JANUARY is traditionally a month when gig-goers are starved of action. But worry not, there’s plenty of mouth-watering shows to look forward to.
This week, I highlight my top five gigs in the Capital over the winter months...
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls: The punk-turned-folk-singer is never less than captivating on stage, and his band are one of the tightest around. Corn Exchange, New Market Road, 8 Feb, 7pm, £25, 0131-477 3500
Tom Odell: The 23-year-old singer-songwriter with a knack for emotionally-charged, Elton John-like piano tunes had a fantastic breakthrough year in 2013, delivering on his promise as the winner of the BRIT Awards’ coveted Critics’ Choice prize when his debut album, Long Way Down, topped the UK charts in June. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 12 Feb, 7pm, £20, 0131-228 1155
Sam Smith: The bequiffed Essex boy, who topped the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list, is currently prepping debut album In The Lonely Hour for a Spring release. Liquid Room, Victoria Street, 1 March, 7pm, £13, 0131-225 2564
Nina Nesbitt: Hot-on-the-heels of the release of her debut album, Peroxide, the Edinburgh-born singer plays her biggest headline show to date. Note that this gig has been moved from the Picture House – original tickets valid. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 23 March, 7pm, £13, 0131-228 1155
Rufus Wainwright: The über-talented Mr Wainwright has proved himself to be quite the showman over the years, and here the son of folkies Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle plays a ‘Best Of’ set to mark the venue’s centenary celebrations. Expect costume changes aplenty as he dusts off hits including Gay Messiah, Matinee Idol and Out Of The Game. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 5 March, 7pm, £49, 0131-228 1155