Edinburgh is a city known for its love of the arts and culture because of its annual festival which takes over the whole city in the summer. Edinburgh is also a popular location to see live music with a great range of venues and the Scottish capital has hosted some unforgettable concerts.

The best gigs in Edinburgh during the last 10 years have included Simply Red at Edinburgh Castle, part of the band’s farewell tour (although they returned in 2016 for their 30th anniversary tour!). Mick Hucknall and his crew played all the band’s greatest hits in this stunning location, making for a summer evening to remember.

And who could forget Scotland’s own Biffy Clyro playing as part of the Hogmany celebrations to see in 2016? Supported by Honeyblood and Idlewild, the three-piece headlined the Concert in Gardens, stopping only for the spectacular firework display over Edinburgh Castle as the clock struck midnight.

There’s sure to be more fireworks on the horizon in 2024. The gigs we’re looking forward to in Edinburgh include Catfish and the Bottlemen as part of this year’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions as well as The Go! Team, Glen Hansard and Electric Six. Another exciting gig is British country duo The Shires who are heading to the city as part of their upcoming UK tour.

The best gig venues in Edinburgh include Usher Hall, Scotland’s only five-star concert hall. The 2,200 capacity Edwardian venue is loved by bands and audiences alike for its good acoustics and hosts a variety of concerts from pop to jazz to folk music.

The Queen’s Hall also has an eclectic mix of music on offer for audiences of up to 900 people and hosts events for the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues festival.

For larger events, the BT Murrayfield Stadium, home of Scottish Rugby Union, can hold audiences of up to 64,000 people for music concerts and has hosted some of the biggest acts on the music circuit.

Let’s not forget that Edinburgh also plays host to the The Fringe festival each year; the largest arts festival in the world that runs throughout August. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, with music performances, theatre and comedy.

Famous musicians that come from Edinburgh include 1970s pop band the Bay City Rollers, Shirley Manson from 90s alternative rock band Garbage and indie band Idlewild.

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