20 blockbuster Edinburgh gigs we hope will still happen in 2021

Gigs are sadly on the back-burner for now thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but vaccines offer us hope things will get better in the months to come.

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Musical chameleon Beck will visit the Usher Hall in Edinburgh this summer as part of a wider UK and European tour. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Tue 6 Jul, £52.25–£60.50, 0131 228 1155

Fingers-crossed concerts are given the green light to resume before long, as Edinburgh has some massive live music events in the diary for 2021.

Here are 20 Edinburgh gigs we hope can still go ahead this year.

Paul Weller, aka The Modfather, makes a welcome return to the Capital. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Mon 5 Jul, £38.50–£49.50, 0131 228 1155

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Mercury Prize-winning indie band Elbow will play two nights at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Wed 8 Sep, Thu 9 Sep, £49.50, 0131 228 1155
Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album Life in a Day in 1979. Here, the iconic Scots band play the best bits from their back catalogue. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Sun 15 Aug, £55.45–£81.60
British synth-pop legends OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) visit the Capital. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Tue 2 Nov, £38.50–£49.50, 0131 228 1155
The synthpop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke, play a double-header. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Wed 6 Oct, Thu 7 Oct, £49.50–£71.50, 0131 228 1155
The alt-pop trio, fronted by Danny O'Donoghue, are one of the most successful Irish bands of recent times. Edinburgh Castle, Fri 16 Jul, £54.45, 0131 225 9846
The legendary Welsh crooner makes a welcome return to Edinburgh. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Sun 8 Aug, £61.85–£106.80
Scottish indie rock band led by Fran Healey, whose hits include Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, Flowers In The Window and Turn. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Fri 13 Aug, £69.50
American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie visits Edinburgh on his greatest hits tour. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Wed 11 Aug, £73.10–£111
Legendary ska band from Coventry, consisting of longtime members songwriter and vocalist Terry Hall, vocalist and rhythm guitar player Lynval Golding and bass player Horace Panter. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Tuesday 7 Sep, £41.25–£46.75, 0131 228 1155
Hugely popular English singer, whose hits include Only Love Can Hurt Like This. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sun 19 Sep, £43.45–£108.90, 0131 228 1155
Scottish chart-topping legends Wet Wet Wet return to Edinburgh, sans lead singer Marti Pellow. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sat 30 Oct, £34.65–£97.35, 0131 228 1155
Legendary Scottish punk rock and new wave rock band from Dunfermline. Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Fri 22 Oct, £27.50, 0131 225 2564
The Shaun Ryder-led indie outfit return to Edinburgh. Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Fri 19 Mar, £28.08, 0131 225 2564
Australian rockers DMA's join the Edinburgh Summer Sessions line-up. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Fri 6 Aug, £45
Indie band formed in Edinburgh in 1995 play a hometown gig featuring songs from albums such as 100 Broken Windows and The Remote Part. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sat 27 Nov, £27.50, 0131 228 1155
Michael Kiwanuka scooped the 2020 Mercury Prize for his poetic third album, Kiwanuka. Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Mon 9 Aug, £43.70–£66.70
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter returns to the Capital. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sat 9 Oct, £38.50–£165, 0131 228 1155
Essex chart sensation Olly Murs returns to the Capital for another massive gig. Edinburgh Castle, Sun 25 Jul, £60.50 / 0131 225 9846