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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

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

…and 7 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

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

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Sun 7 Sep

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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

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

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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

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

…and 6 more dates until 2 Aug

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

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

…and 14 more dates until 10 Aug

Isle of Jura Music Festival

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to.

Craighouse, Isle of Jura

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

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

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Sat 6 Sep

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Sun 7 Sep

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Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

Traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music based in Campbeltown, Kintyre (The Cradle of the Nation) on the west coast of Scotland. The festival offers a mix of concerts, ceilidhs, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, parades, cultural and heritage tours that make the most of the location.

Various Venues, Campbeltown

Wed 20 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01586 552056

Thu 21 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01586 552056

Fri 22 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01586 552056

…and 2 more dates until 24 Aug

Southern Fried Festival

Scotland’s festival of American roots music covers all the American Roots music bases, including blues, country, cajun, gospel, swing and soul. Fill up on workshops, free gigs, local bands and their legendary soul food. Headliners in 2014 include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash.

Perth Concert Hall

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Speyfest

Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.

Fochabers

Fri 25 Jul

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Sat 26 Jul

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Sun 27 Jul

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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

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Fri 5 Sep

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Sat 6 Sep

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…and 9 more dates until 15 Sep

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

A delicious staple in the Dundee calendar, with food and drink tastings, chef demonstrations, live music and competitions including the World Jampionships. Once they've had enough to eat, shows and face-painting are on hand to entertain the kids. Special guests announced nearer the time, but last year there were…

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Fri 5 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

Sat 6 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

Sun 7 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

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Scots Fiddle Festival

Held over three days, this exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend includes concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

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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

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

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

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Sun 12 Oct

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Mon 13 Oct

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…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

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Fri 12 Sep

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Sat 13 Sep

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Sun 14 Sep

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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

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

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

Denholm Folk Festival

A wee folk festival for a wee village. The weekend's programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition. The main events are joined by continual sessions for uninterrupted foot-tapping.

Various Venues, Denholm

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 9 Nov

Times & prices vary

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

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