Scottish Festivals

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The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

Once again The Frog and Pressure pool their resources to bring you the Riverside Festival. The line-up on Sat includes 2ManyDJs, Vitalic (live), Pan-Pot, Slam, Tiga, Matthew Dear, Derrick May, Felix da Housecat and Andrew Weatherall. Sun features Jamie Jones, Laurent Garnier. Visonquest, DJ Sneak bank-to-back with…

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Sat 3 May

Weekend ticket £55; day ticket £30 / 0141 287 2660

Sun 4 May

Weekend ticket £55; day ticket £30 / 0141 287 2660

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 100 real ales from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Sat 19 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Sun 20 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, in the heart of Melrose, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class writers and personalities and also hosts the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction awards, as well as a children's programme. This year's fest sees former Prime Minister Gordon…

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Fri 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Sat 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Sun 15 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Tradfest

A festival inspired by the traditional arts of Scotland. Expect music, song, story, dance and craft to coincide with the seasonal rites of Beltane and May Day given a contemporary spin. Highlights for 2014 include performances from trad ensemble Breabach, folkie Rachel Newton and Wounded Knee; the legit traditional and…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Wed 30 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Thu 1 May

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 10 more dates until 11 May

FyneFest

Beer is the star at Fyne Ales brewery with over 100 different beers from the UK’s best breweries available over the weekend, accompanied by an equally tempting music programme and food from a range of local producers (local as in venison burgers from the estate and fresh oysters collected from the loch).

Fyne Ales, Cairndow

Fri 13 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sat 14 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sun 15 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

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Piping Live!

It's the tenth year of this annual week-long celebration of piping, including contemporary and traditional, solo and pipe bands and more. The World Pipe Band Championships take place on the second to last day at Glasgow Green, with free family displays in the George Square area.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 11 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 0220

Tue 12 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 0220

Wed 13 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 0220

…and 4 more dates until 17 Aug

East End Social

Organised by Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground the East End Social is part music showcase, part community-engagement project and an official Culture 2014 event. The project aims to bring a diverse range of music to a Glasgow's East End venues with performances from The Nectarine No 9, King Ayisoba and RM Hubbert…

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 18 Apr

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture.

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture.

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture.

…and 110 more dates until 8 Aug

GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Castle provides the fairytale setting for this eccentric music festival. The graffiti project for which Kelburn is known is just one of the items of hand-made décor, art and lighting that make the event a feast for all the senses. Four stages and various pop-up nooks host the musical programme – an eclectic mix of…

Kelburn Castle and Country Centre, Largs

Fri 4 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01475 568685

Sat 5 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01475 568685

Sun 6 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01475 568685

Bon Scott Fest

Fans from all over the world descend on the sleepy Angus town of Kirriemuir for a celebration of its most rock'n'roll son, AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

Kirriemuir Town Hall

Fri 15 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 16 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Sun 17 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

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Bootstock

Annual music festival to help fund educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in the poorest and most remote regions of Nepal.

Resolis Memorial Hall, Dingwall

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed

Brew at the Bog

A day of great music and great beer with BrewDog, the coolest craft beer label on the block, and Bogbain Farm, which was voted Scotland's Best Unusual Venue at the Scottish Event Awards. The line-up is hand-picked from Britain's flourishing indie scene and 2014 will feature King Creosote, Roddy Woomble, Stanley Odd, Kid…

Bogbain Adventure & Heritage Farm, Inverness

Sat 3 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

Fife Brass Band Festival

Brass bands from around Scotland each present their own concert programme at this competition.

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01383 602302

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

John Calder Festival

Festival celebrating the life of publisher John Calder featuring performances from the Hebrides Ensemble and Barry McGovern, plus Calder in conversation with Alan Taylor and Derek Watson.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

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Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers the best local bands, dance groups, quirky performers and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

The Meadows, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Jun

Times vary / Free

Sun 8 Jun

Times vary / Free

Peebles Food Festival

Peebles' Food Festival features cooking demonstrations, competitions and a farmers market. Younger chefs are catered for, with a series of yummy special events.

Various Venues, Peebles

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

Scotland's Festival of History

The largest history and re-enactment festival in Scotland features more than 500 costumed specialists from across Europe to recreate 2000+ years of history from the Picts and Celts and Romans to WW1 and WW2.

Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton

Sat 16 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07963 128365

Sun 17 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07963 128365

Truckfest Scotland

Scotland's largest truck festival with plenty of entertainment for all the family.

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Prices vary / 01775 768661

  • 08:00 – 17:00

Sun 3 Aug

Prices vary / 01775 768661

  • 08:00 – 17:00

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

West End, Glasgow

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

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Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival

Aberdeen's oldest and original music, drama and dance Festival. Running since 1909, this summer festival features competitions in story telling, classical music performance and choral singing.

Various venues, Aberdeen

Mon 2 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Tue 3 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Wed 4 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

…and 8 more dates until 12 Jun

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

Dunfermline Bruce Festival

Dunfermline, home to the story of Robert the Bruce as well as the legendary king's grave, hosts a weekend of historical activities and re-enactments with a strong family feel.

Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

Sat 12 Jul

Free / 01383 732226

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Sun 13 Jul

Free / 01383 732226

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The largest arts festival in the world and the greatest show on earth. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sat 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sun 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Hands-on science for adults, children and families in venues across the city with programme ranging from the entertaining to the controversial and, of course, the icky. City Art Centre is transformed into a hub for science fun (and learning) where kids can unwrap a mummy, inspect the inside of an eyeball or programme…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

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