MUSIC | STUDENT GUIDE MUSIC EDINBURGH’S BEST GIG VENUES
BEST FOR: BUDGET BEST FOR: POP
BEST FOR: ROCK
CABARET VOLTAIRE 36 Blair Street, thecabaretvoltaire.com Basically an atmospherically well-lit cave, this live music haunt is known for its cheap and cheerful tickets. Londoners Charles Howl and classically- trained singer Kirsten Adamson both have live sets scheduled in the next couple of months.
BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM EH12 5PJ, murrayi eldexperience.com Glasgow’s Hydro has pop sewn up but in Edinburgh, the home of Scottish rugby is transformed occasionally into a live music venue for big-name acts. One Direction performed last year, and Foo Fighters are due to play a gig this month. LIQUID ROOM 9c Victoria Street, liquidroom.com After closing for refurbishment, the Liquid Room returned better than ever a few years ago. Dead Kennedys, Stiff Little Fingers and Vampire Weekend are among the acts to have graced their stage. Dundee rockers the View are set to play in October.
ALSO TRY: The Caves, The Mash House, Voodoo Rooms.
ALSO TRY: Edinburgh Castle, Queen’s Hall, Corn Exchange. ALSO TRY: Summerhall, Electric Circus, Opium Alternative Bar.
BEST FOR: DJs
BEST FOR: ACOUSTIC BEST FOR: UP-AND-COMING
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SNEAKY PETE’S 73 Cowgate, sneakypetes.co.uk This tiny bar, club and venue hosts a range of live music acts, but it has become especially well known for booking popular DJs. Daniel Avery and David Barbarossa are scheduled to appear in September.
OUT OF THE BEDROOM AT THE KILDERKIN 67 Canongate, outofthebedroom.co.uk Every Saturday, this Royal Mile pub offers new and emerging artists the chance to be heard at open mic night Out of the Bedroom. So if you fancy something acoustic, then make sure to drop in. HENRY’S CELLAR BAR 202 Cowgate, henryscellarbar.com This independent, late night music club proclaims to play host to ‘the acclaimed and the obscure’. Many up-and-comers opt to play this intimate wee venue, with the Head Henchmen, Numbers are Futile and Garden of Elks having appeared here recently.
ALSO TRY: The Bongo Club, Studio 24, 99 Hanover Street. ALSO TRY: Sandy Bell’s, Royal Oak, The Jazz Bar.
ALSO TRY: The Wee Red Bar, Bannerman’s, Pleasance.
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