Edinburgh's live music scene might not be able to match Glasgow, but the capital still has plenty to offer gig-goers, particularly at the grassroots end of the spectrum.
Sneaky Pete's is one of Edinburgh's best clubs, and its live music programme follows a similar path. Live music at Sneaky Pete's comes in the form of an expertly-curated mix of new music from across Scotland and beyond, and it's a similar story up the road at The Mash House. Bannerman's leans to the rockier end of the spectrum, with regular rock, metal and punk shows.
La Belle Angele completes the Cowgate's collection of live music venues, offering a larger space for touring bands as well as a base for events and festivals like the Wide Days new music convention. Liquid Room is of a similar size, and is a decent bet for catching touring bands. Down in Leith, Leith Depot flies the flag for new live music from a 50-capacity gig room upstairs from the main bar, while Henry's Cellar Bar in Tollcross does the same.
For larger gigs and bigger-name acts, two of main venues sit at either side of the Meadows. In Newington, Summerhall host touring bands from all over the shop, both through outside promoters and their Nothing Ever Happens Here gig series. Over at the Lothian Road end, the Usher Hall plays host to some of the city's biggest gigs in a 100-year-old auditorium that's seen shows from The National, Lewis Capaldi and The Flaming Lips in recent years.