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London. Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and Glasgow all have one. Now Edinburgh has joined the club with the opening of the capital’s newest concert hall, the O2 Academy.
Formerly the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, a venue that had hosted concerts since 1999, the Academy Music Group takeover saw the 3,000-seat space outfitted with over Â£ 500,000 in new sound and lighting. system s ..
Much like the O2 Academy Edinburgh, the New Market Road venue already has an impressive list of concerts that music lovers across the capital are eagerly awaiting, including Fountains DC, Frank Carter, Jake Bugg, Marina and War on Drugs. All will perform in the city’s largest concert hall.
They’re not the only ones, an impressive roster of some of the biggest names from all generations of the music scene are also booking their tour buses and getting ready to make the trip north.
Looking for a bit of a special night out, here are my O2 Edinburgh Hot Tickets for the next few months, starting with a must-see concert later this month.
‘The freak is chic …’ can only mean one thing,Nile Rodgers & Chic, Who are visiting the O2 later this month. A truly exceptional Grammy-winning producer, arranger and guitarist, Rodgers constantly explores “new musical lands” while successfully pushing the boundaries of popular music. groove that defined the ’70s – The Freak remains the best-selling single in Atlantic Records history. Transcending all styles of music, don’t miss the opportunity to see this inductee at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 21.
There are three unmissable acts in October, starting with the DMA which play two evenings, October 19 and 20. Few bands can deliver a unifying and assertive live performance like DMA’s can and their long-awaited UK tour is sure to be an electrifying experience. Expect tracks like early favorites In The Air and Lay Down to new tracks like Silver and Life Is A Game Of Changing from their hit third studio album The G low.
October 26, meanwhile, sees Rag’n’Bone ManBring your Life By Misadventure tour on site. The second album by BRIT award winner and Ivor Novello, which was written with some of music’s greats.
Finally, October 28 the snuts back to town. Famous for their ‘uninhibited and sweat-soaked live shows’, songs from The Snuts debut album ‘raucas, hook laden’, WL will provide the heart and soul of the concert, tracing the journeys of four working class children growing up with a dream in Whitburn, West Lothian, to becoming one of the UK’s most exciting bands of the new decade.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Charlatans, one of the UK’s most beloved bands, will visit the O2 on December 21st. an impressive back catalog to choose from. Are you ready for that classic Charlatans sound – Hammond organ, Northern Soul, house influenced beats, swaggering guitars and the sunny but somewhat fiery voice of Tim Burgess.
Before 2022 and electro-indie trio topped the charts C HVRCHES to shoot their self-produced fourth album, Screen Violence, in the capital on March 14. Recorded almost entirely remotely between Los Angeles and Glasgow, the making of Screen Violence also marked a decade together for the group. guys .
My own best ticket is an electronic music legend Gary Numan which remains as vital and exciting today as it was in 1979 with the release of Tubeway Army’s Are Friends Electric? His impact on electronic music was hailed by pioneers such as Prince, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails and remains today with Kanye West and Lady Gaga both crediting him as an influence.
On May 9, 2022, the pale-faced, dark-haired icon returned to the capital for the first time since her “The Savage” tour performed in boardrooms in 2018. It was a brilliant night, but I can’t help but feel it. The new O2 Academy will prove to be a more natural fit for Numan and his band when he plays tracks from his latest album, Intruder, as well as favorites from his incredible back-catalog. I expect the cars to be in the mix somewhere.
Until June, and with seven massive Grammy awards to her name, Beck makes his highly anticipated return to the UK, his first UK tour since 2017. He arrives at the O2 on June 14 and, as the title of his recent critically acclaimed fourteenth album Hyperspace suggests, he has traveled to light years. of his emergence as a reluctant generational spokesperson.
So, just a few of the exciting gigs to look forward to in the coming months. For more information, tickets and details on other concerts, visit www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academyedinburgh/