Top music experiences in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Usher Hall is one of Scotland's most prestigious venues. More than 100 years old, the stately venue continues to play an important role in the annual Edinburgh Festival, while also hosting plenty of pop and rock concerts too.

Cabaret Voltaire is an atmospheric bar set back into Edinburgh's rocky foundations. Pizza restaurant by day, the evenings see the basement morph into a lively venue with some intriguing club nights, gigs and live acts.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

If you really want to get your music noticed, there’s no better place than The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world that takes place every August in Scotland’s capital. Musicians looking for a break can get in on the action by organising their own fringe event.

Sneaky Pete’s is a great spot for some late-night dancing and live music. The venue hosts gigs by a wide range of bands, as well as club nights for every type of taste, from disco and funk to indie classics, so it’s always worth checking out their line up before planning a night out in the city.

Edinburgh venue Bannerman's tireless devotion to all things rock is evident, but it doesn't stop there. Folk sensation Laura Marling played here before she made it big, there’s a seemingly endless line up of gigs on offer, and the bar menu boasts more than 100 malt whiskies!


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