Live Music in Edinburgh
Music capitals evolve slowly. Liverpool, for instance,
took a while to bubble over back in the 1960s as did Manchester
in the 1980s. But, the way things are going, Edinburgh
could be the next big thing. It is certainly a great place
to head for live music, whatever genre rocks your boat.
If it’s something traditional that you are after,
it won’t take you long to find a Ceilidh.
Ceilidhs are held in countless venues, including the Assembly
George Street, a stage best-known for the part it plays
in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The 2,000-seater Edinburgh Arena is a regular tour
destination for some of the biggest bands around. The
arena, which doubles as a sports complex, has a surprising
feeling of intimacy for gigs.
Stadium rock can be enjoyed at Murrayfield Stadium [map],
Roseburn Street - home not only to Scottish rugby union
but music legends such as The Rolling Stones, U2 and, in 2004, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Something quite different is on offer at places such as Henry’s Jazz Bar [map] (Morrison Street), previously know as the The Jazz
Joint, which lives up to its former name and has an impressive
array of jazz artists playing regularly.
Another major Fringe venue, the Pleasance, named
after the street it is located on, is home for the rest
of the year to folk acts, with people like Pete
Coe dropping by to entertain. Folk is also on offer,
unsurprisingly, at the Wee Folk Club [map],
held in the Royal Oak on Infirmary Street.
Grindlay Street’s Citrus Club [map] offers something alternative. As well as Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band and Alex Chilton appearing
on-stage, nights such as Punk Rock Specials are equally
It is Usher Hall [map],
however, that attracts the really big names of music.
Home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, this elegant venue
on Lothian Road has been graced by the mighty talents
of Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum and Michael
Bublé. A venue that can host Nelly Furtado one week and Opera on the Organ the next is one
that sums up how fertile, frantic and all-encompassing
Edinburgh’s live music scene is.
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