Seeking out exciting live bands is a great experience especially in a new city. Local talent is well promoted and you often find some fabulous bands and artists rise from the most intimate venues. Edinburgh is a great place to explore everything that live music has to offer, from folk and fiddle to jazz and electro, it has it all.
Whistlebinkies – 4-6 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL
This is a live music bar situated in central Edinburgh, free entry from Sundays to Thursdays when they feature a total of up to 4 new live bands and stay open until 3am! Across the weekends they host up to 6 live acts every evening and offer free entry before Midnight. If you want to get there early they offer promotional drinks until 8pm. Music genres range from blues to rock and roll and Scottish folk music. Even better if you are a singer/songwriter or band visiting the city you can get in touch, they have a open mic night on Monday, you can turn up or make an advanced request to play via their website.
The Liquid Room – 9c Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HE
Situated on the brow of Victoria Street, close to the many traditional bars of the Grassmarket, the Liquid Room has hosted some of the best British up and coming talent over the years. From 80’s rewind nights and 90’s Britpop bands to Cuban salsa beats and punk rock evenings – the Liquid room has it all. The venue holds an 800 capacity, if you plan to visit and wish to see a particular performance, try and book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.
Sneaky Petes – 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JW
It would be easy to walk past Sneaky Pete’s if you didn’t know it was there. A hidden door in the dark alleys of the Cowgate beckons you in to enjoy an evening of live music, courtesy of an eclectic bunch of DJ’s and live bands. They welcome everyone with open arms, regardless of gender, race or disability – everyone should just go there and have a good time. A melting pot of garage beats, house and techno nights, singer/songwriters and rock bands all grace the stages of Sneaky Pete’s. Rock up around 9pm and get ready for a night of pure musical entertainment.
These are only a few of the many live music venues Edinburgh has to offer. Many pubs have weekly folk bands and singers playing, especially around the Grassmarket and Royal Mile. During the Edinburgh fringe festival the streets are packed with speigeltents boasting big band music and lyricists from all over the world – and the best part, most of these shows are free! If you prefer to see a concert from one of the worlds more established bands – most play at Murrayfield Stadium, the Corn Exchange, Usher Hall and Edinburgh Castle – so check their websites for advance gigs and tickets.