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West End Festival launches fundraising campaign to bring back the parade

Glasgow : 31 May - 30 June

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Glasgow’s favourite festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday this year, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 to be able to progress the much loved Mardi Gras Parade on Festival Sunday, 9 June. Festival Sunday is always a favourite for people who attend the festival, particularly the parade. However, given the recession and as sponsors tightened their belts, festival organisers decided not to progress Festival Sunday last year. Instead it focused on the strengths of the Festival; culture and community, limiting any financial impact.

Liz Scobie, the Festival’s chairman, comments on the work and finance that goes into organising the parade: “This year we will celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday! That’s testament to the support we’ve gained over the years and the success of the festival in the west end. “Last year we didn’t have our usual parade and some people were disappointed, but we need to be realistic why it couldn’t go ahead. It comes at a price and the costs of road closures, security and clearing-up have sharply risen. Although we have generous funding from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, that alone, is not enough to put on such a show. So we would ask for early support this year to ensure the success of the Mardi Gras Parade. The message is; “Get involved!”

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Capitalising on the huge support already given online through social media, a crowd funding project has been started on so that the festival can raise money and reward pledges. http://www.bloomvc. com/project/Get-involved-with-West-End-Festival-2013 (or short link for tracking The L.K. Bennett fashion and fizz event on 7th May at Hotel du Vin will also help raise funds and Lancôme has just confirmed it will be the makeup partner for the evening. Tickets are on sale now for £30pp.

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Liz Scobie finished: “The Festival is an opportunity for the whole community including local businesses to get involved. Community festivals like the WEF survive because they are by the people, of the people, for the people. We also want to continue to offer free events as part of the festival making it accessible to all.” The new website will launch early May and the programme will be widely distributed as normal.

There were an estimated 1,800 artists and performers at the 2012 festival. It continues to attract visitors into the City from beyond the City boundaries, last year making up 30% of all visitors. Festival organisers are aiming for the Parade to be one of the main events which attracts thousands to line the streets as it dances down Byres Road along to Kelvingrove.


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HEBCELT STARTS SEARCH FOR A STAR READY TO SHINE Stornoway : 17-20 July Submissions should be emailed by 5pm on 12 April to

A sought-after stage slot at one of the summer’s major music festivals is going for a song – or rather three songs – with unknown artists being urged to step into the limelight. The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival, which will be headlined by Van Morrison, Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie, The Battlefield Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, is again offering a platform for a new band or singer during the flagship event. Acclaimed singer Julie Fowlis has voiced her support for the contest which will see the successful act following in the footsteps of last year’s winners, Glasgow-based trio Muran who, just six months after forming, played on the main stage of the festival which attracted over 14,000 fans over its four days. HebCelt, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, will be held from 17-20 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis. It attracts interest across the world and was recently selected as one of the Top 10 UK summer festivals by influential music publication Songlines for the third successive year.

Glasgow-based trio Muran who, just six months after forming, played on the main stage at HebCelt :

The One Step Further competition is open to any young band or performer, aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the festival, playing a genre of music that reflects the general programming of the event. The winner will be able to perform live on either Friday, 19th or Saturday, 20th July within the main arena. They will also receive £250 towards expenses.

A SELECTION OF OUR GIGS .... 4 April (Greens) Baby Isaac & Lewis Hamilton 5 April (Greens) Classic Clapton 5 April (Lathones) The Coaltown Daisies 6 April (Lathones) Hot Tin Roof 7 April (Greens) Elliott Morris 12 April (Greens) Robin & Bina Williamson

Festival Director, Caroline MacLennan, said: “The festival prides itself on helping to bring young talent from throughout the Celtic nations to a wider audience and this competition offers a significant opportunity for an artist or artists to showcase their talent to a large and appreciative crowd. We would encourage performers to put together a creative presentation to sell their music to the judges and perhaps win that coveted slot on stage.” Julie Fowlis, originally from North Uist, was given one of her first opportunities to sing solo at a festival when she performed at HebCelt in 2003. She has since gone on to international stardom and sang on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar animated film Brave. One of the first inductees to the HebCelt Hall of Fame and an ambassador for the event, Julie said of the One Step Further contest: “This is a wonderful opportunity for a young singer or band to perform live at a major festival and in front of a large and international audience. HebCelt is renowned for promoting up and coming artists and should be commended for providing this platform which could be a real stepping stone to success for someone.”

13 April (Greens) Martyn Joseph 13 April (Lathones) Sandy Tweeddale 14 April (Greens) Jacqui McShee's Take 3 FULL GIG DETAILS ON WEBSITE

To enter, artists need to prepare a promotional pack in electronic format that includes links to three good quality recordings of their music, at least one high resolution photograph and a biography. They can also include links to a live performance. Submissions should be sent by email by 5pm on 12 April to and marked HebCelt New Talent Submissions. The judging process will take place throughout next month with the winning artist/s being chosen by 4 May. The 18th HebCelt line-up also includes Karine Polwart, Darrell Scott, Pete Roe, Paddy Callaghan, and local artists Iain Morrison, The Boy who Trapped the Sun and Face the West, as well as Dundee’s Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher; Lau, voted ‘Best Group’ at this year’s Radio Two Folk Awards; Orcadian eight-piece The Chair; The Hot Seats, from Virginia; Manchester outfit The Travelling Band; Welsh band Rusty Shackle; Fatherson and The Dirty Beggars, from Glasgow and Rose Parade, a four-piece from Ayr.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival illuminates this year’s line-up Dumfries & Galloway : 24 May – 2 June

Over 170 artists : 51 Live Events : 31 venues : Ticket Hotline : 01387 253383 The 34th Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival will take place from 24 May until 2 June with tickets now on sale. Highlights include the premier of new production of CARMEN, brought to the festival by one of the UK’s leading opera companies: Opera a la Carte, which will take place on Friday 24 May at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Another opening night highlight is the upbeat celtic tunes of SHOOGLENIFTY, who will be performing at Dalry High School and the National Theatre of Scotland’s remarkable production CALUM’S ROAD taking place 25 May, Theatre Royal, Dumfries. The ten day festival is packed with fantastic highlights from the world of music, theatre, literature and visual art and features over 170 artists performing in 51 live events at 31 venues across the region. Over 10,000 people attended the festival last year and organisers are hopeful to bring ever more in 2013. Peter Renwick, Programme Development Manager explains:


“We are really excited about announcing this year’s programme, not only have we searched the UK for the best in touring theatre and music, we’ve also got some fantastic mini festivals taking place in the form of the 6 stages and to cap it off a specially commissioned outdoor arts installation taking place on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. I think the programme is one of the strongest we’ve ever put out and there will be lots of ways to get involved over the coming months, so keep an eye on our website and facebook page for updates.” A week before the official start of the festival, a spectacular night time outdoor arts installation LIMINAL, will take place on 18 May at Cardoness Beach, Gatehouse of Fleet. This unique arts adventure is hoped to bring new visitors to the area and is tipped to be one of the ‘must see’ shows of the festival. Sid Ambrose, Curator explains: “We wanted to create something really quirky that reflected one of the best assets the region has; we have over 200 miles of coastline in Dumfries & Galloway and this impressive arts installation was created to reflect the importance of the coastline. A giant 8 metre sphere will be installed on the mud flats when the tide is out and moving abstract images will be projected onto it. The images were filmed in this beach area and represent the ever-changing tidal environment.” Liminal takes place on Saturday 18 May at Cardoness Beach, Gatehouse of Fleet. Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale now at the Booking Office, Mid Steeple Dumfries (open Tues – Sat 10.00 – 1600) T: 01387 253383, programmes are available across the region and a full calendar of events can be viewed and booked online weblink: tickets:

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Wickerman announces Solus lineup and return of goNORTH stage

Dumfries & Galloway : 26-27 July

Vukovi, Roman Nose, Fat Goth, Vigo Thieves and Fake Major among acts announced Buy your Wickerman tickets from Skiddle here: The Wickerman Festival has built a reputation as one of the finest platforms for showcasing emerging Scottish talent, and this year is no different as a host of the hottest new musicians join its Solus tent line-up. New wave rock band Vukovi will headline the tent on Friday, while Saturday’s lead act will be tech-electro trio Roman Nose. They will be joined by Fat Goth, TeKlo, Woodenbox, Siobhan Wilson, Vigo Thieves and Fake Major, as well as other rising stars. Glasgow four-piece Vukovi will be returning to the festival with the promise of a raucous performance and a sound influenced by the likes of Skunk Anansie and Rage Against the Machine. The band’s reputation for delivering a storming live set was built on sold out shows throughout Glasgow and its alternative, experimental sound is guaranteed to be a hit with Wicker fans. Vukovi will be joined by energetic electro act Woodenbox play the Solus Tent : Teklo, dubbed ‘One to Watch’ by the BBC, and his yet-to-be released new material is sure to wow the crowds. On Saturday, the Solus tent will pick up the pace with masked trio Roman Nose who write, produce and direct their own tech-electro stage shows. Their bass-heavy existence and heart-crunching sound is set to have the tent jumping. Also announced for Saturday are hotly tipped act Vigo Thieves, a Wishaw band who use driven beats, explosive synthesisers and soaring emotionally charged vocals to produce epic songs which echo the likes of New Order and U2. Other line-up additions include alt-folk sextet Woodenbox who have been working alongside acclaimed producer Paul Davage to release a second album. Also announced are Dundonian three-piece Fat Goth whose fastpaced, dirty basslines and thumping lightening quick beats effortlessly blend moments of off-kilter instrumental perfection. Solareye, the emcee of Edinburgh six-piece Stanley Odd whose word craft is awesomely eloquent, will also take to the stage. The Solus Tent will also see RUNGS, Honeyblood, Siobhan Wilson, Behold the Old Bear and Young Philadelphia commanding the stage on Friday. On Saturday, Flutes who is famous for its deep choruses and progressive hypnotic melodies, will be entertaining fans as well as widely acclaimed duo Fake Major, who will be drafting in some additional limbs to help create a live sound similar to the full band arrangements heard on its first EP Have Plenty of Fun. They will be joined by Machines in Heaven, Bears Arms, Kayce One and Toni Smoke, Vasa, The Recovery and Saint Max and the Fanatics. Chay Woodman, Wickerman’s Solus tent booker, said: “It’s fantastic to have Vukovi back and Roman Nose are the perfect band to close the stage for the weekend - a very Solus-esque band. It’s truly impossible to predict what will happen in Scottish music and I like to think that maybe our wee stage at the top of the hill with the strange name works best when that unpredictable element is in full effect.” The goNORTH Festival Tour Tent will also be making a return to Wickeman in 2013 to showcase the best emerging talent from the Highlands and Islands, other parts of Scotland, the rest of the UK, and a selection of international contenders. Acts are invited to apply to be part of goNORTH via their website, don’t delay, submissions close on 1st April 2013.


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Solas Festival - an unusual mix the mns of art, music, theatre, comedy, collection …. debate and soul-searching! Blackruthven, Perthshire : 21-23 June

We Were Promised Jetpacks

The fourth Solas Festival will be held on 21–23 June near Perth and they have just announced that We Were Promised Jetpacks will be rounding off the bill on the Saturday night. They've played all over the world since exploding out of Glasgow a few years ago. Solas are also bringing Neutral Milk Hotel side-project The Music Tapes, and the awesome Haight Ashbury to unleash the spirit (and weather?) of San Francisco to the fields of Perthshire. After three great years at Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire, Solas is moving to The Bield at Blackruthven. The new site retains the intimate feel Solas festival goers have all grown to know and love. But, it will be easier to travel to and has a great range of accommodation options, including hiring your own handmade yurt. Solas already have some amazing performers and speakers lined up, including Karine Polwart, Liz Lochhead, Margie Gillis, Breabach, Iain Morrison and Louise Welsh, and they’ll be bringing you news of their guest artists and the Head Space and Soul Space inspirers as soon as they can. But if you’re already keen to buy your ticket, pop on over to their Box Office: If you would like to be involved with Solas Festival, they’d love to have you. Take a look at how you can support by volunteering or by becoming a Solas Saint - The festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. To see for yourself how much fun this can be, check out their youtube channel: www. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum.Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment. Below the Solas surface: Solas Festival derives inspiration and values from its roots in the broad Christian tradition. This underpins our commitment to equality, justice, beauty and hospitality. Our aim is to create a space which is tolerant, inclusive and free of prejudice. Solas Festival has a heart for justice in our global outlook and in the running of the festival. Campaigning organisations work closely with us and help ensure that issues of social justice and responsibility feature in our programming. How it works: Solas Festival is keen to keep an open mind and, as such, we are not sole operators but prefer to work with partners. We also encourage artists not only to showcase their own work, but to help bring out the artist in everyone.

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Quality abounds at this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts Perth : 16-26 May Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Sir James Galway will all headline the 42nd Perth Festival of the Arts. The Festival will also stage three operas, host a worldclass choir, a Russian Gala Concert, stage some Scottish contemporary music and so much more... all wrapped up in fancy new packing designed by Cat O’Neil, currently Artist in Residence at the Edinburgh College of Art. Sir James and Lady Galway will play at the Festival’s Opening Concert on Sunday 19th May with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jaime Martin. Sir James will play the Mozart flute concerto. The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Sir James has made himself a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equalled only by his limitless ambition and vision. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.

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A list singer-songwriter Van Morrison OBE will play at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 22nd May. Some of his recordings, such as Astral Weeks and Moondance the live album It’s Too Late to Stop No were critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic Gloria. His solo career began with the release of the hit single Brown Eyed Girl in 1967.

Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Admiral Fallow, Sir James Galway, The Sixteen, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera and so much more in Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and St John's Kirk.

After last year’s huge sell-out success Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will return to the Festival to play on Friday 17th May with a Special Guest Roland Gift, the voice of Fine Young Cannibals. Scottish rising stars Admiral Fallow supported by Dundee band, The Hazey Janes, will also play at Perth Concert Hall.

World-renowned choir The Sixteen will sing in St John’s Kirk of Perth as part of its most far-reaching Choral Pilgrimage tour yet, encompassing 34 concerts around the UK. The tour, entitled The Queen of Heaven, will see Harry Christophers CBE and his choir perform glorious music in churches and cathedrals for which it was written. This will be a ‘musthear’ event where the group will take you through the musical evolution of the Allegri’s legendary and much-requested Miserere. The programme also features stunning music by the ‘Prince of Music’ Palestrina, as well another brilliant yet contrasting setting of the Miserere by James Macmillan. For almost seven decades, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, which will close the Festival, has been recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the classic Russian composers. A Los Angeles Times critic recently said the orchestra ‘might well be the world’s least-heralded great orchestra’. Since Pavel Kogan became Music Director he has earned the orchestra a reputation for artistic excellence and in 2011 his name was included on a list of the ten greatest conductors of the 20th century. Beloved Clara, the story of the intense relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, has always fascinated music lovers. Music, performed by the award-winning pianist Lucy Parham, is interspersed with extracts from their letters and diaries, which are read by Martin Jarvis and Joanna David. Other gems include Horrible Histories by Birmingham Stage Company, fresh from their success at the Edinburgh Fringe, a sweet song and dance show about Jacques Brel by Edinburgh based Heels Over Head Dance Company, a Festival Ceilidh with Perthshire’s The Gallivanters and Festival favourites The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra play the music of Stan Kenton. The Festival is not only all about big name international stars but also nurtures local musical talent. Each year the Festival hosts a recital by a young Perth musician who has decided to make a career in music. This year Jessica Hall will perform a concert in St John’s Kirk on Saturday 18th May. There are many free events including daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools and by Perth Youth Orchestra, Art on the River and lots of local exhibitions. Perth Museum and Art Gallery will stage a special exhibition - A Sense of Place New & Innovative Responses to Perth & Kinross by members of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. This year the Festival invited three artists to submit ideas for a new Festival design funded by EventScotland. Cat O’Neil is the chosen artist and she has created designs which with feature for the next three Festivals in brochures, programmes, banners and advertising.


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Tickets on sale now from T in the Park is gearing up for its 20th year celebrations over 12 – 14 July, and festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have today added some top hip-hop talent to the bill, revealing that Odd Future trio Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, plus the UK’s hottest R&B sensation Rita Ora, will be heading to Kinross this summer.

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LA collective Odd Future (OFWGKTA) are one of the freshest, most inventive hip-hop groups around, and three of their finest lyrical talents Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt will add a dose of West Coast swagger to the T in the Park line-up this July. After first making an impression on the charts as a songwriter for acts including John Legend and Beyoncé, Frank Ocean emerged into the spotlight when he hooked up with Odd Future. The self-released nostalgia, ULTRA. mixtape, plus gems like Novacane and Swim Good cemented his reputation as a star in his own right and caught the attention of Kanye West and Jay-Z, who he went on to collaborate on their Watch the Throne album. Critics across the globe heaped praise on his debut studio album Channel Orange, and 2013 got off to a winning streak when he bagged both a Grammy and a BRIT Award. His T in the Park debut this July is not to be missed. Fellow Odd Future member (and the collective’s leader and co-founder) Tyler, the Creator is also Kinross-bound this July. The rapper, writer and producer extraordinaire began making music with fellow collective members Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats in 2007, and since then their loyal following has rapidly grown to become a world-wide fanbase. The rapper’s T in the Park set will showcase material from his forthcoming album Wolf – the follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Goblin LP - which is released next month. At only 18 years old, Earl Sweatshirt is Odd Future’s prodigal son and a hugely talented lyricist and performer in his own right. Following a brief hiatus the rapper is back and at the top of his game. He wowed a packed crowd of critics and tastemakers alike at SXSW last week, and anticipation for the release of his forthcoming album Doris is reaching fever pitch. Rita Ora made British chart history as the vocalist on one of the first ever drum and bass number one singles in the UK, DJ Fresh’s Hot Right Now. She followed this breakout success by topping the charts with her own debut album, which spawned another two number-one singles How We Do (Party) and R.I.P. A style icon, she counts mentor Jay-Z and fellow T in the Park act Snoop Dogg amongst her many fans (with Snoop hand-picking her to feature on his latest single, Torn Apart). After a stand-out performance at T in the Park last summer, she brings her sassy party anthems back to Kinross for the festival’s 20th year celebrations. Over 85,000 festival-goers per day will descend on Kinross over 12th – 14th July for the 20th year of T in the Park, which will feature some of the world’s greatest acts, including Main Stage headliners Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers, plus Chase and Status, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Kraftwerk, David Guetta, Emeli Sandé, Snoop Dogg, Beady Eye, Dizzee Rascal, Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Azealia Banks, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, Rudimental, Haim, Chvrches, Modestep and many more. Fans can guarantee they’re part of the 20th year of T in the Park by getting their tickets now from or or by calling 08444 999 990. Experience the 20th year of T in the Park and join 85,000 music lovers per day as part of the greatest audience in the world this July.

T IN THE PARK 2013: ARTISTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR MAIN STAGE HEADLINERS: Mumford & Sons | Rihanna | The Killers FEATURED ARTISTS OVER THE WEEKEND: Adam Beyer | alt-J | Azealia Banks | Bastille | Beady Eye | Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann (b2b) | British Sea Power | Calvin Harris | Chase and Status | CHVRCHES | Claude VonStroke | The Courteeners | Daughter | David Guetta | Deacon Blue | Disclosure | Dizzee Rascal | DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter & Mark Farina (b2b) | Earl Sweatshirt | Eats Everything | Editors | Emeli Sandé | Everything Everything | FOALS | Frank Ocean | Frank Turner | The Fratellis | Frightened Rabbit | Haim | The Heavy | Hot Natured | Imagine Dragons | Jackmaster | Jake Bugg | Joy Orbison | Kendrick Lamar | Kraftwerk | Labrinth | Laurent Garnier | The Lumineers | Miles Kane | Modest Mouse | Modestep | Nina Kraviz | Nina Nesbitt | Noah and the Whale | Ocean Colour Scene | Of Monsters and Men | The Original Rudeboys | Palma Violets | Paloma Faith | Peace | Phoenix | The Proclaimers | Richie Hawtin | Rita Ora | Rudimental | The Script | Seth Troxler | Silicone Soul | Slam | Stereophonics | The Strypes | Tom Odell | Tribes | Twin Atlantic | Two Door Cinema Club | Tyler the Creator | The View | Villagers | Yeah Yeah Yeahs | The 1975 | with many more to be announced…


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Tradfest celebrates the arts of tradition at local, national and Edinburgh international contexts, combining April 2 – 5 authentic cultural sources with contemporary edge and flair. It will The Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin was April 5-7 include song, story, arts and crafts, set up in 1995 by a group of music, folk drama and dance, along A weekend of song and music in parents who wanted to provide an with their interconnections, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. 2013 is the opportunity for young people from embracing Scots and Gaelic, and 8th year for the Moffat Weekend of the arts of Scotland's diverse across the city to come together Music & Song Folk song sessions, and learn skills in traditional communities in top venues across Folk music sessions & Blues Scottish music. Over the past 15 Edinburgh including Queen's Hall, years we have grown from strength sessions. The purpose of the festival Usher Hall, Dance Base, the is to promote traditional song & to strength and, in addition to the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Teviot hugely popular annual Easter event, music. The weekend is a promotion Row House, Calton Hill and Arthur's and celebration of traditional and EYG has a year-round programme Seat. Tradfest is organised by contempory folk song and music. It TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture of workshops and performance opportunities for young people aged is a participation event and at Scotland) from its base at the present is centred around, Thje 9 – 25. These opportunities range Scottish Storytelling Centre, which from the weekly Craigmillar Ceilidh Annandale Arms Hotel, The Black brings together the Scottish Bull Hotel and the Buccleuch Hotel, Storytelling Forum, the Traditional Club and Wester Hailes Music Moffat. All the events are free of Mondays where young people can Music Forum and the Traditions of learn skills in singing, song writing, charge. There are numerous B & Bs Dance Forum to underpin and an excellent campsite very guitar, fiddle and keyboard to collaboration and shared close to the town. performance opportunities at development for the future between international festivals abroad! EYG’s the trad arts, in the context of new MWMS Facebook link: flagship Easter event takes place social settings and technologies. By during the Easter holidays. Around encompassing Beltane/Mayday, with 120 young people (P5 - S6) take their seasonal rituals, Tradfest will part in four days of workshops led be a curtain raiser for the unrivalled by some of the country’s finest Edinburgh wave of Fèisean and Festivals that traditional musicians. The event is breaks over Scotland from that International Harp supported by a team of volunteers weekend through the summer and workshop range from fiddle and Festival months. accordion to song writing and Edinburgh internet radio production. The April 5-10 Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin is for anyone; whether you’ve never The Clarsach Society & Edinburgh played before, only just started, or International Harp Festival is an Knoydart you are an experienced player or annual celebration and gathering of Music Festival singer. You don’t need to have musical talents. Find out more experience of traditional music or about us at Knoydart April 26-28 be able to read music to enjoy EYG uk The Clarsach Society (Comunn events. na Clarsaich) encourages interest in the instrument, especially amongst Knoydart Festival is a weekend-long outdoor music festival for the whole young players, who enjoy its family, centred around Scottish adaptability to solo work, traditional music. Over the past two accompaniment or ensemble events in 2009 and 2011, Knoydart playing. The Society also presents Inverness has hosted some of Scotland's the Edinburgh International Harp Whisky Festival Festival - an annual celebration and finest musicians including Bogbain Farm gathering of musical talents. Every Shooglenifty, Bombskare, Manran, April 5-6 Orkestra Del Sol & Daimh to name Spring we bring harpists from but a few. Both the first festival in across the globe together to rub The Inverness Whisky Festival April 2009 and the second in April shoulders with you, the audience. celebrates our national drink within 2011 were sold-out events, the fantastic surroundings of attracting music lovers from across Bogbain Farm, 3 miles south of the country and as far away as Inverness. Friday 5 April will see us Canada! As well as an excellent led on a whisky-fuelled journey line-up each year, Knoydart Festival Glenfarg Folk Feast through the streets of Inverness, has had plenty of great activities for Glengarg visiting some of the city’s oldest all the family, including arts and pubs, and being entertained on our April 12-14 crafts, children's activities, archery, journey by some of Scotland’s finest sports, beach bonfires and a film trad musicians. Then on Saturday 6 Ran by Glenfarg Village Folk Club tent to keep everyone entertained. the festival may be small but its April the main event, held at The festival also sources local cooks Bogbain Farm, gives us the chance stature and longevity are huge to and companies to supply the say the least. We pride ourselves on attendees with an abundance of to sample an abundance of malt running a friendly event with whiskies, and to learn from the fresh, beautifully cooked food over workshops and competitions to suit the weekend. masters how to drink, savour, and most importantly, enjoy our whisky. all tastes, and the World famous Puff-a -Box competition just has to Live music, talks, tastings, great be seen to be believed! food and of course, the all important water of life: the Inverness Whisky Festival is a feast for all the senses. Saturday tickets for the Inverness Whisky Festival

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Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival Oban May 2-5 The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major arts festivals, and takes place annually in Oban. The festival began in 1984, when its aims were to encourage young talent to participate in and develop the traditional arts of music and dance of the highlands and islands of Scotland. Since then the event has developed to include new special events and competitions, and the festival now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in twelve disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, Scottish country dancing, highland dancing and choreography.

33rd Shetland Folk Festival Shetland May 2-5 The Festival as the UK's most northerly folk festival is regarded a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.

Girvan Folk Festival Girvan May 3-5 Concert venues, competitions, ceilidh dance childrens events, sessions for tunes and songs, Open Stage, workshops,secure campsite. 2013 will be the 39th festival so please tell all of your friends and help to make this the biggest Girven Festival ever! There will be plenty of room and plenty of music for all to enjoy.

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival Isle of Bute May 3-6


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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival has grown spectacularly from its small beginnings to become one of Britain's most popular jazz weekends. Top-class UK and international names feature in a programme of traditional jazz music in one of Scotland's prettiest and friendliest seaside resorts.

Fèis Rois Inbhich Ullapool May 3-6

eye can see, this one day festival presents a visual and audio feast for music lovers, fun seekers and hedonists alike.

Imaginate Edinburgh May 6-13 Scotland's international festival of performing arts for children and young people

Fèis Rois events are fun and friendly. We want to help you improve your playing, grow in confidence and learn more about the Gaelic language and culture.

The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen is one of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond.

Comlongon Rocks Dumfriesshire May 18


Comlongon Rocks is an annual exciting, live music outdoor festival held in the grounds of the spectacular Comlongon Castle at This unique event brings together Clarecefield, Dumfries. Now in its some of Scotland's finest exponents second year, Comlongon Rocks is of traditional singing for a weekend the newest and most exciting of old songs and bothy ballads in annual music event to arrive in concerts and singarounds in the Dumfries & Galloway. This unique, rural surroundings of the Fife Farm one-day event raises funds for local Park. The weekend also includes charities. Tickets are available from workshops/talks on topics related to the Comolongon Rocks Ticket traditional song and culture. Hotline on: 01387 870283 Collessie, Fife May 10-12

mountain peaks to celebrate some of the finest music from the Celtic diaspora and everywhere inbetween. The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Doune & Dunblane Fling May 23-26

Like many others, the Fling was conceived with the help of music and alcohol. It began as an idea at the Dunblane Folk Club, among a group of people fond of music and Brew at the Bog fun. And so in May 1993 the first Inverness Fling happened. Since then the Fling May 4 has gone from strength to strength. Somewhere along the line the first Brew at the Bog is BrewDog and 'Fling by the River' began. Held Bogbain Farm’s gift to the world: a each Fling Saturday on Dunblane's festival full of new music and new historic Drying Green, its activities beer. BrewDog are the leaders of have ranged from an open stage for the craft beer revolution and they local young musicians, fire engines, are about breaking rules, taking Scribblers Picnic space-hopper races and fire-eating Orkney Folk Festival risks, upsetting trends, unsettling Stirling jugglers, to the annual Rotary Club Orkney institutions but first and foremost, May 12 race for 4,000 plastic ducks down May 23-26 great tasting beers. As one the Allan Water. Gradually a 'Fringe newspaper put it, BrewDog is the The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity Fling' has developed, featuring over Here we are folks – Orkney Folk new black. that was set up in 2001 to raise the years everything from ghost Festival number 31! Once again we money for five cancer charities – walks, pub quizzes, plays from the have some big names coming north Bogbain Farm is based just outside CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, local Drama Group, master classes Inverness and was crowned the Maggie’s Centre, Marie Curie Cancer to join in the fun in May, and from in everything from fiddling or the ceilidh bands to the almost indie “Best Unusual Venue” at the 2012 Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. mandolins to harmony singing or strand, we have brought together a Scottish Event Awards. Brew at the This outdoor event is held at the bodhran, and the now-annual broad mix of artists that we hope Bog is just the latest in festivals Stirling Rugby Club with each year Thursday Jazz Night. appeals to everyone’s interpretation Bogbain is hosting and the fabulous getting better and better. Four of the increasingly expansive folk surroundings of this old farm will stages of music and a charity fete ensure Brew at the Bog 2013 will go make it a fun day for all the family. genre. We are also excited to be working on some new and down in history. The 1st edition of collaborative events within our fourthe festival in 2012 was described day programme, more of which will Montrose as having “one of the best be revealed in the New Year. homegrown lineups in living Music Festival memory.” Montrose Perth Festival As ever, our local traditions and May 24-26 musicians – both established and Brew at the Bog 2013 kicks off at of the Arts emerging – will be centre stage 12pm on Saturday 4 May for 12 Perth Featuring local and national bands alongside those visiting the festival. and musicians Some of the greatest hours of great music. May 16-26 You would be hard pushed to find musical talent on show Something The Festival intends to celebrate its another festival throughout the for everyone. “Music fans can country that has such a strong 42nd birthday by staging some expect bigger and better during the home representation, and it is one world-class events with an 2013 ‘MoFest’ that we are hugely proud of. international flavour with artists The Big Beach Ball coming from the USA and Russia as Aberdeen well as the UK. The Festival covers May 5 many art forms from classical music and opera to comedy, rock, folk and The Big Beach Ball 2013 is the Islay Malt & the visual arts. Knockengorroch second edition of an annual event taking place in and around the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. On the picturesque coast of Scotland, once crowned the UK’s sunniest city by the Met Office, Aberdeen opens the summer season at one of our most iconic, historic and underused locations. Snuggled along the Promenade with sandy beaches as far as the

Buchan Heritage Society Strichen Festival Strichen, Fraserburgh May 17-19

World Ceilidh Kirkcudbright May 23-26

If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside the glittering Water of Deugh beneath the broad shoulders of southwest Scotland's great

Music Festival Islay May 24 - June 1

Since our beginning in 1984 the Islay Festival Association must have greeted literally hundreds of thousands of visitors, and still you find us!! This year we will be featuring a ‘Food Event’, an outdoor gig, Gaelic lessons, music, songs,


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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: ceilidhs, fishing, whisky tasting and much more. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year, with ceilidhs, dances, recitals, children's workshops; there is something for everyone. For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix! Come along and enjoy a week long celebration of music and all that Islay has to offer.

Mayfest, which ended in 1997. It is partly produced by its founder and director Michael Dale, but much of it is self-produced by one or other of the many talented people who choose to live and work in this great city.

and highly professional artistes, some on a first time visit, as well as some old favourites, ensuring that the festival caters for jazz lovers of all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety for their entertainment.


Eden Festival

goNORTH Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Inverness 6-7 June

Dumfries and Galloway May 24 - June 2

Moffat June 7-9 Eden is a welcoming, atmospheric, family friendly festival, located in the stunning Raehills Meadows and will be set across 8 stages from the 7th to the 9th June 2013. The whole aim behind the festival is to provide a 3 day celebration of music, dance, colour, culture and community built on an ecologicaly sound and carbon friendly set of principles and to exhibit live music hand in hand with stunning decorations and surroundings.

goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a broad range Welcome to the 34th Dumfries and of Music, Screen, Publishing, Galloway Arts Festival. As ever, this Fashion and Interactive content. year we have a varied and lively Each year the event brings a wide mix of entertainment, something for programme of panels, workshops, everyone you and old with all our film screenings, training usual genres of music and the arts opportunities, Q&A sessions, represented. keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

Northern Roots Festival


Loanhead Music Festival

Inverness May 31 - June 2

Inverness June 7-9

Midlothian June 14-16

Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and blues from around the world. The Celtic Connections of the Highlands. 2013 sees a stellar line up.

Get ready to shake it and get your rocks off alongside the best artists in electronic, dance and rock & roll at one of the most breathtaking natural festival sites in the world just outside the village of Dores on the shores of Loch Ness

The 13th Loanhead Music festival is a weekend of pub sessions, with workshops and competitions, and concerts. As always the emphasis is still very much on sessions and fun. Come and help us celebrate - as usual, we have a Friday evening concert, a full Saturday programme including a Craft Fair, an open mic event, a song-writing competition and a recycled instrument competition, as well as workshops in a variety of musical skills. And of course, there are the pub sessions, which form the heart of any good festival.

The Border Gaitherin Coldstream May 31 - June 2

Cumnock Music Festival Ayrshire June 7-15

The Border Gaitherin focuses on providing a range of traditional instrumental and song workshops featuring internationally renowned artists as both tutors and performers. Blend this with its reputation as a very friendly event, with something for all the family, in the beautiful surroundings of Coldstream, and you have a recipe for a great weekend.

The Cumnock Music Festival and Carnival is organised by Create a voluntary company and charity set up to establish a much needed music and arts centre in the area. The festival has been running for 10 years and getting bigger each year. The event runs over two days at Cumnock Town Hall and Woodroad Park from 7.30pm each evening with the Carnival starting at 12 noon on the Saturday.

Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow May 31 - June 23

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival Kirkcudbright June 13 - 16

The West End Festival is an independent event that takes place in the west end, but it’s not just for the west end. WEF has grown from small beginnings in 1996 to a major festival and has now run as long as

distinguished resident composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events. For 2013, a celebration of folk tales, myths and legends comes to Orkney with symphony orchestra, ensembles, music theatre, cabaret, opera and burlesque. 2013 also sees a bicentennial celebration of the life of the Orcadian explorer John Rae.

Fete de la Musique Edinburgh June 21 Following its launch on 21 June 1982, La Fête de la Musique is now celebrated in France every year on this date. This popular international musical event now takes place in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Institut Français d’Ecosse has celebrated La Fête de la Musique in Edinburgh each year since it was started. Check the Events page at

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow June 26-30 Jazz comprises of a whole range of styles, from trad and Dixie to free jazz, and the GIJF, now in its 27th year, always has had a rich and varied programme. We’ve also reached out to encompass world music, blues and hiphop crossovers, aiming to provide something for everyone. The Late Night Jam Sessions are also a well established regular, and though the venue has changed over the years the excitement of seeing top names jamming into the early hours hasn’t!

TMSA Keith Festival Moray June 14-16 Long established traditional music and song festival with competitions, ceilidhs concerts and sessions attracting singers and traditional musicians from throughout Scotland. Organised by the Keith branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

St Magnus Festival June 20-28 Orkney

The East Neuk Festival Fife July 3-7 The award-winning and criticallyacclaimed East Neuk Festival presents world-class arts events in the East Neuk of Fife. The festival focuses on classical chamber music but has also presented world, jazz, folk and electronica and developed from an annual short summer series of concerts given in the area by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The 16th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town promises to be even more appealing The St Magnus Festival is Orkney's and exciting than ever. Visitors will annual celebration of the arts. have the chance to enjoy top class Founded in 1977 by Orkney's


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