10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this July

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this July

Including TRNSMT, Kelburn Garden Party and Bard in the Botanics

The end of June brought with it some of the hottest temperatures Scotland has ever experienced and it looks like the Scot scorchio will continue into July. To help you make the most of the heat we've compiled a list of 10 events you can't miss in Edinburgh and Glasgow this July.

Rip it Up
It's an exhibition, a book, some gigs, a TV documentary series and a tour. Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop is set to dominate the rest of this year as we celebrate our musical heritage from the 1950s up to the present day. Everyone from Alex Harvey to Annie Lennox, and the Proclaimers to Primal Scream will be honoured in the NMS exhibition while Summerhall hosts Emma Pollock, Stanley Odd and Be Charlotte in a one-off extravaganza.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 22 Jun–Sun 25 Nov; Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Jun.

Across two weekends, Glasgow Green will be throbbing to an astonishing array of rock and pop acts including Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J, Interpol, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Alice, Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, and Queen + Adam Lambert.
Glasgow Green, Fri 29 Jun–Sun 1 Jul; Fri 6, Sun 8 Jul.

Fiesta x Fold
This magical music festival summer keeps on rolling with a brand spanking new event which veers more towards the soul / dance / funk / electronic base as (deep breath) Nile Rodgers, Chic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pointer Sisters, Morcheeba, Laura Mvula and Goldfrapp give it their all.
Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Sat 30 Jun-Sun 1 Jul.

Wilson Dixon
He may seem like a laidback guy, but country legend Wilson Dixon sure is hurtin' inside. His ex-wife is causing him grief while he's struggling to keep an angry horse happy. Character musical comedy at its finest, y'all.
The Stand, Glasgow, Sun 1 Jul; The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 1, Tue 3 Jul.

Edwardian Ghost Stories / Victorian Séance
Those Edwardians and Victorians knew a thing or two about being spooky, and here come two events which should have you quaking in your boots. An afternoon recreation of MR James telling tales by the fire is followed by an evening of paranormal activity.
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Jul.

Milkshake! Live
An astonishing array of kiddies' favourite characters are gathered on one stage courtesy of Channel 5's Milkshake!, including Fireman Sam, the Little Princess, Noddy, and Bob the Builder.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 5 Jul.

The Bridge
The end of an era is dawning as Scandic Noir's crown jewel heads for its no-doubt shattering finale, with the fates of Saga and Henrik swinging in the balance.
BBC Two, Fri; seasons 1–4 box set released on Mon 2 Jul.

Eve Fowler
Yet another coup for Dundee as the DCA hosts the first major European exhibition of this LA-based artist's work with posters, prints, billboards, paintings and installations utilising the words of Gertrude Stein.
DCA, Dundee, Sat 9 Jun–Sun 26 Aug.

Kelburn Garden Party
A long weekend of fun lies ahead on the grounds and glen of a 13th century castle with music from Goldie, Ibibio Sound Machine, A Guy Called Gerald, and Auntie Flo, plus there's kids' entertainment from Let's Circus and the Lullabies Collective.
Kelburn Castle, Largs, Fri 29 Jun–Mon 2 Jul.

Bard in the Botanics (chosen by Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) writer-performer Isobel McArthur)
July can be the cruellest month if you're a theatre-loving Scot. Companies are in rehearsal for their festival shows and many buildings go quiet as the front-of-house staff nervously brace themselves. Plus audiences are reluctant to take a gamble on new work if it means sitting in a dark room during what might be their only taps-aff-pertunity that year. Luckily, you can have your cake and eat it (along with the rest of your picnic) at Bard in the Botanics. In the beautiful gardens, classics we've seen a thousand times make great watching, but I'm so pleased to see the bold decision taken of staging seldom-performed Edward II. Not because Marlowe's better than Shakespeare (probably no one is) but because this story about two male heads-of-state in love was written over 400 years ago and, if well-adapted, might have much more to teach us about humanity than we realise.
Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Wed 20 Jun–Sat 28 Jul.

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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. Six stages and various pop-up nooks host the musical programme, an eclectic mix of…

Kelburn Castle and Estate, Largs

Fri 1 Jul

Times vary / 01475 568685

Sat 2 Jul

Times vary / 01475 568685

Sun 3 Jul

Times vary / 01475 568685

Mon 4 Jul

Times vary / 01475 568685

Milkshake Live: Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Milkshake Monkey enlists the help of his Milkshake friends to put on a dazzling show.

Charter Hall, Colchester

Mon 18 Apr

£17 (Children £11–£16) / 01206 282020

  • 12:00

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Wed 6 Apr

£18 (Family £16.25; Children £16.50) / 01553 764864

The Stockport Plaza

Tue 31 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 477 7779

TRNSMT Festival

The pop-rock heavy city centre festival returns to Glasgow for its fourth edition in 2021.

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

National Museums Scotland and BBC Scotland are coming together to tell the story of Scottish pop music in a major collaborative project that explores the musical culture of a nation over more than half a century.

The Fiesta x FOLD

A brand new festival brought to you by the team behind The West End Fiesta in collaboration with the Nile Rodger’s Freak Out Let’s Dance Party.

Eve Fowler

  • 4 stars

The first major European exhibition of American artist Eve Fowler’s work. Fowler is one of the most significant artists of her generation, using art and language to disrupt and unsettle the dominant power structures that control much of the world around us.

Edwardian Ghost Stories

Storyteller and tour guide Alex Staniforth reads select bone-chilling ghost stories from English author MR James, in a sitting room much like the one James would have had back in the Edwardian period.

Antony and Cleopatra

When Antony neglects his empire for a life of decadence and passion with Cleopatra, their affair results in devastating consequences. Adapted from Shakespeare's classic play and directed by Gordon Barr.

Edward II

Gordon Barr adapts and directs Christopher Marlowe's political thriller and intense love story between Edward II and Galveston.

Much Ado About Nothing

Jennifer Dick directs Shakespeare's joyous comedy about romantic misfits Benedick and Beatrice, set in a Victorian travelling circus.

Romeo and Juliet

Jennifer Dick directs Shakespeare's tragic love story of two young lovers from warring families.

Wilson Dixon: For The First Time. Again.

Legendary country singer Wilson Dixon returns to the UK after a seven year hiatus for a very rare performance of songs and stories.