The best autumn gigs in Scotland

  • The List
  • 4 October 2007
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There are literally tons of gigs over the next couple of months but here is just a smattering of the finest examples of live rockingness to savour

The Coral Wirral-based indie sixsome make a return to the live scene. ABC, Glasgow, 20 Oct.

Editors Gloomy four-piece tour in support of successful second effort, An End Has A Start. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 21 Oct.

The Pigeon Detectives Scruffy Leeds outfit who cater in scratchy, catchy indie pop. Arches, Glasgow, 21 Oct.

LCD Soundsystem Thrilling dance-punk for hipsters courtesy of DFA’s James Murphy. Barrowland, Glasgow, 22 Oct.

Boredoms Utterly unique avant-garde rock from Osaka. Arches, Glasgow, 23 Oct.

Flowered Up Recently reformed baggy outfit come north of the border for the first time in years. King Tut’s, Glasgow, 24 Oct.

The Wedding Present David Gedge’s influential act return with the promise of new material. Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 24 Oct; QMU, Glasgow, 25 Oct.

Cold War Kids Californian foursome who do a mean trade in intense arty rock. Barrowland, Glasgow, 25 Oct.

Arcade Fire Triumphant Montreal septet play their biggest shows to date in support of Neon Bible. SECC, Glasgow, 26 Oct.

Enter Shikari Trance-metal act famous for incendiary live shows. Barrowland, Glasgow, 26 & 27 Oct.

Ash Rejuvenated indie rock trio who boast an impressive back catalogue crammed to bursting with catchy anthems. Barrowland, Glasgow, 28 Oct.

Iron & Wine Bewitching folk rock from Sam Beam and friends. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 29 Oct.

The Rumble Strips Devon-based quintet specialising in soul/ska tinged pop. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 29 Oct; King Tut’s, Glasgow, 31 Oct.

The Hoosiers Irritatingly infectious rock band from Reading, Berkshire and Sweden. Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 1 Nov; King Tut’s, Glasgow, 7 Nov.

The Stranglers Punk old-timers still churning out their well-loved classics. ABC, Glasgow, 1 Nov.

Groove Armada Electronic duo tour in support of latest effort, Soundboy Rock. Barrowland, Glasgow, 2 Nov.

Ray Lamontagne Hugely successful singer-songwriter blessed with famously gruff vocals. Playhouse, Edinburgh, 2 Nov.

The Men They Couldn’t Hang Pogues-esque folk/punk from London. Arches, Glasgow, 4 Nov.

Dodgy Britpop trio join the ever-growing list of recently reformed 90s indie acts. ABC, Glasgow, 5 Nov.

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Brighton band who taught The Horrors everything they know about image. The Hive, Edinburgh, 6 Nov.

Heaven & Hell and Lamb of God Metal double whammy featuring ex-members of Black Sabbath. SECC, Glasgow, 6 Nov.

Alice Cooper, Motörhead and Joan Jett Big barnet-donning legends get together for an old school rock extravaganza. SECC, Glasgow, 7 Nov.

British Sea Power Eccentric Brighton foursome famous for decorating stages with plastic animals and fake foliage. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 7 Nov.

We Are Scientists Anthemic indie rockers return with a selection of new tracks. Edinburgh University, 7 Nov.

Biffy Clyro Lovable Ayrshire trio who have hit the big-time this year with stunning fourth album Puzzle. Barrowland, Glasgow, 7 & 8 Nov; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 9 Nov.

The Dillinger Escape Plan Mathcore pioneers from New Jersey. Cathouse, Glasgow, 7 Nov.

50 Cent New York rapper still going strong despite recent claims he would jack it all in after losing a recent chart battle with Kanye West. SECC, Glasgow, 8 Nov.

David Gray White Ladder chap tours in support of a recently released compilation of live covers. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 8 Nov.

Foo Fighters The nicest man in rock returns with his band’s well-loved blend of catchy choruses and heavy riffs. SECC, Glasgow, 9 Nov.

Bedouin Soundclash Chart-busting reggae, soul, ska and rock mix from Kingston, Ontario. Classic Grand, Glasgow, 11 Nov.

UNKLE James Lavelle play live tracks from fourth effort War Stories. ABC, Glasgow, 13 Nov.

New Model Army Poetic, political rockers make a highly-anticipated comeback. Garage, Glasgow, 14 Nov.

Good Shoes Gloriously upbeat indie pop from South London. ABC, Glasgow, 15 Nov.

Newton Faulkner Think James Morrison or Paolo Nutini but with dreadlocks. ABC, Glasgow, 15 Nov.

Acid Mothers Temple Crazy Japanese psychedelic act with a strong cult following. Stereo, Glasgow, 16 Nov.

Machine Head and Trivium Double bill of heavy metal acts from the USA. SECC, Glasgow, 20 Nov.

Beth Nielson Chapman Texas singer-songwriter whose music has been covered by everyone from Elton John to Bette Midler. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 21 Nov.

The Hives Garage rock may be over but these dapper Swedes still know how to put on an explosive live show. ABC, Glasgow, 22 Nov.

Sum 41 Canadian punk pop from Mr Avril Lavigne and friends. Barrowland, Glasgow, 22 Nov.

Alexisonfire Highly-acclaimed post-hardcore from Canada. ABC, Glasgow, 23 Nov.

Taste of Chaos feat The Used and Aiden Two of modern rock’s most frenzied live performers unite. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 24 Nov.

Maroon 5 Successful MOR quintet who have recently experimented with a more 80s-influenced sound. SECC, Glasgow, 25 Nov.

Stereophonics Kelly Jones and co. bring their Pull the Pin tour to the masses. SECC, Glasgow, 25 Nov.

Bring me the Horizon Pretty metalcore act from Sheffield – expect bloodcurdling screams from both band and teenage female fans alike. Cathouse, Glasgow, 29 Nov.

Squeeze English pop institution famous for hits such as ‘Up the Junction’ and ‘Cool For Cats’. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 29 Nov.

Thin Lizzy Dublin’s influential hard rockers return to the live stage after yet another reunion. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 30 Nov.

Crowded House Aussie pop act who boast a stream of well-loved chart hits return to try out some new material. SECC, Glasgow, 30 Nov.

Within Temptation Symphonic gothic metal from the Netherlands, no less. Barrowland, Glasgow, 30 Nov.

Babyshambles The troubled Pete Doherty gets back to doing what he does best. SECC, Glasgow, 1 Dec.

Ryan Adams Much-loved prolific chap tours in support of Easy Tiger. Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 1 Dec.

Sons and Daughters Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 2 Dec; Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow, 6 Dec.

Kings of Leon Newly shorn indie foursome promise a selection of tracks from their hugely hyped albums. SECC, Glasgow, 3 Dec.

Manic Street Preachers Welsh guitar legends celebrate their recent return to form. Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 3 Dec.

Ian Brown King Monkey makes a mouthy comeback in support of fifth solo release The World Is Yours. SECC, Glasgow, 4 Dec.

Bis Second spate of reunion shows from this influential indie pop trio. Oran Mor, Glasgow, 8 Dec.

The Chemical Brothers Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons play live in support of sixth album We Are The Night. SECC, Glasgow, 8 Dec.

Marilyn Manson The US right wing’s least favourite shock rocker is back. Braehead Arena, Glasgow, 8 Dec.

The Pogues Riotous folk rock from Shane MacGowan and co. Carling Academy, Glasgow, 11 Dec.

Rodrigo y Gabriella Mexican twosome who tout fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. Barrowland, Glasgow, 11 Dec.

Bloc Party Second effort A Weekend In The City did not do well but this London foursome’s live shows still pack a punch. SECC, Glasgow, 12 Dec.

Porcupine Tree Excellent English veteran prog rock combo. Barrowland, Glasgow, 12 Dec.

Gogol Bordello Frenzied Romanian gypsy punks who recently duetted with Madonna at Live Earth. ABC, Glasgow, 13 Dec.

Amy Macdonald Scots singer-songwriter plays her biggest show to date. Barrowland, Glasgow, 14 Dec.

Rihanna The voice of ‘Umbrella’ brings her R&B pop to Glasgow. SECC, Glasgow, 14 Dec.

This is not an exhaustive list of all that’s on of course, among those that are sold out already include: Klaxons, Mika, Editors, Pigeon Detectives, The Charlatans, Queens of the Stone Age, Take That, Amy Winehouse, The Fray, The Verve and The Proclaimers (all but their Dundee date have sold out) so we haven’t included them here. Check back with us at for updates and in Book Now in the music section each issue.


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