Live Music in Scotland: November 2021

This month's gig round-up includes a batch of all-dayers in Glasgow and Edinburgh, a Tiny Changes benefit gig, and a whole lot more besides

Preview by Tallah Brash | 02 Nov 2021
  • Thee Oh Sees live at Manchester Academy

Starting things off in beautiful fashion this month, queer artist Mykki Blanco brings their gorgeous theatrical show to Glasgow’s Stereo (3 Nov). On 6 November you are spoiled for choice in Edinburgh with Katherine Aly at Sneaky Pete’s, Brooke Combe at The Mash House and Admiral Fallow at Summerhall while Self Esteem brings her exceptional second album, Prioritise Pleasure, to The Bongo Club.

On 8 November, prolific San Franciscans Oh Sees stop by Edinburgh’s Liquid Room for what is sure to be quite a raucous affair, while Portuguese-born, Danish singer-songwriter Erika de Casier brings her latest album, Sensational, to Sneaky Pete’s, playing Glasgow’s Broadcast the following night. Glasgow country-tinged pop artist Rianne Downey has a couple of back-to-back shows this month too as she plays Edinburgh’s Sneaky’s Pete’s (9 Nov) and Aberdeen’s The Tunnels (10 Nov).

The second weekend of the month sees pop queen Rina Sawayama swing by the city’s SWG3 (13 Nov). Multi-venue festival The Great Western also takes place on 13 November across various venues in Glasgow with artists like Anna Meredith, Traceyanne & Danny and Yard Act all playing, while the Stag & Dagger festival takes place on the same day in Glasgow before heading to Edinburgh for a packed day of music on Sunday 14 November – expect sets in both cities from Working Men’s Club, Gwenno and Nova.

Dundee’s Be Charlotte plays a run of dates across Scotland this month too, with shows at Edinburgh’s Mash House (15 Nov) and Glasgow’s King Tut’s (16 Nov) before a final date at Dundee's Church (17 Nov). Following the announcement of Euphoria, their debut EP due in the new year, Glasgow industrial post-punk band VLURE also have a couple of Scottish dates this month – they play Aberdeen's The Tunnels (18 Nov) and Edinburgh's The Mash House (20 Nov). On the same day in Glasgow, Sudanese-Scottish artist Eliza Shaddad brings her latest album, The Woman You Want, to The Hug & Pint while Welsh electronic producer Kelly Lee Owens brings her 2020 album Inner Song to SWG3.

A week later, on 27 November in Edinburgh check out multi-venue festival The Great Eastern, with sets from Anna B Savage, Free Love, BEAK> and more. On the same day in Glasgow, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) bring their 2021 awards ceremony to St Luke’s with live performances from TAAHLIAH, Union of Knives and the newly crowned Sound of Young Scotland – LVRA, while the following night A Fundraiser for Tiny Changes welcomes The Twilight Sad, Cloth, Lizzie Reid and more to the same venue.