Nothing Ever Happens Here

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Broken Records / Solen Collet

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

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.


Glasgow-based grunge rock duo featuring Cat Myers on drums and Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals.

The Bodega, Nottingham

Tue 19 Dec

£12.88 / 0845 413 4444

Gorilla, Manchester

Wed 20 Dec

£12.65 / 0161 407 0301

O2 ABC, Glasgow

Fri 22 Dec

£14.80 / 0141 332 2232

Also at:

James Yorkston

Folk from the Fife musician.

The Kitchen Garden, Birmingham

Mon 18 Dec

£13.20 / 0121 443 4725

Moth Club, London E9

Tue 19 Dec


RM Hubbert

Guitar instrumentals from the artist who won the Scottish Album of the Year in 2013.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Dec

£12 / 0131 228 2688

Solo performance of the soundtrack to By the Law.

Withered Hand

Edinburgh scene stalwart and master of plaintive, witty outsider folk.

Rozi Plain

Enchanting understated music from Fence Records' Plain.

Randolph's Leap

Indie folk collective from Glasgow that manages to squeeze eight members on stage each night.

Broken Records

Sweeping indie anthems from the Edinburgh six-piece.

The Phantom Band

Glasgow's compelling Krautfolk ensemble.


Upcoming outfit influenced by lo-fi US guitar rock from the 90s.