10 Best gigs in Scotland

  • The Midgie
  • 1 June 2009


We Were Promised Jetpacks

Tue 9 Jun, 7pm, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 0131 220 6176, £6
Fairly new on the scene, this four-piece are making enough noise to get themselves noticed. Expect big riffs and hyperactive drum beats.

Jarvis Cocker

Fri 12 Jun, 7pm, ABC, Glasgow, 0141 332 2232, £17.50
Currently going by just ‘Jarvis’ (who does he think he is, Madonna?), Cocker has moved on from Pulp and the solo stuff ain’t half bad.

Emiliana Torrini

Wed 24 Jun, 7.30pm, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 0141 357 6200, £11.75
Torrini tours her catchy brand of jingly-jangly folk pop - the perfect summer songs. New album to follow.

Malcolm Middleton

Fri 26 Jun, 8pm, Tolbooth, Stirling, 01786 274 000, £12
One half of Arab Strap and now miserablist in his own right, Middleton writes tenderly observed acoustic tunes.

Come On Gang

Wed 1 Jul, The Tunnels, Aberdeen, 01224 211 121, £5
This is power-pop without the mullets and shoulder pads. Come On Gang have a punkish edge and are utterly addictive.

The Cat Empire

Fri 10 Jul, 7pm, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 08444 772 000, £15
Trumpets, drums, percussion and Felix Riebl’s sleaze-infused vocals - it’s hip-hop one minute and jazz the next. In other words, don’t analyse just enjoy.

The Wilders

Sun 12 Jul, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 0131 558 7604, £12
Tender little ditties with a real bluegrass edge, this Kansas City band are great live and you can’t help but jig along.

Bruce Springsteen

Tue 14 Jul, 4pm, Hampden Park, Glasgow, 0141 620 400, £47.50-£55
This gig has got Scotland all in a tizzy and those with tickets know that they are gearing up for the gig of a lifetime. All hail The Boss.

Orkestra Del Sol

Fri 21 Aug, 8pm, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, 01224 621 122, £12
Full of chirping brass instruments and sounding like a mad-cap circus band, Orkestra Del Sol offer high energy music.

Frightened Rabbit

Fr1 21 Aug, Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 0131 668 3456, £tbc
Last year finally saw Frightened Rabbit muscle their way into the limelight, with their rousing Scottish indie rock now hooked in the ears of many.

Malcolm Middleton's Long Dark Night

Having captured the market in festive misery with 'We're All Going To Die'. his ill-fated stab at a Christmas Number One, the ex-Arab Strap guitarist tours a set of winter songs of love, hate, death "and other stuff".

Emiliana Torrini

The singer/songwriter who penned Kylie's hit 'Slow', performs music combining sultry Mediterranean passion with an icy weirdness in the Oran Mor auditorium. 'Part of the West End Festival'.

Jarvis Cocker

The national treasure that is the ex-Pulp frontman brings his solo wares to Scotland..

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

The Boss and his fabulous ram jam E Street Band on their The River tour.

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