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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Orkestra del Sol (pictured) play Stowed Out Festival on 25 August, read all about it on page 6 :: photo by Jannica Honey

INSIDE: Perth Music Expo :: Glasgow Americana :: Stowed Out :: Innerleithen Music Festival :: Blas :: Lindisfarne :: Electric Fields :: Linlithgow Folk :: HebCelt @ Lorient Interceltic Festival ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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Perth Music Expo 2017 Perth :: 7 September :: Buy tickets @ FREE ENTRY!! The fourth of edition of Perth Music Expo is proud to announce their biggest line-up yet taking place on the 7 September, across 3 venues: Imax Playhouse, The Twa Tams and The Green Room. The free festival starts at Imax Playhouse at

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Live music begins at 8pm across two stages, The Twa Tams and The Green Room. Featuring Pinact, Womps, Stillhound, St. Martiins, Real Life Entertainment, Rebel Westerns, E M I L I E, Skjør, Flat Six and Start Static. Perth Music Expo is proud to be supported by Perth 2021, Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs), Vadana Records and Perth College UHI Students’ Association.

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Ten Shows For 11th Glasgow Americana Festival Line-Up Glasgow :: 4-8 October :: Buy tickets @

Glasgow Americana has ten shows lined up for this year’s five-day festival that gets under way on 4 October.

Kelly of Big Big Country Festivals’ fame. To date more than 140 acts have performed at Glasgow Americana, attracting more than 7,000 music-loving fans. The CCA, The Glad Café, Drygate, St Andrews in the Square, Saint Luke’s, The Admiral and The Hug and Pint will host this year’s shows with each venue known for its own special atmosphere. The opening night is a very special curtain raiser, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Show, with the blessing of Townes’ son, John, features Rachel Sermanni, Jefferson Hamer, Roseanne Reid, Davie Scott from The Pearl Fishers, Jonas & Jane, plus one or two more. There are two evening gigs on October 6 and three shows in all on the Saturday, including a matinee, while the final day on October 8 offers two separate matinee performances and then the grand evening finale.

Founding member of legendary band, The Revered singer/songwriters such as Mark Olson Jayhawks, Mark Olson, continues to impress as a solo performer and his new album, and Slaid Cleaves plus fellow Americans, Jefferson Hamer and Martha Fields will be joined Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, is released just by the best of homegrown talent from Scotland before Glasgow Americana starts. and elsewhere including Adam Holmes, Jill Rated by many as one of Texas’ finest Jackson, Rachel Sermanni, Ags Connolly and My songwriters, Austin-based Slaid Cleaves plays St Darling Clementine. Andrews in the Square on Friday, October 6. Seven different venues are being used for a festival that’s become a firm favourite on Scotland’s live music scene since its launch in 2007 to fill a gap left by the much missed, Billy

Americana, some well established with others starting to make a real name for themselves,” said Kevin Morris, the festival director. “Everyone who buys tickets creates a special buzz at our shows, and we appreciate their continuing support and that of Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council as well. “I hope everyone has a great time!”


His current album, Ghost On The Car Radio, has Wednesday, 4 October - Opening Night - The won great reviews. For the second time Slaid Late Great Townes Van Zandt, Drygate, 8 pm. was the first act to be named for the Festival. Thursday, 5 October - Adam Holmes & The Embers and Rachel Sermanni, Saint Luke’s, 8 “We have a terrific range of acts for Glasgow pm Friday, 6 October - An Evening with Slaid Cleaves, St Andrews in the Square, 8pm, no support Friday, 6 October - James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, The Hug and Pint, 8pm Saturday, 7 October - Hazy Recollections with Martha Fields, Ags Connolly, Martha L Healy, Saint Huck plus guests. The Glad Café (matinee). 4pm Saturday, 7 October - Mark Olson plus Ags Connolly, The Glad Café, 8.30pm Saturday, 7 October - Martha Fields and Roseanne Reid, CCA Cinema, 8.30pm Sunday, 8 October - Jefferson Hamer & John Taylor, The Admiral (matinee) 4.30 pm. Sunday, 8 October - My Darling Clementine, CCA (matinee) 4.30 pm Sunday, 8 October - Song Writers In The Round- featuring Jill Jackson, Dean Owens, and Gareth Dunlop, CCA , 8 pm

Mark Olson (pictured) plus Ags Connolly play The Glad Cafe on 7 October for Glasgow Americana.

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Stowed Out takes off with The Van T’s and Orkestra del Sol Stow (Scottish Borders :: 25 + 26 August :: Buy tickets @

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continues its two-day mission to support local talent, showcase breaking bands, and entertain with the very best in eclectic music, poetry and art. If you are in to BBC 6 Music, Jools Holland and the summer festival scene this is the place to soak up many quality acts. We are very excited that Glasgow’s Van T’s will be our raucous Saturday night headliners. Fronted by twin sisters delivering classy harmonies, the Van Ts will rock you with their blissed-out wall of sound underpinned by sunny surf guitar. The band’s star is in the ascendant as they have recently enjoyed supporting the legendary Jesus and Mary Chain, as well as releasing the single, ‘Fresh Meat’, earlier in the year. Over the summer The Van T’s will be playing festivals across the country before taking the headline honours at Stowed Out. The rest of the line up on Saturday will take you from The Boy with the Lion Head snapping at the heels of Radiohead and Fightened Rabbit to the sultry vocals of Emme Woods and catchy electronic indie from The Little Kicks. On top of this there is a taste of India from Dance Ihayami, the return of Borders’ favourites, the Dull Fudds, widescreen epic folk from Youth And The Young, and hard rock from Slim Mistress. Saturday’s Spoken Word stage has become the emotional centrepiece of Stowed Out and this year we are very excited to showcase the

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brilliant Stephen Watt and Rachel McCrum. Although each have their own unique and individual talent, they share a dazzling use of imagery and metaphor as they explore themes of identity and compassion.

Sea Bass Kid, our Friday support act, will deliver high octane Ska to build the party atmosphere, but Friday starts in a mellower vein with maverick singer songwriter Jack Hinks and his unique fusion of rock, jazz, blues and prog.

Friday evening is shaping up to be equally glorious affair. You cannot fail to dance to Friday headliners Orkestra del Sol. Their brilliant sunsoaked bonkersness will lead you to a magic place of maximum fun. Delivering funked-up jazz tones to crazy klezmer style beats and uniquely blended global rhythms, the Orkestra del Sol will get even the most staid of audience members to on their feet and boogying. Like the Van T’s, the Orkestra are touring festivals this summer with a new album, Gross National Happiness, and we can’t wait for them to energise the Stowed Out crowd with their infections goodtime vibes. The

Last year’s Stowed Out has some very special moments, including an emotional homecoming for Scot Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit, and we are expecting this year’s festival will be equally entertaining and memorable! Alongside the performances there will be children’s entertainment (Saturday), local food and ale, and much more besides. We look forward to seeing you there. fb @ twitter @

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the IMF brings the cream of mns Scottish Celtic music to collection …. Innerleithen for 15th time Innerleithen, Scottish Borders : 18-20 August :

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Innerleithen Music Festival, from 18-20 August, has a tremendous line-up booked to entertain what is always a knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience, but a warm welcome awaits anyone new to this genre who will find a vibrant youthful vein running through the Scots traditional music scene these days.

Here's some of the highlights ..... “Trad: Young Roots” – Sat 19 Aug, 7:30pm ..... The IMF headline concert this year promises to be a lovely evening of entertainment from the younger generation, combining the talents of local musicians from the Nomad Beat music school in Peebles with professional young musicians, headlined by Siobhan Miller, twice winner of the Scots Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards. Live & Local – all weekend ..... An essential part of the IMF experience – “Live and Local” at the Vale Club, with 28 bands booked so far. The ethos behind Live and Local is to get as many acts as possible on the stage over the three days, to showcase what an outstanding range of musical talent is right here on our doorstep! This year organisers are delighted to have two headline acts – Jenny Biddle on the Friday, and The Dirty Beggars on the Saturday. The final line-up and timings will the published a few days before the festival. NB ‘Live & Local’ is free and unticketed, so if there’s a band you particularly want to see, arrive early!

Sat afternoon – Celebrating Traditional Borders Music and Song ..... A concert with fine Borders singers and musicians – If you've not experienced a trad music festival then a songs from a cappella group The Fisher Lassies, party awaits you, so make the most of it and stay the complemented by Matt Seattle & Donald Knox, weekend in this lovely Scottish Borders town! showcasing Scotland’s “other” virtuoso piping tradition Sun afternoon – Song Sensation ..... An exciting mix of folk, traditional and choral singing with Home Groan from Queensferry, Turas the Borders Gaelic singing group and Traquair Community Choir. Also on Sunday ..... 6 bands at the St Ronans Hotel, including Jenny Biddle and The Dirty Beggars Sparky & The Choir Boys at the Tweedside Hotel Reverend Jim in Concert. Lots more to do ..... Busking, festival club, historic walk, singing workshop, open stage, WW1 play, ‘come and try’ banjo, singalong singaround, sessions, coffee morning, a ‘Mummers’ play - and, away from the music, enjoy the attractions of our beautifully situated small town, including historic Traquair House and the unique Smail’s Printing Works. Innerleithen is just 30 miles south from Edinburgh tucked into the lovely Border hills between Peebles and Galashiels, and nestling by the famous River Tweed. To make the most of the festival a weekend stay in Innerleithen is highly recommended, with a host of interesting places nearby available to compliment the music - and there's accommodation information from campsites to hotels on the IMF website tohelp plan your musical mini-break in the Scottish Borders. Keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest announcements, or sign up to the IMF - link on website.

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Marine Harvest Supports Blas To Take Music Across The Highlands Highlands :: 1-9 September :: Buy tickets @

Organisers of this year’s Blas Festival, taking place from 1 to 9 September, are very pleased to have secured sponsorship from the world’s leading seafood company, Marine Harvest, the largest producer of farmed salmon.

across the Highlands as well as in venues in Argyll and the Western Isles. Marine Harvest Business Support Manager, Steve Bracken, said: “As a company we are rooted in the Highlands and Islands, so we’re delighted to support this year’s Blas Festival whose locations so closely match our own.”

Day A Month at a performance in Ullapool. Glòir nan Caman: Shinty’s Heroes will return with Hugh Dan MacLennan and a host of fine musicians focusing on PM William Lawrie from Ballachulish. Two Fèisean - Fèis Lochabair and Fèis na h-Òige - will host concerts celebrating their 25th anniversaries.

Arthur Cormack, Chief Executive of Fèisean nan Gàidheal which organises the Blas Festival in partnership with the Highland Council, said: “We are delighted that Marine Harvest has offered sponsorship for this year’s Blas Festival and we look forward to promoting The Blas Festival takes good quality traditional events in a number of areas where the company music events to venues in communities large Blas 2017 will feature special events celebrating has a presence. Not unlike Marine Harvest, and small and there will be concerts and cèilidhs the 80th birthdays of four icons of Gaelic which has a commitment to fragile communities, Culture - Kenna Campbell, Fergie MacDonald, one of the main aims of Blas is to take great Morag MacLeod and Finlay MacLeod. The 2017 entertainment to venues in small, remote Blas Commission - Dìleab Uilleim - explores the communities and to provide income to musicians Gaelic song legacy of Rev William Matheson, one and promoters. Blas also arranges events in of Scotland’s foremost collectors and authorities some of the larger venues in the Highlands and on Gaelic song. Those shows will feature Islands, ensures the Gaelic language is introductions to the songs by Jo MacDonald and prominent at every event and makes a virtue of performances from Robert Robertson, Rachel involving participants from the Fèis movement, Walker, Ross Wilson, Alasdair Whyte, Eilidh and other youth music groups, enabling young Cormack, Linda Macleod, Allan MacDonald and musicians to play alongside the professional Christine Primrose. musicians who inspire them most.” “We have up to now supported shinty, together with some other ad hoc cultural events and activities, so supporting Blas is a new adventure for us. We’re very much looking forward to seeing and hearing this great range of traditional music in early September.”

There will also be performances by new Gaelic song trio Sian [Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilidh Cormack & Ellen MacDonald], Duncan Chisholm, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, Breabach, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Sharon Shannon, The Angus Nicolson Trio, Donald Black Band, Ireland’s Fidil and Canada’s MacIsaac & MacKenzie. An array of the finest Gaelic singers complete the lineup including Mairi MacInnes, James Graham, Iain MacKay, Margaret Stewart, Rona Lightfoot, Ewan John Morrison, David Mackenzie, Murdo ‘Wasp’ MacDonald, Mary Catherine MacNeil, Freddie Mackenzie as well as Dingwall and Inverness Gaelic Choirs.

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Mary Ann Kennedy will be performing songs from her newly-launched album An Dàn and Gary Innes will be performing his new album Era. A CD of Lauren MacColl’s Fèis Rois Commission The Seer will be launched at two performances during Blas and Mairearad Green and Mike Vass will introduce their new album A

“The additional support of Marine Harvest will help us deliver our aims and we are looking forward to an exciting festival and to welcoming the many friends who come to the Highlands annually to attend events, as well as those resident in the area.” The full festival programme is now available at where full details of all events and how to buy tickets can be found.

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Vikings & punks set to invade the coast, as new features and even more acts are announced for Lindisfarne Festival Beal Farm (Berwick-upon-Tweed) :: 31 August - 3 September ::

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Organisers of Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Festival are delighted to unveil details about an exciting range of new features for the 3-day camping festival, along with another wave of acts including: Thursday headliner Holy Moly & The Crackers, BBC Young Comic of the Year Finalist Lauren Pattison, and former Scottish Comic of the Year, Mark Nelson. To help set the event apart this year, the The View :: multiple UK award nominated festival will include a ‘Throwback Thursday’ themed evening of entertainment, a UV-fuelled Full Moon Party, an immersive audio/visual installation complete with Meanwhile, starting the party with an interactive smoke billowing wooden chainsaw carvings, ‘Dance to the Future’ experience in the new topped off with a Vikings & Punks fancy dress ‘Inspiredome’ marquee will be members of theme. Inspired Support - a local community initiative 2017 also sees the addition of ‘Pilgrim’s Utopia’, who support those with autism and learning disabilities to work in the creative industries. a luxurious 100 capacity tipi complete with a private bar & posh toilet facilities, as well as the More than just a music festival, an army of top new ‘Inspiredome’ marquee and expanded class comedy talent will be taking over the new ‘Healing Sanctuary’ with a full holistic & wellness ‘Funky Monk’ stage on Saturday afternoon. activity schedule. Curated by award winning Punch-Drunk Comedy, Taking place from 31 August - 3 September, the this year’s stand-up line-up will be hosted by Sunderland-born comedian & compere Matt over 18’s event will be held once again on Beal Reed. Joining him on the bill are BBC Young Farm, overlooking Holy Island. Showcasing its Comic of the Year Finalist Lauren Pattison, strongest line up to date, the festival will play former Scottish Comic of the Year Mark Nelson, host to over 100 acts across it’s 7 stages, with two heavyweight Scottish headliners topping the JoJo Sutherland and Gareth Waugh. bill. The View will be closing the mainstage on Set amidst the multiple marquee venues, the Friday night followed by fellow Scottish chartfestival’s renowned outdoor centre-point, the toppers The Fratellis on the Saturday night. ‘Circle of Inclusion’ will feature even more prominently this year. Conical Bass will be Kicking off the entertainment on the Thursday, transforming the area with an immersive audio festival organisers are promising “an opening and visual installation, featuring a DJ booth night party that will go down in history – crafted from an ageing old oak tree. Handliterally!” with music spanning from the 20’s, crafted by local tree-surgeon and Glastonburyright through to the 90’s & noughties. veteran ‘Dr Green’ (Richie Elliot), the installation Festivalgoers can enjoy live performances by Viper Swing, 70’s Cop Show and gypsy-folk-rock will feature an array of weird and wonderful features and creatures, including chainsawband Holy Moly & The Crackers who will be carved wooden snake sculptures, flame throwing headlining the ‘Viking Brewhouse’ beer tent, spiders, smoke effects and screen projections. which is sponsored by The Alnwick Brewery.

With various genres of dance music setting the party vibe from noon until dusk each day, the circle will provide the perfect warm up to the main DJ line-up in the ‘High Tide Dance Tent’, where festival goers can dance to a whole host of DJ’s ranging from Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan to the ‘Godfather of rave’ Slipmatt and Shindig’s Scott Bradford & Mark Lowry. With music on both Friday & Saturday night going on until 4am, Saturday night will see the dance tent transformed into a Thai-inspired Full Moon Party featuring UV lights, glowing neon body paint and drinks by the bucket, whilst the ‘Saltgrass Stage’ sets up for the late night (L) indie disco for those who prefer their music with lyrics they can sing along to. And of course, no festival is complete without fancy dress. Following on from last year’s Vikings & Monks dress code, this year will see a Vikings and Punks theme arrive onto our North-East shores! Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival commented: “We have been working incredibly hard this year to bring an amazing range of new features and entertainment to Lindisfarne Festival. Now in its third year we know that we can’t stand still and have ambitions to make the event bigger, better and more memorable each year. It’s encouraging to see an increase in tickets sales this year and we strongly urge those considering joining the party to take advantage of our online ticket prices asap, with on the door prices charged at a higher rate and an early sell-out anticipated.”

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The Essential Guide To Electric Fields Dumfries & Galloway :: 1-2 September :: Buy tickets @ With just over 2 weeks to go until the gates open for Electric Fields, one of the last big parties of the summer, final touches are being made for a weekend of top class music, amazing food and great entertainment coupled with an intimate, community atmosphere. Here's the essential guide to your weekend… Line-up: Always striving to showcase the most exciting music around at the moment, EF offers festivalgoers the opportunity to see up to 100 artists across four stages, as well as secret sets throughout the weekend from a few special friends.

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forests of D&G, the venue is a haven for all those looking to escape the city for one weekend as they pitch up their tents in the castle’s back Friday sees Frightened Rabbit headline their first garden. Scottish festival, which is sure to be a Take a break from the fun of the festival with a triumphant close to the first day. While on Saturday the ‘Boy In Da Corner grime superstar stroll through the magical woods or down by the Dizzee Rascal brings his MC skills to the headline river before heading back for some more ace music. slot, fresh from releasing his latest critically acclaimed album ‘Raskit’. The Campsite: The site is approximately 60 minutes drive south of Glasgow / Edinburgh, 90 New for this year, EF also has stages put minutes north of Carlisle and easily accessible together by two of Scotland’s foremost authorities on new and exciting music, with the from Dumfries & Sanquhar railway stations.

They have teamed up with the folks behind Scotland’s best street food market The Pitt to bring you an awesome culinary experience at the festival. They’ll be bringing some of the best vendors in the country to set up shop in a specially curated food village to take care of rumbling stomachs and keep you energised for the weekend!

There’s a variety of new bars on offer this year as well, with a dedicated Ale Festival (including their own brewed ‘Electric Ale’), two new cocktail bars - a pop-up from world renowned Edinburgh favourite Hoot The Redeemer AND a dedicated Tenement TV Discover Stage, and a new stage The campsites at the festival have a lovely Patron Airstream Bar! For the wine and Prosecco curated by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, atmosphere, with ‘love they neighbour’ being fans, there’s also a new wine bar, brought to the both championing passionate and exciting music the motto for all those who set up camp. As well festival by Smith & Gertrude with a wide from around the UK and beyond. as the main campsite, there is a separate family selection from around Europe to quench your camping field, which is cannily placed in front of thirst. For those electronically inclined, the Sneaky Drumlanrig’s massive adventure playground! Pete's stage line-up is led by Glasgow stalwart Our Kids Electric: Electric Fields welcomes Jackmaster, known for his ability to traverse If you want that extra level of luxury, then their adults and kids alike. They are committed to genres and moods in a few hours. boutique camping field is for you. Provided by making sure that everybody has the greatest their friends at Cloudhouses, you can sleep in time at EF and leave with the best memories of As well as an amazing musical line-up, Electric the ultimate comfort at Electric Fields and stay the summer, so they are making it as safe and Fields have invited Scotland’s finest wordsmiths in a yurt, bell tent or a squrt complete with simple as possible for you and your little ones. Neu! Reekie! to curate a fantastic line-up of beds, rugs and lights. As well as this, new for For the young ones the “Our Kids Electric” area spoken word, comedy & animation. 2017, EF welcome Tangerine Fields and their returns jam-packed with an abundance of The Venue: Returning to the stunning grounds pre-pitched village. A great way if you want to family-friendly activities, music (did someone of the 17th Century Drumlanrig Castle, turn up, have fun, and leave without ever say kids disco?) and a great atmosphere to nicknamed ‘The Pink Palace’, in Dumfries & touching a peg. boot! Galloway for its fourth outing, Electric Fields Food & Drink: As well as an amazing musical offers a truly unique setting, with breathtaking lineup, Electric Fields will this year be expanding views in every direction. its food and drink offering. Nestled deep within the rolling hills and green

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Exciting Young Musicians To Star At 19th Linlithgow Folk Festival Linlithgow :: 6-10 September :: Buy tickets @

Some of Scotland’s most exciting young traditional musicians will take centre stage at this year’s Linlithgow Folk Festival in September and the organisers are claiming that the event will be the biggest and best yet. As well as the headline act Barluath – who are a diverse and innovative young Glasgow-based band – the five days of the Festival will also see appearances by emerging talent, such as BBC Young Traditional musician of the year, fiddler Charlie Stewart, the guitarist, Luc McNally, the award-winning singer, Iona Fyfe and Linlithgow’s very own Town Piper, Ross Miller, who has recently graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Barlauth’s headline concert at the Academy Theatre on Saturday September 9th will be the high point of the five-day Folk Festival, which runs from the 6th to the 10th of September. First staged in 1999, the Festival is firmly established on the traditional music scene and all the mainstay events will take place again. These include the musical cruises on the canal, the family ceilidh at the Vennel, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, the Bluegrass Concert and Gospel Session, and the outdoor Nora Devine Stage at the Cross.

Ross Miller, and friends stage a fabulous concert at Linlithgow Rose Social Club. The Bluegrass Concert will move to larger premises at the Academy, with The Daddy Naggins making a welcome return to Linlithgow. A Youth Festival Showcase for budding young talent will take place in St Michael’s Kirk Hall. Already a magnet from visitors from far and wide, the Festival will have even more of an international feel this year, with the participation of musical groups from Linlithgow’s twin areas in France and Germany. Folk Festival chairman, Murdoch Kennedy, explained: “We are trying to keep things fresh, as well as continuing to raise the bar. This year, various new events will be taking place and new venues will be used for the first time. This is a very exciting development and we are delighted to welcome new partner organisations, such as the Linlithgow Town Centre BID, who are supporting the Youth Festival Showcase in the Kirk Hall. This initiative will give emerging talent the opportunity to perform in a relaxed and informal setting.

The organisers are not resting on their laurels, however, and there will be several innovations this year, bringing new venues into play. These will include:-

“We are hoping to add in other events in the build-up to the Festival and are greatly heartened to see that people such as the new Café/Bar 1807 and the TESCO supermarket are keen to be involved. This is tremendous news and we are confident that this year’s Festival will be the biggest and best yet”.

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HebCelt Gig At International Celtic Music Festival In France Sells Out International music fans have snapped up all tickets for a concert showcasing Hebridean music and culture at Europe’s biggest Celtic festival in France this week. The islands’ language, culture and heritage will play a leading role when Scotland is celebrated at the annual Lorient Interceltic Festival being held from 4-13 August in Brittany. Scotland is this year’s Guest Country of Honour at the gathering, and a team from the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival is organising the opening concert on 5 August, which will kick start a number of events featuring Scottish artists throughout the ten days. The sell-out show at the 1,038-seat venue, comes just two weeks after the end of this year’s HebCelt, which was one of the most successful in the event’s 22-year history. Headlined by The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan, the festival featured more than 40 acts and over 70 hours of performances in the main arena, in Stornoway town centre and in sell-out community shows in Lewis and Harris, reaching nearly 16,000 attendances over its four-day run. HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are thrilled the opening show at Lorient is a sell-out. It is such a wonderful opportunity to promote the music and culture of the festival and the islands to a huge international audience. “It is great news, coming on the back of such a successful HebCelt. It’s been a major challenge organising two events simultaneously, but it has also been very rewarding. And we could see the benefits of cultural tourism from this for years to come.”

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festival – representing emerging young talent and firmly established acts – and are sure to delight existing fans and create new ones. “I have no doubt that HebCelt will put on an exciting opening concert and the fact it’s already sold out is a sure sign that the Scots are firmly putting their stamp on Lorient Interceltic Festival 2017.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, added: “A sell-out show at Lorient Interceltic Festival is a brilliant way to carry forward the momentum from HebCelt’s success on Lewis and Harris just a few weeks More than 750,000 visitors and spectators will attend the Lorient festival, ago. when Brittany meets other Celtic nations and regions including Scotland, “Energy levels will still be high, so there couldn’t be a better way to Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Acadia and kickstart Scotland’s year as Guest Country of Honour than with this Australia. It offers an unprecedented opportunity to highlight the opening concert. French audiences will be talking about Scottish trad and diversity and quality of Scotland’s finest musical talent on the interfolk talent for years to come.” national stage. HebCelt was invited to take part and curate the opening Guest Country of The largest showcase for traditional Scottish music in mainland Europe, Honour show by Showcase Scotland Expo, which promotes Scottishthe festival will see performances from over 220 Scottish artists. This based artists in folk, Gaelic, traditional, world and acoustic music to accounts for more than 20 per cent of the festival programme, which is overseas music events. The show has a strong Gaelic focus and will the largest share for one country of honour ever. feature a number of artists who took part in this year’s HebCelt. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “For Scotland to be chosen as Guest Country of Honour by the Lorient Interceltic Festival further cements our important relationship with France. Our prominence at one of the world’s biggest Celtic festivals is an excellent opportunity to showcase the spirit of Scotland, as we celebrate our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. “Over 220 of Scotland’s finest musicians are performing at this year’s

The curtain-raising show will include an excerpt from the documentary ‘Hebrides - Islands on the Edge’, the music for which was composed by Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw. Some of the leading Hebridean artists in the modern era will come together for ‘Blasta’ (Gaelic for tasty or delicious), a show specially commissioned for this year’s Lorient festival and featuring Gaelic singers Anna Murray, Mischa Macpherson, Ceitlin Smith and Josie Duncan, from the isle of Lewis. Also performing during the opening show are the Mishca Macpherson Trio, Tide Lines and Elephant Sessions. In addition, HebCelt has its own pavilion at Lorient. With assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Outer Hebrides Tourism and An Lanntair arts centre, the stand will be used to promote HebCelt and its host area as a cultural and tourism destination and will offer festival goers the opportunity to enter a competition to win travel and accommodation to the Outer Hebrides. Lisardo Lombardo, the Lorient festival’s artistic director, said: “Lorient will become in 2017 a window for the discovery of Scotland today, more involved and modern than ever. The whole city will be put in Scottish colours and all our capacity of media resonance will be made available to show that this great European nation will always have a place of honour at the Interceltic Festival of Lorient. “We are sure that the opening show will be a great event, very well organised, with artists representative of a living tradition and a new talented generation that will become a reference in Scotland and all over the world.” HebCelt has grown from a small event attracting less than 1,000 fans, to an international showpiece for roots, Celtic and traditional music. It is estimated it has generated nearly £25 million for the local economy over 22 years. HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan welcomed Julie Fowlis to the HebCelt stand at Lorient Interceltic Festival ::

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Stowed Out Festival is a family friendly boutique music and arts festival held in Stow in the Scottish Borders. It is ran by Sound Out are a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 by an Edinburgh eclectic group of musicians and music fans in the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. 4-28 August Over the years Sound Out has grown and now hosts a range vibrant music and arts events The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August. When thousands where there is always a strong emphasis on of performers take to hundreds of stages all over encouraging and supporting young or first time performers to get up and have a go. the city to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Cowal Afterglow

North East coming to play for you all, here’s just a few of them, many more to be announced over the next couple of weeks: Gerry Jablonski//The Lorelei//The Little Kicks// The Cliftons//Wish You Were Floyd//Gordon James And The Power //The Capollos//Miss Lucid // Paul Anderson. We have lots more to tell you soon, so watch this space! Deeside Activity Park//Captain Toms//Fat Hippy Records

Blas Festival Highlands 1-9 September

Dunoon 27 August

A hugely enjoyable weekend of traditional music in this small Borders town, beautifully situated amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. Memorable concerts feature some of the biggest names in Celtic music alongside the best of the local talent and the weekend is rounded off with a concert presenting wonderful singers of traditional song. Complementing the concerts are an open stage, a singaround and the legendary informal music sessions in local hostelries and the Union Club.

The Blas festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. Blas will do this in part by creating the opportunities for Cowal Afterglow is a brand new one-day music young musicians to play and learn with leading festival which will close the Cowal Highland Gathering weekend. Throughout the day some of artists in traditional music and Gaelic. Blas will also widen the opportunities for communities to the best live acts on the Scottish music scene experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic will take to the stage. There will be a fully stocked bar and a couple of quality food vendors performances which support their culture. providing food and drink throughout the day. Gates open at 1:30pm and the event will finish up at around 9pm, allowing punters the chance to catch the last boats. Tickets are on sale now and there are limited spaces available for bus packages from Glasgow - For Northumberland full event and ticketing information visit ..... 2-4 September

Doune The Rabbit Hole


Innerleithen Music Festival Scottish Borders 18-20 August

Lake of Menteith (Stirling) 18-20 August

Lindisfarne Festival

Midstock Festival

This intimate and friendly music festival is set in picturesque Stirlingshire near Scotland’s only natural freshwater lake. Combining the best of Scotland’s independent/DIY scene alongside exclusive performances from the hippest new international acts, the festival attracts music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life. With more international performers than ever this year, Doune also boasts activities including wild swimming, events for youngsters and the tastiest treats from Scotland’s best independent food and drink purveyors.

Dalkeith 1-2 September

Argyll Gathering

Electric Fields

Helensburgh 19-20 August

Drumlanrig Castle 1-2 September 2017

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th - 20th 2017 in the stunning setting of Helensburgh. The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and drink and feature interactive workshops. Community is at the heart of the festival and its goal is to celebrate the best of what Scotland has to offer culturally; Argyll Gathering is not just a festival, but a platform for people to interact and form an artistic movement.

Nestling in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. We’ve been working really hard to top last year and we’re pretty excited about this summer, as well as having some brand new developments. One of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland returns in 2016, over two days in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle!

Stowed Out Festival Stow 25-26 August

Midstock is an independent, bespoke festival which we started in order to provide the Lothians community with a great event on their doorsteps. This is still at the core of what we’re trying to do but we have seen the festival expand somewhat and we’ve welcomed people from all over the country in the last couple of years. Maybe word is out that we like a good party here in Midlothian!”

Building on the success of the last two years, Lindisfarne Festival 2017 is gearing up to be an even bigger and better showcase of music, comedy, culture and creative arts as they announce The Fratellis as their first mainstage headliner. A regularly shortlisted finalist at the UK Festival Awards, this year’s event will be held once again at Beal Farm on the Northumberland coast – in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty overlooking Holy Island.

Party in the Park Bathgate, West Lothian 3 September

Now in its 7th year ‘Party in the Park’ music festival and family fun day is a great day out for music lovers with families, held in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park. There is a main stage and acoustic stage with music on both throughout the day from 11am to 6pm with free entry and no ticket required. A real mix of music from local bands and artists to those further afield. This is no ticket required and no entry fee and as this is geared towards familys there is a strict no alcohol policy.

Linlithgow Folk Festival Linlithgow 6-10 September

Some of Scotland’s most exciting young traditional musicians will take centre stage at NXNE Scotland this year’s Linlithgow Folk Festival in September and the organisers are claiming that the event Deeside Activity Park will be the biggest and best yet. As well as the 1-2 September headline act Barluath – who are a diverse and NXNE Scotland is a 2 day festival celebrating the innovative young Glasgow-based band – the five best of everything in the North East of Scotland! days of the Festival will also see appearances by emerging talent. With some of the best bands from the North X


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Perth Music Expo 2017 Perth 7 September The fourth of edition of Perth Music Expo is proud to announce their biggest line-up yet taking place on the 7 September, across 3 venues: Imax Playhouse, The Twa Tams and The Green Room. The free festival starts at Imax Playhouse at 6pm with a music industry panel with special guests.

Doricana Fest Stonehaven 23 September

One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts.

Cumnock Tryst Festival

Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly. Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour of being the first act to be named for 2017’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 6-8 October

Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck 28 September - 1 October

So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned Sir James MacMillan announced the programme performers and those, like the students from the True North for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting Aberdeen the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on 7-10 September Loch Broom and the drive up through some of a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take at the heart of the city, the festival features the place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone contemporary music industry’s most interesting, and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or relevant and exciting artists. Taking place 28 September and 1 October. even jamming with them on one of the trade between Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 September, stands. the 2017 festival features a series of unique headline performances in city centre venues, a Fringe programme of free intimate gigs across the city, a chance to be inspired by our Loopallu masterclass and discussion programme, an Ullapool Spree Festival amazing gig for kids, and an opportunity to get 29-30 September Paisley up close and personal with festival artists.

Best of the West Festival Inveraray 8-10 September

The festival is now arguably Scotland's finest boutique festival, one where music and food lovers from the world over gather to celebrate the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. As well as a stunning line-up of 21 different musical acts performing on two stages the festival has been extended to three days and finishes later each evening. Most of the festival is under canvas including the three stages and there is not a single drop of mud to be found anywhere. So forget the wellies, the weather can rain or shine the BOWFest experience is always amazing.

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 that was ten years ago. 2017 sees a few changes for our friendly, small (but we thank perfectly formed) festival enter its enters its thirteenth year. Moving to the Pier in the centre of the village, still expect another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about it. Another year making new friends, and catching up with old ones. Follow us on social media to see who’s going join the ranks that include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin Atlantic, The Stranglers and Franz Ferdinand who have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to come and see…

13-22 October

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey. The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.


Leith 21-22 October

Krafty Brew Presents EH6 with Alabama 3, Big country, Space and more bringing EH6 to Leith for the very first time this October.This is a live Glasgow music, food and drink festival in Leith, our aim is 30 September to try to bring some big names as well as all the best talent in Scotland. We are announcing the Tenement TV - the team behind Scotland’s food and drink line up next month as well as a biggest and best platform for music discovery - couple of more acts each months. The festival Edinburgh are delighted to reveal 20 new bands joining features over 100 in band in more than 10 23 September their city music festival line-up. Fresh from different venues in Leith and is designed so that playing TRNSMT festival at the weekend, Louis people travel throughout the whole of leith Listen, Learn, Riot! DAREFest at The Wee Red Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Neon Waltz and Vistas join stopping at various business throughout the Bar is a one day event set up by Lou Mclean and an array of amazing talent. These new bands whole weekend and seeing the best of Leith. We Ashley Stein, two musicians who met at Girl’s join the already announced headliners, The will have craft stalls, art exhibitions, food from Rock School Edinburgh. Inspired by the Temperance Movement who are set to shake the all over the world, a beer market where all of phenomenal talent coming out of their local walls of the 02 ABC on Saturday 30 September Scotland’s finest breweries will be, children's music scene but still unimpressed with the 2017. entertainment, a massive variety or music from industries attitude towards women, they decided House to Gaelic and much more. to start a one day festival designed to empower all women to take on the Scottish music scene. Throughout a day of workshops run by Lou, Ashley and the brilliant Speaking Out Project (part of Scottish Women's Aid) this event will be We want all your festival focused on building up resilience and skills for music performance & feminist activism. dates for big and small

Tenement Trail



Glasgow Americana

Glasgow 4-8 October

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