Music festival fever
Musos of all dispositions can enjoy an array of music festivals all year round, Shelley O’Neill selects the best.
Scotland’s exciting music scene has paved the way for a plethora of music festivals, each a little different with something to suit every musical taste.
T in the Park has grown from a little weekend event in Strathclyde Park into a huge three day bonanza. The biggest headliners feature here and the line up is good enough to rival Glastonbury and V Festival. 2008 saw Rage Against the Machine, Stereophonics and REM on the main stage with smaller acts performing across the nine stages of T. Early bird tickets have already sold out so be quick when the remainder are released early next year.
Hydro Connect is a relative newcomer to Scotland's music scene. It's billed as a boutique event and the biggest attractions are its picturesque setting at Inverary Castle and bespoke camping where you don't even need to sleep in a tent. The Tangerine Fields host ready made tents, MyHabs, an eco friendly, cardboard alternative to a tent and Pod Pads, mini wooden huts that contain beds, carpets and electricity. There are also luxury food tents where you can feast on porridge, home baking and oysters. 2008's headliners such as Kasabian and Bloc Party were a little more mainstream than some other events, but this is the stylish way to say goodbye to those festival bug bears like camping and bad food.
The small site at Live at Loch Lomond usually has the best dance acts, this year showcasing the talents of Groove Armada and Carl Cox alongside some golden oldies such as the Sex Pistols and the Happy Mondays.
Another festival with a loch as its home is Rock Ness, a recent addition to the festival scene making its debut in 2006. Fatboy Slim and Razorlight headlined the two day event this year with hundreds of other dance and indie bands gracing the other areas including the Skins arena and the Go North Bollywood area.
If camping and warm beer aren't your thing then there is still something for you. The Edge festival in Edinburgh spans various venues during the Edinburgh Fringe. Past highlights have included Pixes, Muse, Radiohead and Morrisey. Tickets are sold separately for each gig so get your debit card out and plan your August to take in as much as possible.