Jamie Sutherland, programmer of Summerhall’s Nothing Ever Happens Here live music schedule, chooses the music this week for Bella. From Blanck Mass to Lift to Experience, the playlist features many of the artists appearing during NEHH’s Fringe. All gigs are at Summerhall’s Dissection Room.
Lift To Experience – These Are The Days
One of the standout moments on The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads, this shows the band at their melodic, dynamic best. Support comes from very special guests Meursault. August 17, 8pm, £32 adv. Tickets here.
Hinds – Garden
Taken from their great debut record Leave Me Alone, Garden is the sound of a young band who just love making music together. Totally unaffected and the exact reason why pop/indie/rock (whatever) can feel so visceral sometimes. August 16, 8pm, £18.50 adv. Tickets here
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love
As the Guardian put it, “a gloriously untamed row”, this Danish band are known for the anarchic energy of their live show, but this tune best showcases their brilliant sense of melody. It’s patronising to say that this song shows them growing up as songwriters, but coming at the end of their last record, it opens up all sorts of questions of where this band could go next. August 5, 7pm, £16.50 adv. Tickets here.
Francois & The Atlas Mountains – Grand Dérèglement
The first single from their new album “Solide Mirage”, this song just has a killer groove and bassline. Definitely one to get people going on hopefully (fingers crossed) a warm summer night in Edinburgh. August 15, 8pm, £12 adv. Tickets here.
Pictish Trail – Afterlife
Polymath and Lost Map Records boss Johnny Lynch brings his Pictish Trail band to Summerhall, and expect the full psychedelic experience. A brilliant song and superb live band with plenty of special guests mooted through the night, this one won’t be one to miss. August 24, 8pm, £14. Tickets here.
Orchestra Del Sol – This Is Honkstep
Playing in their third straight NEHH festival bill, this will be the last show ODS play. A brilliant live band and Edinburgh institution, this is one of the few shows that guarantees big band sweaty fun times and an ear to ear grin by the end of the show. They will be much missed. August 12, 7pm, £12 adv. Tickets here.
Withered Hand – Horseshoe
Withered Hand are back again this August following a brilliant show last year in our Dissection Room where the songs felt beefed up to stadium levels! Expect great songs, witty lyrics and some of the best melodies around. Support in this Made in Scotland showcase bill comes from the Iklan Project feat Law Holt and Savage Mansion. August 19, 8pm, £14 adv. Tickets here.
Blanck Mass – John Doe’s Carnival of Error
Touring off the back of his new World Eater record, Benjamin John Power promised to bring dark, skewed electronica and visuals to our Dissection Room. An amazing live act touring a great record. Support comes from Anxiety. August 22, 8pm, £14 adv. Tickets here.
Umoja – Money Money (Bananas)
Back for it’s third stint at Summerhall, Brian Shimkowitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa, a love letter to music from the continent, remains one of the most vibrant and enjoyable club nights around. August 10, 11pm to 2am, £12 adv. Tickets here.
Lemon Bucket Orchestra – Prescachanka
A collaboration with Canadahub, Lemon Bucket orchestra were best known for providing the music to award winning show Counting Sheep at last years fringe. Back and playing music from that show and much more, this promises to be a treat. August 8, 8pm, £12 adv. Tickets here.
Jenny Hval – Conceptual Romance
Winner of the Nordic Music Prize 2016, Jenny Hval brings her brilliant album Blood Bitch to Summerhall. August 20, 8pm, £12 adv. Tickets.
Xylouris White – Black Peak
Cretan musical legend George Xylouris and seminal drummer Jim White (Dirty Three) bring their mix of Cretan traditional music and jazz to our Dissection Room, playing songs from their Bella Union released record Black Peak. August 27, 7pm, £14 adv. Tickets.
Julie Byrne – Follow My Voice
The lead track from Julie Byrne’s stunning Not Even Happiness album, Follow My Voice features Julie’s stunning vocal and sparse arrangements to perfect effect. This will be a wonderfully intimate performance. August 23, 8pm, £12 adv. Tickets here.
Suzi and Lewis from Happy Meals choose the music next week ahead of their special 12 hr Full Ashram Sleep Garden at Glasgow’s Kinning Park on August 12.