i'm not sure the edinburgh punk scene is what it once was... venues generally getting more corporate/ tourist orientated doesnt help. The Forest is definitely all about diy, if not any specific kind of music/ event. we are committed to putting on all our events for free and accessible to all... funding it through our vegetarian/ vegan cafe.
there is also a space above us in the same building which is sometimes available for shows depending on noise/ licensing requirements.
the mercat gets quite a few punk bands, i think there is a bit of a scene, heres the contact - i dont think they have a website...
The Mercat 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, 0131 225 3861. A pretty tiny Haymarket bunker of a venue, this isn’t exactly the Corn Exchange, but regular local band nights are building a great reputation for quality value entertainment. At the moment, So Purple put on regular Sat night bills of local talent and at 200 capacity it’s ideal for bands just getting started.
bongo club is another great diy type venue/ arts collective, fairly varied programming.
i'm sure theres more i've forgotten. if you're in edinburgh for a while then of course you should check out whats happening in glasgow. plenty going on there. some punk bands come through stereo and the 13th note, theres a load of other venues too. its only an hour away on a cheapo bus.
anyway, be sure to stop by when you are here in the summer. and if you want to put any bands in touch with us who are looking for somewhere to play, that would be cool.