Scottish Live Music Highlights: April 2024

This April, Scotland's music scene sees album launches, all-dayers, and the long-awaited return of Record Store Day

Feature by Tallah Brash | 02 Apr 2024
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Festive happenings this month include the inaugural HOUSEGUEST (6 Apr) from DIY promoters Crowded Flat and Scottish Music Collective. The brand new all-dayer will take over Nice N Sleazy, Variety Bar and the Garage Attic Bar with Tina Sandwich, Majesty Palm and Parliamo leading the charge. Local label Last Night From Glasgow host their first ever weekender this month too. Taking place in the Glasgow University Debating Chamber on 12 and 13 April, BMX Bandits, wojtek the bear, Xan Tyler and Annie Booth are all set to play.

There’s also no shortage of local artists celebrating new releases this month. Roseanne Reid launches her Lawless single with a show at Òran Mór (3 Apr), Glasgow slackers Hound release their double EP Some Days Were Good...But Mostly It Was Grim with a show at The Old Hairdresser’s (5 Apr), Union of Knives celebrate Start From the Endless at The Hug & Pint (6 Apr), Kinbote launches Hemisphere at The Glad Cafe (14 Apr), Pearling unleashes her Lovelocket mixtape at Room 2 (18 Apr) and Broken Chanter plays a run of shows in honour of excellent new record, Chorus of Doubt, stopping in Edinburgh (Summerhall, 11 Apr), Aberdeen (Tunnels, 12 Apr), Dundee (Beat Generator Live!, 13 Apr), and Glasgow (Stereo, 20 Apr). 

On Friday 19 April pick between launches for Carsick Charlie’s Angel EP (The Glad Cafe), Psweatpants' AM/PM Radio EP (The Poetry Club), Bikini Body’s Weird Party EP (Stereo) or Fergus McCreadie’s Stream album (The Queen’s Hall), while later in the month Glasgow punks SOAPBOX release their Hawd That EP at King Tut’s (28 Apr). Other local shows worth your time this month include Kathryn Joseph at Albert Halls, Stirling (2 Apr), Broken Records at Summerhall (13 Apr) and The Hug & Pint (14 Apr), Majesty Palm at Sneaky Pete’s (26 Apr), C Duncan at Albert Halls (27 Apr), Brìghde Chaimbeul at Summerhall (28 Apr), while Brenda play Afternoon Delight that same day, part of a new series of daytime shows at Leith Depot.

Outwith all the local lovelies, catch raucous Pensylvannian punks Pissed Jeans at Stereo (2 Apr), the dry wit of Ariel Sharratt & Matthias Kom of Canadian outfit The Burning Hell at The Glad Cafe (12 Apr), the queer pop stylings of Lynks at Saint Luke’s (21 Apr), or on the same night in Edinburgh, Dutch party starters Personal Trainer at The Caves.

Finally, Record Store Day returns on 20 April, so be sure to keep the date free as alongside all the juicy limited edition vinyl releases coming your way, if past years are anything to go by, your favourite record shop will no doubt be hosting a banger of an in-store.