Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Pronto Mamma and more.

  • Pussy Riot: Riot Days

    10 - 19 Aug 2018

    PUSSY RIOT need little introduction, the Russian protest art collective have one of the most important voices of the last 10 years who's lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Vladimir Putin.

  • The Kevin Rowland DJ Show

    Fri 10 Aug 2018

    Kevin Rowland - style icon and leader of the band Dexys (formerly Dexy’s Midnight Runners) - is renowned for his vast wealth of musical knowledge & a highly charged eclecticism, which in turn has secured his standing as a fascinating and entertaining DJ, or perhaps more accurately, “Sing-J”.

  • Crow Hill

    15 - 16 Aug 2018

    Meursault presents Crow Hill, a series of urban horror story vignettes, set in the titular, fictional, Scottish town. A project comprising of a studio album, a feature film and a graphic novel, Meursault will be performing Crow Hill in it's entirety, accompanied by projections, dancers and actors.

  • Optimo

    Fri 17 Aug 2018

    The legendary duo JD Twitch and JG Wilkes bring Optimo to Edinburgh this festival. Renowned for their visionary and exploratory musical approach during sets, as well as throwing some of the best parties on the planet, the original weekly club night ran uninterrupted between 1997 and 2010.

  • Incinerator: Electro Disco

    Sun 19 Aug 2018

    Heat will rise for one night only to ignite The Dissection Room with fed-after-midnight electro disco, homegrown in Summerhall's last industrial graveyard.

  • Wye Oak

    Tue 21 Aug 2018

    Fusing introspective songwriting with vivid polyrhythmic indie rock and pop, Wye Oak emerged from Baltimore’s underground sound in the mid-2000s to acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Sage Francis + B Dolan

    Wed 22 Aug 2018

    After a decade of sharing stages and crafting collaborations in the studio, real-life rap BFFs SAGE FRANCIS and B. DOLAN have finally caved to years of fan pressure to form an official group.

  • Welcome To Night Vale

    23 - 26 Aug 2018

    Night Vale presents... bring a new story to the surreal desert town of Night Vale, examining the role secrets play in the lives there. This entirely new script written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a completely stand-alone story that will never be heard on the podcast.

  • Neil Hilborn

    Thu 23 Aug 2018

    The viral poet returns for his second Edinburgh Fringe along with his critically acclaimed new book 'The Future’. The most watched poet of all-time, famous for the internationally successful poems 'OCD', 'Joey', and 'The Future’.

  • Balkanarama

    Fri 24 Aug 2018

    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.

  • Transatlantic Ensemble

    Sat 25 Aug 2018

    Westhouse Collective’s outstanding Transatlantic Ensemble return this August to perform Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album in its entirety, a record that has soundtracked the lives of multiple generations.

  • Niteworks

    Sun 26 Aug 2018

    Niteworks fuse Gaelic language and traditional music with electronic influences to create a fresh and exhilarating sound, winning them the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ award at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards. The band’s unique sound comes into its own in the live arena.

  • The Lone Bellow

    Fri 31 Aug 2018

    The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base.

  • Kathryn Joseph

    Kathryn Joseph

    Fri 14 Sep 2018

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph returns to Edinburgh in a poignantly staged, live performance of her new album, From When I Wake The Want Is.

  • Jon Boden

    Thu 4 Oct 2018

    Jon Boden, best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, launched his solo career in 2016, playing the self-penned songs from his solo records, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his A Folk Song A Day project.

  • Mark Kozelek

    Sun 14 Oct 2018

    Over the last 20 years Mark Kozelek has been ploughing his own unique furrow, through his work in the band Red House Painters and through the moniker Sun Kil Moon. In 2017, Mark released a self-titled record in collaboration with Ben Boye (of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) & drummer Jim White (Dirty Three).

Credit: Peter Dibdin Photography