Rachael Yamagata plus special guest Brandon Jenner
“Yamagata remains an undersung gem. Tightrope Walker is top drawer stuff” **** – Daily Mirror
“The writer’s newfound devotion to experimental soundscapes never gets in the way of just how damn listenable these songs are” **** – The Arts Desk
“classy soul-baring pastorals from upstate New Yorker… a sonically rich experience that repays closer listening… Yamagata’s voice is superb at evoking languid heartache… This is an album of immersive and emotive pleasures’. Uncut
“Upbeat and orchestrally ornamented” – Rolling Stone
“The singer-songwriter unveils a dark fire burning within her obstinate self.” – Paste
Her songs have been featured on Altman, The Muppets, Dear John, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill, Elizabethtown, Vampire Diaries, The L Word, NCIS: New Orleans…
Coalition with Gav Miller & Mezzo
Frequent flyer Gav brings one of his close neebs for a night of jackin house.
Jamnesty: Sophia Kate, New Urban Frontier, Spylaw
Bring your good vibes and let’s get jammin in support of BiD: Bail for Immigration Detainees (check out their website for more info)!!!
Bleaker at Witness
Hype. Funk. Hype. Funk. Hype Hype Hype. Funk.
In 2015 Bleaker brought us the absolutely party weapon that is ‘Hype (Funk)’ through Unknown To The Unknown, and we’re bringing you this special show ahead of a big upcoming release on a special label close to home.
Autobahn plus guests
We first caught Autobahn here as support to Eagulls where the audience reaction was unnervingly strong to the warm up band. Their towering take on motorik goth is equal parts energising and dumbfounding, and with their new album ‘The Moral Crossing’ they have really let loose, with tornados of percussion blasting through walls of guitar noise, their course stayed by Craig Johnson’s Curtis-like howl.
Check out the blistering title track of their new album below…
Baba Stiltz at Juice
Studio Barnhus / Stockholm young teamer Baba Stiltz bringing his curious off kilter club music to to Juice for his long overdue debut Edinburgh appearance. Big heat for fans of Axel Boman, Kornel Kovacs and good tunes.
Melting Pot is the Glasgow based club night that’s one of the longest running in the UK, 16 years and counting in 2017.
They’ve given DJs such as Mr Scruff, Floating Points, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell, Francois K, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dimitri From Paris, Frankie Knuckles and many more the opportunity to play whatever they feel: disco, house, techno, funk, soul and beyond.
They pay particular attention to their sound system which has made it one of the best sounding anywhere, with their guests raving about it. To get the full Melting Pot effect they’ll be bringing their own preamps, power conditioners, broadcast charges and other assorted hi-fi trickery to make Sneak’s brand new Condesa Rotary Mixer sing on the d&b soundsystem!
Spectrum: Naros Fortuna, Mezcla, Karin
A night to cover all ends of the SPECTRUM, presented by Edinburgh Napier Popular music.
Live fast die yung, Ride gals do it well. Teacha El and CheckyerStrides play 00s rnb and 90s hip hop and put their lighters up.
Coalition with Liz Louise All Night Long
The newest member of the Coalition team is going all night long on her own. Expect rumbling techno and house with bounce.
KLLO plus guests Super Inuit
Kllo – an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam – waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016 amid an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp, receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.
As a result, Kllo’s full-length debut depicts inner adjustment to outer change. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lam’s bungalow, a haven that harbours creative spontaneity and catharsis.
“It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore,” says Kaul. “We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”
Soul Jam: Marshal Darling
Our incredibly handsome pal from down the road, responsible for the Sunday brunch beat on Radar Radio, and Barber/DJ with The Rhythm Parlour, pops up the high road to join us with a bag full of bashment, boogie and belters.
Formed in 2015, Scottish act Onr. have cited influences including Echo & The Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, OMD, Simple Minds and Interpol in creating their distinctively ambitious and high-energy sound. Following years of performing and writing all over the world – all in the name of self-development – Onr. became the final manifestation of Glasgow-born frontman Robert Shields’ vision for his uniquely imposing material. Believing passionately in the translation from written-work to an animated live show, they are known for energetic, heartfelt performances – whilst retaining the detail and delicacy that have won them so many admirers.
K-Lone & Skillis at Witness
Experimental polyrhythmic bass music producer K-Lone daes decks all night with resident badman Skillis.
Oceancode, Lucy And The Lyrics, The Maritimes
Carefully marrying elements of folk, pop and rock together, OceanCode create a distinctive sound with catchy melodies and clever hooks.
Shapework x Timedance: Batu & Ploy
We are ecstatic to announce that we are bringing Timedance’s Batu and Ploy to Sneaky Pete’s.
Batu absolutely smashed it back in September 2016, and his label Timedance has gone from strength to strength with highly acclaimed releases from the likes of Lurka, Giant Swan, and of course Ploy.
BDY_PRTS are a band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland comprising of two songwriters – Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (of cult band Sparrow And The Workshop) and Jenny Reeve (of Strike The Colours and frequent Malcolm Middleton collaborator) – alongside drummer/producer Jonny Scott (The Kills, Chvrches and Marnie).
Describing themselves as “electro future-pop” on record their music is a melody-driven, 80s-tinged indie-electro-pop fusion. Live BDY_PRTS sound is coupled with a unique and striking visual identity, aided by of the otherworldly and genre-defying costumes designed with visual artists Urara Tsuchiya and Lesley Anne Hepburn. On stage Jill and Jenny’s intertwining costumed limbs offer a visual feast whilst their vocals, melodies and full band set-up (with guitar and drums) one for the ear, creating a show full of sonic and theatrical flair.
Firecracker Recordings presents Heal Yourself & Move with Firecracker Allstars
Outrageous local lineup from the acclaimed Firecracker label for an all night winter warmer. Featuring Linkwood, Lord Of The Isles, Other Lands and House Of Traps. Jeezo.
Stillia plus special guests
“There’s no need to debate whether they are indie or pop, Stillia are a fresh and exciting new sound” Chris Hawkins (BBC 6Music)
St Helens based Stillia are rising fast. Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since the La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In’. The single is released on Feb 3rd by Manchester label Beautiful Noise, check out their live dates to see when you can catch them in your town.
HAAi with Gav Miller at Coalition
Good god… Phonox made a discovery with HAAi!
The London venue that has been smashing it out of the park took a relative unknown and put her in charge of the vibes for Saturday nights every week for over a year now.
Her sets are a spree through psychedelic afro, deep techno, new york post-punk, cold wave, originators’ house bangers, basically she’s the perfect Coalition DJ!
Check out this outrageously Rinse mix that’s dense with party bangers.
Support from Gav Miller, the DJ we choose when we need an Edinburgh DJ to go toe to toe with house legends like Harri & Domenic.
Witness X 131 Northside
Rising hip hop crew 131 Northside join Witness for a night of gully riddims.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party’s 9th Birthday with Anastasia Kristensen
Bigfoot’s bring in Danish force of techno, Anastasia Kristensen for their December edition.
Headless are an Edinburgh-based rock/pop covers band originally formed in 1992. Playing a mixture of classic rock and more up-to-date pop, they cover a range of artists, with both faithful renditions and some alternative takes on classic songs. The gig is free so pop along and have a fun Saturday night out on us!
TEESH: DJ Verra Nice
For our last ‘All You Can Eat Mind Buffet’ of 2017 we are tickled pink to be joined by special guest, DJ Verra Nice.
4 years ago DJ Verra Nice played our second ever party under a different disguise, again at a properly scorching TEESH takeover of the Blue Blazer some years back too.
From his work as part of Hi & Saberhägen, his superb new night CARNE and an upcoming release with an exciting new label from some of Sweden’s safest hands, we’re in divine company.
***Diversity emboldens any party. Disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated. We encourage reporting anything considered as such to the security, bar staff or DJ’s (whichever is most convenient). Together we can beat the creeps and lowlifes***
Pronto Mama plus guests
Frankly, The Smiths
Frankly, The Smiths are a Scottish Smiths tribute band. Having performed an acoustic Morrissey & Marr set at Edinburgh Smiths night ‘Maladjusted’ in May, a sold out debut show with the full band at Glasgow’s The Glad Cafe in August followed by Broadcast in October,
the tribute act end the year with a trip to Sneaky Pete’s in December for their first full band show at the Scottish capital. Prepare for an eclectic mix of Smiths classics and fan favourites, courtesy of this highly acclaimed tribute act.
Overground X Alien Jams [NTS Radio] ft Chloe Freida, Wrisk
Lo-fi lovers and party starters Overground, who’ve established themselves and their on-point booking policy firmly into the city, venture down the road for a one off at Sneaks!
They bring along Alien Jams’ Chloe Freida – NTS resident and releaser of obscure electronica. Heat, plenty of heat.
Moulettes plus guests
In early 2015, lead singer and songwriter Hannah Miller read a New Scientist article that described how the discovery of a microscopic creature had redefined the perimeters of life as we know it. The ‘Halicephalobus Mephisto’ Nematode Worm has none of the requirements of other known life forms – able to survive deep underground, without oxygen or sunlight. The seed was sown for ‘Preternatural’ – an eclectic 11-track opus for the Natural World, and the strange and beautiful creatures in it.
“It made me contemplate how much we still don’t know about the planet we live on, and to consider that
moving space between what we do know, and what we can never know; at the frontier of science and discovery.” says Miller. “The animal kingdom holds such a wealth of beauty, creativity, humour, ingenuity and artistry. I wanted to celebrate it, to underline its fragility, to hold up a mirror and compare our own species to others.”
The band, like the creatures they describe, have always been an evolving phenomenon, and each album has seen a significant leap into new unchartered territory, their unusual music vision prompting comparisons as disparate as «…the Kronos quartet, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Kate
Bush…echoes of early Pink Floyd, Bowie and Radiohead.. Kraftwerk and Björk» (R2 Magazine/Reuters.)
“We identify with bands who present their own kind of eclecticism,” says Oliver Austin. “From Zappa, and Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, My Brightest Diamond, tUnE-yArDs and Tortoise; these were all references for the record.”
It is a beautifully orchestrated ecosystem, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, big riffs, detailed arrangements and sharp songcraft to make a genre-defying album, which explores the moving space between electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.
The arrival of newest member Raevennan Husbandes catalysed a rockier mood, her stark and fluid electric guitar playing complementing Miller’s virtuosic cello to forge a muscular, unique sound-blend. Husbandes’ & Miller’s luminous voices deliver characteristic multi-layered harmonies locked in with a towering, thunderous rhythm section (Mortimore / Austin), the band’s synergy and tightness is a testament to their relentless touring schedule; their musical range described by Prog Magazine as “huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades.»
Incurably ambitious, this is a band that has always put an adventurous approach to Art at the heart of their craft. The front cover best demonstrates Moulettes for what it is: an eclectic, progressive hybrid, a bizarre and bombastic monster.
December 2017 is the concluding chapter of the two-year ‘Preternatural’ tour, and the last chance to see the «breathtaking» live show that has taken the band across Europe from Poland to Malta, and across Canada from Nova Scotia to Victoria Island.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Apeiron Crew at Wasabi Disco
Cutting edge all female techno trio come to the city for the first time from Copenhagen to grace the Wasabi decks.
Donnie Willow & Pure Grief: Co-Headline Scottish Tour
Two of Scotland’s brightest rock bands will embark upon a co-headline tour this December that is sure to set venues, north of the border, alight. Glasgow’s alt-rock masters, Donnie Willow, will join forces with Caithness newcomers, Pure Grief, as they take their individual brands of rock to Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Donnie Willow have been one of the most dominant acts in the UK live scene since 2013 and continue to grab the attention of their audiences with their energetic live performances and fresh approach to songwriting. The band has received regular airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, XFM and Amazing Radio with numerous features and exclusives from some of the UK’s biggest music magazines/blogs including Rock Sound and Kerrang!.
Drummer Peter Bunting said “We’re really excited to get out and play some Scottish shows again. We’ve mainly been touring down south over the past couple of years, so it will be great fun doing a run of dates on home turf. Can’t wait to see the Pure Grief lads rip it up every night as well, it’s gonna be pure swell.”
Although relatively new to the live circuit, Caithness’ Pure Grief have wowed audiences with their blistering riffs and earworm melodies, gaining them support slots with rising stars Fatherson and Scottish chart-toppers, The View, as well as a nomination for best Alt/Rock at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards. The band’s last single “Hearse Me” gained them a lot of attention with one reviewer calling it a “supremely catchy slab of heavy alt-rock”.
Guitarist and Singer, Peter Bacon, is looking forward to visiting new cities and venues “We’re keen to get out and test drive these new songs in front of audiences we’ve never played to before. It’s also a treat to be out with the Donnie Willow boys. These are gonna be some great shows!”
Lost in Vancouver, Special Guests, Sleepless Giants
Lost in Vancouver are Jake Morgan, Tom Lawrence, Lachlan Will, and Brandon Sherretta, a quartet from Edinburgh with vocals to rival Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys. Their music presents us with a consistently upbeat and optimistic vibe with their punchy rhythm section and bright, melodic guitar riffs, yet with subtly melancholic lyrics. This band’s music gets more rewarding the more you listen to it.
Sleepless Giants identify with the Alternate Rock genre, but the sum of its parts have broader musical interests which reflect well on the band’s output. Their debut single entitled ‘The Ship is Sinking’ offers subtle harmonies which play with the soft guitar noise, while the lead vocal and rhythm section work together to drive the song forward in an intense and climactic fashion
John Martyn’s Solid Air: Start To End
Start to End return with a live band interpretation of John Martyn’s classic 4th solo studio album ‘Solid Air’.
Featuring Sam West on vocals, who provided the voice for their performance of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’ last year and a very special line-up of musicians from Pronto Mama, Roddy Hart, the Lonesome Fire, Admiral Fallow and more, this is a faithful and true celebration of one of the most seminal folk singer-songwriter albums ever recorded.
Band lineup: Sam West – Vocals/Guitar Gordon Turner – Guitar Craig McMahon – Keyboards Joe Rattray – Bass Martin Johnston – Drums/Percussion
Sextile plus guests
As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground, Sextile has been gaining a devout following since its creation in 2015. The four-piece outfit has all the makings of a revolutionary sound — boldly throwing convention out the window to create an entirely original, genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70’s punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80’s post-punk and synthwave.
Sextile’s debut album, A Thousand Hands, had a signature sound that was a dark and primitive form of rock n’ roll, a blend of surf punk, early industrial, and post-punk marked by heavy use of distorted guitar feedback and primal drum beats against a backdrop of violent energy.
Their sophomore long player, Albeit Living, sets the tone for a politically charged, introspective album of impassioned observations on our world today. Musically, Albeit Living is a testament to the band’s growth in the songwriting department and effort spent fine-tuning their burgeoning compositional skills: the synth is in the forefront on this album, allowing it to shine through more powerfully than we saw on A Thousand Hands. Despite its more sophisticated sound, the album manages to match and even intensify the seductive energy of their live shows and debut album.
Both albums are available from the Felte label.
“Effortless and beautiful” – NPR
“Honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.” – American Songwriter
From Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this Americana/Folk duo are a real treat to have in the club.
13 Crowes, Cold Years, Mick Hargan
“Although punk rock, folk punk and rock n roll are often used in relation to 13 Crowes the band themselves refuse to be pigeon holed into genres. Swearing only by the mantra of “4 chords and the truth”.
Hailing from Southwest Scotland, 13 Crowes are a band that wear their heart and influences on their sleeves. They are a band of experience and there is no denying who influences 13 Crowes and neither do they, instead they pay homage to those who have brought them together and impacted their lives so greatly. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Brian Fallon & poet Robert Burns to name a few. The storytellers who sing for the working class! Not trying to reinvent the wheel, the 13 Crowes are just trying to carry the torch and keep it burning.”
Peach Pit plus guests
We got to know Peach Pit when their self-titled debut kept coming up on our Youtube next queue. They make some delicious melted-alt-indie with bummer summer vibes somewhere between Mac Demarco and Homeshake.
They’ve racked up millions of listens but they don’t have a big label or management, they’re from Vancouver, which is far from anywhere, we couldn’t work out why they were so popular.
Turns out in February 2017 someone uploaded YouTube channel sent their self-titled track “Peach Pit” viral after discovering it on their Bandcamp… and people are listening simply because the music is great! No corporate push, just millions of people falling in love with awesome music.
Now signed to the legendary Kingfisher indie label, they are set to get the push they deserve, so expect to hear a lot more from them.
With their laid back sound and lush lead vocals, their songs tell stories of backstabbing best friends and dying end of summer romances.
Spring King plus guests on Valentine’s Day
We’re back to play some shows in the smallest, sweatiest, most chaotic venues we could find. We’ve chosen some of our favourites of all time and some new ones we’ve never visited. Time to get 2018 warmed up!
Nieves plus guests
Three Days From Retirement, Those Amongst Us Are Wolves, All I See Is An Empty Circle
An Evening Of Instrumental Music
Three Days From Retirement, Those Amongst Us Are Wolves, All I See Is An Empty Circle
AN EVENING OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (Unable to fit all band names into the event title ?) That’s post rock for ya!
Edinburgh’s instrumental rockers ‘Three Days From Retirement’ will be back performing at Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday 24th of February alongside fantastic instrumental/post rock band ‘Those Amongst Us Are Wolves’ from Coventry and the awesome instrumental/stoner/psyche/grunge rock of Edinburgh’s ‘All I See Is An Empty Circle’.
Banfi plus guests
Banfi is Joe Banfi, Aaron Graham and Chris McCuaig.
Making spiky, dramatic pop music, Banfi’s first official shot across the bows ‘Where We Part’ was posted on Soundcloud in April 2015, which led to the band signing with Communion Records. 2016 was spent in the studio recording their debut album with producer Richard Wilkinson (Bombay Bicycle Club, Honne, Kaiser Chiefs) and the first release from these sessions, Happy When You Go, is out now!
‘Happy When You Go’ is a delicious earworm of a debut single, with its layers of guitar-inflected pop blending with bittersweet straight-talking lyrics. Banfi’s irresistible hooks and choruses take influence from left-field pop acts including Alt-J and The Knife as well as the minimal mathletics of Foals and the huge stagecraft of The Police. “The energy of The Police that is found in their live performance it’s something we want to try and put across.” said Joe.
Joe first came to the attention of Communion in 2012 off the back of an unsolicited solo demo. He released two EPs in 2013 – championed by Zane Lowe, John Kennedy and Mary Anne Hobbs, these acclaimed EPs were a distinctive hybrid of Joe’s influences from Nick Drake to the Deftones. Emboldened by critical acclaim, Joe went away to write and develop as an artist, and along with bandmates Aaron and Chris, Banfi was born.
Banfi have performed support slots with Bear’s Den, Nathaniel Rateliff and Amber Run, as well as numerous festival appearances including Citadel, Great Escape and Bushstock.
They recently completed a monthly residency at The Old Blue Last and are working on their debut album. Their latest single ‘June’ is out now.