Meet our official music reviewer, Stuart Niven

19 May 2022

Stuart Niven Music Reviewer

Following our recent competition to find an Edinburgh music fan to tell the story of Edinburgh’s exciting and eclectic live music scene, we’re delighted to reveal that a winner has been chosen!

Stuart Niven, 37, a Learning and Development consultant from Leith with a passion for music and an interest in writing, will enjoy free gigs and create reviews that showcase the city’s vast range of live music.

Entrants were asked to submit a 250-word review of a gig they’d attended in the past 12-months, describing the event, artist, venue and capturing a sense of Edinburgh as a music-lovers destination. Stuart’s winning entry was a review of the hotly tipped band, Wet Leg at Edinburgh’s Mash House.

The gigs that Stuart will be reviewing will feature local artists and touring acts, with one of the first events being Edinburgh’s most exciting artist just now, Hamish Hawk at The Caves.

Stuart, a frequent visitor to the likes of Sneaky Pete’s, The Usher Hall and Leith Theatre, said: “This news put a huge smile on my face, I was grinning from ear to ear when I found out. I work in Learning and Development for a living but I enjoy writing and have often thought about doing some sort of blog or review page for the gigs and festivals I attend - mainly just to keep record and have a memory of them all. It was great to have my review received so positively. This competition has definitely given me the encouragement to continue writing.

“I think it is a hugely exciting time for the Edinburgh music scene right now. The Usher Hall over the last few years has attracted some huge names from all genres to the capital. O2’s acquisition of the Corn Exchange and subsequent bookings there is encouraging, and we have some incredible small venues like Sneaky Pete’s, which continues to lead the charge.

“The return of Connect Music Festival and all shows to take place at Ingliston this summer are other hugely exciting events to mark on Edinburgh’s music calendar that show just how important the city can be in staging live music.”

We, for one, can’t wait to read Stuart’s highly-anticipated reviews! Stay tuned to follow his progress.