Top gigs to watch out for over the next few months

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From floorfillas to cutting edge indie tunes, Glasgow and Edinburgh’s hottest establishments have it covered. Camilla Pia handpicks the very best and casts an eye over the year’s must-see gigs

Richard Hawley
Sheffield-born singer-songwriter and ex-Pulp/Longpigs man returns with more highly acclaimed epic guitar pop.
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 0131 668 2019, Fri 14 Sep.

Gwen Stefani
Everyone’s favourite ska rocker turned electro pop sensation brings The Sweet Escape tour to town, with the wonderful CSS in support.
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000. Thu 20 Sep.

NME Freshers Tour
Edinburgh plays host to the first night of this student-aimed tour celebrating new music with performances by The Go! Team, Operator Please and The Satin Peaches.
Potterrow, Edinburgh, 0131 667 9888, Tue 25 Sep.

Maximo Park
Expect blinding lights and some magnificently jerky dance moves from this explosive Newcastle-based indie pop outfit.
Barrowland, Glasgow, 0141 552 4601, Mon 1–Tue 2 Oct.

NME Rock'n'Roll Riot Tour
Eclectic line-up featuring The Enemy, Lethal Bizzle and The Wombats.
Barrowland, Glasgow, 0141 552 4601, Fri 5 Oct.

Damien Rice

Irish folk singer, who does a mean trade in pretty ditties, plays to the masses.
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Thu 4 Oct.

Ian Brown
The legendary Manc and former Stone Rose is back with more brand spanking new solo material and an impressive stage show to boot.
Caird Hall, Dundee, 01382 434 451, Mon 8 Oct; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 0131 477 3500, Wed 10 Oct; SECC, Glasgow, Tue 4 Dec.

Rufus Wainwright
Magnificently flamboyant singer/songwriter tours his fifth opus Release The Stars.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Sun 14 & Mon 15 Oct.

The Proclaimers
Buoyed by the success of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ again earlier this year, the speccy brothers Reid return for some triumphant homecoming shows.
Playhouse, Edinburgh, 0131 524 3333, Mon 8 & Tue 9 Nov; Carling Academy, Glasgow, 0141 418 3000, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Nov.

The Decemberists
The indie fivesome from Portland play their biggest Scottish gig to date in support of last year’s phenomenal The Crane Wife.
Carling Academy, Glasgow, 0141 418 3000, Fri 12 Oct.

Los Campesinos!
Welsh seven-piece continue their assault on the mainstream with their unique blend of jangly indie pop.
King Tut’s, Glasgow, 0141 221 5279, Mon 15 Oct; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 0131 220 6176, Tue 16 Oct.

Hadouken!
The controversial grime punk act continue to wow crowds around the country with their incendiary live shows.
ABC, Glasgow, 0141 332 2232, Fri 19 Oct; Moshulu, Aberdeen, 01224 572 876, Sat 20 Oct; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 0131 225 2564, Sun 21 Oct.

Ash
Massively underrated British rock trio play 15 years worth of killer tunes for their moshing public.
Barrowland, Glasgow, 0141 552 4601, Sun 28 Oct.

The Verve
Recently reunited indie act led by the famously swaggering Richard Ashcroft return to much hype and huge expectation.
Carling Academy, Glasgow, 0141 418 3000, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Nov.

Biffy Clyro
In Puzzle this hard rocking three-piece have made one of the albums of the year, now watch them prove it live with two more of their trademark incendiary performances.
Barrowland, Glasgow, 0141 552 4601, Wed 7 & Thu 8 Nov.

Mika
2007's pop sensation who winningly combines Scissor Sisters catchy camp with Queen-aping stomp, all with a big smile on his face.
Carling Academy, Glasgow, 0141 418 3000, Sat 17 Nov.

Take That
Robbie-less reformed boyband churn out the pop hits to a hysterical sold out crowd.
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Thu 22–Sat 24 Nov.

Klaxons
This cheeky bunch are simply one of the most inventive new guitar bands around brandishing their New Rave badge with style. See feature, page 6.
Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 0131 443 9991, Tue 27 Nov.

Babyshambles
First arena tour for Pete Doherty and his troubled indie outfit. Will Kate Moss turn up? Do we even care?
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Sat 1 Dec.

Kings of Leon
Tennessee quartet tout catchy tunes from third and finest work to date Because Of The Times . . . and rumour has it there might even be some new material on the way very soon. Watch the boys rock out at two of Scotland’s largest venues.
Exhibition Centre, Aberdeen, 01224 824 824, Sat 1 Dec; SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Mon 3 Dec.

Manic Street Preachers
Welsh trio end a hugely successful year with a run of large gigs to support return to form album Send Away The Tigers. Feather boas, glitter and leopard print still compulsory. Who knew the boys still had it?
Music Hall, Aberdeen, 01224 632 080, Sun 2 Dec; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 0131 443 9991, Mon 3 Dec.

Bloc Party
This indie rock foursome’s second effort A Weekend In The City may not have gone down as well as expected but they still make for mesmerising live viewing.
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Wed 12 Dec.

Rihanna
Her 'Umbrella' offering was number one for aeons but this performance will prove that the feisty Barbadian has umpteen other infectious pop tracks under her belt. Beyonce had better watch her back!
SECC, Glasgow, 0870 040 4000, Fri 14 Dec.

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