In just sixteen days time, Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens will return to Scotlands capital city for a series of massive shows in one of the countrys most iconic gig locations. After a hugely successful inaugural edition in 2018, the concert series returns the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh this summer with another star-studded line-up of homegrown heroes, trail-blazing female talent and exciting breakthrough artists.
Taking place from the 7th-18th August in the midst of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and set to welcome nearly 50,000 music fans to the city, the run of the concert series will feature headline performances from Florence + the Machine, Primal Scream, CHVRCHES, Lewis Capaldi, James, Courteeners and Madness as well as a strong line-up of support artists.
So, with just over two weeks to go until some of the hottest acts on the planet take to the stage under the stars at Edinburgh Castle, heres everything you need to know about Summer Sessions, its famous location and its incredible line-up.
THE ICONIC LOCATION
Returning to Princes Street Gardens for a second year, Summer Sessions is one of the most scenic gig locations Scotland has to offer. The Ross Bandstand has been the scene of numerous world-famous events such as Edinburgh Hogmanay, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh International Festivals closing fireworks and more and this August will welcome huge names including Florence + the Machine, James, Lewis Capaldi, CHVRCHES and more.
THE WORLD-FAMOUS EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
The incredible run of shows will take place right in the midst of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival which runs from the 2nd – 26th August. Firmly established as the worlds largest arts festival, Scotlands capital city welcomes around 2.5 million visitors each year throughout August for the event which spans 25 days and features more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 different shows in 317 venues. Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens will bring another element of excitement to the city so its fair to say that Edinburgh will be absolutely buzzing!
THE SOPHOMORE YEAR
The festival returns to the capital city after a hugely successful opening year in 2018 which saw memorable performances from Tom Jones, Bastille, The Vaccines, RagNBone Man, Paloma Faith, Kasabian, and more. An exciting addition to Scotlands festival calendar, the special gigs provided fans with an incredible opportunity to see their favourite artists in a particularly intimate and stunning location. Music royalty arrived in the shape of legendary Tom Jones who performed a career-spanning set that marked 51 years since his last appearance in the capital. Elsewhere, Bastille, RagNBone Man, The Vaccines and Paloma Faith cemented their reputation as four of the UKs most loved pop acts while Kasabian returned for one of their most intimate, and memorable, Scottish dates in years.
AN EXCITING ADDITION TO THE SUMMER SESSIONS FAMILY
Part of the Summer Sessions Festival family, Edinburghs event will open up proceedings for Glasgows tremendous concert series which has been running since 2013. Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park has hosted a plethora of world-renowned acts over the years such as Kings of Leon, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Avicii, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, Biffy Clyro and more. The 2019 Glasgow edition will feature headline performances from The Cure who will return for their first Scottish gig in 27 years on the 16th August, alongside a stellar supporting cast of Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and The Joy Formidable. US arena-rock titans Foo Fighters will play Saturday 17th August while The 1975 will return to Glasgow on 25th August, topping off one of their biggest years yet with their second album for 2019 due imminently. Get tickets for Summer Sessions in Glasgow here.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Making a much-welcomed return to Scotland, Florence + The Machine plays not one but two consecutive shows on 7th and 8th August at Summer Sessions. 2018 was a remarkable year for Florence Welch, whose fourth album High As Hope was released to wide acclaim in what felt like a career-defining moment, receiving her third Mercury Prize nomination for the record. Summer Sessions cannot wait to welcome Florence + The Machine to the Edinburgh stage this summer in what will be an unforgettable opening show for the festival.
Florence + The Machine will be supported by the new all-singing, all-dancing project from Rebecca Taylor, known as Self Esteem. Previously known as one half of Slow Club, she unveiled her debut solo album this year to widespread critical acclaim. With the 8th August show already sold out, fans should snap up tickets quick for 7th August before theyre gone here.
Primal Scream will take to Princes Street Gardens stage on 10th August, their first Scottish date since the iconic V+A opening in Dundee last summer. The constantly genre-defying band have built a career on re-invention. Fronted by the inimitable Bobby Gillespie and with a number of legendary albums behind them such as Screamadelica, Vanishing Point and XTRMNTR.
Primal Scream will be supported by the one and only Johnny Marr in a night that will go down a storm with lovers of rock & roll. The legendary Smiths guitarist has built a hugely successful solo career in recent years, playing huge shows all over the world. Having worked with the likes of Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more over the years and now making his name as a solo artist, he is still known to pull out some Smiths classics at his rapturous live shows as demonstrated when he appeared onstage with The Killers at Glastonbury to perform the ever-lasting This Charming Man. Get tickets before its too late here.
Synth-pop maestros CHVRCHES will make their debut at Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens on 11th August, almost five years since their last performance in the capital. The Glasgow trio fronted by Lauren Mayberry, will return to Edinburgh after an incredible seven years of huge tunes and big shows around the world. Their debut album in 2013 proved CHVRCHES were turning the Scottish music scene on its head, blending Laurens mesmerising vocals with catchy indie-pop hooks and lyrics and 2018 saw the band release their third album Love Is Dead, strengthening their roots as leaders of Scotlands music community.
Support will come in the shape of Scottish indie-rock stalwarts We Were Promised Jetpacks and goth-pop duo The Ninth Wave. Tickets are on-sale here.
The man of the moment, Lewis Capaldi will play two sold out shows, making his Summer Sessions festival debut and a much-welcomed return to Scottish soil after a whirlwind year for the young Bathgate-born singer. Whether its his nomination for the BRITs Critics Choice Award, an appearance on Top of the Pops, scoring a Number One single, famous fans from Calvin Harris to Bastille or walking on stage at TRNSMT Festival in full Chewbacca mask, Lewis Capaldi hasnt forgotten where he came from and his debut headline show at Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens is sure to be a real highlight of 2019s summer music calendar.
One of Britains most celebrated and enduring bands, James are set to take the stage at this years Summer Sessions at Princes Street Gardens on 15th August. Having sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, the band are no strangers to creating iconic music that comes alive on stage. They will no doubt bring these incendiary new songs and some of their classics of the past three decades to what is set to be a truly extraordinary gig for the legendary band.
Ayrshire trio Fatherson and prolific singer-songwriter Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly are on supporting duties for the gig on 15th August. Get tickets for this epic show here.
Courteeners play a sold-out Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens on 16th August bringing their alternately jangly and bombastic brand of indie guitar rock which lends itself to festival stages around the world. With big tunes from their debut record including Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long? carved out as pure guitar–rock classics, Courteeners appearance at this years festival will be sure to bring hero singalongs from that very first guitar hook.
Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Madness are known for their entertaining, fun-loving sets, so it seems only fitting they mark their major anniversary by closing the festival at Princes Street Gardens on 18th August. With 24 top twenty hits, 4 Gold studio albums and 2 Ivor Novello Awards, it is no surprise that Madness are considered one of the most successful bands in the UK. We can expect big, bold sounds and sax solos at Summer Sessions as Madness play all their classic hits from House of Fun to Baggy Trousers to One Step Beyond.
They will be supported by 90s pop icons The Lightning Seeds who come armed with their own catalogue of classic hits. Get tickets here.
Tickets for Summer Sessions in both Edinburgh and Glasgow are on-sale from www.SMMRSESSIONS.com.