Upcoming tours, festivals and special events

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, the Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. The change of seasons is brought to life through wild drumming, fire-dancing, acrobatics, and vibrant costumes.

Scottish Tree Festival

The annual festival organised by Discover Scottish Gardens which celebrates Scotland's woodland goes online in 2020 with over 40 live and virtual events.

The Sex Pistols Experience

Sex Pistols tribute outfit (if you hadn't guessed).

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

Visiting and local acts join together in a Shetland knees-up to warm up the October evenings with fine trad music.

Slackers

American rockers influenced by reggae, rocksteady, ska and Jamaican sounds.

Stanley Odd

Scottish hip hop outfit.

Take That

The prototype boy band have re-lit their own fire and returned to cash in those nostalgia dollars, and have proved far more credible than any of us could have imagined. Now reduced to a three-piece as Jason Orange bows out but Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald soldier on.

Tidelines Book Festival

West coast-based book festival with a great little line-up of events for kids and adults alike. The festival heads online for 2020 with a series of four sessions around the themes of poetry, history, fiction and crime. All events will be launched on the festival’s YouTube channel at 7pm each evening.

The Toasters

New York-based ska outfit.

True North Music Festival

Billing itself as 'Aberdeen's festival of music and song', this weekend of performances features some of the cream of UK songwriting. The 2020 virtual edition includes an exclusive series of digital sets, photography exhibitions and family events.

Twisted Wheel

Soul, indie and rock from the Manchester-based trio.

Two Pianos

Pianists David Barton and Al Kilvo take to the stage to perform some of the biggest rock'n'roll songs from the 1950s era, covering hits from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.

Uli Jon Roth

Veteran German heavy metal guitarist.

Ultimate Bowie

A show capturing the vocal style and visual spectacle of David Bowie's performances throughout the different stages of his career.

Wigtown Book Festival

An established and celebrated feature in the Scottish literary calendar attracting many big names. For ten days Scotland’s National Book Town buzzes with book events as well as theatre, music and site-specific events in quirky venues. The 2020 event will now take place online and will feature two main themes: Resilience…

Zion Train

Legendary UK dub collective formed in Oxford in 1988 by Neil Perch and Ben Hamilton..

Race Meeting

Check venue for exact opening and race times.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

A celebration of live storytelling and imagination uniting Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Performance, workshops, talks and children's events radiate out from the capital with guest storytellers from across the globe. The 2020 edition will focus on tales that explore Scotland's place as a coastal…

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

Passionate, fiery hardcore band led by Gallows frontman, Frank Carter.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Soul band led by the indie rock singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado.

Club de Fromage

Resident DJs play pop and rock tunes.

Paul Van Dyk

Big night of trance from the arena-filler.

The Boat Show

Regular anecdotes and smart humour.

Drake

Well-connected Canadian rapper who had a recurring acting role in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a teenager.

The Spree

The Spree is Paisley’s music and arts festival, featuring international and Scottish artists alongside homegrown talent and a vibrant kids programme

Hudson Taylor

Fraternal folk pop duo, raised on 60s singer-songwriters.

Bach to Baby Family Concerts

A classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers.

Hidden Door Festival

Volunteer-run arts organisation Hidden Door returns for a long weekender of music and art.

St Andrews Voices

It's all about the voice in this eclectic festival of music drawn from opera, Lieder, folk, jazz, early music and contemporary genres. This year, St Andrews Voices presents live virtual performances from the Fife town to mark World Singing Day.

The Cure

Robert Smith's goth-infused alt rock outfit who brought us 80s classics like Lovecats, A Forest and Friday I'm in Love.

Orkney Storytelling Festival

A four-day programme of walks, talks, story sessions and workshops with renowned storytellers from Scotland and beyond. The events are held across mainland Orkney with a trip to at least one of the outer islands; the last night always includes an Open Mic session, to encourage new talent. The 2020 edition will be held…

Africa in Motion Film Festival

Scotland’s annual celebration of African cinema heads online with screenings of animated films, features, shorts and documentaries. The 2020 festival features five key strands: Diaspora, Industry, Mamas, Queer Africa and Women in Focus.

Bilge Pump

Experimental noise-rock from Leeds.

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Bluesy-rock from the solo artist.

Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The annual festival celebrating the accordion and fiddle heads online this year and will feature recorded performances by competitors of all ages throughout the day.

Glasgow Science Festival: Glasgow's Making Waves

A packed programme of workshops, shows, films, discussion, exhibitions and art collaborations allows budding scientists to sit back and learn something new or don safety goggles and take part in an experiment.

Enslaved

Black metal band from Norway who prefer the label 'Viking metal'.

Baby and Children's Market

Market with like new and new baby and children's items on offer.

Fil Straughan

An homage to Luther Vandross from Fil Straughan.

Asking Alexandria

Metalcore with a hint of Eurotrance from this York quintet.

The Snail and the Whale

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A new piece of theatre created in Tall Stories' charming storytelling style with live music and plenty of laughs. Ages 4+.

Paula O'Brien: A Phone Call From Heaven

Rising star in the psychic world (wonder if she saw it in a vision) tours Scotland letting others speak to those in heaven.

All the Young Nudes

A relaxed life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration.

The Waterboys

Indie-pop and folk with Celtic overtones by Mike Scott and his band of raggle taggle musicians.

Gengahr

London indie four piece.

Madness

Ska-tinged pop classic after classic on the Nutty Boys' latest tour.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Ambient post-rock soundtracks from Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie.

Braemar Creative Arts Festival

Arts festival featuring a plethora of workshops and classes in music, dance, drama, visual arts, crafts and cooking.

Perthshire Amber Festival

A traditional music festival taking place across autumnal Perthshire. Expect big names at the afternoon and evening concerts, plus plenty of other activities including the Decorated Wheelbarrow Parade and Amber Autumn Picnic.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival

A celebration of the culture of Glasgow and Havana with a programme of film, dance, music, social events and discussions across Glasgow.