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

Booked!

A free, local literature festival run by West Dunbartonshire Libraries that nevertheless manages to book some big name authors for its programme of talks, signings and more unusual events. The 2014 programme includes Sir Hew Strachan, Colin Campbell, Alistair Moffat, Janis Sharp and James Oswald.

West Dunbartonshire

Mon 12 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Tue 13 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Wed 14 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

…and 17 more dates until 31 May

Coloursfest

Scotland's longest running dance festival brings together 10,000 clubbers with superstar DJs. 2014's line-up includes Showtek, Martin Garrix, Bingo Players, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila and Cosmic Gate with more names to be announced.

Braehead Arena, Glasgow

Sat 31 May

£44.50 / 0844 499 1700

Dead by Dawn

Celebrating 21 years of cinematic scares, the Filmhouse's horror fest ups the gore ante with a selection of blood-curdling genre premieres, classic features, short films and special guests. For a concentrated dose of evil, the Spawn of Dawn mini-fest runs throughout the Saturday night.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Fri 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sat 26 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sun 27 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Skye Book Festival

A variety of events including storytelling, antiquated book fair and leading novelists, poets, historians and children’s authors, travelling to Skye to meet their readers and talk about their work. The festival focuses on Gaelic literature, Scottish authors and literature about Scotland.

Aros Centre, Isle of Skye

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01478 613750

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01478 613750

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01478 613750

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Glasgow Film Festival

Scotland's fastest growing film festival has taken less than ten years to turn itself into a force to be reckoned with in the film festival world.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 18 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Thu 19 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Fri 20 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

…and 9 more dates until 1 Mar 2015

Inverness Film Festival

A small festival that packs a cinematic punch with film premieres and a handpicked selection of work by international first time directors.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Wed 5 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01463 234234

Thu 6 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01463 234234

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01463 234234

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Perth Beer Festival

Combined beer festival and rugby sevens tournament so you have something to watch while drinking beer from around the country. There is a tournament for the younger competitors on Sunday.

North Inch Park, Perth

Sat 10 May

Times & prices vary / 01738 587610

Pussy Whipped Festival

Three-dayer organised by Edinburgh's queer-feminist underground music night, with a progamme that spans gigs, club nights, films and workshops. The 2014 line-up is typically impressive. Across the weekend there are performances from – among many many others – Maybecyborgs (Germany) – gender fucking art indie pop…

Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

Times vary / £6 in advance; £8 on the door / 0131 229 1442

Sat 26 Apr

Times vary / £6 in advance; £8 on the door / 0131 229 1442

Sun 27 Apr

Times vary / £6 in advance; £8 on the door / 0131 229 1442

Refugee Week Scotland

This annual week-long festival of arts and cultural events and activities celebrates the contribution of refugees to our communities and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 16 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Tue 17 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Wed 18 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that 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

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

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

Flavour Fest Sunday

Sample foods from all over Scotland, and with live music, arts and crafts, demos and kids' activities to boot. Plus, every ticket holder gets a goodie bag. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Eddlewood Public Hall, Hamilton

Sun 4 May

£2 (Children £1) / 01698 281606

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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Nairn Book and Arts Festival

A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. New last year was the introduction of a Twitter fiction competition and an artisan food fair.

Various venues: Nairn

Tue 2 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01667 453476

Wed 3 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01667 453476

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01667 453476

…and 3 more dates until 7 Sep

Radio 1's Big Weekend

Now in its 11th year Radio 1's Big Weekend heads to the city where it's all happening in 2014 – Glasgow. Well established as Europe's largest free ticketed music event the Big Weekend plays host to some of the biggest names in pop and rock with Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters all previous headliners. Rita…

Glasgow Green

Sat 24 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 25 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Tummel and Tay Festival

A brand new festival paying homage to the golden nectar, spread across three venues: The Birks Cinemain Aberfeldy; Birnam Arts in Dunkeld; and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. There's also a spot of film, music and theatre – including screenings of Whisky Galore and music from Peatbog Faeries and Rant – to round out the affair.

Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Fri 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829141

Sat 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829141

Sun 25 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829141

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Fri 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01350 727674

Sat 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01350 727674

Sun 25 May

Times & prices vary / 01350 727674

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Fri 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01796 484626

Sat 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01796 484626

Sun 25 May

Times & prices vary / 01796 484626

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Ugie Folk Festival

A small, intimate and friendly celebration of folk with concerts, pub folk nights and sessions.

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Peterhead

Sat 26 Jul

Free / 01771 613352

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Various venues: Aberdeenshire

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01771 613352

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01771 613352

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01771 613352

Whisky Fringe

Held in the magnificent Mansfield Traquair, this is the much-anticipated annual event from Royal Mile Whiskies. In previous years, tickets for this celebration of the water of life, which features around 26 exhibitor stands and over 200 whiskies to sample each day, have sold out in under 20 minutes. But if you're lucky…

Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Times vary / 0131 5249380

Sat 9 Aug

Times vary / 0131 5249380

Sun 10 Aug

Times vary / 0131 5249380

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Beltane Fire Festival

A modern interpretation of the ancient fertility festival of Beltane in the spectacular setting of Calton Hill. Beltane Fire Society performs the story of the death of winter and the birth of summer via dance, drumming, debauched acrobatics, giant-puppetry and fire.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

£7; £10 after 24 April (Children under 12 free)

Gates open at 8pm Part of TradFest.

Best of the West Festival

Set in the stunning venue of the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this family-friendly festival highlights the best in food, drink, craft, music and entertainments from the West of Scotland. From fine crafts to fine food and from local pipe bands to world-famous headline music acts, the programme offers something for…

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Sat 13 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 19:30

Sun 14 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 18:30

Biggar Little Festival

The name is something of a red herring as this small Lanarkshire festival is really punching above its weight with a programme of around 70 varied arts events put on by different community groups and local businesses, plus a couple of big name touring artists booked by the festival committee. Covering comedy, theatre…

Various Venues, Biggar

Thu 16 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01899 220980

Fri 17 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01899 220980

Sat 18 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01899 220980

…and 8 more dates until 26 Oct

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

Buzzcut Festival

Cutting edge performance art festival created in December 2011 in response to the shock cancellation of the well-established New Territories festival. Buzzcut is all about sharing: food, ideas and homes. This year's line-up features Ella Good and Nicki Kent, FK Alexander, Greg Wohead, Veale and Rigg, Will Dickie, Conor…

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Wed 23 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 445 6007

Thu 24 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 445 6007

Fri 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 445 6007

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