Live music back on the menu at Hard Rock Cafe

It’s been quite a while since anyone heard live music emanating from 20 George Street, the Edinburgh address of iconic rock memorabilia restaurant, the Hard Rock Cafe.

However, the rock is back thanks to the return of the Cafe’s ‘Late And Live’ sessions, which kicked off last Friday evening with rockin’ Capital trio, The Social Order.

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Well, both bands and fans of the venue will be pleased to know that everyone from newbies, to fast-rising up-and-comers, to breakthrough acts will be pitching up among the wondrous array of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia that adorns the Cafe’s many walls.

Greenock outfit The Sinsheimers will be ramping the amps up on Friday, 5 February, whereas Glasgow folk-singer, Scott McWatt, gets all rootsy on Friday, 19 February. But that’s before Damien McFly – the Italian singer-songwriter who has been compared to Mumford & Sons – brings his folk-rock tunes to everyone’s ears on Friday 4 March.

As head of live music at Hard Rock, Michelle King, says, the excitement is brewing up again on the east side of George Street. “We are excited to announce the re-launch of our Late and Live music programme showcasing local artists and bands. The intimate feel of the cafe along with the company’s long standing music heritage makes us a great venue to enjoy regular live sets from the best in local talent.”

Indeed, when you consider so many live music venues in the City are shutting down – and with vague promises from City Of Edinburgh Council to support it in the wake of so-called ‘noise’ complaints – it’s heartening to see the Hard Rock Cafe put live music firmly back on their agenda.

To find out more about the ‘Late and Live’ music series at Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh visit the website or check out the cafe’s Facebook and Twitter.

Words: Barry Gordon