Nothing Ever Happens Here

Broken Records’ Jamie Sutherland talks about Summerhall’s new music programme


This article is from 2015.

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Broken Records / Solen Collet

That name is a joke, although some might not believe that. It’s a play on the often-parroted refrain that nothing happens in Edinburgh musically, that it’s a dead zone compared to ever-bustling Glasgow.

Despite slightly overblown newspaper headlines about this music series’ attempts to ‘resurrect the city’s music scene’, the title intentionally brushes aside the fact that many independent and mainstream promoters are busy throughout the year populating Edinburgh with live music.

‘There’s plenty going on in Edinburgh,’ says Jamie Sutherland, curator of Nothing Ever Happens Here, a music showcase that runs throughout spring, ‘it’s just that not many people go to a lot of them.’

Sutherland describes this series as partly a challenge to the gig-goers of the capital, who will turn out for bands they’ve heard of, to try something new; and partly an exercise in promoting Summerhall as a genuine option for national tour promoters, who sometimes brush over Edinburgh in favour of other cities because they consider its provision might not be great in certain areas.

The space he’ll be using is the 450-capacity main bar in the maze-like building, the Dissection Room (the atmospheric Summerhall used to be the University of Edinburgh’s veterinary school). The Dissection Room has recently hosted sell-out gigs and parties by Dive!, Heatsick and Golden Teacher with Awesome Tapes from Africa, and Sutherland says this fills the gap perfectly between the city’s smaller Electric Circus and larger Liquid Room.

As a member of Broken Records (who headline the first evening on 26 Mar, with support from Garden of Elks and Fuzzy Star), Sutherland has been well placed to call up a few friends and create a spring bill which is rich in strong talents from Scotland and further afield. He mentions Paws (2 Apr), James Yorkston (23 Apr) and an album launch party for Rozi Plain’s new record (1 May) among his upcoming highlights, with the hope that decent-sized audiences will allow for more regular nights and touring guests.

‘Our intention is definitely to catch the attention of national promoters,’ he says. ‘I can’t disclose anything just now, but if our Edinburgh festival bill comes off, it’ll be bananas. I’m already speaking to these promoters about getting their bands up here to play for us.’

Nothing Ever Happens Here, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Thu 26 Mar to Thu 21 May.

This article is from 2015.


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