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Scottish synth-pop maestros CHVRCHES headlined the fourth night of Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens tonight.

It is five years since their last performance in the capital, and this rounded off an outstanding show with three Scottish bands makeing their festival debut below Edinburgh Castle.

The Glasgow trio, fronted by Lauren Mayberry, started off with one of their biggest hits, ‘Get Out’. A unique chance to catch one of the country’s biggest bands in such an intimate setting, the crowd sang along to fan favourites like ‘Bury It’, ‘Miracle’ and ‘We Sink’, with the trio telling the crowd, “Massive respect for standing out here in the rain!” Ever encouraging girls to get involved in the music scene, the frontwoman acknowledged some of her younger fans by saying, “There’s a lot of little ladies in the audience tonight and they’re the children of the future!”

Making a much welcomed return to their hometown, Edinburgh favourites We Were Promised Jetpacks also joined the bill tonight, bringing big tunes like ‘Repeating Patterns’ and ‘Someone Else’s Problem’ singalongs to the all-Scottish bill.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Opening the show, Glasgow four-piece The Ninth Wave made an incredible impression on the Summer Sessions crowd bringing their expertly blended mix of 80s new wave and goth pop to the iconic gig setting with their songs ‘New Kind of Ego’ and ‘Sometimes The Silence Is Sweeter’.

The Ninth Wave

With upcoming shows in the Gardens including a double-header from Lewis Capaldi plus James, Courteeners and Madness all set to take place over the next week, Summer Sessions is the place to be for any music fan looking to experience one of the most iconic gig locations in the country. Remaining tickets for James and Madness on sale from WWW.SMMRSESSIONS.COM

All photos courtesy of Summer Sessions Euan Robertson