The best gigs of 2010 in Scotland

The xx, Hallogallo, Crystal Castles, Away Game, The Phantom Band

The top music gigs of the year

Weird theatrics from Fever Ray, blissful low-end synth-pop from Washed Out and Small Black, hushed guitars from RM Hubbert, Barrowland-shaking dance-punk from LCD Soundsystem… The List looks back on the year’s best live shows

The xx

Studio 24, Edinburgh, Tue 9 Mar.
At the start of the year that has been their most high-profile yet, with a Mercury Prize win in September, Romy and co took to the (under-used) Studio 24 stage, letting their lo-tech shadow puppet show (them, backlit behind a white sheet) build the drama before a typically moody, understatedly gorgeous show.

Hallogallo: Michael Rother & Friends present the music of Neu!

The Picture House, Edinburgh, Tue 17 Aug.
Krautrock crack for fans of kosmische soundscapes, this rare outing of Neu! material was a hypnotic highlight of the Edinburgh Festival. Vast numbers of men meant tiny queues for the ladies toilets too. Wunderbar.

Crystal Castles

ABC, Glasgow, Tue 19 Oct.
The bouncers got a thorough workout here – chasing after Alice Glass as she lobbed herself again and again into the crowd – still screaming her vocals while the crowd threw her like an empty plastic bag over their heads. Noisy electro on a schoolnight? Come back soon.

Away Game

Various venues, Eigg, Fri 24-Sun 26 Sep.
Technically three days of gigs, this first-time festival on the isle of Eigg killed the summer competition with its folk-meets-electro line-up (Human Don’t Be Angry, Silver Columns, Withered Hand and 30 others). Those sunsets, that bumpy boat-ride over… Unforgettable.

The Phantom Band

Sun 21 Nov, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Prog-folk, glam-motorik, krautScotrock – whatever portmanteau, disposable label you slap on this Glasgow sixsome, there’s no denying they nailed their ‘difficult second album’, with The Wants, and stomped through this slick, psych-rock set.


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