Gary Flockhart: October fest for Capital music fans

Alison Moyet. Pic: Comp
Alison Moyet. Pic: Comp
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PLENTY of live music to look forward to this month, and hardly enough space to get it all in.

So without further ado . . .

First up is the visit of Alison Moyet, who drops into the Usher Hall tomorrow night.

This British vocal institution first found fame alongside Vince Clark in Essex electronic duo Yazoo, before going on to success as a solo artist.

Moyet’s current tour centres on new album The Minutes, which includes the excellent lead single, Changeling.

Indie fans won’t want to miss Mercury Prize nominees Everything Everything, who bring their quirky, electro-tinged alt-rock to Liquid Room tomorrow.

Skip to Tuesday and what is, for many, the undoubted live music highlight of the month - the eagerly-awaited appearance of pop princess Ellie Goulding.

From breaking America to dating dub-step phenomenon Skrillex, it’s been a massive year for the Hereford-born singer, who built on the success of her debut album to score her first No.1 single with Burn and shift nearly half a million copies of sophomore album Halcyon.

Girl-of-the-moment Goulding plays the Usher Hall, which seems to be THE place for live music this month, with gigs from MOBO award-winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste (Monday), jazz pixie Jamie Cullum (Tuesday October 17) and quirky pop singer Paloma Faith (Tuesday 29) all still to come.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the legend that is Johnny Marr performs debut solo album The Messenger at the Picture House.

Haddowfest has been a highlight in Edinburgh’s music calendar since its inception in 2010.

Back for its fourth instalment, this year it will be a two-day event for the first time, taking place next Friday and Saturday.

As ever, Haddowfest has a top-notch line-up of new and emerging talent, with dozens of bands playing in venues across the city centre.

The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts are the main acts on the first night, while Dry The River and We Were Promised Jetpacks co-headline an extended Saturday all-dayer.

Haddowfest info can be found by visiting