Scottish Festivals

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Magners' Summer Nights

The second annual Magners-sponsored festival features a series of live music gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh open-air venues. The lineup features Roddy Frame, Glasvegas, James, The Flaming Lips, The Waterboys, Echo & the Bunnymen, King Creosote, Joan Armatrading and Ben Folds with yMusic.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow

Thu 6 Aug

£25–£35

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£35

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£35

…and 3 more dates until 15 Aug

Ross Theatre Bandstand, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

£32.50–£40

Thu 27 Aug

£32.50–£40

Fri 28 Aug

£32.50–£40

Old Town Street Food Festival

Edinburgh gets on the street food train in a big way with a multi-vendor street food festival. Get your paws on a range of delish dishes as you jam out to over 20 acts, including the Holy Ghosts, Crash Club, Acrylic, Indigo Velvet and Have Mercy Las Vegas.

The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0131 622 6802

Sun 3 May

Free / 0131 622 6802

Sun 24 May

Free / 0131 622 6802

Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

The Electric Frog crew and Pressure once again join forces to present their outdoor music festival. This year's line-up features Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Len Faki, Julio Bashmore, Karenn (live), Robert Hood: Floorplan, Prosumer, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Midland…

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 29 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Sat 30 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Dead by Dawn

Celebrating 22 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 23 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Fri 24 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sun 26 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Stag & Dagger

A music festival featuring a host of live music acts. The 2015 line-up includes Django Django, The Thurston Moore Band, Honeyblood, Iceage, Jim Valentine and more.

Various venues: Glasgow

Sun 3 May

Times vary / £23

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MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alike. Previous festivals have featured a barbeque and a hog roast.

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

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

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 140 real ales, ciders and craft beers from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, whisky, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Thu 2 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

Fri 3 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

Sat 4 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

…and 8 more dates until 12 Apr

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

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Now in its tenth year, Glasgow book festival Aye Write! will once again be hosted at the iconic Mitchell Library, celebrating an eclectic mix of national, international and local writers. The festival never fails in treating its audiences to big-name speakers, with past guests including Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre and…

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sun 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

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GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

Big Sunday Dundee WestFest

Big Sunday is Dundee WestFest’s own mini festivalette. Magdalen Green is filled with stalls, children’s rides, art activities, live music, sport tasters, a beer garden and food vendors.

Magdalen Green, Dundee

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01382 433 647

The Eden Festival

A boutique festival, with over 250 acts performing across nine stages, bringing you live music, dance, cabaret, burlesque, circus skills, theatre, a children's area, fun, games and much more.

Raehills Meadows, Moffat

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

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.

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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

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago, Edinburgh International Science Festival was the world’s first large-scale festival of science and technology. The event is still among the biggest of its kind and is a success story which also involves year-round outreach and international engagement. This year it…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

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

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 7 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Yellae Deuks

That's 'Yellow Ducks' to non-locals. This music festival held in Anstruther over Easter weekend features performances from King Creosote, Lomond Campbell, Charlie Cunningham and 90s 'supergroup' Khartoum Heroes. There's also an indoor picnic and the annual duck race.

Dreel Halls, Anstruther

Fri 3 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 4 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 5 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

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BBC Good Food Show Scotland

The food and drink extravaganza heads north of the border again for another serving of celebrity chefs and star culinary attractions.

SECC, Glasgow

Fri 6 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

Sat 7 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

Sun 8 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

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

Marymass Festival

Traditional and contemporary events including the Crowning of the Marymass Queen and the Marymass Folk Festival (Aug 20–24). This historic event dates back to the 17th century and celebrates history, tradition and heritage.

Various venues: Irvine

Thu 13 Aug

Times & prices vary

Fri 14 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sat 15 Aug

Times & prices vary

…and 9 more dates until 24 Aug

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

Thu 30 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £8–£11

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

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