With the winter coming to an end and the spring finally on the way, Edinburgh is gearing up again for another summer of festivals and major events.
Between August 7 and 17, Princes Street Gardens will again be hosting the Edinburgh Summer Sessions gigs that will see some incredible bands including Florence + The Machine, Primal Scream, Madness, and Scotland’s own Chvrches amongst others headlining.
Bringing live music to Edinburgh is always welcome as there is a sense that the capital can miss out in comparison to Glasgow’s scene.
Glasgow has positioned itself as a Scotland’s go-to place for music and has a more vibrant and varied scene simply due to the numbers and sizes of venues available; from the unrivalled Hydro to the intimate King Tut’s, and in addition, Scotland’s only major music festival, TRNSMT.
So yes, more live music coming to Edinburgh is a good thing. However, last year’s saw huge blackboards being erected the length of Princess Street to obscure the view of anyone hoping to catch a free glimpse of Tom Jones. Rightly, there was huge public backlash as residents and tourists objected to these eyesores, leading to them being swiftly condemned by MSPs and councillors, and a guarantee sought that the same boards would not be put up again.
Striking the balance between welcoming more music events to the city, whilst protecting our public spaces can be difficult, but surely not insurmountable. Let’s hope this year organisers can get it right.