Gig Preview | Break Out at Bannerman’s Bar

Bannerman's Bar Breakout Event poster

Some of the best local talents Edinburgh has to offer

For two nights throughout the Edinburgh Fringe, Bannerman’s Bar will host four incredible upcoming bands in two “Breakout” shows. On the 13th and 27th August, Figurines, Canongate, Dazed & Confused, and Attic Days will take to the Bannerman’s stage in what will be two more hometown gigs for them all.


This four piece is made up of brothers Josh and Ben Vaughan on guitar and vocals, drummer James Douglas, and newest addition, Tal Liston-Smith on bass. They have two released singles, ‘Wild One‘ and ‘So I’m Told‘. This currently small discography doesn’t stop them putting on very impressive shows. Josh’s voice is powerful and fills any venue they play in, from small intimate venues like Whistlebinkies, to bigger venues such as Stramash. This is always accompanied by energy-filled performing from Ben, James and Tal as they bring their songs and various covers to life. If you’re a fan of rock, pop, or anything in between, Figurines are perfect for you.


Canongate are also an Edinburgh four piece who previously headlined the iconic Sneaky Pete’s venue on August 8th. The quartet is formed by Leon Morris, Rory Bayne, Dylan Elphinstone, and Anna Trost. Having recently released their amazing latest single ‘Glad I’m Free’ in April of this year, their set is bound to be filled with each member showing off their musical talents.

Dazed & Confused

Formed by Ruariadh Rattray, Alfie Smith, Archie Brewis, and Callum O’Reilly, this quartet fill each venue they play in with an energy that cannot be met elsewhere. They always give performances filled with a nostalgic and older sound mixed with elements from modern music. With incredibly catchy singles like ‘1000 Guitars‘ and ‘Red Road‘, Dazed & Confused are a band that know how to fill a room. Throwing in covers like ‘Sweet Emotion‘ by Aerosmith alongside their original tracks, they are a band whose sound is perfect for fans of any kind of music.

Attic Days

Headlining the two nights are Attic Days. They are the only quintet on the lineup and feature three members from previously mentioned bands as well as two other people solely in Attic Days. Guitarist Ruariadh Rattray and drummer Alfie Smith will both also play as part of Dazed and Confused. Attic Days’ other guitarist, Rory Bayne will also play in Canongate. This leaves their vocalist Kirstie Maclean and bassist Murray Brown. The five-piece only have three released songs including latest single ‘Trying To Please‘ released this month. However, with every show they play, they showcase how universally bright and melodic their music is. They always make everyone move along with their tunes.

In what is set to be two nights filled with some of the best local talents Edinburgh has to offer, these aren’t shows you want to miss. In a great local venue with four amazing bands, there will be something that catches everyone’s attention and will cater for a vast range of musical tastes and preferences. Breakout is the perfect opportunity to find a new favourite band, or perhaps return and see your already favourite band.