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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  • SHHE, Harry Harris, Little King

    Sat 30 Nov 2019

    a brand-new event which showcases some of the talent from Summerhall’s Artist Development Programmes. Come and see a variety of performers in this multi-genre gig with music, performance and spoken word from: Jenni Fagan, SHHE, Harry Harris + Little King

  • 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

  • Siobhan Wilson & Friends

    Sat 14 Dec 2019

    To celebrate the release of her upcoming EP release this Winter, Edinburgh-based Siobhan Wilson returns to the Summerhall Dissection Room to enchant you with emotionally-driven, ethereal songs. Also featuring: Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Sermanni, Stina Tweedale (Honeyblood).


    Thu 30 Jan 2020

    Making his name as a member of The Pale Fountains alongside Chris “Biffa” McCaffrey, Head has built a cult following of loyal fans over four decades, through bands Shack, The Strands and since 2012, Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band.

  • The Ninth Wave

    The Ninth Wave + Savage Mansion + Heir of the Cursed

    Fri 31 Jan 2020

    The Ninth Wave come to The Dissection Room this January. “Defying convention at every turn” ★★★★ – The Skinny. Support from Savage Mansion and Heir of the Cursed.

  • Lisa O'Neill

    Lisa O’Neill

    Sat 15 Feb 2020

    Lisa O’Neill’s singular voice, witty lyrics & observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity & set her apart as a unique talent.

  • Start to End: Hats

    Fri 20 Feb 2020

    Start to End return to Summerhall, this time to perform The Blue Nile's classic second album 'Hats' ft. Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) on vocals.

  • Wolfgang Flur ex Kraftwerk

    Wolfgang Flür (Ex-Kraftwerk)

    Fri 13 Mar 2020

    A member of Kraftwerk during the group’s golden era, Wolfgang Flür was the band’s electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987.

  • Yorkston Thorne Khan

    (RESCHEDULED) Yorkston Thorne Khan

    Sun 22 May 2022

    Yorkston Thorne Khan are touring the UK in support of their third album, Navarasa: Nine Emotions, tackling Robert Burns and Sufi poetry via Dick Gaughan and Amīr Khusrow Dehlavī, traditional Scottish songs, ragas and their own spidery compositions.

  • Lee "Scratch" Perry

    (CANCELLED) Lee Scratch Perry

    Wed 10 Nov 2021

    Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.

  • (RESCHEDULED) Grace Petrie

    Sun 14 Nov 2021

    Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

  • Viagra Boys


    Fri 17 Dec 2021

    Viagra Boys are a Swedish post-punk band from Stockholm. The band formed in 2015, with several members coming from the bands Les Big Byrd, Pig Eyes and Nitad In 2018, they released their debut album Street Worms.

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