Scottish Live Music Highlights: June 2024

A fresh batch of festivals plus live returns from Bikini Kill, LCD Soundsystem and Beth Gibbons – it's our guide to the gigs to catch across Scotland this June

Preview by Tallah Brash | 27 May 2024
  • Amadou and Mariam

With festival season now fully underway, you’ve loads to choose from in June. If you want to keep things cosy, head for the Saint Luke’s All-Dayer (8 Jun) with Uninvited, Health and Beauty and Martha May & The Mondays all set to play, before the Glasgow Jazz Festival kicks off in various venues from the 19th, with highlights including Mama Terra (20 Jun) and Kitti’s Caledonian Songbook (21 Jun) at Saint Luke’s, and Pippa Blundell at The Glad Cafe (23 Jun). Or check out Midsummer Melt (22 Jun), a new all-dayer split between The Rum Shack, Radio Buena Vida, Some Great Reward and Rumpus Room, raising funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians.

If a weekend camping festival is more your thing, head for Moffat’s Eden Festival (13-16 Jun), where Amadou & Mariam, Jamz Supernova and corto.alto are among the lineup. Or later in the month, choose between two massive outdoor all-dayers on the 29th. Mogwai head up Big City with Slowdive, Nadine Shah and Kathryn Joseph, or get yourself to Stirling City Park where you’ll catch Young Fathers, Self Esteem, Noname, Petite Noir and more.

Of course, there’s loads of standard gigs going on too. On 2 June, catch Chloe Matharu, Diljeet Kaur Bhachu and Miwa Nagato-Apthorp at the latest instalment of AMPLIFI at The Queen’s Hall. rEDOLENT celebrate the release of their debut album dinny greet with shows in Edinburgh (Sneaky’s, 5 Jun), Glasgow (The Poetry Club, 6 Jun) and Aberdeen (The Tunnels, 7 Jun), while Afterlands celebrate We Are the Animals In the Night with a similar trio of shows at The Hug & Pint (7 Jun), The Tunnels (8 Jun) and Leith Depot (13 Jun). Towards the end of the month, join Stephanie Lamprea, Richard Craig and Alistair Macdonald for a night of improvised music at Stereo (26 Jun), party with DOSS at The Rum Shack (28 Jun) as they unleash their Bootlicker EP on the world, or there are two chances to catch Adam Stafford as he releases Daylight Slavings with shows at The Hug & Pint (27 Jun) and Summerhall (29 Jun).

There are still plenty of artists touring throughout June too. Our Glasgow highlights reel include Ratboys at The Rum Shack (5 Jun), Chromeo at SWG3 (10 Jun), Chastity Belt at Room 2 (11 Jun), Katy Kirby at Broadcast (13 Jun), Bikini Kill at O2 Academy (14 Jun), Mannequin Pussy at King Tut’s (18 Jun), Kali Malone at Glasgow Cathedral for Glasgow International (21 Jun), CSS at Drygate (22 Jun), Troye Sivan at OVO Hydro (23 Jun), Alvvays at O2 Academy (24 Jun), Ora Cogan at The Glad Cafe (27 Jun) and LCD Soundsystem at the Barrowlands (30 Jun, 1 & 2 Jul), while in Edinburgh catch Beth Gibbons at Usher Hall (11 Jun), or Fenne Lily at The Mash House (18 Jun).

Oh, and Taylor Swift is playing three nights at Murrayfield, but then you probably already knew that.