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.

Honeyblood

Glasgow-based grunge rock from Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Sat 2 Nov

£13.75 / 0113 275 2411

The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

Fri 25 Oct

£13.75

Concorde 2, Brighton

Wed 30 Oct

£14.06 / 01273 673311

Also at:

James Yorkston

Folk from the Fife musician.

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 16 Dec

£15.40 / 0191 230 4474

2

£15.40 / 0191 230 4474

The Kitchen Garden, Birmingham

Tue 17 Dec

£15.40 / 0121 443 4725

The Lexington, London N1

Wed 18 Dec

£17.65 / 020 7837 5371

Also at:

RM Hubbert

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

Platform, Glasgow

Thu 19 Dec

£10 (£7.50) / 0141 276 9696

Withered Hand

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

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Nov

£19.25 / 0131 556 7060

Thu 21 Nov

£19.25 / 0131 556 7060

Fri 22 Nov

£19.25 / 0131 556 7060

Broken Records

Sweeping indie anthems from the Edinburgh six-piece.

The Phantom Band

Glasgow's compelling Krautfolk ensemble.

PAWS

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

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.

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