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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.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

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 1 May

£19.12

Scottish Juniper Festival 2015

Three days of gin-based goodness to celebrate World Gin Day.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Jun

£21.50 / 0131 560 1581

Sat 13 Jun

£21.50 / 0131 560 1581

The Whisky Stramash

A chance to sample as many different whiskies as you think you can handle, also promising 'mystery, entertainment, comicality and madcap pioneering.' The whisky line-up includes Bunnahabhain, Ledaig, Tobermory, Deanston, Glen Moray, Aberfeldy and the debuts of Craigellachie and Aultmore.

Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

£17.05–£28.60 / 0844 481 8898

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 22 May

£9 / 0844 481 8898

Secret event: a lively Friday night of retro revival with cocktails. The event is sponsored by Aberfeldy Single Malt Whisky and Dewars Blended Whisky, and that's all the details they're releasing. the venue is announced to ticket holders the week before.

Darvel Music Festival

A community-led festival, Darvel has been gathering fans over the past 14 years under the stewardship of Neil and Sheila McKenna.

Darvel Town Hall

Fri 1 May

£35 / 01560 322437

Sat 2 May

£22.50–£35 / 01560 322437

Sun 3 May

£22.50 / 01560 322437

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Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. Bands appearing this year include Ellis County, Paul Taylor, Stillwater, Western Express, Pete Shaw, Carson City, Donna Wylde, Smokin' Gunns, and McKenzie. Diana Dawson will host two line-dance workshops and the Silver…

Millport Town Hall

Fri 4 Sep

£10 Weekend wristband for venue entry; £5 for a single day / 01475 530741

Udderbelly Festival

A massive multi-arts festival takes over the Southbank for the best part of a raucous three months, with music, comedy, theatre and family-friendly shows aplenty. The 2015 programme includes stand up from Katherine Ryan, James Acaster and Richard Herring; bubble fun for kids with The Amazing Bubble Man; and circus…

Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, London SE1

Tue 28 Apr

£17.50

A Simple Space

Wed 29 Apr

£17.50

A Simple Space

Thu 30 Apr

£17.50

A Simple Space

…and 71 more dates until 19 Jul

Cupar Blues and Beyond Club

Regular blues sessions featuring a variety of artists.

Watts of Cupar

Fri 8 May

£10 (Students £8) / 01334 657938

Bless The Funk

Four days of jazz, funk and soul, featuring DJs such as Redd Pepper, Brian Jay, John Douglas, DJ Trix and more.

Azur, St. Leonards-on-Sea

Fri 22 May

£25 day ticket (Weekend ticket £45) / 01424 465 267

Coloursfest

Scotland's longest running dance festival brings together thousands of clubbers with superstar DJs. 2015's line-up includes Showtek, Steve Aoki, Headhunterz, Dannic, Will Sparks, Aly & Fila, Aandrew Rayel, Pure NRG (live), George Bowie, Kutski, Tidy Boys, Scott Project, Zac Waters, Matt Watkins and many more blasting…

Braehead Arena, Glasgow

Sat 6 Jun

£49.50 / 0844 499 1700

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Perth Festival of the Arts

Music, comedy, theatre, dance and visual arts are all up for grabs at this festival. Highlights include the Proclaimers, Jools Holland, King Creosote, Courtney Pine, La Boheme, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Marines Band, The Only Way is Downton, Simpy Gershwin, the Sixteen, Red Priest, Scottish Opera, John Suchet, Headphone…

Perth Concert Hall

Thu 21 May

Prices vary / 01738 621031

Fri 22 May

Prices vary / 01738 621031

Sat 23 May

Prices vary / 01738 621031

…and 8 more dates until 31 May

Seend Beer Festival

The beer festival's 15th year of providing hoppy goodness.

Seend Community Centre, Melksham

Fri 1 May

£11

Summerhall Beer FestivALE

Get in the spirit (or the beer) of things, with Williams Bros, Top Out, the Rum Boys, Pickering's Gin, Barney's Beer, Thistly Cross Cider and Summerhall's Bizarre Bottle Bar. Four tokens are included in the ticket price, so use them wisely.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Sat 16 May

£8 / 0131 560 1581

CumbriaVAG 2015

Post-car show drum & bass festival. 2015's lineup includes Viper Records with sets from The Prototypes, Brookes Brothers and Rameses B featuring Charlotte Haining.

Westmorland Showfield, Milnthorpe

Sat 20 Jun

£28 (inc 1 night camping) / 01539 567804

La Linea

The London Latin Music Festival which takes place in venues across Central London. Founded in 2001 the festival showcases contemporary Latin music.

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

Thu 30 Apr

£15 / 020 7613 7498

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London Wonderground

A smorgasbord of curiosities back for its third year at the Southbank Centre. Highlights include headline show LIMBO, as well as your fair share of cabaret, comedy and theatre.

The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, SE1

Sat 9 May

£17.50 / 0844 545 8282

Wonderground Opening Gala

Mon 11 May

£15.50 / 0844 545 8282

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Where Life Drawing Meets Cabaret

Thu 14 May

£20 / 0844 545 8282

Scotch & Soda

…and 117 more dates until 27 Sep

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass, old time, Americana and gospel music in Moniaive, the beautiful music village of southwest Scotland.

Moniaive Institute

Fri 25 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 441 7052

Sat 26 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 441 7052

Nether Moon Fayre

Weekend festival celebrating the summer solstice. Acts appearing include The Dumbfoundus, Slim Pickings. Elijah MC, Crumbs for Comfort and many more.

Melbourne House, North Walsham

Wed 17 Jun

£1

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Sample a variety of craft beers, cask ales and ciders from local and national breweries, accompanied by music from local bands.

The Guildhall, Portsmouth

Fri 15 May

£10 / 023 9282 4355

Sat 16 May

£10 / 023 9282 4355

RVLRY

Secret Chelsea warehouse festival presented by Roxx.

Secret Location: London, E1

Sat 30 May

£15

  • 18:00 – 03:00 RVLRY Secret Location: London
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Belfast's Festival of Fools

A weekend packed with dare devil feats, fast-paced acrobatics, mesmerising object manipulation and comedy.

Cathedral Quarter And City Centre, Belfast

Fri 1 May

Prices to be confirmed / 028 9023 6007

Belsonic

Performances across the festival incldue Stereophonics, Bastille, All Time Low, Rudimental and Paloma Faith.

Custom House Square, Belfast

Sat 15 Aug

£33–£49

Thu 20 Aug

£30–£46.50

Fri 21 Aug

£30–£46.50

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Berwick's Fishing Story

A celebration of the salmon-netting and sea fishing heritage of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Thu 16 Jul

Free

Part of Berwick 900.

Beverley Folk Festival

Weekend live music festival of folk and acoustic acts featuring the Bootleg Beatles, Hayseed Dixie, Barbara Dickson, Rab Noakes, Curtis Eller and Hat Fitz. The festival also includes comedy, literature and workshops for youngsters.

Beverley Racecourse

Fri 19 Jun

£95 (£90; Children under 12 free; Family £293 for weekend tickets) / 01377 217569

Brecon Jazz Festival

The jazz festival is now in its 31st year and attracts the like of Martin Taylor, Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen, Pigfoot, Gogo Penguin, Timo Lassy Band and Adriano Adewale this year.

Brecon Cathedral

Fri 7 Aug

£15–£22.50 / 01874 623857

Sat 8 Aug

£15–£22.50 / 01874 623857

Sun 9 Aug

£15–£22.50 / 01874 623857

Christ College Brecon

Fri 7 Aug

£12.50–£18 / 01874 615440

Sat 8 Aug

£12.50–£18 / 01874 615440

Elim Pentecostal Church, Powys

Sun 9 Aug

£12.50

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