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Edinburgh’s Autumn Gig Guide

Autumn Gig Guide in Edinburgh

There’s nothing better than the sound of live music reverberating through a dark and cavernous room, swaying along to old favourite songs with hundreds of other fans who have made the pilgrimage too. Just because the Fringe is over for another year, it doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other events to enjoy in Edinburgh, including lots of great live music. Today we’re rounding up a few of the best gigs in the city this autumn; from local acts to cult legends to indie bands, there’s something to suit all musical tastes.

Darwin Deez

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Darwin Deez are bringing their lo-fi indie tunes to the UK once again as part of their latest tour. Stopping off at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh, fans can expect an energetic live show with plenty of dancing, singing and hipster charm. Their gigs have reached cult status, mainly due to their eccentric Naopleon Dynamite-esque dance routines (give this Youtube video a watch), and are all about having fun with music. Reminiscent of the indie bands we all loved in the mid-noughties, Darwin Deez’s songs are catchy, melodic and well worth a listen.

Darwin Deez
18th October, 7pm
Electric Circus
36-39 Market Street
EH1 1DF

Rae Morris

If you like atmospheric pop music with brooding vocals, you’ll love Rae Morris. No doubt you’ll have heard her single Love Again which has been all over the radio and TV this summer, but her album is full of other great tracks which you might not have listened to yet. With little flashes of everyone from Kate Bush to Ellie Goulding in her sound, Morris effortlessly mixes together delicate piano ballads and dancefloor beats to create moody, modern pop. Catch her at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh this October.

Rae Morris
3rd October, 7pm
Liquid Room
9C Victoria Street
EH1 2HE

Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room

Following the launch of a new album, Dan Andriano will play at the Electric Circus as part of his autumn tour. Perhaps better known as the bassist of Alkaline Trio, Andriano’s solo offering is much more stripped back and folksy than you might be expecting. Whilst there are still plenty punk influences to be found, the new songs are full of heartfelt sorrow and brutally honest lyrics tied together with melodic tunes. A personal favourite of mine, this is one gig I’ll definitely be heading along to this November!

Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room
13th November, 7pm
Electric Circus
36-39 Market Street
EH1 1DF

Autumn Gig Guide in Edinburgh - Alex Maxwell

Photo (c) Ellie Morag

Alex Maxwell

If you’d rather see some local talent in Edinburgh this autumn, put Alex Maxwell’s next gig in your diary. Playing alongside up-and-coming Glasgow band Altered Sky at La Belle Angèle, Maxwell will be playing a mixture of old and new material. His laid-back acoustic indie sound with a slight Scottish twang has definitely won me over.

Alex Maxwell
18th September, 7pm
La Belle Angèle
11 Hastie’s Close
EH1 1HJ

Garbage

If there’s one thing we can get on board with as part of the current ’90s revival, it’s definitely the return of iconic pop-grunge band Garbage. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, Garbage will be doing a special “20 Years Queer” tour which stops off at the Usher Hall in November. The band will be playing the iconic album in full during the show, so it’s sure to be a treat for die hard fans.

Garbage
14th November, 7pm
The Usher Hall
Lothian Road
EH1 2EA

Katzenjammer

Fans of female-fronted indie folk bands, like Haim and First Aid Kit, are sure to enjoy Katzenjammer’s Edinburgh gig at the Queen’s Hall. This Norwegian girl band bring a touch of Scandi cool to the folk music scene by swapping instruments, sharing singing duties and mixing together different genres of music – all the way from pop to bluegrass. As a band that don’t take themselves too seriously, Katzenjammer’s live show is sure to put a smile on your face.

Katzenjammer
19th November, 7pm
The Queen’s Hall
85-89 Clerk Street
EH8 9JG

Are there any gigs you’re looking forward to in Edinburgh this autumn? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @everyedinburgh.

Thank you to photographer Ellie Morag for the photos used in this article.