With the sun shining (mostly) and midsummer approaching, it's touring season for those legends of pop and rock who require a massive open space in which to perform. Those others who prefer indoor settings don't want to miss the party, so many of them are heading out on the road too - some for farewell or Greatest Hits tours. Either way, it's time to dig out your festival clobber and jog along to a thousands-strong concert somewhere. If that sounds like you, here is our list of the best of the upcoming gigs.


Elton John

Sandwiched between dates in Birmingham and Paris, the piano-playing rock legend fits in four Scottish performances, two each in and Glasgow. It’s part of his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and a week after the final Scottish date he headlines Glastonbury in a star-studded line-up which also includes Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses. He can’t quite match Taylor Swift’s marathon 44-song set but he has been managing 20 plus songs a night, among them Bennie And The Jets, Rocket Man, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Candle In The Wind (how could he not?) and everyone’s favourite singalong number, Tiny Dancer.

P&J Live arena, Aberdeen (June 13 and 15); OVO Hydro, Glasgow (June 17 and 18)

Guns N’ Roses

The LA rock legends kicked off their We’re F’N’Back tour in Pennsylvania in 2021 and, having landed briefly in the UK last summer, arrive with a bang this month when they settle down in Glasgow three days after their Saturday night headlining slot at Glastonbury. The line-up has changed – nay, churned – over the years, but all you really need to know is that frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan are all present and correct. OK, maybe not correct exactly.

Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (June 27)

The Herald: Guns N' Roses on stageGuns N' Roses on stage (Image: PA)


In September it will be a decade since the release of Chvrches’ acclaimed debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, so the Scottish electro-pop trio can qualify now for veteran status. Fourth album Screen Violence came out in 2021, they picked up a gong at the NME Awards last year for their single How Not To Drown (a collaboration with Robert Smith of The Cure, no less) and they’re on tour this year with Coldplay, opening for them in Brazil (where they also played two headline shows) and returning at the end of June for dates in Italy. Ahead of that there’s the inevitable Glastonbury slot and – we’ll get there eventually – the not-so-small matter of three Scottish dates, including two homecoming shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland. 

Barrowland, Glasgow (June 10 and 11); Fat Sams, Dundee (June 12)

The Herald: Chvrches singer Lauren MayberryChvrches singer Lauren Mayberry (Image: Getty Images)

Pet Shop Boys

With a new album out on June 16 – sort of anyway: it’s called Smash and features all their singles in chronological order – the envelope-pushing electronic duo bring their pandemic-delayed Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live tour to Aberdeen following their Edinburgh show at Hogmanay. It’s the pair’s first ever greatest hits tour, testament to a band never likely to want to rest on its laurels. The title comes from a single on their most recent album, 2020’s Hotspot, on which they collaborated with Years & Years, aka electropop producer Olly Alexander.

P&J Live arena, Aberdeen (June 21)

The Herald: Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys (Image: Pelle Crépin)


Everyone’s favourite glam-rock-prog trio arrives in Scotland on their Will Of The People World Tour, performing here with support from Twin Atlantic and The Warning. They’re promoting last year’s Will Of The People album – described by frontman Matt Bellamy as “a greatest hits album of new songs” – but expect them to dip into their (now extensive) back catalogue and wheel out with fan favourites such as Knights Of Cydonia and Supermassive Black Hole. Are they turning into Hawkwind? Let’s hope so. One thing’s for sure, they always put on a good show.

Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (June 23)

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard

For their profligate use of umlauts alone, the leather-clad, multi-platinum selling LA veterans deserve their place in rock history. But five billion streams across digital platforms and a Netflix documentary attest to their staying power and to their ongoing relevance for those who like their band t-shirts black and their rock music loud and hedonistic. Co-headlining with Nikki Sixx and his Crüe are Sheffield’s finest (sorry Jarvis), Def Leppard. They’ll be running through their greatest hits as well as 2022’s glam rock-infused album Diamond Star Halos. Fans of T-Rex will note the reference to their 1971 single Get It On.

Glasgow Green, Glasgow (July 6)

Rod Stewart

With half a century of hit-making behind him the iconic singer brings his inimitable stage presence and unforgettable voice to a stage which is almost as handsome and craggy as he is – Edinburgh Castle. He’s doing two nights as part of his Global Hits Tour, which will do pretty much what it says on the tin. Support comes from Johnny Mac And The Faithful, the Scottish band whose music Sir Rod first heard when he was watching Celtic TV and who he invited on tour with him in 2019.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (July 6 and 7)

The Herald: Rod Stewart on stage in the USRod Stewart on stage in the US (Image: Getty Images)

The Who

It’s the first performance in Edinburgh for over 40 years for the guitar-smashing rock legends who, along with the Rolling Stones, really are the last great 1960s band standing. Ever restless and forward-looking, they’re appearing in the capital with a full orchestra for their Who Hits Back! Tour, and setlists so far have been peppered with mid-period favourites such as You Better You Bet, The Seeker, Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Reilly and the equally epic Won’t Get Fooled Again. Songs from Quadrophenia abound too, including I’m One, Love, Reign O’er Me, 5.15 and The Real Me. Genuine rock royalty at a historic building which has seen its fair share of kings and queens.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (July 8 and 9)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

The funk-metal gods notched up their 40th anniversary last year and, with guitarist extraordinaire John Frusciante now back in the fold alongside vocalist Anthony Kiedis, hyperactive bassist Flea, and drummer Chad Smith, celebrated with not one but two new, Rick Rubin-produced albums, Unlimited Love and Return Of The Dream Canteen. Hampden welcomes the livewire rockers next month on the wittily named Global Stadium Tour, though whether Scotland has forgiven the band remains to be seen: a show scheduled for last summer in Glasgow was cancelled at very short notice. Support here comes from The Roots and King Princess.

Hampden Park, Glasgow (July 23)

Lewis Capaldi

Following his recent appearance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee the Scot has been forced to cancel a slew of shows in order to be ready for his Glastonbury slot later this month. In an Instagram post he wrote: “I need to take a moment to rest and recover, to be at my best and ready for Glastonbury, and all of the other incredible shows coming up so that I’m able to continue doing what I love for a long time to come.” Fans due to catch him in his two-night stint in Edinburgh at the end of August will be watching future posts with breath baited and fingers crossed. At the time of writing, those shows were still due to go ahead.

Royal Highland Showgrounds, Edinburgh (August 30 and September 1)