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Merchant City Festival

Glasgow's swanky part of town continues to round together culture in its diverse festival. Previous years have seen comedy, theatre and art events cramming themselves into the area's fashionable buildings, while street performers add to the festival atmosphere.

Various venues, Glasgow

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Thu 31 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

…and 3 more dates until 3 Aug

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various Venues, North Berwick

Mon 4 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 5 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 6 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

…and 4 more dates until 10 Aug

Portpatrick Folk Festival

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday.

Various Venues, Portpatrick

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Doune the Rabbit Hole

A boutique music festival that manages a lovely line-up of music, theatre, comedy and spoken word performances. Acts for 2014 include the Peatbog Faeries, Acid Mother’s Temple, Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis, The One Ensemble, Ela Orleans, The Shiverin' Sheiks, Woodenbox, Adam Stafford, Balkanarama Klub, Laura J Martin…

Cardross Estate, by Port of Menteith

Fri 22 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

Sat 23 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

Sun 24 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

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Bathgate Music Festival

A community-led music festival, including the Party in the Park, where a funfair accompanies the music. Live@lunch gigs cheer up the middle of the day, if you simply can't wait for the evening's fun.

Various Venues: Bathgate

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Electric Fields

One day music festival set in the Dumfriesshire hills, with a focus on Scottish talent. The line-up for 2014 includes We Were Promised Jetpacks, Fatherson, The LaFontaines, Stanley Odd, Honeyblood, Vigo Thieves, Prides, Anderson McGinty Webster & Fisher, Neon Waltz, Miaoux Miaoux, Bombskare, United Fruit, Woodenbox…

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, Dumfries

Sat 30 Aug

£25–£35 / 01848 331555

Auchtermuchty Festival

Traditional music and folk are the focusses of this festival, which offers ceilidhs, concerts, dances, competitions and workshops with a line-up of prestigious guests and local, up-and-coming talent. Informal sessions allow visitors and musicians of all abilities to join in, so bring along your instrument of choice.

Auchtermuchty

Fri 1 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

Sat 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

Sun 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

…and 7 more dates until 10 Aug

Big Burns Supper

Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts.

Various venues, Dumfries

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

…and 6 more dates until 31 Jan 2015

Culross Festival

The Culross Festival has been bringing top UK and Scottish acts to the picturesque setting of Culross for over 20 years. The open-air lawn of Abbey House and the presence of catering facilities lend themselves to a late summer picnic, and previous festivals have included Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Capercaillie.

Abbey House, Culross

Fri 15 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sat 16 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sun 17 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

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Douglasdale Folk Festival

Small, friendly and affordable festival with something to suit every folky's taste in a programme of concerts, workshops and pub sessions. This year's line-up features Tannahill Weavers, Pilgrim's Way, Heather Young and 2011 Open Stage winners The Daddy Naggins & Gordon Neil.

St Brides Centre, Douglas

Fri 19 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Sat 20 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Sun 21 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

As it approaches its silver anniversary, the DTMF has a back catalogue filled with some of Scotland's best loved music names, including Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Sandy Legget and Ian Davidson. A range of trad music to suit most tastes, with a family concert on Sunday afternoon and workshops for all ages. 2014's line-up…

Various venues: Dunbar

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

Peebles Arts Festival

The only cross-platform multi-arts festival in the Borders. The arts on offer include music by local performers, visual art representing the local area, author readings, newly-commissioned theatre performances, film, a crafts fair and tours with historical, humorous, musical, landscape and literary themes.

Various Venues, Peebles

Fri 22 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sat 23 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sun 24 Aug

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 31 Aug

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Various venues, Girvan

Fri 1 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sat 2 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sun 3 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music, children’s activities and Scottish food and drink.

George Square, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

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Islay Sessions

A small and cosy traditional music festival set to brighten up the otherwise dreary month of November. It brings cheer in the form of outstanding musicians from the Scottish traditional and folk scenes. The weekend is filled with pub sessions, workshops for all ages, concert performances and, if you desire, the whisky for…

Various Venues, Isle Of Islay

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 9 Nov

Times & prices vary

Lanark Music Connections

Folk, blues and rock rub shoulders at this mix of local talent and more well-known artists that includes jam sessions, open mic events and workshops taking over pubs and venues in the Royal Burgh of Lanark. 2014 features Dougie MacLean, Drever, McGuire, Young, Patsy Matheson, Haggerdash, Crossfire and Touchwood.

Various Venues, Lanark

Fri 29 Aug

Times & prices vary (many free) / 01555 661661

Sat 30 Aug

Times & prices vary (many free) / 01555 661661

Sun 31 Aug

Times & prices vary (many free) / 01555 661661

Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of free country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. Past acts on the billing have included Lazy Dog and Carson City.

Various Venues, Millport

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival, now in its 23rd year, that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film. The 2013 festival featured such diverse performers as Tory grandee Michael Portillo and maverick pianist Huw Warren.

Various Venues, Aboyne & Deeside

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Thu 31 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

…and 10 more dates until 10 Aug

Blas Festival

A massive celebration of the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland.

Various venues: Highlands & Islands

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

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Blazin' in Beauly

The brainchild of Blazin' Fiddles, designed to immerse visitors in the music of the Highlands and Islands through concerts, sessions, talks and workshops – making this one of the finest fiddle festivals around.

Beauly

Sat 11 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 12 Oct

Times & prices vary

Mon 13 Oct

Times & prices vary

…and 4 more dates until 17 Oct

Ceol Cholasa

Four-day folky fest on the Island of Colonsay with some great acts appearing. This year’s line-up features Bella Hardy, Battlefield Band, Rura, Kathleen MacInnes, David Francey, Mairearad & Anna and others. There is also a series of workshops and a ceilidh.

Colonsay, Isle of Colonsay

Thu 11 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 12 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 13 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary

Chester Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

With an awesome line up and some of the hottest names in the business stepping on stage, this is one music festival not to miss. Featuring headliner Steve Cropper alongside Animals and Friends, Billy Walton Band, The Hitman Blues Band and the New York City Horns, Mākuini andLucy Zirins

The Live Rooms, Chester

Sat 18 Oct

£27

  • 14:00 – 22:00

Crail Festival

As well as musical entertainment, the Crail Festival features art, drama, theatre and outdoor activities including a sandcastle competition and rock pool guddle, for adults and children. This year's line-up includes Donnie Munro, Them Beatles, Richard Digance, Fake Thakray, Crail Festival Orchestra, Les Barker and more.

Various Venues, Crail

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Thu 31 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

…and 2 more dates until 2 Aug

Creation Fest 2014

Christian music festival with Bible teaching and fun for the whole family. Featuring music from Ben Cantelon, Grammy nominee Jeremy Camp, and hip-hop artist Guvna B. Plus skate park, kids holiday club, outdoor sports activities and more.

Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

Sat 2 Aug

Times to be confirmed / Free / 08448 794703

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