Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-06-18

The Recreation are selling out hometown shows with their electric live show. Combining sonic guitars, brooding rhythm and stadium choruses, the Oldham 4-piece take their show across the country to the masses who relentlessly party to the tune of The Recreation.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-06-22

One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified – perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth – and greatest – album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming

Bambara – twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire – have been evolving their midnight-black noise into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut Dreamviolence. That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s Shadow On Everything, their first on New York’s Wharf Cat Records and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically.

The album was rapturously received by the press, listeners and their peers. NPR called it a “mesmerising…western, gothic opus,” Bandcamp called the “horror-house rampage” “one of the year’s most gripping listens,” and Alexis Marshall of Daughters named it his “favorite record of 2018.” Shadow also garnered much acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic. Influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW, and Joe Talbot of the UK band IDLES said, “The best thing I heard last year was easily Bambara and their album Shadow On Everything.” The question was, though, how to follow it?

To start, the band did what they always do: they locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Decisions were made early on to try and experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta), Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals.

The finished product represents both the band’s most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel,” while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and “Heat Lightning” and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens.

While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat,” a line which may very well be the thread that ties these stories together.

But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-06-23

Due to demand, we’ve added a second date for Bambara, over from NYC.

One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified – perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth – and greatest – album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming

Bambara – twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire – have been evolving their midnight-black noise into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut Dreamviolence. That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s Shadow On Everything, their first on New York’s Wharf Cat Records and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically.

The album was rapturously received by the press, listeners and their peers. NPR called it a “mesmerising…western, gothic opus,” Bandcamp called the “horror-house rampage” “one of the year’s most gripping listens,” and Alexis Marshall of Daughters named it his “favorite record of 2018.” Shadow also garnered much acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic. Influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW, and Joe Talbot of the UK band IDLES said, “The best thing I heard last year was easily Bambara and their album Shadow On Everything.” The question was, though, how to follow it?

To start, the band did what they always do: they locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Decisions were made early on to try and experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta), Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals.

The finished product represents both the band’s most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel,” while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and “Heat Lightning” and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens.

While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat,” a line which may very well be the thread that ties these stories together.

But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-07-24
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-08-11

Following the success of their 2020 EP A Camera Wanders All Night, and after a restless year- long hiatus from the gig circuit thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Document are finally embarking on their debut UK tour.

Having established themselves as a key part of the Manchester modern punk revival back in 2019 with their energetic, borderline violent performance, Document debuted the stage as part of a showcase collated by The Blinders and have since graced bills alongside peers Phobophobes, The Goa Express and Vlure.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-03

Edinburgh five-piece The Party Slogan, influenced by The Cure and New Order, head to Sneaky Pete’s on Friday 3rd September for a huge hometown headline show!

“Don’t You Think You’re Being Lied To?” is the latest EP from Edinburgh 5 piece post-punk band The Party Slogan. Recorded individually by the band during lockdown, this release signifies a shift from the jangle pop of their previous work to a darker and more abrasive sound, while still showcasing their ability to write succinct, hook-laden songs.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-04
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-14

Hanni and Clara are alt rock gal pal duo, ARXX.

“This pair aren’t taking any shit – so why should you?

“Feminist spirit, big beats and crunching guitars, it’s perfect for chaotic dive bars, spilt pints and relationships turned sour – raw, gritty and beautifully open.

“ARXX straddle an accessible line between the likes Honeyblood and US political punks Downtown Boys.” NME

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-15

Crazy good indy rap. Pan Amsterdam is the DOOM-like hip-hop persona of Leron Thomas, complete with bizarre origin story and oddball rhymes. The man oozes chill, however, and has collaborated with Iggy Pop (two best voices in the game right there) and has fans in the likes of Open Mike Eagle. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-18
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-22

Bow Anderson believes that everything happens for a reason. Ever since the 24-year-old Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter was a child, she has been on a path – albeit one that has been altogether unconventional, filled with fearless highs and life-altering pivots – to become one of UK pop’s most refreshing new voices. It’s an unorthodox journey, but one that has resulted in a bold and distinctive musical vision: an electric sonic amalgamation of old and new, reverential to both the legends of 60s soul and the titans of today’s modern pop landscape. Pulling all the strings and tying them together is Bow, who is overflowing with fortitude and go-getter
attitude.

In an extreme time for new artists, Bow Anderson nonetheless firmly stands out – a point made in style on her breakout 2021. Her debut single, ‘Sweater’, went viral, with early support across Radio 1 and Apple Music 1 (and fans in the likes of Elton John). The fast-rising Scottish pop star
has since been named one of Vevo’s Ones to Watch, gone top 20 on Spotify’s Viral Charts and made her first TV appearances on the likes of Children In Need and German prime time TV show, ‘Late Night Berlin’; all up-front of her debut EP, ‘New Wave’, which was released to further acclaim in early 2021 surrounding her collaboration with Felix Jaehn and Cheat Codes.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-23

Bow Anderson believes that everything happens for a reason. Ever since the 24-year-old Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter was a child, she has been on a path – albeit one that has been altogether unconventional, filled with fearless highs and life-altering pivots – to become one of UK pop’s most refreshing new voices. It’s an unorthodox journey, but one that has resulted in a bold and distinctive musical vision: an electric sonic amalgamation of old and new, reverential to both the legends of 60s soul and the titans of today’s modern pop landscape. Pulling all the strings and tying them together is Bow, who is overflowing with fortitude and go-getter
attitude.

In an extreme time for new artists, Bow Anderson nonetheless firmly stands out – a point made in style on her breakout 2021. Her debut single, ‘Sweater’, went viral, with early support across Radio 1 and Apple Music 1 (and fans in the likes of Elton John). The fast-rising Scottish pop star
has since been named one of Vevo’s Ones to Watch, gone top 20 on Spotify’s Viral Charts and made her first TV appearances on the likes of Children In Need and German prime time TV show, ‘Late Night Berlin’; all up-front of her debut EP, ‘New Wave’, which was released to further acclaim in early 2021 surrounding her collaboration with Felix Jaehn and Cheat Codes.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-25
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-25

We love this band so much! This is their second show for us. They were our top pick from this 2018’s Great Escape Festival and we’ve been smitten ever since.

Between the quartet’s sweetly punky melodies and disco-fried art-rock eruptions, a spirit of free-firing, balls-out individuality courses through Pom Poko’s exhilarating debut album, ‘Birthday’.

Their unique creativity curiously melds together tonal lurches and math rock guitar riffs that are barely tamed by a time signature or key. As admirers have heard, Pom Poko’s music sounds properly played and performed: no mere recitation, it’s the sound of four distinct personalities driving in divergent directions towards one destination.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-28

Our all-time favourite previous guests return. The joyous Manchester art-scene duo’s album Private LIFE has just been released to rave reviews, and their sound skates across the electronic-punky-weirdness of Laurie Anderson, Free Love, Kate NV and the Tara Clerkin Trio.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-09-30

This Isle of Wight band with pop hooks and sassy witty lyrics released their Party Food EP on Chess Club records – first home of Jungle and Wolf Alice. Played by Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens (Introducing Track Of The Week), Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, and more, you’ve probably already heard and loved them. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-01

On sale Friday 16th April

Echo Machine are peddlers of thunderous glam-pop. Dealers in three minute window-rattling, knee-trembling hooked filled mania that will make you want to punch the sky and remove your clothes.

Imagine the songs of Pulp played by Death From Above 1979 on the instruments of Daft Punk and you’ll have an idea of the bands intentions. Formed in early 2018, Echo Machine began life with a couple of singles and a few tentative steps into the live music scene around Scotland before retiring to the studio to hone their craft.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-04

Liz Lawrence is a British artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. In the years since her first outing as a solo artist in 2012, Liz has spent time as one half of pop duo Cash + David and singing and touring with her friends Bombay Bicycle Club, which took her on a two-year-long tour around the world.

After teaching herself how to produce, she realised that she had become good enough to make her own music in the way she wanted to make it, on her own terms. She released the first fruits of this experimental labour throughout 2018, as a series of double A-side single releases: Chainsmoking, Circling Numbers, and The Good Part. These gave her the space she needed to rediscover her own identity, and who she was as an artist.

She returned in 2019 with her album Pity Party, an unvarnished yet defiant snapshot of her world right now. Judging by the calibre of songs littering the album, 2020 looks set to be an exciting year in the career of this determined and talented British artist.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-07

Regular Music and Synergy Concerts present…

Nathan Fake is a British electronic musician whose lush, moody recordings range from atmospheric tech-house to vivid, shoegaze-influenced downtempo. The pastoral psychedelia of his 2006 debut album, Drowning in a Sea of Love, struck a chord with both critics and fans, gaining the producer a loyal following. His subsequent releases have generally been more uptempo and maintain a sense of urgency and spontaneity. Fake often restricts himself to hardware-based equipment and records tracks in a single take. After releasing his most experimental work, 2017’s Providence, his 2020 full-length Blizzards contained some of his most immediate, club-friendly material.

Fake (his actual last name) began his career in the farm country of Norfolk in the U.K., where he learned how to play basic acoustic instruments before finding a love of the electronic genres. He moved to Reading at the age of 19, which gained his recordings significantly more exposure, and his demos found their way to producer/remixer/DJ James Holden. Holden immediately signed Fake to his Border Community imprint and released a set of 12″s (Outhouse and The Sky Was Pink) that put him on the global dance scale in terms of recognition. Fans from all electronic genres immediately took to Fake’s distinctive sound (including luminaries like François K and Satoshi Tomiie), and his recordings began to be some of the most in demand of 2004.

Several 12″s on the Traum imprint followed in 2005, and Fake released his debut full-length, Drowning in a Sea of Love on Border Community, in March of 2006. Garnering favorable comparisons to Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss, the album was a critical success, earning rave reviews from Pitchfork and Mixmag, among others. Drowning in a Sea of Remixes (featuring reworks by Apparat and Fairmont) followed, and Four Tet remixed album track “You Are Here” in 2007.

Fake subsequently moved to London, and his second album Hard Islands appeared in 2009. The album was significantly more stripped-down and club-friendly than his debut, but still demonstrated his talents for sophisticated sound design. Third full-length Steam Days, featuring singles “Paean” and “Iceni Strings,” followed in 2012. The album retained the club-focused energy and rough edge of its predecessor, but its tracks generally had shorter running times, and were more focused and concise. Fake and Wesley Matsell started a label called Cambria Instruments in 2014, debuting with a split 12″, followed by Fake’s Glaive EP in 2015.

In 2016, Fake signed to Ninja Tune, having previously remixed Ninja Tune-signed artist Dorian Concept the previous year. Fake’s first release for the label was Degreelessness, a collaboration with Prurient, which was issued at the tail-end of the year. Providence, Fake’s most experimental full-length to date, appeared in March of 2017. This was followed by two Providence Reworks EPs and the more dancefloor-oriented Sunder EP, which appeared in 2018. Blizzards, Fake’s fifth album, was a more propulsive set of hardware-based techno tracks influenced by the early rave and IDM scenes as well as folklore and spirituality. It was released in 2020 by Cambria Instruments.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-08

Sink Ya Teeth are an English Post-Punk Dance Infused duo formed in 2015. The band features multi instrumentalist and lead singer Maria Uzor and bassist Gemma Cullingford who write, record and produce all of their music themselves from their Norwich homes.

Uzor and Cullingford fuse 80’s and 90’s inspired rare groove and Electronic Dance Music with post-punk bass lines and ferocious vocals, with subject matters focusing on the human experience that everyone can relate to.

Their debut single ‘If You See Me’ was described by Pitchfork as ‘…a melding of post punks like ESG and the Raincoats with the early machine patters of Chicago House’ and swiftly became Lamacq’s Livener for 6 consecutive days on BBC 6 Music.

Both ‘If You See Me’ and the follow up single ‘Glass’ – a Georgio Moroder muscular dance track -hit the 6 Music Playlist as they unleash their 10 track album.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-13

Return of the Rex! Alex Rex is sincerely one of our favourite artists. His shows here in his current incarnation and previously as singer/drummer of Trembling Bells have been halucinatory, levitation-inducing experiences: sex, death and beyond.

Alex Rex is the ‘ghost-rock’ project of Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Shirley Collins, Current 93 et al).

Inspired by Greek Tragedy, Barbara Streisand and Alex’s own internal critic, Alex Rex perform songs of love, loss and loathing that make the detestable whistleable.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-14
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-17

Rescheduled date, all tickets remain valid

Georgia Ellery and electronic producer Taylor Skye formed Jockstrap, with an intentionally crude name in stark contrast to their strange but sophisticated sounds. Ellery’s diaphanous songwriting and gentle vocals are disrupted by Skye’s harsh, unpredictable production. After releasing a handful of music independently, Jockstrap signed on with Warp (home of Aphex Twin) for the release of their 2020 EP Wicked City, which they are finally able to tour. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-18

Radio 1’s Jack Saunders says he’s “Totally and utterly under the spell of Goan Dogs at the moment“.A warped guitar pop band, their debut album Call Your Mum is the perfect accompaniment and the message for these strange times. Their wild live shows and self-released material have gained them a loyal following on the ground and on the airwaves from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-20

Avalanche Party is feral garage-punk from the wild North Yorkshire Moors, hopped up on adrenalin and amphetamines. Every note is played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth, snorting, snarling and tearing apart everything in their path.

Vic Galloway insisted we book Avalanche Party for Independent Venue week saying they were the most exciting live band in the UK, and when they played for us we found out just how right he was. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-22

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-23

Hailing from Melbourne, but with a sound stretching from 60s and 70s Afrobeat and exotica and the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes. Tthere’s an enticing lost world exoticism, the sort of stuff that could’ve come from a dusty record crate of hidden gems, brought to life with a rapturous live show.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-24
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-25

Fronted by powerhouse lyricist Fee Booth, Bloxx craft stadium worthy indie anthems with deep, relatable undertones, a seamless snapshot into love, loss, and teenage life in a satellite town.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-26

A raw and raucous post-punk four-piece SPRINTS are from Dublin. They combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-29
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-10-31

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-04

With a kind word and a mean yodel, Nick hopes to put the ‘Try’ in country. Wielding an ethereal croon and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick Shoulders is a living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd – coming across like Mac DeMarco born in the wrong century. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-05

Frankly, The Smiths are a Scottish Smiths tribute act. The band have been together a short time, but have established themselves as Scotland’s premier tribute to The Smiths, playing regular shows across the country. The four piece delve deep into the indie legends’ back catalogue, performing lengthy shows that are sure to please both the casual and devoted fan. The band have gained a dedicated following, all of whom agree that this is the only tribute act to see for the ultimate Smiths experience. This will be their fourth appearance at Sneaky Pete’s, the last two of which were near sell outs, so be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-10
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-12

Glasgow alt-rock band, Nieves, released their debut album ‘Exist & Expire’ in 2018 to much critical acclaim. That album saw the band play to sold out crowds across Scotland. With hints of new material in the pipeline, this tour is set to be a rare chance to catch one of Scotland’s finest bands in action.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-14

Stag & Dagger Festival, Scotland’s original, most loved multi-venue festival, and biggest new music showcase, finally arrives in Edinburgh. As always, Stag & Dagger delivers an exciting and diverse line-up.

In their first wave of announcements, promoters PCL, Broadcast and Sneaky Pete’s reveal a fresh-line up headlined by West Yorkshire’s electronic-post-punkers WORKING MEN’S CLUB and the cosmic-dream-pop sounds of THE ORIELLES alongside indie-rockers THE SHERLOCKS in Glasgow and Bristol’s alt-no-waver BILLY NOMATES in Edinburgh and many many more TBA.

Stag & Dagger is the best place in Scotland to catch new acts. Previous guests include LIZZO, CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, ED SHEERAN, MAC DEMARCO, DMAs, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, JUNGLE, COURTNEY BARNETT, TWILIGHT SAD and WARPAINT.

Using some of Scotland’s favourite indoor venues, Edinburgh’s event is centred around the buzzing world-famous Cowgate district, and Glasgow’s edition is around the city’s late-night music hub: Sauchiehall Street. The bookers are partnering with the best festivals, blogs and local creative organisations at each venue stage. 

The second wave of announcements will follow in the coming weeks, with more internationally recognised names. Scottish acts have always played to engaged and enthused big crowds at Stag & Dagger. In keeping with its long-standing ethos, the forthcoming announcement of these acts will augment an already impressive line-up.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-18
Unexpected viral stars FUR are “getting that balance where it doesn’t sound like a band from the ‘60s, it sounds like if a ’60s band were doing something modern. For some reason, even when we’d only written two songs, we already knew what FUR sounded like.” Without a label or famous friends, they’ve racked up millions of streams just by taking the age old love song and reinvigorating it, earning them critical plaudits from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq and surprise fan Hugh Jackman. Their last show here sold out and since then they have supported Miles Kane and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-23

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-25

“Freya Beer conjures dark poetry on the stripped-down and intoxicatingly raw “My Dear Sweet Rosie” – The Line of Best Fit

Originating from West London, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with a distinctive gothic noir of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch.

Freya has been made a firm favourite by Marc Riley at BBC6 Music and played a live session for his Radio 6 show in Manchester. John Kennedy has also been showing strong support on his Radio X show.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-26

The Capollos are a young, exciting, award winning alternative rock band from Aberdeen. Live, The Capollos are a ferocious force, combining melody, energy, swagger and a coolness that borders on effortless. These many qualities have led to comparisons with some of the bands that have influenced them such as The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Britpop legends Oasis. Their burgeoning fan-base has grown through several high-profile support slots with the likes of Cast, The Pigeon Detectives, Kyle Falconer, The Snuts, Neon Waltz, Alan McGee, Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays), The Sherlocks, Chris Helme (The Seahorses), Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and they also performed a special acoustic set at an Elton Johns VIP party at Aberdeen’s Exhibition Centre. Further recognition and accolades are expected with the recent release of their eponymous E.P. The Capollos, which was described by Sound Wave Review as having ‘…thoughtful lyrics, groove & contagious melodies…’.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-27
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-11-30

Beach Riot are a Brighton fuzz pop, girl / guy fronted 4-piece with the sole aim to play as many sweaty, moshy gigs as possible, and write hooky, loud, fuzz laden pop tunes that make people lose their minds.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-12-08

14+ Show (those aged 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult)

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2021-12-09

Daxx & Roxane are a kick-ass 4 piece rock’n’ roll band originating from Switzerland. With Mötley Crüe and Deep Purple as their key influences, it’s no wonder that Kerrang! has hailed them as “tooth-and-nail, testosterone-powered rock.” Their philosophy, that “Rock’n’Roll is all about energy and creating an adrenalin rush” is reflected in their intense live shows, as anyone who witnessed their storming homecoming gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival would tell you.

The band were handpicked as main support at HIM’s final UK show in December 2017 at the Camden Roundhouse, which speaks for itself. In 2018 they focused on touring the UK as headliner as well as support to share their music with the largest audience possible. In 2019, they kept touring around the UK with 3 different tours. Their main focus was however the recording of an eagerly anticipated new album, released on May 8th 2020. Their commitment to writing songs with killer riffs that grab you and refuse to let go, and huge chorus hooks that mark them as instant classics, is reflected in their highly praised debut album, ‘Ticket to Rock’.

With singles that have collectively spent over 50 weeks on the Planet Rock playlist, a host of 9 and 10 out of 10 album reviews, the new album is set to be an exciting one with the new single ‘Heal’ voted track of the week on Classic Rock Mag. Hard Rock Hell Mag might just be right in stating that ‘Daxx & Roxane are on the fast track to Superstardom…”

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2021-12-11
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2021-12-14

Turbo Hull Punks LIFE also know how to turn a pop hook. We’ve been following them since 2015 and we reckon they are next in line after Shame to do the business.

IDLES called their record “a beautiful piece of work that deserves our attention” and we concur.  

“this record is indispensable” – DIY (4.5/5)

“tightly wound guitars and lyrical zingers combine for maximum ’80s Peel session effect” – MOJO (4/5)

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2022-01-07

JOHN KING Headlining from Nashvillesupport – David Stevens with new band Dovv (David is lead singer The Oskar Braves as well)ALF Baron Salmon 

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2022-02-04

Armed with only an old telecaster that’s seen better days and her voice, Malco has toured the UK and mainland Europe extensively with the likes of Julien Baker, Jenny Lewis, Bob Mould, Dawes and The Joy Formidable.

Malco is set to release her debut album, ‘Failures’ on 5th June 2020 on 6131 Records (Julien Baker, Worriers).

“Bracing and infectious rock-and-roll blowout” NPR

“There’s a powerful vulnerability at the core of Malco’s music, delivered with a resolute self-assurance as she bares her soul, that makes her such a remarkable songwriter.” LONDON IN STEREO

“Bruised, bloodied but unwavering, Katie Malco is a fighter staring down existential and everyday crises. 4****”DORK

“A surging return” CLASH

“Trembling and raw” STEREOGUM

“She’s poised to gain even more traction” CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“Soon enough, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Katie Malco won’t be so ‘up-and-coming’ anymore” PASTE MAG

“If you’re into stuff like, say, the new Ratboys and Soccer Mommy albums, you’ll probably wanna hear this too.” BROOKLYN VEGAN

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2022-02-12

Rescheduled date – original tickets still valid

Nova Twins are a genre-bending duo consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Amy Love & bassist Georgia South. Innovative in every element of what they do as artists, whether that’s performing to moshing crowds & packed out tents, art directing their own music videos or designing & making their outfits for all photoshoots & stage-wear. Described as “devilishly-heavy & vivid punk-rock” by NME, “grunge-pop” by the Independent & “amalgamation of raw punk energy, illegal rave electronics & unapologetic grimey attitude” by PRS

Their debut album Who Are The Girls? produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian) was released to critical acclaim from publications such as Clash, Kerrang, Dork, NME & Alternative Press. Lead singles ‘Devil’s Face’, ‘Vortex’, ‘Taxi’ & ‘Play Fair’ have received spins on BBC Radio 1 from Annie Mac, Daniel P Carter & Jack Saunders, as well as BBC Radio 6 from Iggy Pop & Tom Robinson

On tour they’ve supported Wolf Alice, Prophets of Rage, Skunk Anansie. Previous festivals bookings have included Boomtown, Download & Hellfest. 2021 will (covid depending) see slots at Reading & Leeds amongst many others. 

In 2019 Nova Twins were the face of Dr. Martens Alternative A/W campaign & played alongside Fever 333 during their BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session. In 2020, they won Best UK Breakthrough Band at the Heavy Music Awards. Later that year, they collaborated with Bring Me The Horizon on track ‘1X1’, taken from the No. 1 album – Post Human : Survival Horror. Nova Twins started 2021 with a remix of Gang of Four ‘Where the Nightingale Sings’ alongside Massive Attack‘s 3D/Robert Del Naja.

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2022-02-18
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2022-02-18

Venus are a 5-piece rock band from Leeds, promoting the participation and inclusion of women in alternative music, as well as a safe diverse music scene. Aiming to bring a positive energy of feminism and activism through hard hitting alternative rock and punk influenced music, they also use electronic and ‘astrological’ sounds to amplify their sonic signature. The band have played alongside the likes of Stealing Sheep, Allusinlove and Anteros recently, whilst also having just released their new EP ‘Wicked Things’ to great reviews. Venus and their message demand to be heard. 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2022-02-19

The DIY ‘supergroup’ formed in 2012, respected players on a young, queer, East London scene that counted basement venue Power Lunches (RIP) as its hub. Their sound – kinetic, minimalist dance-punk inspired by the likes of ESG, Gang of Four, Slits and Au Pairs – has won them glowing press from all quarters (NME, Pitchfork, NPR), impressive co-signs (Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker is a fan) and a loyal, cross-continent following accrued over three, acclaimed albums: self-released debut Consumer Complaints [2013], a short-run, DIY-distributed release that sold out in a matter of months and was subsequently reissued by FatCat; Why Choose [2015, FatCat], which saw the band touring the States for the first time; and The Official Body [2018, FatCat] – produced by indie pop legend Edwyn Collins – which bagged the threesome a main stage slot at San Francisco Pride.

All Or Nothing was written across an intense 10-day period back in February, with sessions spent in London and Glasgow. The songs that emerged are some of Shopping’s boldest yet: confident, elastic, streamlined grooves that crackle with energy and intention. Uniting these ten new songs is an expression of tenacity: commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. “A lot has happened in our personal lives since we last recorded,” explains Aggs. “We knew this album was going to reflect that exciting and scary feeling that comes with change, heartbreak and personal evolution.”

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2022-03-07

“Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics… sensational” – Sunday Times Culture 

“Bryde’s voice, equally stunning and chilling, climbs to a plainspoken conclusion that cuts with its honesty.” – NPR

“A voice that deserves attention” – Consequence of Sound

“Bryde invokes the ambience of Warpaint and emotion of Laura Marling” – Dork (4 Stars)

Sarah Howells released four extraordinary albums with her band Paper Aeroplanes, before branching out solo to become Bryde: “I had ideas that I wasn’t previously able to fully realise, and it was the beginning of a bit of a love story between me and my Burns guitar.”

On her new record ‘The Volume of Things’, written and recorded between London and Berlin, Sarah explores the grip of the midnight worries that keep us awake long after dark. “Looking for some way to get it right,” she sings, “the things you think to yourself at night”. Produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Futureheads), Howells describes the record’s expansive feel as being like “the calm before the storm – before the true calm that I’m working towards.”

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2022-03-10

Juniore are a French indie pop quartet from Paris led by singer/songwriter Anna Jean.

Before forming Juniore in 2013, Anna Jean collaborated with Samy Osta in an indie folk duo called Domingo, who released one LP in 2008. In the following years, her mysterious, sultry vocals would lead her to collaborations within the Parisian electro scene, appearing as a guest vocalist for artists like Jackson & His Computerband and Bot’Ox.

Working again with Osta, she formed Juniore originally as a duo, later expanding into a quartet. Mixing modern indie pop sensibilities with elements of retro French pop, dark, twangy surf guitar, and a vocal style that falls somewhere between Cat Power and Françoise Hardy, Juniore released their debut 7″ single, “Christine” b/w “Dans le Noir,” in late 2013 on the Parisian Enterprise label.

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2022-03-12

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2022-03-25

AGP presents

OpenPlan
plus support

Friday 29 May 2020
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
7pm
14+ (14-17yo to be accompanied by an adult)