Conor Oberst announces Edinburgh gig

Conor Oberst has announced details of a short UK tour next year, which will see the Bright Eyes mainman making a rare appearance in Edinburgh when he visits the Queen’s Hall on 3 February.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 2 September at 9:30am.

The talented Nebraskan will also play dates in London (1 Feb), Manchester (2 Feb) and Dublin (5 Feb) in support of forthcoming new solo acoustic album, Ruminations, which is set to be released on October 14 via Nonesuch Records.

Described as a “raw, unadorned” acoustic record, the album follows Oberst’s last solo effort, 2014’s Upside Down Mountain.

A press release states that Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha after over a decade in New York City. It goes on to add that the songs hark back to his early career and “are almost sketch-like in their sparseness” with Oberst “alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica”.

“I wasn’t expecting to write a record,” says the 36-year-old. “I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything.

“Winter in Omaha can have a paralysing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favour. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record.

“I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone,” added the prolific songwriter.

Oberst released Payola last summer with his punk band Desaparecidos. It was their first record in 13 years, the follow-up to 2002 debut Read Music/Speak Spanish.

Last month, Oberst recorded a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me for the soundtrack of Amazon series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street.

Words: Gary Flockhart


Jan 17 Postpalast Munich, GERMANY
Jan 18 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, GERMANY
Jan 19 Museumquarter Vienna, AUSTRIA
Jan 20 Kaufleuten Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Jan 21 Gloria Cologne, GERMANY
Jan 23 Rockerfeller Oslo, NORWAY
Jan 24 Gota Lejon Stockholm, SWEDEN
Jan 25 Bremen Copenhagen, DENMARK
Jan 26 Apostel Paulus Kirche Berlin, GERMANY
Jan 28 La Maroquinerie Paris, FRANCE
Jan 29 Hertz Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Jan 30 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Feb 1 Palladium London, UK
Feb 2 Albert Hall Manchester, UK
Feb 3 Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, UK
Feb 5 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin, IRELAND

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