Scottish Gig Highlights: February 2020
Our round-up of the month ahead in Scotland's venues
Gigs in Edinburgh
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s packed to the rafters with gigs galore from both touring and local acts alike. Starting in Edinburgh, local gang Bikini Body launch their debut EP, Pond Life, at Sneaky Pete's (5 Feb) which you can read more about here. If you’re a fan of London outfit Dry Cleaning, who incidentally also play Sneaky’s this month (13 Feb), then chances are you’ll be on board!
Elsewhere, The Vegan Leather bring their debut album, Poor Girls / Broken Boys, to The Mash House (6 Feb), Mercury Prize-nominees black midi play The Liquid Room (17 Feb), Marika Hackman plays The Caves (26 Feb) and The Big Moon touch down at Summerhall (28 Feb).
Gigs in Glasgow
In Glasgow, Chester indie-pop trio Peaness (5 Feb) are our first pick for a packed month in The Hug & Pint's basement, with Heather Woods Broderick – who you may know as a member of Sharon Van Etten’s band, playing at the month's end (29 Feb).
Elsewhere, early in the month there’s a three-nighter on the cards courtesy of Anna Meredith (Oran Mor, 8 Feb), YACHT (Broadcast, 9 Feb) and Poliça (St Luke’s, 10 Feb), the latter celebrating their new record When We Stay Alive, written in the wake of frontwoman Channy Leaneagh’s brush with death.
Angel Olsen then plays the Barrowlands on Valentine’s Day – read our interview with Olsen here – with a gaggle of local acts including LYLO, Babe and Happy Spendy ramping up the romantic vibes in Stereo the following night (15 Feb).
Next, Eigg metallers Massacre Cave – some of whom you may recognise from playing in Pictish Trail’s band – launch their debut album GODLUST at The Flying Duck (22 Feb), with the month rounded off neatly by Sleater-Kinney, who bring 2019's The Center Won't Hold to the Barrowlands (28 Feb). Finally, if you’re in Dundee then don't miss young Aberdeen post-punks Black Tiles at Conroy's Basement (7 Feb) – their latest single Dead Girls has us hooked.