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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Doune The Rabbit Hole at night : photo by Michael Gallacher

INSIDE: Edinburgh Harp Festival : Doune The Rabbit Hole : Piping Live! : HebCelt : Arbroath Smokie Blues : Belladrum Tartan Heart : Summer Isles Festival : Orkney Folk Festival ..... plus our 2014 Scottish music festival listings!

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Edinburgh's international celebration of the harp begins this weekend Edinburgh : 4-9 April : For details on tickets and discounts go to -

The Edinburgh International Harp Festival is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Easter it brings harpists of all ages from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience. In this year of Homecoming, the festival turns the spotlight on the host nation and welcome home some of Scotland’s most travelled harpers. Their concert series features: Catriona McKay, Maeve Gilchrist, home from USA, ,Rachel Newton of The Shee, and The Duplets (Gillian Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen). A special event, the Hall of the Chieftain, presented by John Purser, will feature some of Scotland’s most established harpers: Alison Kinnaird, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (aka Sileas) and Bill Taylor, originally from the US but very much at home here. They will perform, along with Allan MacDonald, Christine Primrose and Steve Byrne, spellbinding music from the 16th – 18th centuries. Coming from further afield are Siân James from Wales and Andrew LawrenceKing from Guernsey and this year’s special featured guest Edward Witsenburg from Holland as well as Eva Curth from Germany and Clotilde Trouillaud from Brittany. The wider world is represented by Sixto Corbalán from Paraguay and Cheyenne Brown from Alaska with her North Atlantic Trio.

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Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival Announces First Bands for 2014 Port of Menteith : 22-24 August :

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The Peatbog Faeries are set to headline Friday night at Doune the Rabbit Hole festival which is back in Stirlingshire for 2014! Held at the beautiful Cardross Estate near Doune it returns for the 5th year running on 22-24 August. Doune the Rabbit Hole is a smallscale music and art festival that aims to offer a friendlier alternative to larger events by creating a fantastically unique atmosphere and offering visitors the chance to take part in a variety of activities and workshops that will appeal to the whole family. This year the festival is excited to welcome the Scottish folk-electro players; Peatbog Faeries; Japanese Psych-Rockers Acid Mother’s Temple and American DIY hero Jeffrey Lewis, as well as the massively popular Balkanarama Klub who

will present several hours of arts and crafts workshops followed by the kind of party that only the Balkans can produce!

Drums; there will be a chance for everyone to With RockNess, The Insider and The Big Tent pick up a new Festivals all being cancelled; Doune The Rabbit skill. It’s not Hole offers a chance to relax, have fun and all music: discover some amazing new music whilst pottery, basking in the glorious Stirlingshire countryside knitting, for a whole weekend. crocheting and a variety Many of the artists will be hosting workshops or of other master-classes at the event with the focus of the workshops festival angled towards getting people involved. will be on From weird and wonderful instruments including offer. Not to Synths, Theremins and The Musical Saw, mention the through to more traditional Fiddle, Keyboard and Spoken Word tent which will host poetry, stand-up and storytelling and the Cinema which will show a range of films from family friendly flicks through to life-changing documentaries and even a late-night horror session. The festival organisers say there are still more acts to be announced so keep your ears to the ground for the next few weeks! Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival takes place at Cardross Estate near Port of Menteith not too far from its original home in Doune on the weekend of August 22-24 2014. Tickets are £90 for full weekend adult camping but significant early-bird discounts are available until June 1st! Under 12s go free.

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Tickets For The World’s Biggest Week Of Piping in Glasgow on Sale Glasgow : 11-17 August :

Tickets for the World’s biggest ever week of piping are now on sale. Together, over 11-17 August, Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships will bring in excess of 8000 musicians and 50,000 spectators to Glasgow. 2014 will continue last year’s success as Piping

Live! prepares to welcome the world for its 11th edition and 'The Worlds' new format will see the event take place on Saturday 16 August, with Grade 1 qualifiers on Friday 15 August. Piping Live! Is introducing a new Early bird “Golden Ticket”, giving music fans access to all the festivals’ coveted evening concerts. The festival week culminates in the amazing spectacle that is The World Pipe Band Championships and tickets are available for the event on Saturday 16 August and Grade 1 qualifiers the day before. The full programme launch for the world’s

biggest week of Piping will be unveiled in the coming weeks, so watch this space! A Piping Live! “Golden Ticket” is priced at just £90 and allows purchasers access to all evening concerts, free tickets to the festival club and a Free Piping Live! T-Shirt. Golden ticket numbers are limited so make sure to get yours soon!

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HebCelt Makes Top 10 List Again Stornoway : 16-19 July :

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The Hebridean Celtic Festival has been selected as one of the top 10 UK summer festivals by an influential publication for the fourth year running.

The festival has its two main stages in the spectacular setting in front of Lews Castle in Stornoway, and this year is introducing an acoustic stage for the first time. There will also be performances in An Lanntair arts centre and in rural parts of Lewis and Harris. An integral part of the event is a Gaelic Showcase to promote the language and culture, while the One Step Further talent contest gives young artists the chance to win a slot to play on the main stage.

Songlines editor Jo Frost said: “HebCelt deserves its place within Songlines Top 10 Summer Festivals 2014 list as it continues to raise the profile of Celtic music with its Gaelic Showcase, as well as programming more HebCelt is again the only Scottish festival on the mainstream artists – all within its unique list compiled by world music magazine Songlines Hebridean setting on the isle of Lewis.” which places the award-winning island event alongside the likes of Glastonbury and the The latest Songlines recognition has also been Cambridge Folk Festival. welcomed by festival supporters. The four-day event, which will be held from 1619 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis, will this year be headlined by Levellers, Big Country and Donnie Munro. Festival director Caroline MacLennan said: “To be recognised by such a prestigious and respected publication as Songlines for four successive years is a great accolade for the festival. We have a unique setting and a fantastic blend of well-established bands and emerging acts which help us attract an international audience. This latest support from Songlines will help further enhance our growing reputation.”

David Weaver, development officer at Creative Scotland, said: “HebCelt has long been a fantastic focal point for Celtic music, not only in Scotland, but throughout the world, and its continued recognition really reflects how highly it is regarded. With everyone from world class legends to local hidden gems being part of the festival, the diversity and quality of the music is incredible. Not only that, but the entire island really comes alive for the event – showcasing not only the best in Celtic music, but also the stunning location and the unique atmosphere that Stornoway provides.”

Alasdair Macleod, chair of sustainable Comhairle nan Eilean Siar The 19th HebCelt will feature its biggest ever (Western Isles Council), said: “The programme and will also include performances Comhairle is pleased to again be supporting the by Cara Dillon, Rachel Sermanni, Duncan Hebridean Celtic Festival which is a major Chisholm, Cajun band Magnolia Sisters, from the success story for the Outer Hebrides and for US, and Canadian outfit Gordie MacKeeman and Scotland. His Rhythm Boys.


“It is fantastic news that the festival has made the Songlines Top 10 Summer Festivals list for the fourth time in a row. Congratulations are due not only to the organisers of the festival but also to the community of the Outer Hebrides, the performers and all those who support this exciting and vibrant celebration of Celtic culture. “Coming on top of Lewis and Harris being voted amongst the top island destinations in the world, there really is no better time for people to book their tickets for the festival.” Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil added: “HebCelt is THE summer festival. With almost constant daylight and glorious sunshine like last year, the HebCelt is a must. “It is very enjoyable from beginning to end, fantastic ‘craic’ and with great people in a tremendous location, below a castle and over the sea.” Joining HebCelt in the Songlines Top 10 are: Africa Oyé (Liverpool) / Cambridge Folk Festival / Glastonbury Festival / Larmer Tree Festival (near Salisbury) / Norfolk & Norwich Festival / Shambala Festival (Northamptonshire) / Shrewsbury Folk Festival / Towersey Festival (Oxfordshire) / WOMAD Charlton Park (Wiltshire) The 2013 HebCelt was the most successful in its history with ticket sales showing an increase of over 30 per cent on 2012. Just over half the 16,000 festival-goers came from outside the Hebrides and the huge influx of visitors from across Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, helped generate around £1 million for the local economy

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Arbroath prepares for a 'Smokie' day of blues Arbroath : 26 April :

A ‘Day of Blues’ festival in Arbroath - How about a nice day in the beautiful, friendly, fishing town of Arbroath, it's on the main east coast railway line and also easy to get to by road being just up the road from Dundee. You'll be able to enjoy a full day of fantastic live Blues in two great venues which are only 4 minutes apart! Last year 'Arbroath Smokie Blues' ran a full day of blues dedicated to their old friend Billy Allardyce who had died from cancer that year. This was meant to be a one off event in remembrance of what Billy had done in his lifetime to keep the Blues alive. But since that day last year, the club have been inundated by requests to organise another 1-day Blues festival this year. So 'Arbroath Smokie Blues' have taken up the challenge and are organizing a full day of blues once again on the 26 April. With two great venues, three great Blues bands, six great gigs, for an all day all free day of LIVE BLUES in Arbroath. The festival will run from 3pm to 12am with Paddy McGuire’s Blues Band, Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys and The Yahs all playing. Entry is free as the venues are paying for the bands, so please buy lots of beer! The venues are Coast and Devitos. Come early to enjoy the full day and support keeping Blues alive!

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Belladrum Sells Out Tickets For 6th Year!

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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has sold out all its weekend and Saturday tickets for the sixth year running in record time, five months ahead of the event taking place. The family-friendly festival, which is in its eleventh year, has a 16500 capacity, which includes a large number of children under 12 who attend free of charge. The legendary Tom Jones is to headline the Friday of the festival while the Saturday night features the popular rock band Razorlight at the top of the bill. Frightened Rabbit will return to the event as very special guests. Also featured will be: Bill Bragg; The Temperance Movement; Adrian Emondson & The Bad Shepherds; The Mekons with Robbie Fulks; Casual Sex; Esperanza; Danny & The Champions Of The World; The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band; Call To Mind; Randolph’s Leap; Dorec-a-Belle; The Lorelei; Scooty & The Skyhooks; Mad Dog McRea; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Holly Atkinson from Inverness, the 2013 winner of Bella’s Got Talent. Many more artists are still to be announced. The 2014 theme is ‘Wild Life. Belladrum 2014 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic lineups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.

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Summer Isles Festival Returns To Stunning Setting With Packed Line Up For 2014 Achiltibuie, Ross-shire : 30 August : Tickets on sale now @

Pioneered by local musician Mairearad Green, with fantastic music and the most beautiful festival setting, this year’s Summer Isles Festival in Achiltibuie, which is under an hour from Ullapool, promises to be the best yet. The varied line up for 2014 includes new electro/techno band, Halcyon, featuring John Somerville, Barry Reid and Adam Sutherland; best known as members of lively supergroup Treacherous Orchestra. The boys pack a big punch with a mix of Electro/Techno/Big beat sounds alongside live instrumentation, vocal samples and bundles of raw energy. Hunter & the Bear features local front man Will Irvine and have been championed in Music Week as one of their unsigned bands of 2013, and have been hotly tipped by BBC Radio 2 as ‘One To Watch’ for 2014. They have been confirmed as main support for the legendary Eric Clapton on his UK Tour this year and they are now back in the studios recording their anticipated second EP due for release in the summer. The line up is completed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Rura with vocals from Adam Holmes; innovative harpist Rachel Newton (The Shee) with her wistful vocals, and the annual ceilidh dance set led by the festival’s very own Mairearad Green. Building on the model of last year’s festival, the fringe daytime events will again include music workshops in the local piping school, sessions in

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the hall led by local musician Joseph Peach, art workshops from An Talla Solais throughout the day, and cookery demonstrations using local produce. Festival Director and musician Mairearad Green said “It was amazing to see how the second year had built on the charming chaos of the first. This year, with such an exciting line up and strong community support, I am already looking forward to what will be a brilliant event.”




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BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners join Orkney Folk Festival 2014 line-up Orkney : 22-25 May : Get your Orkney Folk Festival tickets from 3 May (Patrons 26 April) @

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The 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, The Mischa Macpherson Trio have been added to this year’s Orkney Folk Festival line-up.

Gatherin’, Saltfishforty, Orkney Folk: The Gathering, Hullion, The Driftwood Cowboys, No Soond, Broken Strings, and Fiona Driver and Graham Simpson, plus many more to be announced. Looking ahead to her return to Orkney, Mischa Macpherson said: “The three of us are so looking forward to coming to our very first Orkney Folk Festival! We’re buzzing with excitement as we've heard that it’s one of the best in Scotland - with great people, music and craic.

She continued: “We have a busy summer ahead, with a debut CD on the horizon and a UK wide tour, but we can’t wait to spend a weekend in The trio, featuring Mischa Macpherson alongside Conal McDonagh and Orkney. It’s such a beautiful location, and the perfect setting for a really Innes White, join an already bumper bill of acts visiting this year’s good and friendly folk festival. Conal and I stayed in Kirkwall for a week festival, which takes place between Thursday, 22 May, and Sunday, 25 in August last year, and the weather was glorious - but even if the sun May. Artistes from some eight countries and four continents are set to doesn't make an appearance this time I'm sure the good music and converge upon Stromness in just eight weeks, where they will be welcomed in equal, if not greater, numbers by Orkney’s own, thriving folk festival atmosphere will more than make up for it!” scene. Festival director, Bob Gibbon added: Mischa, Conal and Innes were awarded the national prize last month, at the star-studded BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, in London’s Royal Albert Hall, fending off competition from leading young groups from throughout the British Isles. Their prize came just a couple of weeks after winning a coveted Danny Kyle Award at the 2014 outing of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, kick-starting what looks set to be a great year for the group.

“With Mischa and Conal booked to come as part of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that we already had two thirds of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners heading our way.

“You could say that the obvious thing to do would be to invite Innes as well, and so have the full trio on the ground, but this year’s programme All three musicians are from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. Mischa, a was already very much full to bursting, with the initial line-up announced harp player and Gaelic singer, is from Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, whilst in January – and that’s with adding in a couple of extra events too. With some juggling we have managed it, though, and so we are very much Conal and Innes are both from the mainland – guitarist Innes is from looking forward to welcoming literally the nation’s best young folk talent Dingwall, and Conal, a whistler and piper, is from Poolewe in Wester to this year’s festival.” Ross. In the midst of a summer full of festival and concert engagements, taking them throughout the UK and further afield, both Mischa and Conal were already booked to appear at the 32nd Orkney Folk Festival, as part of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail. This group of five musicians – also featuring Orcadian Eric Linklater, as well as Perthshire musicians Jack McRobbie and Kim Carnie – toured nationally in 2013, including a few days in Orkney in mid-summer, and are set to reform specially for this year’s festival. Mischa and Conal will now appear in both groups across the four day weekend. The young players will appear in Orkney alongside fellow visitors Aoife O’Donovan, Dervish, Shooglenifty, Mànran, Madison Violet, Mairearad & Anna, The Beaton Sisters’ Band, Family Atlantica, SVER, the Mick West Trio, Paddy Callaghan’s Trio, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, the Pentlands Ceilidh Band and the Matthew Maclennan Dance Band. They will also feature on the bill with a variety of Orkney’s home-grown talent, including The Wrigley Sisters, The Chair, Kris Drever’s Peedie


TICKETS: Tickets for the 2014 Orkney Folk Festival will go on sale to festival patrons on April 26, ahead of their general release on May 3. Further information on the festival, as well as full biographies and preview material of the artistes attending, can be found at The festival will once again be based in Stromness, with events taking place throughout the mainland and islands of Orkney. Further information on which venues and parishes will be hosting festival events will be released in due course. The festival is run entirely by volunteers, with the twelve-strong yearround management committee supported by countless others in the months and weeks leading up to the festival.

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Knoydart Music Festival Knoydart 2015 Knoydart Festival is a weekend-long outdoor music festival for the whole family, centred around Scottish traditional music. It has been held every two years since 2009 and the next one is in 2015.

Bring It All Home

A ‘Day of Blues’ festival in Arbroath. 3pm to 12am. Two venues with Paddy McGuire’s Blues Band, Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys and The Yahs - and it’s Free!

Paisley 11-19 April

The cream of Scotland’s songwriting talent is teaming up for a series of unique concerts to celebrate the memory of the late Gerry Rafferty in his hometown of Paisley. Bring it all Home will bring together some of the finest Scottish artists of the past few decades for a star-studded tribute to Gerry and his life’s work. The festival – a key part of the Homecoming Scotland Haddow Fest celebrations – coincides with a two-month Edinburgh exhibition of the singer’s memorabilia at Paisley 2015 Museum, featuring artwork from his friend and There will be no Haddow Fest this year but it will another of Paisley’s best-known sons, John Byrne. return in 2015.


Go-Rock Fest

Glasgow 4-6 April

Gourock 12 April

Counterflows Glasgow based festival of contemporary experimental music featuring artists from across the world. The festival is held in April with occasional concerts throughout the year.

Go-Rock is a mini multi-venue festival aiming to showcase some of the great unsigned/ independent acts in Scotland. Just a short train ride from Glasgow, the pretty coastal town of Gourock with its intimate venues and stunning views is the perfect location for our small festival. Raising funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. Tickets available from (17 Feb) and

Edinburgh International Harp Festival Edinburgh 4-9 April The Clarsach Society & Edinburgh International Harp Festival is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Find out more about us at The Clarsach Society (Comunn na Clarsaich) encourages interest in the instrument, especially amongst young players, who enjoy its adaptability to solo work, accompaniment or ensemble playing. The Society also presents the Edinburgh International Harp Festival - an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Spring we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.

Wikeed Day Out Glasgow 5 April

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Northern Nashville Country Music Festival Caithness 18-20 April In 2004 we took a gamble and ran our first ever Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival (NNCCMF), which thankfully was a great success. Over the years it has gone from strength to strength, with country music fans converging on Caithness over Easter Weekend to be part of this 3-day 5-show extravaganza of live country music. This is truly an international event featuring top class acts from the USA, Canada, Europe, Ireland and the U.K. alongside our wealth of local talent and youth bands.

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TradFest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann Edinburgh 29 April - 11 May TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant festival of folk arts celebrating music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city. The core programming theme for 2014 is ‘Revival and Renaissance’ which will explore the cyclical way in which Scotland’s folk arts burst into life and influence every other aspect of culture. Over 70 events were showcased between 24 April and 6 May 2013 in Scotland’s Capital with locals and visitors both discovering a feast of culture in the Festival City!

MAY 34th Shetland Folk Festival Shetland 1-4 May 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.

Thornhill Music Festival Dumfriesshire 2-4 May 20 plus band cross-genre Music Festival in Dumfriesshire, early May Bank Holiday, Run by Lewis Hamilton Music. The village is an attractive and vibrant community of some 2,000 people, and Dumfries and Galloway is a well-known music destination, hosting such successful events as the Wickerman, Moniaive Folk and Bluegrass Festivals. Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the mid-section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire.

Edinburgh Wikeed Day Out is a brand new festival coming to Glasgow and being held at Nice N Sleazys. The 25-26 April event will see 7 acts in one day come together Prepare to sail the seas with music, song and from across Scotland in one venue. dance courtesy of Edinburgh’s Northern Streams 2014 Festival programme. Guests include Norway’s dynamic ‘rock and roll’ Storm Weather Shanty Choir, award-winning Kevin Lees, Dave Wood & Noa Shamir (Denmark/Britain); Girvan Folk Festival Glenfarg Folk Feast Shetland’s premier duo Maggie Adamson & Brian Girvan Glenfarg Nicholson and innovative Swedish musicians 2-4 May 11-13 April Kristin Borgehed & Nathan Bissette. Ran by Glenfarg Village Folk Club the festival may be small but its stature and longevity are huge to say the least. We pride ourselves on running a friendly event with workshops and competitions to suit all tastes, and the World

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2014 marks the 40th Girvan Folk Festival. The Festival started in 1975, a time when folk music in Scotland was increasingly exploring its own roots. Concert venues, competitions, ceilidh dance childrens events, sessions for tunes and


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Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival

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Sound Galashiels 3 May

Oban 2-4 May

Come to the beautiful Scottish Borders and celebrate a fun packed day this May Bank Holiday Weekend. Professional touring 'tribute' The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance bands promise a great family evening of Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultural festivals, and takes place annually entertainment. Coldplay tribute band "Coldplayer"; KOL Tribute 'The Kings Lyon'; in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to 'Simple Minded'; Steve Cass himself and Justin include new special events and competitions, Wilson aka 'No Strings Attached' and Madeleine and the festival now offers over 1100 Dow joins the line up performing an acoustic participants 125 competition classes in eleven set. disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, highland dancing and choreography. This is the festival's 31st year and 2014 is going soundfestivalgalashiels to be their biggest yet with new venues and over 1100 participants, 125 competition classes Riverside Festival in eleven disiplines. Glasgow 3-4 May Scotland's premier electronic music festival Electric Frog returns this May Bank Holiday Isle of Bute Jazz Festival weekend with Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Isle of Bute Festival. Organisers have today revealed plans 2-5 May to add a second day and return to the spectacular Riverside Museum site for the The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival has grown second consecutive year for the 2014 spectacularly from its small beginnings to instalment, with what’s set to be their biggest become one of Britain's most popular jazz event yet. Organisers have reconfigured the site weekends. Top-class UK and international to feature two stages aiming to maximise the names feature in a programme of traditional space and enhance the festival experience for jazz music in one of Scotland's prettiest and the thousands of electronic music fans expected friendliest seaside resorts. to descend on the event over both days. The party will continue late into the night at various venues in the city. Line-up and ticket details will be announced soon.

Darvel Music Festival Darvel 3 May

First in the 2014 Concert Series is Eric Bibb and Band, with support from Michael Jerome Browne on 3rd May. Early bird special of £22.50 until March 31st when price reverts to £25. Please support us by buying tickets early and if you can help us by making a donation and becoming a Festival Patron, you can do so by following the link below to the Festival Shop. We are hoping that further sponsorship and funding will be in place later in the year that will enable us to produce further concerts in October/November. If any businesses are interested in sponsoring the Festival then please get in touch.

Brew at the Bog Inverness 3 May

The Big Beach Ball

The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity that was set up in 2001 to raise money for five cancer charities – CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. This outdoor event is held at the Stirling Rugby Club with each year getting better and better. Four stages of music and a charity fete make it a fun day for all the family.

FifeSing Collessie, Fife 16-18 May This unique event brings together some of Scotland's finest exponents of traditional singing for a weekend of old songs and bothy ballads in concerts and singarounds in the rural surroundings of the Fife Farm Park. The weekend also includes workshops/talks on topics related to traditional song and culture.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Dumfries and Galloway 16-25 May Our 9-day festival has taken place since 1979. The founding aim was to bring international performers of the highest quality to a region containing many scattered rural communities since then this region has produced some of its own talent of international standing and we’re proud to also be able to present these artistes from time to time. We offer a wide range of events: music – including classical, jazz and folk, dance, theatre, literary, children’s events, plus the visual arts and films. Events take place in a range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural.

Aberdeen 4 May

The Big Beach Ball, Aberdeen’s boutique, oneday music festival returns, the event will bring a host of international DJs and artists as well as homegrown talents to the iconic Beach Ballroom. Building on the success of last year, the third Big Beach Ball will once again utilise both the indoor and outdoor facilities at the venue creating a one-day festival spectacular. The event will showcase Breakneck Comedy, food stalls, beach bar and arts and crafts, all perfectly complimented by five stages of quality music, with fans of all genres catered to.

Kirkcudbright 22-25 May

Moniave Folk Festival

“The best new music festival in Scotland.” Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland. Brew at the Bog is BrewDog and Bogbain Farm’s gift to the world: a festival full of new music and new beer. BrewDog are the leaders of the craft beer revolution and they are about breaking rules, taking risks, upsetting trends, unsettling institutions but first and foremost, great tasting beers. As one newspaper put it, BrewDog is the new black. Bogbain Farm is based just outside Inverness and was crowned the “Best Unusual Venue” at the 2012 Scottish Event Awards. Brew

Stirling 11 May

Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, 9-11 May The Moniave Folk Festival has something for everyone, Great music, Piping competitions, Open stages, children’s events and concerts. Workshops. Come along for a wonderful family weekend.

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

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 mountain peaks to celebrate some of the finest music from the Celtic diaspora and everywhere in-between. 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!

Orkney Folk Festival Orkney 22-25 May Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number 32! Once again we have some big names


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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS 2014 to be included in our festival listings email details to: coming north to join in the fun in May, and from the ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the increasingly expansive folk genre. As ever, our local traditions and musicians – both established and emerging – will be centre stage alongside those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the country that has such a strong home representation, and it is one that we are hugely proud of.

The Border Gaitherin Coldstream May 30 - June 1 The Border Gaitherin is back in 2014 and we are currently planning a great weekend of musical entertainments and activities for all our participants. Come and enjoy! The Border Gaitherin is the major showcase for Borders music and for the immense musical and creative talent which resides here in the Borders. However this year we are pleased to have American guest musicians bringing an Appalachian flavour to the weekend.

cabaret and workshops, as well as a feast of performers, artworks, games and much much more. Tickets are currently £95. Line up to announced shortly. Latest video:

Solas Festival The Bield at Blackruthven 20-22 June

In what promises to be a exciting year in the spotlight for Scotland, Solas will entertain you with a mixing pot of art, music, dance and Perth Festival of the Arts comedy whilst covering everything from jazz to Perth ceilidh dancing, and hip hop to slow food. Our 22 May - 1 June brilliant variety of acts and friendly atmosphere make it a great destination for families. UnderPerth Festival of the Arts is one if the highlights Northern Roots Festival 12s go free. The festival aims to create a in Perth's cultural calendar in Scotland. Now its generous, hospitable space in Scotland where Inverness 43rd year, it covers a wide range of artforms the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. 30 May - 1 June from classical music and opera to rock music and The programme also makes space for drama. Concerts are staged in Perth Concert Hall Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern challenging debate with activists, writers and and St John's Kirk. thinkers from across the political, cultural and Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, religious spectrum. roots, folk and blues from around the world. Celebrating celtic connections in the Highlands Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender and a new way of doing things including some Kilmarnock great session pubs for the afternoons 23-25 May Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender music festival was Wizard Festival established in 2012. In 2013 the event expanded Aberdeenshire with over 40 acts performing and a third venue 2014 (July tbc) being added to include an all agers stage. In 2014 Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will see Organisers are waiting for decisions on funding further growth with the inclusion of the 1300 goNORTH for Wizard before they can confirm the 2014 capacity Grand Hall venue. 2014 will also see the Inverness dates - but were looking at July. Stay up-to-date development and implementation of Glasgow’s 4-5 June via facebook and twitter links. Dirty Weekender. This will take place between the 28 February and the 1 March over three of goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries the city’s venues, Pivo Pivo, Ivory Blacks and Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a Stereo. The Dirty Weekender crew will take its broad range of Music, Screen, Publishing, years of experience and deliver a unique and Fashion and Interactive content. Each year the diverse event to Glasgow for the first time. Newton Stewart Traditional event brings a wide programme of panels,



Montrose Music Festival

workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

Montrose 23-25 May

Montrose Music Festival is a Scottish music festival which takes place at the end of May in Montrose, Angus. It has become a much anticipated, annual event across Scotland. The festival committee is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation, dedicated to promoting free live music of all styles and genres, and at all levels, in Montrose and surrounding areas. The festival actively promotes local acts as well as hosting musicians from across the United Kingdom

The Islay Malt & Music Festival Islay 23-31 May During the last week of May each year the island of Islay welcomes visitors from across the world to help us celebrate our culture our music and of course our world renowned single malt whiskies. During the festival we have all sorts of activities including dances, recitals, fishing, Gaelic lessons, ceilidh's, folk music, whisky tastings and so much more - each event is served with a warm Islay welcome.

Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow 6-29 June Over 100 Glasgow-based organisations, arts groups and local and international artists deliver a mixture of activities and projects, overseen by a small festival team. The WEF brings all of these activities together in the festival programme and includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow accessibility. The WEF’s ethos is to include participants and venues that can complement the already diverse programme.

& Acoustic Music Festival Newton Stewart 4-5 July

Traditional and acoustic music festival in the picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look forward to seeing you there. More details to follow...

T in the Park Fife 11-13 July

What more can we say! Scotland’s most widely known and respected festival, which always attracts the biggest names. Check out if tickets are still available at

Eden Festival

Raehills Meadows 13-15 June We are a boutique festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances! Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows on the 13th-15th of June, hosting 9 different stages including a kids arena, circus tent, drive in cinema, comedy,

Hebridean Celtic Festival Hebrides 16-19 July Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides,


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Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 18-20 July Tiree Music Festival (TMF) was formed in 2010 when Tiree musician Daniel Gillespie (Skerryvore) teamed up with school friend Stewart MacLennan with the radical idea of holding an open-air festival on their local island of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From the stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an experience very few festivals in the world could compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early birds sold out in hours

Doune The Rabbit Hole Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August A small family-friendly festival with a twist! Doune The Rabbit Hole presents music, comedy, art, spoken word, drama, puppetry and much more! Events across Scotland throughout the year culminating in a 3 day multi arts festival... it's time to go Doune The Rabbit Hole!! We make people happy through music, art, cake and loads of other stuff! After we've done that we teach people who wouldn't ordinarily be able to how to do creative things, like play instruments, write poetry and paint.

Summer Isles Festival Achiltibuie, Ross-shire 30 August

Pioneered by local musician Mairearad Green, with fantastic music and the most beautiful festival setting, this year’s Summer Isles Festival in Achiltibuie, which is under an hour from Ullapool, promises to be the best yet. The varied line up for 2014 includes new electro/techno Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling band, Halcyon, featuring John Somerville, Barry Eigg Reid and Adam Sutherland; best known as 18-20 July members of lively supergroup Treacherous Orchestra. The boys pack a big punch with a Lost Map would like to invite you to a special lost mix of Electro/Techno/Big beat sounds alongside weekend of music, fun and adventure on the live instrumentation, vocal samples and bundles Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three of raw energy. days of the best sounds from Scotland and beyond, surrounded by the country’s most wondrous sights - brought to you by the organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and made possible with support from Homecoming Scotland 2014.


Bathgate Music Festival

The Wickerman Festival

Bathgate 4-7 September

Dumfries & Galloway 25-26 July

The programme features a range of musical styles, profiles local music making, involve people of all ages, promotes a high quality professional programme and provides music education opportunities for young people.

Loopallu Ullapool 26-27 September On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but Loopallu seven years later has had the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mumford & Sons and Franz Ferdinand grace their little stage. This is a small intimate festival with a line-up of well known festival favourites and Scottish acts.

OCTOBER Glasgow Americana Festival Glasgow 1-5 October Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly.

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 3-5 October Come and Join us for the 15th Ullapool Guitar Festival this October. Amazing musicians in concert and held held in stunning surroundings. Enjoy workshops, concerts, the guitar exhibition/trade show and the best kept secret in Ullapool "The Late Club" - starting at midnight and runs till 03.00 am (and sometimes longer!). If you love guitar music in all its forms then this Festival is not to be missed.

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Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries The Dougie MacLean Festival & Galloway offers a unique and eclectic Perthshire celebration of cult musical genres and cult 24 October - 2 November cinema with a relaxed, laidback family-friendly atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning This is the 10th year of our festival and promises contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes once again to be full of wonderful concerts with the burning of a giant traditional willow and Blas Festival featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent Highlands straw effigy. as well as some international guests. Our venues 4-15 September are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and Blas Festival is the Highlands' premier Gaelic and traditional music festival. Blas takes place in tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even venues across the Highlands and includes an including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…25 eclectic line-up of local, national and venues in all in 2014! international artistes.


Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival

Beauly 8-9 August



Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival of music and performing arts. Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with all the crazy variety that makes it Scotland’s premier boutique festival. ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals

Dalkeith 6-7 September Midlothian's arts and culture festival Midfest is coming back, bigger than ever with the help of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 fund. This year's event is kicking off with a massive music festival at Dalkeith Country Estate featuring Scottish bands such as Big Country and the Bay City Rollers. Midfest: Grown in Scotland will also feature a host of other bands from Scotland

Scottish Guitar & Music Festival Edinburgh 3-9 November Scotland’s Premier Public & Industry Guitar & Music Event returns for its second year. More details here soon.


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