Gary Flockhart: Exciting gigs coming to Edinburgh

Miles Kane. Picture: PA
Miles Kane. Picture: PA
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AFTER a slow start to the year gigs-wise, things have picked up apace. This week, there was a double-whammy that saw musical maverick Rufus Wainwright at the Usher Hall and rising dance superstars Disclosure at the Corn Exchange – and the quality gigs just keep on coming throughout March and April.

For starters, there’s Mogwai’s visit to the Usher Hall tomorrow. Glasgow’s post-rock kings have shown themselves to be an incredible live act time after time over the years, and they won’t disappoint.

Brit Award-nominated soft-rockers The Feeling play at Liquid Room on Tuesday, while Miles Kane (pictured), the singer best known for playing alongside Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner in The Last Shadow Puppets, brings his solo wares to the same venue on Friday, 21 March.

Sunday, 23 is a notable date in the diary for Nesbians, as that’s the night Nina Nesbitt brings her hit album Peroxide to the Usher Hall in what is, to date, her biggest solo gig in her home town.

The following Sunday (30 March), flamboyant former Culture Club star Boy George makes a rare live outing in the Capital at Liquid Room, and another Eighties icon, Adam Ant, plays the same venue on Thursday, 3 April.

The same night sees Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers visit the Corn Exchange, where they will play recent album Rewind The Film alongside a selection of hits from their impressive back catalogue.

Two very different artists visit the Queen’s Hall on consecutive days in early April. First up, a fresh out of rehab Matt Cardle brings his pop-rock to the Clerk Street venue on Friday, 4 April, then the following night sees Lloyd Cole perform an array of music from his career as both frontman for The Commotions and as a solo artist.

A couple of years back, I caught Simon Felice supporting indie-rock darling Conor Oberst at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and I’d strongly recommend checking out his earthy Americana at Electric Circus on Tuesday, 15 April.

Plenty of good reasons, then, to be getting out of the house in the coming weeks.