The Great Eastern: Five Must-See Artists

More than 40 bands descend on a corner of Edinburgh's Southside this weekend for The Great Eastern; we've picked out five acts you won't want to miss

Preview by Max Pilley | 22 Nov 2021
  • Tracyanne & Danny

BC Camplight
The Manchester-based cult singer-songwriter has endured personal tragedy, an enforced deportation and myriad other unfortunate events, but his spirit has never dimmed. 2020’s Shortly After Takeoff was the third in an outstanding trilogy of albums. Expect soaring melodies, caustic storytelling and, very possibly, a lot of drinking. Kings Hall, 9.15pm

Tracyanne & Danny
The collaborative project between Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby), they released their sole album three years ago and this re-emergence is most welcome. A showcase for Campbell’s iconic vocal talents, the pair keep the flame of nostalgic indie pop burning, aided by Coughlan’s subtle, intricate arrangements. Queens Hall, 5.30pm

The South London sextet* caught the attention with their breakout 2020 single Fit for Work, a blistering attack on government policy with skronking sax screaming over furious, deadpan lyrics. Part of the scene around the Brixton Windmill, Deadletter will bring their intensity to Edinburgh ahead of their expected debut album in 2022. Summerhall Gallery Bar (presented by The Hug & Pint), 4pm

The project of Margate musician Daisy Warne, BABii exists in a world somewhere between the slinky, lush R'n'B of Kelela and the playful, clattering electronic production of PC Music. Her second album Mirror was released earlier this year and is one of 2021’s most forward-looking releases. Summerhall Main Hall, 11.15pm

Strange Bones
Eardrum-threatening electro-punk from a Blackpool band that howls with the pain of a young generation that feels left out by the world. The Bentham brothers don’t deal in subtleties, they deal in huge, groundshaking beats, soaring guitar solos and screaming, no-prisoners-taken vocals. Summerhall Dissection Room (presented by The Skinny), 9.30pm

The Great Eastern, Summerhall / King's Hall / Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 27 Nov, tickets £31.50