1966  2nd September Chris Barber's Band with Kenneth Washington

1976  24th March Diana Ross           
1976  27th August Brody, Ignatz, & Preying Mantis
1976  31st August Kevin Ayers and his band Soft Machine, & Ivor Cutler
1976  1st & 2nd September Queen
 
1976  4th September Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
 
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for the ticket and badge above.
1976  11th September Kiki Dee (Guest appearance by Elton John to sing Don't Go Breaking My Heart)

Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.

1976  14th September Van Der Graaf Generator, & Brand X

1976  16th September Crosby & Nash
1976  17th September  Elton John

 

The six pictures above are Elton John at the Edinburgh Playhouse 17th September 1976.  Thank you to Steven Betts for these pictures.  ©Steven Betts 1976.

 

1976  14th November Santana
    
 


Thank you to Iain Mackinnon for the four pictures above of Santana at the Playhouse 1976. 
©Iain Mackinnon 1976.
  

 

1976  17th November The Carpenters


1976  2nd December Steve Hillage

1976 
17th December Eddie & The Hot Rods
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.
1977  11th January Rod Stewart

 

1977  14th & 15th January Genesis
 
Thank you to David Evans for this ticket.
1977  25th February Bryan Ferry
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.
1977  18th April The Small Faces, & P.P. Arnold
1977  7th May The Clash, and guests The Jam, The Buzzcocks, The Slits, The Prefects, and Subway Sect
A circle ticket.
 
A stalls ticket.
 
1977  25th May Nils Lofgren, support band Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 
 
Stalls ticket for this gig.  Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1980  20th July The Stranglers
1980  17th August Elvis Costello & The Attractions
1980  24th August The Ramones
1980  28th August Donovan
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this ticket.
 
1980  20th September The Specials
1980  27th September Gary Numan
1980  10th October Joe Jackson Band
1980  15th October The Pretenders
1980  25th October UB40
1980  29th October The Jam
1980  10th November Weather Report
1980  13th November Shirley Bassey
1980  26th November Ian Dury & The Blockheads
1980  29th November Yes (Trevor Horn Vocals)
1980  8th December Dire Straits
 
1981  31st January UFO

1981  19th & 20th February The Who (Pete Townshend spotted having a light refreshment in The Conan Doyle pub across the road prior to the gig).

 

 

Thank you to David for his memories of The Who at the Playhouse

"For the Playhouse gigs, it was a case of queuing down the steps at the side of the theatre for tickets. The queue stretched down to the bottom of the steps and way up the road to the John Lewis walkway (behind where the multi storey car park is now). We managed to get stalls tickets for both gigs, as we started queuing quite early in the morning of the sale. It was well worth it though because both gigs were fantastic, with some different songs played each night. I recall quite a few mods at these gigs, as the ska/mod scene was blooming that year".

1981  24th February The Stranglers 

1981  27th February Siouxsie & The Banshees, support band The Comsat Angels 
1981  5th March Jeff Beck, special guests The Climax Blues Band
 
1981  11th March The Supremes
1981  25th March Tom Waits
Thank you to Henry Scott-Irvine for this poster.
 
1981  26th April The Undertones
1981  16th & 17th May Bruce Springsteen (the original show was rescheduled from 30th March, see ticket below, and a second night was added)
 
 
 
1981  17th June Kraftwerk (rescheduled from 9th May)
1981  21st June Robert Palmer
 1981  6th July Iggy Pop
1981  26th July Ella Fitzgerald, with The Brian Fahey Radio Orchestra & The Jimmy Rowles Trio
 
 
Thank you to Paul McKean for the three scan above.
 
1981  13th August Siouxsie & The Banshees, support Linton Kwesi Johnson
1981  26th August Whitesnake, special guest Billy Squire
1981  30th August Ian Dury & The Blockheads          
1981  30th September The Grateful Dead
1981  5th October Steve Hackett
1981  13th October Renaissance
1981  17th October  Johnny Cash         
1981  18th October Greg Lake
1981  19th October Saxon
1981  5th November Cliff Richard
1981  12th November Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
1981  21st November The Human League
1981  22nd November The Stranglers
1981  30th November Gene Pitney
1981  15th December Japan, support band Blancmange

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan at the Playhouse 15th December 1981, The Visions Of China Tour. Thank you to Jackie Robertson for these photos.  ©Jackie Robertson 1981.
1981  19th December Duran Duran         
1982  13th January UFO
1982  22nd January Stiff Little Fingers
1982  30th January Sammy Hagar
1982  1st February The Teardrop Explodes
1982  11th February Krokus & Magnum

1982  12th February Gary Glitter


Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.

1982  12th March The Beat
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.

1982  15th March Iron Maiden

1982  4th April Graham Parker
1982 
5th & 6th April The Jam, special guests The Questions


1982  10th April Blackfoot
1982  14th April The Scorpions (Rescheduled from 11th February)
1982  20th April The Boomtown Rats
1982  26th April The Cure
1982  2nd May Meatloaf
1982  5th May Foreigner
1982  14th May Jethro Tull
1982  22nd May Todd Rundgren

1982  28th May The Rolling Stones, support from local band TV21, who decided to call it a day backstage after this concert.  The Stones were introduced on stage by Billy Connolly

1982  29th May Camel

1982  7th June Joe Jackson
1982  9th July Toyah
1982  12th June Van Morrison
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1982  23rd & 25th July The Clash
1982  15th August Bucks Fizz
1982  4th & 5th September Blondie
1982  9th September Mike Oldfield
1982  16th September UB40
1982  17th September Elvis Costello          
1982  19th September Saxon
1982  29th September John Martyn
1982  1st October Roxy Music
1982  7th October Shakin' Stevens
1982  10th & 11th October AC/DC, support band Y&T
 
1982  12th October Hall & Oates
1982  16th October Kate & Anna McGarrigle in concert with Ali Bain & Tich Richardson 
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1982  18th October Joan Jett & The Blackhearts         
1982  20th October  Depeche Mode
1982  21st October Hawkwind
1982  26th October Japan
1982  29th October Stiff Little Fingers
1982  31st October Julio Iglesias (note misspelt ticket)
1982  1st November Duran Duran
1982  4th & 5th November Elton John

 


Thank you to Steven Betts for this ticket scan.

 

1982  6th November ABC
1982  7th November Gillan & Spyder 
1982  16th November Siouxsie & The Banshees (Robert Smith on guitar)
1982  17th November Ultravox
1982  18th November Yazoo
1982  22nd November Cultur, & Mystical 13
1982  23rd November Budgie, support Bernie Torme
1982  25th November Billy Connolly
1982  1st December Michael Schenker Group
1982  2nd December The Kinks
1982  4th December Cliff Richard
1982  7th December Dire Straits
Thank you to David Evans for this ticket.
1982  9th December Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1982  19th December Simple Minds
1983  16th January Echo & The Bunnymen (rescheduled from 27/9/82).
 
 
Thank you to Jim Barr for the ticket and set list above.
 
1983  11th February The Stranglers
1983  28th February U2
1983  2nd March 10cc
1983  17th March Thin Lizzy 
1983  19th March Fun Boy Three (rescheduled from 26th February 1983)
1983 
20th March Mari Wilson           
1983  30th March UFO
1983  31st March The Undertones
            Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.
1983  7th April Marillion
1983  8th & 9th April Eric Clapton
1983  18th & 19th April Joni Mitchell


1983 
22nd April Spandau Ballet
1983  23rd April Steve Hackett
1983  27th April Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark, Support band The Cocteau Twins
 
1983  13th May Iron Maiden
1983  20th May Kajagoogoo         
1983  21st May Robert Palmer
1983  11th September Van Morrison
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1983  14th September Peter Gabriel
1983  18th September Big Country
1983  19th September Depeche Mode          
1983  22nd & 23rd September Rainbow, supported by Lita Ford
1983  14th October Cliff Richard
1983  28th October Kiss
1983  30th October Michael Schenker Group

 

1983  20th November Ozzy Osbourne, support Heavy Pettin'

1983  23rd November Robert Plant          
1983  28th November Y & T, support band Rock Godess
1983  6th December Tears For Fears

1983  8th & 9th December The Police
1983  20th December Whitesnake
1983  31th December Marillion
1984  18th January The Pretenders
1984  12th February Saxon
1984  19th February Marillion
1984  20th February Tina Turner
1984  23rd February  Hawkwind 
1984  24th February Simple Minds
1984  3rd March The Clash
1984  8th March Manowar         
1984  11th & 12th March The Thompson Twins          
1984  31st March Nik Kershaw        
1984  2nd April Pallas
1984  16th March Barclay James Harvest
Thank you to David Evans for this ticket.
1984  26th April The Cure
1984  17th June Siouxsie & The Banshees
 
 
1984  20th & 21st June Elton John
 

Thank you to Steven Betts for the two ticket scans above.
 
1984  22nd September Dio
1984  6th October Kiss
1984  8th October Big Country
1984  12th October Echo & The Bunnymen
 
 
Thank you to Jim Barr for the ticket and set list above.
 
Echo & The Bunnymen at the Playhouse 1984.  Thank you to Jim Barr for the photo. ©Jim Barr 1984. 
        
1984  14th October The Style Council
1984  18th October Depeche Mode
Scarf purchased at this gig....Yes, you could still buy these at gigs in 84'
1984  26th October Elvis Costello & The Attractions
1984  2nd November Motorhead, support band Persian Risk (Not Gas as shown on ticket)
1984  5th November U2
1984  6th December Runrig
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this pass.
 
1984  24th, 26th, 30th & 31st December Big Country
1985  4th February The Rocky Horror Show
1985  17th February The Stranglers

1985  27th & 28th February Eric Clapton, & special guest Chris Rea         

1985  3rd March Howard Jones
1985  28th March Shakin' Stevens

1985  29th April Rick Wakeman       
1985  30th May The Firm        
1985  31st May The Hollies
1985  1st June The Damned, support band The Fuzztones
1985  8th June Wishbone Ash          
1985  11th June Foreigner          
1985  6th July BB King
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this ticket.
 
1985  23rd August Runrig
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this ticket.
 
1985  7th September Saxon, Support band The Pretty Maids 
1985  15th September Gary Moore
1985  21st September Marillion       
1985  22nd September The Cure         
1985  24th September The Smiths
1985  4th October Van Morrison
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1985  5th October Magnum          
1985  11th October Siouxsie & The Banshees, support band The Scientists
1985  17th & 18th October The Thompson Twins          
1985  27th October Reo Speedwagon
1985  31st October Billy Connolly 
1985  17th November The Everly Brothers
1985  18th November Hawkwind       
1985  21st & 23rd November Cliff Richard

1985  29th November Elton John
Thank you to Steven Betts for this ticket scan.
1985  13th December Nik Kershaw         
1985  14th December Paul Young          
1985  30th December Dire Straits
Thank you to David Evans for this ticket.
1986  14th January Sting           
1986  22nd & 23rd January AC/DC
1986  8th February Motley Crue, support band Cheap Trick 
1986  16th February Ozzy Osbourne        
1986  16th March The Robert Cray Band
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this pass.
 
1986  23rd March Big Country
1986  10th April Accept, support band Dokken
1986  22nd April Twisted Sister
1986  9th May Dio
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1986  11th May Public Image Ltd
1986  14th May The Ramones (Moved forward from the Empire on the 16th May, but this ticket was bought after the reschedule)
1986  29th May Black Sabbath
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1986  19th-23rd August Rowan Atkinson
1986  11th September New Order         
1986  17th September Motorhead
1986  29th September Five Star          
1986  15th October The Damned, support band Blue In Heaven 
1986  23rd October Big Audio Dynamite
1986  24th & 25th October The Stranglers
 
1986  26th October Huey Lewis & The News
1986  27th & 28th October Iron Maiden
 
Thank you to Mark Burrell for the two tickets above.
 
1986  30th October Wasp, support band Warlock
1986  2nd & 3rd November Ultravox
1986  12th November Bon Jovi
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1986  13th November Hawkwind           
1986  25th & 26th November Alice Cooper, support band Doctor & The Medics
1986  27th November George Benson           
1986  29th November Randy Crawford
1987  9th February The Psychedelic Furs (rescheduled from 16/12/86)
1987  18th February Nik Kershaw         
1987  6th March  Deep Purple
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.

1987  10th March Simply Red
1987  19th March The Thompson Twins          
1987  18th April Slayer
1987  28th & 29th April  Duran Duran         
1987  16th June Iggy Pop
1987  2nd September Def Leppard
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
          
1987  20th September Motorhead
1987  4th October Jethro Tull          
1987  9th October Five Star
1987  21st October Echo & The Bunnymen
1987  5th November Anthrax
1987  7th November Ben Elton          
1987  13th November Tom Waits
1987  3rd December Inxs
1987  5th December The Cult
1987  17th, 18th & 19th December Marillion
1988  7th & 8th January Whitesnake

1988  17th January Depeche Mode
1988  12th February Roy "Chubby" Brown

1988  26th & 27th February Heart

 

 

Thank you to Mark Burrell for the two tickets above.

1988  22nd March Ted Nugent, support band Krokus

1988  1st & 2nd April Alice Cooper
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1988  13th April Hawkwind, & Tubilah Dog
1988  14th April Def Leppard
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1988  28th April Clannad           
1988  9th May Fleetwood Mac & The Adventures
 
 
 
Thank you to David Evans for this 1988 Fleetwood Mac programme.
 
1988  17th June Judas Priest          
1988  17th & 18th November Dave Lee Roth

1988  19th November Cinderella
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1988  21st November Iron Maiden
1988  23rd November Night Of The Guitars
1988  26th November Billy Connolly           
1988  28th November The Mission, support band The Mighty Lemon Drops
1988  6th December Hawkwind
1988  13th December Siouxsie & The Banshees
1989  18th January Eric Clapton
1989  29th January Big Country
1989  20th February Simply Red
1989  9th March Anthrax
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1989  15th March BB King

1989  16th April  Duran Duran
1989  27th May Big Country
1989  1st & 2nd June Elton John, special guest Nik Kershaw           
1989  21st September Jethro Tull
1989  16th October Transvision Vamp, support band And Why Not 

 1989  21st October Yes

1989  25th October Runrig         
1989  28th October All About Eve

 

1989  31st December Big Country
1990  5th March The Stranglers (rescheduled from 27th September 1989)

1990  27th March Fish

Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
             
1990  9th May Jeff Beck

 

1990  6th October Bruce Hornsby & The Range
1990  20th October Hawkwind
1990  31st October Tangerine Dream

1990  1st November Queensryche            
1990  22nd November Thunder, & The Electric Boys

1991  20th January The Robert Cray Band
1991  11th March Deep Purple
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
  
1991  28th March Judas Priest           
1991  30th March Megadeth        
1991  17th July Kraftwerk

 

1991  6th October Level 42

1991  8th October Alice Cooper
1991  3rd November Slayer, & special guests Mindfunk 
1991  5th November  Kylie Minogue
Thank you to Alan McGregor for this ticket.
 
1991  31st December Fish
Thank you to Mark Burrell for this ticket.
 
1992  16th March Lou Reed
Thank you to Alan McGregor for this ticket.
 
1992  17th March Jethro Tull
1992  18th March Ozzy Osbourne
1992  1st May Hawkwind        
1992  8th July Erasure
1992  31st August Van Morrison

1992  2nd September Black Sabbath
1992  29th October Genesis
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to David Evans for the programme and  ticket above.
1993  1st February Joe Satriani
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for this scan.
1993  1st & 2nd June The Velvet Underground, & Luna 
Thank you to Alan McGregor for this ticket.
 
 
 
1993  4th June Brian May Band
1995  7th April Bob Dylan         
1998  17th April Yes
2001  21st May Alice Cooper, Special guest Dio
 
2002  22nd June Andy Williams
2003  6th July Yes
2003  26th October Simply Red          
2004  27th March Joe Brown & Marty Wilde
 

Save the Playhouse campaign circa 1974.  Thank you to Alan for the picture.
 
 
 
Three courses for 40p!  Not bad!