TAKING place over the course of one gloriously fun-filled weekend, the Pleasance Sessions are a series of shows that showcase some of the finest bands emanating from Scotland and beyond.

With eclecticism and inclusiveness at its heart, The Pleasance Sessions are held in the Edinburgh theatre of the same name and boast a line-up which is teeming with unbridled talent. For those who plan on adjourning to the Dusty Moose hosted event this weekend, we’ve provided an overview of the bands, artists and events hat you should most certainly be checking out.


A group that we’ve been avid supporters of since not long after their inception, Catholic Action have both the ambition and musical magnetism to achieve anything that they can fathom. Purveying a sound which treads boisterously into everything from the excess of 70’s glam rock to slacker pop and much more, the elusive group have made quite a name for themselves in recent months thanks to appearance at numerous festivals and support slots with FFS and The Libertines.

When: Vic Galloway Presents: Friday 9th October


Moving toward the rawer and more visceral end of the spectrum, PAWS are an ever-exhilarating outfit that have turned in some of the finest and most inherently lovable punk rock that we’ve heard in quite some time. Gaining worldwide notoriety thanks to their unfettered work ethic and touring with bands such as Ty Segall and Japandroids, the next evolution of the band; a new LP which was produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 fame, is one that we’re waiting patiently to bask in.

When: Vic Galloway Presents: Friday 9th October


Providing those who’ve supported the event and many other creatives with an excellent avenue in which to set up shop, Pleasance Sessions Market Place may be a new feature but we’ve got the sneaking suspicion that it’ll be an enduring one. Enabling revellers to peruse the stalls as a soundtrack of a bill of live acts curated by Gerry Loves Records vies for their attention, this set-up will allow numerous independent labels such as Fuzzkill, Soft Power, Lost Map, Hits The Fan and various others to bring their wares to what may be an entirely new audience. Cultural organisations of all varieties such as Neu! Reekie, The Skinny, Electric Fields and many more will also have a presence.

When: Pleasance Courtyard, Saturday 10th October, full list of participating organisations here.


A duo that have caused quite a substantial stir in recent times, BDY_PRTS deliver an invigorating mix of art-leaning rock, majestic electronica and unrelentingly inventive pop which has rightfully  earned them great deal of plaudits. Having found themselves on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing playlist for the sublime ‘Cold Shoulder’ and with new converts in plentiful supply after their performance at T In The Park, it’d be a shocking misstep not to check them out this very weekend.

When: The Skinny Presents, Saturday 10th October


A man who is unreservedly respected by his peers and has seemed almost ominipresent in Scotland’s bustling music scene for as long as we can remember, RM Hubbert can stake a claim to being one of the finest songwriters that this nation has produced in decades. producing a stunning catalogue that features such numerous acclaimed albums such as First And Last and his 2014 B-sides compilation Ampersand Extras, it’s hard to imagine a setting on earth which wouldn’t be illuminated by Hubbert’s virtuosic and deeply emotive playing style.

When: The Skinny Presents, Saturday 10th October


An artist that has been at the forefront of the modern industry since his days in Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power; better known as Blanck Mass, has made a habit of prodding at the boundaries of electronic music since the outset of his career. Producing wondrous, abrasive and utterly awe-inspiring material that is certainly not for the faint of heart, this is one set that any true connoisseur does not want to miss.

When: The Skinny presents: Saturday 10th October


An incredibly talented artist who has an inspiring aptitude for writing uplifting and heartfelt material, Blue Rose Code’s reach goes far beyond Scotland and has saw him become a darling of the UK’s folk music scene. Having turned in two incredibly accomplished (and one SAY Award longlisted) records, singer/songwriter Ross Wilson is sure to have the crowd in raptures with tracks such as beautiful ‘Oh North’, ‘Where The Westlin Winds Do Carry Me’ and (This Is Not A) Love Song,

When: Pleasance Sessions Present: Sunday 11th October


Hailing from Edinburgh,  singer/songwriter Dan Wilson’s work under the moniker of Withered Hand sees him provide an telling account of his musings on a variety of incredibly relatable subjects; enticing the listener into developing an affection for an artist who is almost too willing to bare his soul to anyone who wishes to hear it. Having been longlisted for the SAY Awards earlier in the year due to the wealth of great material that was there to be discovered on sophomore LP New Gods, this show will be another outing for Wilson to display his talents to both those who are familarised and a captivated audience of music lovers.

When: Pleasance Sessions Present: Sunday 11th October