Upcoming tours, festivals and special events

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

EFG London Jazz Festival

London's biggest jazz music festival takes place in various venues around the city.

Oban Winter Festival

The coastal town gets frosty with a series of activities, films and light shows to celebrate the fluffy white season that carries the year to a close. There's even a chance Santa might stop by, when he gets a break from all that present preparation.

Scots Fiddle Festival

An exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend with concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs.

Machine Head

Bay Area metal stalwarts that helped usher in a new wave of thrash on classic album Burn My Eyes (1991) but expanded their sound on scope on 2006's The Blackening.

Frank Turner

English punk and folk singer-songwriter who began his career as the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, then embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career.

Huntly Hairst Food and Farming Festival

A community festival featuring a wide variety of things to see and to do which are all connected to the culture and life of Huntly's farming community. Local musicians provide the backdrop to a series of literature and foodie events. Among competitions for cooking and baking the hotly contested World Stovies Championships…

Scottish Music Awards

An evening honouring Scottish musicians and raising funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Gorillaz

Blur's Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett created this beloved British virtual band which released its self-titled debut in 2001. The band primarily consists of four animated members: Stuart '2-D' Pot, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Glasgow International

Two-yearly festival of contemporary art commissioned from artists around the globe and including exhibitions in traditional gallery spaces, plus unique site-specific installations and live performance art. The 2021 festival will include a director’s programme of larger-scale commissions and exhibitions, as well as Across…

The Twilight Sad

Melancholic soaring sounds from indie rock band Twilight Sad.

The Wee G

Virtual trad music festival streamed live from the banks of Loch Goil.

Hurts

Sharp-suited electro pop duo from Manchester who have their own opera singer mascot.

The LaFontaines

The five-piece from Motherwell, Glasgow, performs eclectic hip hop, noise pop and rock.

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

You'll know her face from talking about cake and cats on the telly, so here's another chance to see the Millican phenomenon in full flight live on stage.

Drambusters Whisky Festival

A festival celebrating the water of life. Meet the makers and celebrities of the whisky world and have a wee dram of a range of malts and other spirits.

Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train

Steve Steinman's musical mixes comedy with rock music and, naturally, the undead.

Diet Cig

Slop pop music from the New York duo.

Dr Feelgood

Rhythm'n'blues veterans from the 70s, whose unhinged sound inspired the early punk acts, but who now have the dubious honour of no longer featuring any original members.

Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind

Rock noise from the five-piece.

Meatopia

The BBQ, grilling and music fest has been running for nearly a decade in New York, so it's high time the meat-focused event traversed the ocean.

Shaun Escoffery

Gospel-tinged power shrouded in soulful subtlety.

Slava's Snowshow

A cast of clowns use water, cobwebs, bubbles and dry ice to create a world of wonder in which a bed becomes a boat, a web of cotton envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a blinding snowstorm.

The Saltire Festival

A festival of music, culture and heritage. East Lothian is the birthplace of the Scottish Flag and The Saltire Festival celebrates this fact alongside St Andrew's Day.

Christmas Market

Get your fill of festive wooden toys, meaty sausages and hot drinks at twinkly festive market stalls across the city.

Blanck Mass

Beautiful, complex organic sounds from this solo project from Benjamin John Power (Fuck Buttons).

The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers mix up their usual psychedelic blend of electro, house and rock with slightly less potency these days.

Beat the Frog

Amateur acts test out their skills.

Aynsley Lister Band

The Leicester-born guitarist and his band performs a lively mixture of contemporary blues and rock.

Light Up A Life

Come together to remember and pay tribute to those that have been loved and lost.

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

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Witty jokes and pop culture observations from the Canadian stand-up and TV star.

Carnaby Street

The musical story of the 60s, packed with classic hits including 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Do Wah Diddy', 'Tired of Waiting For You', 'You Really Got Me', 'Keep on Running', 'Sweets for my Sweet' and more.

Katie Melua

Emotional pop and acoustica from the Georgia-born singer-songwriter, who is accompanied for this one-off tour by the 24-piece Gori Women's Choir, who are masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing.

Will Young

The terribly nice young Pop Idol graduate who has been one of the few to almost entirely shake the shackles of reality TV to emerge a solid popster in his own right.

Mum2Mum Market

This pop up baby and children's market features stalls manned by mums selling to other mums. Buy and sell children's clothes and maternity wear, equipment, toys and prams. Sellers must book a stall in advance.

Il Divo

The cosmopolitan pop and classical crossover group performs a selection of songs from West end and Broadway musicals.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

MagicFest presents a virtual programme of close-up conundrums, mind-boggling illusions, comic cabaret and other feats of the impossible. The festival features workshops as well as shows.

Marillion

The 80s prog rockers, now fronted by Steve Hogarth.

Road Trip

British / Irish boyband.

Lammermuir Festival

The Lammermuir Festival presents great music in the picturesque surroundings of East Lothian, employing unusual locations (remote churches, the National Museum of Flight) to provide a backdrop for top-class chamber music performances.

Trivium

New metal overlords.

Tenacious G: Tenacious D Tribute

Tribute to Tenacious D.

Magnificent Buble

Michael Bublé theatre tribute show fronted by James Billington with a 12-piece big band.

Chagstock Festival

Outdoor music festival on the edge of Devon's Dartmoor with camping, beer tents, kids' entertainment and more.

The Three Amigos

Leicester-based pop and rock band.

Courtney Act

Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality.

Eliza & The Bear

The London-based four-piece plays jangly indie-rock and alt.rock.

Islands in the Stream

Musical celebrating the queen and king of country: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Hackney Comedy Experience

East London comedy club featuring the biggest alt-comics currently working the circuit.

Salsa Class for Beginners

Salsa class for beginners.