Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street opened it’s doors on the 11th January 1787.  The hall has played host to figures such as Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackary.  It has been used sporadically for concerts over the years.

The Assembly Rooms, George Street. © S.S. 2009.
  • 1968  6th June The Move
  • 1981 17th July Spandau Ballet (Midsummer nights ball)
  • 1982  19th-21st August The Associates (these three concerts were cancelled due to the departure of Alan Rankine) 
Thank you to Gordon for the above scan.
  • 1982  22nd August-11th September The Flying Pickets
  • 1982  24th-28th August Fourteen Karat Soul
  • 1982  29 August-11th September A New Variety Of Poets featuring Attila The Stockbroker, Little Brother, Akimbo, & Seething Wells
  • 1983  12th April New Order, support band The Wake.  The Wake featured a pre Jesus & Mary Chain and Primal Scream Bobbie Gillespie.(note the Phoenix Record Shop, High Street stamp on the ticket below).
  • 1983  20th August Tom Robinson & Crew (this would have been a run of dates, but I don’t have exact dates yet). I actually remember I met Tom coming out of Elena Mae photography in Princess Street at this time.
Thank you to David McLeod for this ticket.
  • 1983  26th August Tom Robinson And Crew
  • 1984  20th April  Cocteau Twins, support band Felt
  • 1984  17th August Tom Robinson And Crew (this would have been a run of dates, but I don’t have exact dates yet).  
  • 1986  18th August The Vicious Boys                   
  • 1986  24th-30th August Joolz Denby
  • 1986  27th August Ivor Cutler
  • 1986  8th October John Stewart
  • 1986 24th October The Housemartins, support band The Proclaimers
Running order for The Housemartins and The Proclaimers at the assembly Rooms.  Thank you to Duncan Mclean for this scan.
  • 1987 2nd April Scottish Aids Action Gala aftershow party
Mike Scott  & Joe Kingman at the Assembly Rooms after the Scottish Aids Action Gala concert at the Usher Hall on 2nd April 1987.
  • 1987  17th May Fini Tribe
  • 1988  14th July Big Audio Dynamite (moved from 15th July) 
  • 1988  24th August Julia Fordham
  • 1989  25th October Maria McKee
  • 1989  21st November Lyle Lovett
Thank you to David Mcleod for this ticket.
  • 1994  17th February Pavement
Thank you to Grant Scrivener for this scan.
  • 1996  11th, 12th, 14th & 15th August Big Country
  • 1998 14th August Steve Harley
  • 1998  29th September The Divine Comedy