A guide to the top music events and gigs this autumn

A guide to the top music events this autumn

Ella the Bird plays at The Lighthouse Late

Including The Pleasance Sessions, To Rococo Rot, Simple Things, Chvrches and Future Islands

The Pleasance Sessions

The mini-festival continues with gorgeous Italo-synths and swooning, keening folk from Ubre Blanca and Two Wings (Thu 16 Oct), plus Glasgow’s excellent ‘proto-robo-folkers’ the Phantom Band and ambient vista-makers Remember Remember (Sat 18 Oct) promising to be belters.

The Pleasance, Edinburgh, until Sat 18 Oct.

To Rococo Rot

Spiritual descendants of Kraftwerk, Neu! and Can, the ever-changing, ever-creative Berlin trio (with the palindromic name) are back, now with vocals from Arto Lindsay who has collaborated previously with Animal Collective and Laurie Anderson.

Platform, Glasgow, Sat 18 Oct.

The Radiophonic Workshop

The pioneering electronic music / sound effects team from the Beeb (they did the Doctor Who theme, don’t you know?) come out of retirement due to popular demand.
The Art School, Glasgow, Wed 22 Oct.

The Lighthouse Late

We’ve teamed up with the Lighthouse for a night of soft, soothing folk from James Yorkston and Ella the Bird (formerly Siobhan Wilson) plus a screening of God Help the Girl and lots more.
The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct.

Simple Things

A truly excellent line-up featuring Autechre, Dean Blunt, Sad City and more.

02 ABC, the Art School and Broadcast, Glasgow, Sat 1 Nov.


Glasgow’s synth-poppers are just back from storming the States, Mexico and France and will be heading back into the studio soon for album two. They’re hell-bent on getting the Scottish crowds dancing first though.

Barrowland, Glasgow, Mon 3 & Tue 4 Nov; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Nov.

Future Islands

Expect OTT vocals and death-metal howls from Baltimore’s theatrical synthpop trio.

O2 ABC, Glasgow, Tue 4 Nov.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).


Glasgow-based electro pop trio touring in support of their second album Love Is Dead.

O2 Academy Birmingham

Fri 18 Mar 2022

£30 / 0121 622 8250

O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9

Wed 16 Mar 2022

£32.50 / 0844 477 2000

O2 Academy Edinburgh

Mon 14 Mar 2022

£0–£32.50 / 0131 477 3500

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Future Islands

Joyous electro and synth pop from the Baltimore trio.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Fri 25 Mar 2022

£0–£34.50 / 020 8365 2121

Manchester Academy

Wed 23 Mar 2022

Sold out / 0161 275 2930

Thu 24 Mar 2022

£30.93 / 0161 275 2930

Northumbria University Students' Union, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 31 Mar 2022

£30.25 / 0191 227 4757

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The Radiophonic Workshop

Musicians from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop perform the original compositions for television dramas from the late-1950s and 60s, including the iconic Doctor Who theme.

To Rococo Rot

The German post-rock and electronic trio perform tracks from their latest album Instrument. The band's name is a palindrome. Fun fact.

The Pleasance Sessions: Middle of Nowhere Presents …

The Middle of Nowhere Label showcase features Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Pete Roe, Miss Irenie Rose and Colin Mcleod.

The Pleasance Sessions: Neu! Reekie! Presents …

Neu! Reekie! presents Dave Hook, Liz Lochhead, Richard Jobson, Teen Canteen and Fini Tribe (theatre).

The Pleasance Sessions: Olive Grove Records Presents …

Olive Grove Records Label showcase presents Woodenbox, Skinny Dipper, The Moth & the Mirror, Call to Mind (theatre), plus there's an after party in the cabaret bar.

The Pleasance Sessions: Paul Foot

The surreal and chaotic Paul Foot presents his Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major.

The Pleasance Sessions: The Insider Festival Presents …

The Insider Festival presents A Night at the Theatre, Remixed.

The Pleasance Sessions: The List Magazine Presents …

The List's very own evening as part of the Pleasance Sessions brings together Prehistoric Friends, Two Wings, Ubre Blanca, plus TYCI DJs and visuals by Adventures in Light. Sounding like Jean-Michel Jarre meets Kraftwerk, Ubre Blanca are an exciting electronic duo whose synths and darker reverberations are reminiscent of…

The Pleasance Sessions: Blanck Mass, RM Hubbert, Bdy_Prts, Outblinker

The Skinny presents electronic solo project Blanck Mass, guitar instrumentals from RM Hubbert, indie electro duo Bdy_Prts, and electro-kraut-rock from Outblinker.

The Pleasance Sessions: The Twilight Sad

Melancholic soaring sounds from indie rock band Twilight Sad.

The Pleasance Sessions: Vic Galloway Presents …

Galloway presesnts Casual Sex and LAW plus special guests.

Simple Things Festival

Electronic and alternative music all-day music and visual festival.

The Lighthouse Late

A fabulous celebration of design, music and cinema sprawling across all five floors of The Lighthouse. This time round the night features Edinburgh experimental electro poppers FOUND, synth pop duo Apache Darling, the new formation of Meursault, Supermoon and the noisy, tuneful and triumphant The Spook School. Not content…