Music, Folk, Festival

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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 10 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 11 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 12 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

…and 4 more dates until 16 Aug

Haddington Festival

A local festival with a range of activities and musical concerts, exhibitions, craft fairs and a daily café and sporting competitions.

Various venues: Haddington

Thu 28 May

Times & prices vary

Fri 29 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 7 Jun

Kelso Country and Western Festival

A Western-themed affair, complete with line dancing tuition, a fast-draw competition, a ladies' afternoon tea (Western attire compulsary) and of course, live music. Dave Cash is the compere.

Springwood Hall, Kelso

Fri 8 May

Times & prices vary / 01324 871042

The May lineup features, among others, Henry Smith & Country Dreams; Lee Paul Band; Shiloh; Jonny & Lynnette; Honky Tonkin, and Rootin' Tootin.

Sat 9 May

Times & prices vary / 01324 871042

The May lineup features, among others, Henry Smith & Country Dreams; Lee Paul Band; Shiloh; Jonny & Lynnette; Honky Tonkin, and Rootin' Tootin.

Sun 10 May

Times & prices vary / 01324 871042

The May lineup features, among others, Henry Smith & Country Dreams; Lee Paul Band; Shiloh; Jonny & Lynnette; Honky Tonkin, and Rootin' Tootin.

…and 3 more dates until 11 Oct

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

Cottier Chamber Project

The Cottier Chamber Project is a lively, genre-hopping festival hosted by the enterprising chamber group Daniel's Beard, bringing top-flight professional chamber musicians to the West End and promoting chamber music, jazz, nu-folk and world music to Glasgow audiences. The 2015 festival is bigger than ever, with music from…

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 19 more dates until 26 Jun back to top

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

Sat 12 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

Sun 13 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

In the 1990s, having built up an international reputation as a flower festival with over 1000 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival organisers decided to branch out to include local food and drink. And despite starting with just a handful of stalls in that first year, the three-day event now…

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Fri 4 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Portpatrick Folk Festival

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday.

Various venues: Portpatrick

Fri 4 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film.

Various venues: Aboyne & Deeside

Fri 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sat 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sun 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

…and 13 more dates until 8 Aug

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music and children’s activities.

George Square, Glasgow

Thu 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

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Hidden Door Festival

Artists of all stripes congregate for the Hidden Door interdisciplinary arts festival, which features dozens of cool musicians, bands, artists, poets and filmmakers under one roof, often working in new and exciting combinations.

Old Street Lighting Depot, Edinburgh

Fri 22 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary

…and 6 more dates until 30 May

Isle of Jura Music Festival

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to.

Various venues: Craighouse, Isle of Jura

Fri 25 Sep

Times vary / Price vary / 01496 820362

Sat 26 Sep

Times vary / Price vary / 01496 820362

Sun 27 Sep

Times vary / Price vary / 01496 820362

Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival

A weekend of traditional music celebrating the twin tenets of Scottish folk music, the accordion and fiddle, with a series of gigs and ceilidhs on Skye.

Various Venues, Isle of Skye

Thu 21 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Fri 22 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Lairg Music Festival

A day packed with competitions for all ages in fiddle, accordion, piano and bands culminating with a prizewinners concert and guest band.

Lairg Community Centre

Sat 20 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01549 402168

Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. There's also line dancing, fast draw shoot-out and a fun parade. Past acts on the billing have included Lazy Dog and Carson City.

Various Venues, Millport

Fri 4 Sep

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

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Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

Traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music based in Campbeltown, Kintyre (The Cradle of the Nation) on the west coast of Scotland. The festival offers a mix of concerts, ceilidhs, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, parades, cultural and heritage tours that make the most of the location.

Various venues: Mull of Kintyre

Wed 19 Aug

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

Thu 20 Aug

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

Fri 21 Aug

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

…and 2 more dates until 23 Aug

Speyfest

Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.

Various venues: Fochabers

Fri 31 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Aug

Times & prices vary

Arran Folk Festival

The island known for being Scotland in miniature presents a weekend of folk, with sessions, concerts and ceilidhs centred in Brodick.

Various venues: Arran

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

The Border Gaitherin – Coldstream

The Border Gatherin offers a chance to camp near the River Tweed in Coldstream before taking in a weekend of traditional music and dance. Local talent will be showcased in an open stage competition, plus there are workshops and ceilidhs for those who want to join in the fun.

Various venues: Coldstream

Fri 29 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

Sun 31 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

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

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£35 / 01560 322437

Sat 2 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£22.50–£35 / 01560 322437

Sun 3 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£22.50 / 01560 322437

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Held on the beautiful grounds of Merchiston Castle School, EIHF annually welcomes a healthy mix of world-class harpists and up-and-coming local talents playing a range of musical styles from folk to jazz for concerts, courses, workshops, the UK's largest harpmakers' exhibition and late night music sessions. The 2015…

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sat 11 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sun 12 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

Glastonbury Festival

The UK's largest music festival returns for its 33rd year and will feature performances from the world's most popular rock, pop, electro, hip hop and R&B acts. Kanye West has been confirmed as a headliner, with more announcements to come.

Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet

Wed 24 Jun

£220

Thu 25 Jun

£220

Fri 26 Jun

£220

…and 2 more dates until 28 Jun

Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival

A week-long celebration of cycling with a packed programme of guided mountain bike and road rides, evening rides, school events, family fun and evening entertainment starting with the Dunkeld Enduro a 58K off road ride around the scenic village of Dunkeld.

Various venues: Perthshire

Sat 2 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

Sun 3 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

Mon 4 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

…and 6 more dates until 10 May

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

A music festival aimed at showcasing and promoting Kintyre's home grown musical talent, along with appearances by a selection of higher profile guests.

Various Venues, Campbeltown

Fri 29 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 31 May

Times & prices vary

Nip Festival

Formerly known as the Inverness Whisky Festival, this event now celebrates gin as well as whisky. Expect plenty of distilleries, talks, masterclasses, food, live music and demonstrations throughout the city.

Various venues: Inverness

Tue 7 Apr

Times & prices vary

Wed 8 Apr

Times & prices vary

Thu 9 Apr

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…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr back to top