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.

Cabaret Voltaire is an atmospheric bar set back into the 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.

Witness at Sneaky Pete’s is a weekly club night (Wednesdays) that has carved itself an enviable reputation for bass music, playing garage, house, funk and grime. That’s thanks to residents Ross Blackwell and Fault lines and big-name guests like Daniel Avery, Joy Orbison and Skepta.

Edinburgh venue Bannermans’ tireless devotion to all things rock is evident. Folk sensation Laura Marling played here before she made it big. The bar menu boasts more than 100 malt whiskies.

The Proclaimers were born in Leith, a suburb of Edinburgh, and have always been passionate about their local area. They proudly included Edinburgh Castle on the cover of their 2015 album.

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.

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