20 live music gigs to catch in Edinburgh this August
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As you know already, August is all about the live comedy in Edinburgh, but – like a truly competitive sibling – the local music scene has stepped up to the plate this month.

From punk pop to hip hop, countless famous bands from the past and present are making the trip up to Scotland’s capital during the mad Festival period, as well as some lesser-known acts who will undoubtedly be stars of the future before we know it.

Here’s the cream of the crop for you to hum or headbang along to as you see fit.

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1 Aug: Augustines – Currently touring the UK and greater Europe, fittingly named Brooklyn based three-piece Augustines kick off a cracking month of live music in Edinburgh this August. Notorious for their intense and thrilling live performances, this powerful indie band are likely to blow the roof off Summerhall. (Sat 1 Aug, £14.50, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

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2 Aug: The Feeling – For a blast from the not-so-distant past head along to three-day music festival Hard Rock Rocks to catch noughties pop-rock sensation The Feeling live. They love it when you call, and they’ll fill your little world right up with their collection of sing-along radio hits. (Sun 2 Aug, £20, Spiegeltent, St Andrew Square Garden, EH2 – more info)

8 Aug: Woodenbox – If Scottish alternative folk-rock with some mariachi thrown into the mix sounds like your thing then check out Woodenbox at Electric Circus. They’ll be playing tracks from their brand new album Foreign Organ and fellow Scottish band Randolph’s Leap are filling a solo support slot. (Sat 8 Aug, £8, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

10 Aug: Sun Kil Moon – No one does Californian folk-rock quite like San Francisco singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek, otherwise known as Sun Kil Moon. See him and his talented bandmates at the top of their game when they take their turn on the busy Summerhall stage this month. (Mon 10 Aug, from £20, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

12 Aug: The Tubes – Also hailing from San Francisco, veteran punk band The Tubes are making a stop in Edinburgh as part of their 40th anniversary tour. Crazy both live and recorded, the group’s hit singles included ‘White Punks on Dope’ and ‘She’s a Beauty’, and they also appeared in the 1980 fantasy film Xanadu(Wed 12 Aug, from £23, The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, EH1 2HE – more info)

12 Aug: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Finally following up on their critically acclaimed, SAY Award winning first record Everything’s Getting Older, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat released their tricky second album The Most Important Place in the World back in March. Catch the pair’s broad melodic and Scots-accented pseudo-beat poetry live at Summerhall for an undoubtedly mesmerising performance. (Wed 12 Aug, £16, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

13 Aug: War On Women – Hardcore thrash punk band War On Women bring their unique Baltimore feminist rock to one of Edinburgh’s most intimate venues, The (extremely) Wee Red Bar. We’re absolutely convinced it’s going to be a wild one. (Thu 13 Aug, £7, The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh Art College, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF – more info)

13 Aug: Stanley Odd – Scottish alternative hip hop group Stanley Odd are brilliantly bananas and have only been gaining momentum since they were shortlisted for the SAY Award back in 2013. Their insightful lyrics are guaranteed to strike a chord with every audience member when they play Summerhall later this month. (Thu 13 Aug, £10, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

14 Aug: Hector Bizerk – Another significant player on the country’s hip hop scene is also gracing Edinburgh with their presence mid-way through the month. Four-piece Hector Bizerk are a Glaswegian force to be reckoned with, blending Scottish rap and live drums into a totally individual yet moreish sound. (Fri 14 Aug, £6, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

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17 Aug: Idlewild – Everyone’s favourite local indie rockers (and the band responsible for inspiring many of your modern favourites) are making a special Edinburgh appearance in honour of the Fringe. Expect a beautiful mix post-hiatus, grown up tracks and old school, sing-along favourites that you can jump up and down to. (Mon 17 Aug, £22.50, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR – more info)

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20 Aug: Kasabian – Genre-defying alt-rock band Kasabian will be hitting the Corn Exchange for what is sure to be an electrifying gig. Still relevant after all these years, the group were recently nominated for a record nine NME Awards. (Thu 20 Aug, £39.50, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Road, EH14 1RJ – more info)

24 Aug: Seether – Apparently South African hard rockers Seether don’t plan to start work on a new album until early next year, but lucky for you they’ve already got plenty of classic material under their belts to play live at The Liquid Room when they visit. (Mon 24 Aug, £19, The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, EH1 2HE – more info)

26 Aug: We Were Promised Jetpacks – They may have emigrated to Glasgow early on, but We Were Promised Jetpacks formed in Edinburgh and they’re coming home for a special Summerhall show. Their gritty, lo-fi sound, driving rhythms and infectious hooks makes this band a joy to see live. (Wed 26 Aug, £10, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

26 Aug: James – Nineties Britpop band James may have formed more than thirty years ago, but they’ve still got plenty of fight left in them. (Although they may have to ‘Sit Down’ every now and again between songs. Get it?) See them play the legendary Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens as part of the Magners Summer Nights line-up. (Wed 26 Aug, £40, The Ross Bandstand, West Princes Street Gardens, EH2 2HG – more info)

26 Aug: New Found Glory – Put your skate shoes on and get ready to mosh – Florida band New Found Glory are coming to town. Making waves on the scene since the late nineties, these so-called ‘godfathers of pop-punk’ have outlasted copycat acts and outstripped them by a mile. (Wed 26 Aug, £17, The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, EH1 2HE – more info)

27 Aug: The Holy Ghosts – Local five-piece The Holy Ghosts will headline Electric Circus at the end of the month, showing off their refreshing take on Americana rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of country and pinch of the blues added for good measure. (Thu 27 Aug, £9, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

27 Aug: Supermoon – Another well-known Edinburgh artist, Supermoon (otherwise known as Neil Pennycook) will be filling Summerhall with his spine-tingling vocals. With live performances from this talented musician and his backing band becoming more scarce these days, you won’t want to miss a chance to see them live in such an atmospheric venue.  (Thu 27 Aug, £10, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

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27 Aug: The Flaming Lips – Another Magners Summer Nights special of the psychedelic variety, The Flaming Lips are due to play Princes Street Gardens and we’re excited to see what this notoriously wacky band have got in store for their turn on the Bandstand. (Thu 27 Aug, £32.50, The Ross Bandstand, West Princes Street Gardens, EH2 2HG – more info)

28 Aug: Washington Irving – After supporting everyone from Frighened Rabbit to Runrig live, Glasgow band Washington Irving are becoming better known across both the UK and the US for their epic indie-folk style. See them fill a well-earned headline slot at Electric Circus at the end of the month. (Fri 28 Aug, £8, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

30 Aug: Sufjan Stevens – Rounding off both the month and the Edinburgh International Festival in style, Detroit singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens will play to a packed Edinburgh Playhouse on August 30. You’ll have to beg, borrow or steal to get your hands on a ticket at this stage, but it will be worth it to see this once in a lifetime show. (Sun 30 Aug, from £20, Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA – more info)

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