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Festivals! Scotland's

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

The Wickerman is ready for this weekend's fans


T Break : Ullapool Guitar Festival : Belladrum live on BBC ALBA : Doune The Rabbit Hole : Blas : Islay Jazz Festival : The Spree in Paisley ..... plus our 2013 music festival listings guide!

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30: Old Library, Kilbarchan 31: CatStrand, New Galloway AUGUST: 1: Biggar Corn Exchange 2/3/4: Edinburgh Fringe

23: AnTobar, Tobermory 24: Carradale Village Hall 25: Aros, Isle of Skye JULY: 26: Tolbooth, Stirling 18/19: HebCeltFest 20: Salmon Bothy, Portsoy 27: Eastgate, Peebles 21: Eden Court, Inverness 28: Harbour Arts, Irvine

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Catch up on live sets from the T Break Stage @ TITP If you didn't make this year's T in the Park or missed any bands on the legendary T Break Stage then fans have a chance to listen to live sets from Scotland’s freshest unsigned talent by simply heading over to or www. to download a free exclusive live track from each band and check out the 16 T Break band’s full live sets. Not only that, you can also catch video highlights from the T Break Stage over the festival weekend.

You can also watch T Break footage on these links by Tenement TV for Friday: and Saturday

The bold diversity of the T Break line-up gave music fans at T in the Park the chance to see outstanding sets from Glasgow hip hop duo Hector Bizerk to psychedelic western rockers The Merrylees, the atmosphere was as lively and passionate as ever as fans crowded in, in the hope of catching a glimpse of Scotland’s next big thing. Organisers send a huge thank you to the amazing T in the Park audience who visited the T Break Stage over the festival weekend to support Scotland’s unsigned talent and thank all the artists who entered their demos to T Break this year, the judges were once again blown away by the sheer volume of talent they received. Details of the launch of T Break 2014 will be announced early next year so get those demos ready and for those looking to make sure they’re part of the legendary T in the Park crowd next year tickets are now on sale today at, or - fans will be able to take advantage of a £50 deposit scheme, giving them the opportunity to pay for their ticket in full over a period of 3 payment periods.


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Initial line-up for the 14th Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool : 4-6 October : TICKETS!! : See the web site for full details -

Come and join the lucky ones who have already discovered the delights of the Ullapool Guitar Festival that runs again this October for the 14th time. They have an amazing collection of musicians in concert in the stunning Ullapool surroundings, with events taking place in the MacPhail Centre on North Road, Ullapool. If you love guitar music in all its forms then this Festival is not to be missed. You can enjoy workshops, five concerts, the guitar exhibition and trade show and the best kept secret in Scotland - three nights of "The Ullapool Late Club" - starting at midnight and runing until 3am - and sometimes longer! All this for only £130 for a weekend ticket! The actual programme of events is still to be announced, but the first set in each of the evening concerts will be split so that the festival can offer some young and up and coming players an opportunity to play in front of such a knowledgeable and appreciative audience.

Watch video of some of this year's artists here: An additional bonus is that Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars is building a very very special guitar, which he is donating, to the Festival to help us with funding. The guitar will be made from ancient Kauri wood from New Zealand (80,000years old), and the soundboard will be made from Sinker Redwood, which again is ancient, and recovered from the Big River in Mendocino California. The festival is determined to bring more people to Ullapool this year and organisers hope regular festival fans will encourage some of their friends to come along this year - it really will be worthwhile! Ticket prices remain the same as the last 3 years at £130 for a weekend ticket, individual concert tickets will not go on sale until much closer to the Festival dates.

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A SELECTION OF OUR GIGS .... 26 July (Greens) Connie Lush 2 August (Greens) It's A Beautiful Day

The almost finalised impressive line up for 2013 reads so far as:

4 August (Greens) The Andy Fraser Band 23 August (Greens) Just Beatles

Jan Akkerman Carl Verheyen Clive Carroll John Smith Hugh Burns Adam Rafferty Jimmy Wahlsteen John Goldie Innes Watson with Jim Vass Allan Neave with students from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire The Remi Harris Trio Robert Foster Tristan Seume Steve Hicks Chris Woods Will McNicol Iain Forbes Elliott Morris

Plus 'Wingin It' who will be running the late night festival club in the Arch Inn.

7 September (Greens) David Latto Band 10 September (Greens) Watt Nicholl 12 September (Greens) Finbar Furey 13 September (Greens) Blues Heroes Fraser Speirs, Allan Jones Richard O’Donnell


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Belladrum's 10th Birthday celebrations live on BBC ALBA Viewing schedule: 2 August (LIVE): 9.00 – 11.15pm / 3 August (LIVE): 9.00 – 11.15pm / 10 August (Highlights): 9.00 – 10.00pm

Scotland’s acclaimed music festival Belladrum will next weekend celebrate its tenth year and BBC ALBA viewers are invited to join the party as the channel provides exclusive live festival coverage for the third consecutive year. BBC ALBA will screen two special live programmes - Belladrum 2013: Cridhe Tartan from the sold-out festival on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August. Among the acts performing for BBC ALBA viewers and festival-goers will be Twin Atlantic, James, Alabama 3, The Horrors, Noisettes, Nina Nesbitt, The Peatbog Faeries and Lucy Spraggan to name but a few. Live coverage will also be complemented by a show looking back at the best of the weekend – complete with special unseen performances on the evening of Saturday 10 August. Each programme will be hosted by popular BBC ALBA presenters, Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald.

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celebrations at Belladrum: the atmosphere and variety of acts at this boutique festival, come rain or shine, is second to none. “We hope our exclusive coverage has something to offer every musical taste. With the event now sold out, music fans who didn’t manage to get a ticket can tune into BBC ALBA to enjoy the highland spectacle of great live music and highlights from the comfort of their own homes.”

Belladrum 2013: Cridhe Tartan is produced by BBC Gàidhlig. For further information on BBC ALBA coverage of Belladrum, follow on Twitter @BellaBBCALBA BBC ALBA is available on the James following platforms (some in Scotland only): Sky 143 : Freeview / You View 8 : Virgin Media 188 : Freesat 110 : BT Vision 8 : Smallworld 170 : Now entering its tenth The Horrors and The Pigeon Detectives play the Live on BBC iPlayer. BBC ALBA is run by MG year, the event is firmly established as one of Hothouse Stage and both will be performing live ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the most friendly and eclectic festivals on the on BBC ALBA. The Horrors headline the the operating name of Seirbheis nam calendar. This year’s two day festival has once Hothouse Stage at Belladrum fresh from work on Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. again sold out and more than 15,000 music fans their fourth album, the follow-up to 2011’s Find out more about MG ALBA and the will descend on the Belladrum Estate by Beauly, acclaimed LP, Skying. The Pigeon Detectives are partnership at or visit www. Inverness-shire, to enjoy a range of great acts. also on the road with fresh material following for scheduling and programme the release of their fourth LP, We Met At Sea, in information. For music fans watching at home on BBC ALBA, Friday’s coverage will include the chance to hear April this year Garden Stage headliners Twin Atlantic LIVE. The Glasgow band has quickly built a large fan base Producer of the BBC ALBA live festival coverage, Donna L. following two acclaimed studio albums, 2009’s Murchison, said: Vivarium and their follow-up Free in 2011. “We’re all set for They’ll be joined at the festival by the eclectic Belladrum 2013 Alabama 3, who headline the Hothouse Stage following a performance from English indie rock and this year we will be bringing outfit The 1975, who will release their viewers coverage eponymous debut album in early September. from two stages, which means live Saturday’s Garden Stage performances, performances meanwhile, will include the return of festival favourites James to Belladrum. The Manchester from three acts every night and band, led by singer Tim Booth, have enjoyed a music highlights hugely successful career since forming in 1982 from across the which spans 12 studio albums and they will two days. We are receive a warm welcome on their return to Belladrum following their legendary performance delighted to be a part of the 10th at the festival in 2007. BBC ALBA Belladrum presenters Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald festival

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Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival Expands Line Up! Stirlingshire : 22-25 August 22-25 : TICKETS!! At – buy before 1 August and save £10

There are some wonderful additions to the line up of Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, the small scale family friendly event which takes place over the weekend of 22-25 August at Cardross Estate, near Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. Cult Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk AKA Venetian Snares will now join the line up on Sunday 25 August. Adding to the already kaleidoscopically eclectic bill, Planet Mu Records’ Venetian Snares take drum ‘n’ bass and breakcore to a new level. On Sunday we also have funky Afrobeats from Samba Sene & Diwan, a seven-piece international Senegalese band currently based in Scotland. Eclectic folk-rock band Trembling Bells and hypercolour indie dance producer- performer Miaoux Miaoux play the Baino stage on Friday; On Saturday we welcome back the indescribably mad and brilliant Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 and it's also the return of John Knox Sex Club; On Sunday, rambunctious funk rock fusion outfit Bar Room Crawl play, also on the Baino stage. The festival has also added a dance-themed performance space for live acts and DJs, curated by Glasgow’s Low End Collective. Acts include techno DJ Rebecca Vasmant, Glasgow hip hop duo Hector Bizerk, reggae soundsystem Argonaut Sounds and a plethora of Scottish talent over a range of styles to keep visitors dancing all weekend. We also have the Inspire new local talent stage, a spoken word bill and loads of activites for younger visitors – all together a great weekend.

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This year there is even an extra mini line up on Thursday night – featuring Orkestra del Sol, at no extra cost to those arriving early. These acts join those already on the bill – including Alasdair Roberts & Friends, Clinic, The Pastels, PAWS, Rachel Sermanni, Machines In Heaven, Stealing Sheep, Zs, Robyn Hitchcock, Arbouretum and many more. Cosmic Dead will now play on Sunday and Mother Ganga will now appear with their project Flaccid House! July are unfortunately no longer able to join us on Sunday due to illness. Zun Zun Egui, The Wellgreen and Flamingods are also no longer performing due to other commitments. Get tickets right now at – buy before August 1st to save £10 on adult full price camping weekend passes. Under 12s go free and day tickets are available. Use 'Go Car Share', the festival’s lift share partners, to fix up your carbon footprint-friendly ride and make some new friends! http://

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Blas 2013 reaches out to new territory Highlands : 6-14 September :

TICKETS!!! Buy Early Bird tickets before 31 July @ For the first time since the Blas festival was launched nine years ago, the premier event celebrating all that is good about the Gaelic language and culture of the Highlands will introduce performances to venues in Argyll and the Western Isles. Blas Watch the Blas 2013 preview video here: 2013 runs from Friday 6 until Saturday 14 September and will deliver well over 100 cultural events at a variety of venues across the Highlands. The programme itinerary this year includes Islay’s Ramsay Hall, Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula, Oban’s iconic Corran Halls and Bunessan Hall in Mull. The second day of the festival, Saturday 7th, sees Darren Maclean, Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, accompanied by young local musicians from Fèis Òigridh Ìle ‘s Dhiùra, appearing at Port Ellen’s Ramsay Hall. The extension of the festival to venues in Argyll and Bute has been welcomed by the local authority. Councillor George Freeman of Argyll and Bute Council said: “As the Lead Councillor for culture, I am delighted to see the Blas Festival come to Argyll and Bute for the first time and would extend a warm welcome to all visiting musicians and audiences who will help to celebrate the Gaelic language, tradition and culture.” Blas Festival Director, Donna Macrae, said: "Blas is delighted to be extending its reach to new communities and it is hugely encouraging that several local authorities want the festival to have a presence in their areas. This is something we hope to develop in future but Blas is happy to be dipping its toe in the Argyll and Western Isles waters this year and we hope that people in those areas enjoy the events we have planned." One of the festivals highlights will undoubtedly be the appearance of the highly popular Mànran, together with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, as well as youngsters from Maggie MacDonald Fèis Latharna, on Thursday 12th at the Corran Halls in Oban. And on the final night of Blas 2013, Bunessan Hall on Mull will be bouncing to Donald Black’s Band and the superb musical skills of Paul MacCallum and Maggie MacDonald. Celebrating the life and Gaelic song collection of the world-famous Margaret Fay Shaw, one of the most notable and important collectors of authentic Scottish Gaelic song in the 20th century, “Eun Beag Chanaidh” – “A Little Bird Blown Off Course” - is a new piece of music–theatre by Fiona J Mackenzie, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Blas Festival in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland. Margaret and her husband John Lorne Campbell eventually settled on South Uist, having married ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

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Blas 2013 a’ sgaoileadh mun IarBlas 2013 a’ sgaoileadh mun Iar in 1935. For the rest of their lives, the couple dedicated themselves to the collecting and preserving of Gaelic songs and folklore for future generations. To mark the connection with South Uist, Blas and the National Theatre for Scotland are delighted to offer a preview of “A Little Bird Blown Off Course” at St Peter’s Hall in Daliburgh on Thursday, September 4. Also in Uist, one of the festival’s great favourites, “Cuairt nam Bàrd”, where Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Comhdhàil Nàisiunta na Gaeilge bring together poets and musicians to celebrate the Fiona J Mackenzie arts in Gàidhlig and Gaeilge, will be visiting Lionacleit in Benbecula on Tuesday 10 September. This exchange has been running for over 40 years between Scotland and Ireland and this year the artistes will visit Inverness, Benbecula, Raasay, Sleat and Dingwall. The participants will be Proinsias Mac a’ Bhàird (poet), Ceití Ní Bheildiúin (poet), Pádraic Keane (piper) and Eithne Ní Chatháin (singer and fiddler) and they will be supported by local guests at each venue. Meanwhile, the closing date looms for opportunities to take advantage of the Blas 2013 Early Bird tickets, with advantageous prices. For details of how savings can be made on tickets before July 31, see



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Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky will again be the headline sponsor of the Islay Jazz Festival in 2013. The Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival, which this year will take place from 13-15 September, attracts hundreds of jazz lovers, from Scotland and further afield, to the world-famous whisky island on Scotland’s west coast. This is now the fifteenth year that the Festival has been held on Islay, and the fourth year that the Festival has been sponsored by Lagavulin, whose continued backing has enabled the Festival to develop into the success story that it is today. This year will also see another edition of the muchacclaimed special Islay Jazz Festival limited-edition bottling of Lagavulin, which will be released during the Festival.

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The distillery manager at Lagavulin, Georgie Crawford, said “This is now the fourth year of our sponsorship of this excellent Festival. The island’s economy really gains from the extension of the season. Another bonus has been the discovery that the Malt Mill at Lagavulin has great acoustics for live music! And the last four years have brought many more visitors from neighbouring countries, reflecting continental European interest in jazz, and many more ‘whisky tourists’ too. We are delighted to welcome them to Islay and to Lagavulin.” Once again there is an extraordinary line-up of leading international and Scottish musicians who will gather for what many regard as the jewel in the Scottish jazz calendar. Leading European drummer Magnus Öström brings his sweeping cinematic soundscapes to play at Lagavulin distillery’s Malt Mill and Bruichladdich Hall. ECM superband Trio Libero blend folk melodies, infectious grooves, and ambient Nordic cool. Making waves on the UK jazz scene, pianist Kit Downes debuts his Trio at Islay. The master of American Stride piano, Stephanie Trick delivers ragtime and boogie-woogie classics. The Festival has also formed a super Islay trio featuring musicians who are regular visitors to the Festival: bassist Mario Caribe, trumpeter Colin Steele, and guitarist Graeme Stephen. Local vocal star Sheena Swanson presents a brand new band comprising five Islay musicians. With concerts all over the island, the musical fare mirrors the changing landscape and with a range of choices, you can make up your own Festival itinerary to suit your interests, but don’t miss the opportunity to sample some Islay fare at many of the concerts - from hand dived scallops to local chocolates to homebaking, and, of course, Lagavulin Trio Libero

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First acts announced for Paisley’s Spree festival and Mòd fringe events Paisley : 10-20 October : Buy your Spree tickets @

Some of Scotland’s top music and comedy acts are on their way to Paisley to perform at national arts festival The Spree later this year. The Spree (10 – 20 October) is back in the town for a second year after its successful debut in 2012, and will wrap around the Royal National Mòd (11 – 19 October), Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture, on its first visit to Paisley.

The Twilight Sad, with Ealasaid MacDonald, from the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee

The Mòd festivities will kick off on the evening of and solo material in the Spiegeltent on Thursday Friday 11 October with a torchlit procession 17 October; down Paisley High Street before the Mòd flag is unfurled. - Highland-born folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni, with special guest Colin Macleod, in This will be followed by An Comunn the Spiegeltent on Saturday 19 October; Gàidhealach's official opening ceremony in Paisley Town Hall and a cèilidh dance with - Fife-based folk-popsters The Fence Collective Paisley accordionist Grant MacFarlane, a finalist present: The Pictish Trail and Friends, in the in BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of Spiegeltent on Friday 11 October. the Year competition.

As has already been announced, there will also Much of The Spree action will again take place in be a unique combination between Admiral Fallow the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the and The Twilight Sad with the Royal Scottish town centre, with other shows in Paisley Abbey. National Orchestra, in the Abbey on Monday 14 October. An initial allocation of 100 tickets were Royal National Mòd events will take place in a snapped up within minutes of going on sale last wide range of venues across the town, including week. the newly-refurbished Paisley Town Hall, and the Abbey. Comedy fans will have plenty to keep them entertained, with two Best of Scottish Comedy nights on the 12th and 19th. Produced in association with The Stand comedy club, acts include Gary Little, Raymond Mearns, Bruce - traditional music stars, Capercaillie, celebrating Morton and Susan Morrison. their 30th year, who will play Paisley Abbey on Friday 11 October; There will also be a literary element, with free The first musical acts to be announced for The Spree include...

- a rare acoustic performance from Donnie Munro, who will treat fans to Runrig favourites

book readings from Scottish novelist Denise Mina and music broadcaster Vic Galloway.

The following day (Saturday 12 October) will see the start of the competitions, as well as sports tournaments involving football and shinty, before one of the highlights of Mòd week - the Fiddler's Rally, led by the Bearsden Fiddlers, in the Abbey. That night there will be a cèilidh dance in the Town Hall, with a top act from the traditional music set to be announced. Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. Keep an eye on for more details. The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Tickets for all shows will be on sale from www. An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, an from tomorrow (Tuesday 16 historic and culturally-significant festival, to July) at 9am. Details of more music and comedy Paisley for the first time. acts will be announced in the next few weeks. And Paisley is set to be a hub of activity throughout the month, with Iomall a' Mhòid (Mòd Fringe) events combining to add a real festival feel.

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The Wickerman Festival

Big Tent Festival

July 26-27 Dumfries & Galloway

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

world that’s 76.3 miles from Achiltibuie. Now, that’s important! ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals

Aberdeen July 26 - August 3

Fife July

Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries & Galloway offers a Taking a break this year and unique and eclectic celebration of back in 2014! A unique green cult musical genres and cult cinema festival, music festival, arts festival, with a relaxed, laidback familyfamily festival - all-in-one. friendly atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes with the burning of a giant traditional willow and straw effigy.

Celebrating its 41st successful year, the Festival continues its commitment to nurturing and developing artistic and creative talent by providing world class venues for young people to perform Aboyne & Deeside to welcoming audiences. AIYF began its life as a classical music Festival festival in the 1960s in Switzerland Aboyne and moved to Aberdeen in 1973, July 3 - August 3 Speyfest where orchestras and chamber Moray musicians from across Europe An annual arts festival in Royal July 26-28 gathered to perform and collaborate Deeside with a broad range of in a festival environment. Forty events covering classical, folk and As Scottish Music Festivals go years later and the festival has now contemporary music, politics, art, Speyfest is a real Gem - The small grown, modernised and includes drama, literature and film. This town folk festival with big ideas! even more genres of the youth arts year’s music includes a King Three days of Concerts, Ceilidhs movement including dance, theatre, Creosote / Rick Redbeard doubleand Stomps, with some of the opera and world music. Now a truly bill, the BinghamString Quartet, biggest names from the world of international event, with Jonny Hardie and British jazz pianist traditional and contemporary Celtic participants travelling from all four Huw Warren. music and all in the beautiful village corners of the globe to take part, of Fochabers on the banks of the AIYF is also committed to River Spey. It just can't get any supporting emerging talent from better than that! across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Edinburgh International Jazz

& Blues Festival Edinburgh July 19-28

There’ll be great nights out at Festival Theatre, party atmospheres at the Spiegeltent, top performers playing at the Queen’s Hall, a cool new modern jazz club at 3 Bristo Place, a traditional haven at the Royal Overseas League, an all day Festival club at the Tron Kirk, and a new programme strand - Cross the Tracks – where the Festival checks in to musics on or just over the stylistic border.“We look forward to welcoming old and new friends. We have a great line up this year with something for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all over the ten days of the Festival,”

Lomond Folk Festival July 26-28 Loch Lomond


The Lomond Folk Festival is Scotland’s friendliest family festival! Music wall to wall on the banks of Loch Lomond, workshops, concerts, all day open stage and lots of street entertainment. Concerts in the evening in the marquee on the Moss-o-Balloch. Balloch.

Wizard Festival

Ugie Folk Festival Peterhead July 26-28

August Aberdeenshire Returning in 2014 Thanks to everyone that has supported the festival over the past 5 years, please stay with us and help spread the word via our Facebook page, your comments and likes are much appreciated. We will continue to work on bringing another great festival to the north east in 2014.

Ugie Folk Club, based in the north east of Scotland, runs a weekend of concerts, pub folk nights and sessions.

Merchant City Festival July 24-28 Glasgow

The Festival aims to showcase the best of what the Merchant City has to offer. Celebrate the undisputed cultural quarter of Glasgow, showcase the wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, cultural venues and arts organisations on offer within this unique urban space.

80’s Rewind Festival

Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly August 2-3

The conga starts here for Bella’s carnival-themed 10th birthday party. So get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival The event is set to take place at of music and performing arts. Bella Scone Palace, the historic home of is back in its beautiful Highland the Earl of Mansfield, on the banks setting with all the crazy variety of the river Tay. Expect leg warmers that makes it Scotland’s premier and mullets aplenty and acts such boutique festival. This year it’s the as Level 42, Kim Wilde, UB40, place for the hipsters to wiggle And Captain Sensible, OMD, Mike and don’t forget it’s most important the Mechanics and lots lots more!. feature – it’s the only festival in the 26-28 July Perth

Auchinleck’s Alive & Kicking Festival Auchinleck August 2-4 A weekend of music and activities, from the opening concert free gigs to the closing dinner and ‘Tribute’ evening

Auchtermuchty Festival Fife August 2-11 Muchty festival is unique. it's a ten day programme of community and music events. In the festival we celebrate all aspects of community life with something for everyone. Young and old, residents and visitors, lovers of music, art and culture, all will find a geat 'Muchty' welcome 32 times over!

Pittenweem Arts Festival Fife August 3-11 The festival was founded in 1982 and since then has grown into one of Scotland's most popular and unique arts events. Each year, 80 or so exhibitions are housed in ingenious exhibition spaces created from artists' studios, garages, courtyards and gardens. Come along, stroll around the village, see the artworks for sale and meet the artists. Cabaret music evenings throughout the festival.

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy Shetland August 4-11 Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ week long celebration of traditional Shetland fiddle. Fiddle Frenzy is a week-long summer school and festival, celebrating the music and the musicians that have led Shetland to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed fiddle playing regions. A must for all fans of traditional music. You can also escape the classes altogether for an


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and to celebrate we’ve got a whole host of great events planned for the festival. With the World Pipe Band Championships changing to a two day event this is sure to be the BIGGEST, and BEST week of piping ever! Come and join us in our new hub at St Enoch Square which will host our Craft Clachan and St Enoch Tent which will have recitals, Prestfest performances and our “Music of the Prestwick Nations” gigs going on the whole August 9-11 week, as well as some fantastic Pipe Band Performances each day. Prestfest aims to attract the best The National Piping Centre will also musical talent we can and boy do be packed with events at the Street we have a cracking line up for you Cafe and throughout the building, this year as seasoned performers with Pipe Idol, Street Cafe Sessions, and musicians fill our venues to bring you an eclectic mix of music. Come and Try Sessions, Museum Tours, Family Day and much much Ranging from last years festival sensations Brass Impact to Prestfest more. Get down to Glasgow from 11th – first timers Esperanza add in Alan 18th August 2013 to celebrate Frew, Mosa Funk Club, Little Fire, Piping Live!’s 10th Birthday with us! The Ayrshire Music Collective, Tambo & The Spitfires, i Foundation, Live and Dangerous, Non Jovi, The Prestwick Light Orchestra, Upshot, Johnny Barr, A Culross Festival Band Called Cadence and a whole host of other great acts … plus Fife Elvis's return to Prestwick Airport at August 15-18 the Aviator Suite on the Friday night you have a pretty good musical For twenty years, the charity that is stew that's surely to everyones the Culross Festival has been taste. bringing some of the UK and Scotland's top acts to Culross. Memories of Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Red Hot Chilli Pipers will not fade and this year's programme is set to continue the tradition. Edinburgh Music for all tastes but why not try International Festival something different as well? Edinburgh August 9 - September 1 Three exhilarating weeks of the very best in classical music, theatre, opera and dance.

Innerleithen Music Festival

& Fisher, Xcerts, Echobelly and the stars of the Commitments. Tickets £32 Adult, £18 Child 14-17, £10 Child 11-13, Under 10's Free, OAP £10

Wake The Deen Festival

Aberdeen August 17-18

Trad on the Tyne

Summer Isles Festival

Haddington, East Lothian A 2 day Festival featuring live bands August 30 - September 1 playing across 3 stages in A festival of music and plenty Aberdeen's Tunnels. more - great concerts (including Steele the Show, the outstanding tribute to one of Scotland’s greatest wakethedeen singers and songwriters), comeand-try sessions, workshops by Gary West (smallpipes), Wendy Doune The Rabbit Hole Stewart (harp) and Siobhan Miller Cardross, nr Stirling (singing), Open Stage, late-night August 22-25 sessions, storytelling, a hog roast, face painting, pony rides and Doune The Rabbit Hole presents more… Trad on the Tyne, organised music, comedy, art, spoken word, by Haddington Pipe Band in drama, puppetry and much more! association with the Waterloo Events across Scotland throughout Bistro, returns for its second year to the year culminating in a 3 day promote the enjoyment of – and multi arts's time to go participation in – music in the lovely Doune The Rabbit Hole!! We make setting of Haddington’s East Haugh people happy through music, art, by the river Tyne. We very much cake and loads of other stuff! After hope that you can join us and that we've done that we teach people you enjoy this celebration of music who wouldn't ordinarily be able to how to do creative things, like play instruments, write poetry and paint.

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival Mull August 22-25

Campbeltown in beautiful Kintyre is the setting for this weekend-long display of new, emerging and established musical talent. Indoor A hugely enjoyable weekend of Youth Beatz and outdoor venues host a range of traditional music in this small Dumfries concerts, sessions, ceilidhs, choirs, Borders town, beautifully situated August 10 pipe and brass bands and modern amongst rolling hills by the River and Highland dancing. With openTweed. Memorable concerts feature Now in its fifth year, Youth Beatz air and children's events. Whether some of the biggest names in Celtic has established itself as one of music alongside the best of the local you are looking for a fun weekend Scotland’s Premier Youth & Music talent and the weekend is rounded away, a workshop to improve your Festivals attracting some of the musical talent, to find out more off with a concert presenting biggest names in British Pop, about your heritage or just an including Alexandra Burke, N-Dubz wonderful singers of traditional song. Complementing the concerts entertaining night out you will find it and Chipmunk, in a safe and at the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival. friendly environment in South West are an open stage, a singaround and the legendary informal music Scotland. The day long Festival is sessions in local hostelries and the held at David Keswick Athletic Centre, Dumfries on Saturday 10th Union Club. August 2013 and will attract over Bell Rock 12,000 young people aged 12 – 25 from across Scotland and the North Blues Festival of England. August 23-25 Various venues in Arbroath Bfest Wick This year the committee have August 17 worked extremely hard to bring Arbroath a wide and interesting The most northerly mainstream Piping Live! selection of Blues/Rock and various music festival returns for year 4! Glasgow 3000 capacity family music festival other types of music. This year we August 11-18 in Wick, Caithness. Artists include; have over 30 bands playing Anderson, Mcginty, Webster, Ward throughout the weekend. As in Piping Live! is turning 10 in 2013

Scottish Borders August 16-18

previous years there will be no charge for you to go and enjoy any of the bands. Due to the success of the festival some of the venues are starting early with music on Friday evening which will give you a taste of what will be taking place over the weekend.

Achiltibuie, near Ullapool August 31 “Celebrating our community, our enthusiasm and our cultural identity, through top quality music, food, arts and crafts.`’Artists confirmed so far: Shooglenifty, The Poozies, Donald MacDonald and the Islands, James Graham, Mairearad and Anna Ceilidh Band

Edinburgh Mela Leith August 31 - September 1 The Mela will be back once again this year with our best show yet. We’re looking forward to announcing an even more diverse, dazzling line up than last year’s, in June 2013. 2012 was our biggest festival to date, with increased audience and performer numbers, a special free pyrotechnic show, and a whole extra stage - we’re currently working hard on plans to make 2013 even better.



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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song

Ceòl Cholasa is held the third weekend of September each year Kirriemuir and features internationally September 6-8 acclaimed artists from Scotland and beyond. This year will be our sixth Festival of Scottish traditional music Festival and like last year our 2013 and song including competitions, extravaganza will run for a full five ceilidhs and concerts. Kirrie Festival days. Yes, FIVE days! Proceedings is a real labour of love for all kick off on Wednesday 11th concerned, and it is your support September and conclude, just in and the support of the audiences time for the ferry, on the evening of which make it possible. Sunday 15th September. And setting the scene for our celebrations will be our opening Wednesday evening concert, when the artists playing for us will be none other than the TANNAHILL Portpatrick Folk WEAVERS. Yes, the boys are Festival popping in just before they embark Portpatrick, Dumfries & on their annual tour of the states. Galloway September 6-8 3 day folk festival held each September that celebrates folk music in a beautiful harbour village near Stranraer in south west Scotland. Of course the usual livey open pub sessions that make the festival so unique, with their eclectic mix of local and visiting talent, will undoubtedly be in full swing once again this year.

Shetland Blues Festival Shetland September 13-15

September 20-23 If you love music, and exploring new places, then the Lammermuir Festival is perfect for you. Wonderful musicians perform great music in striking and sometimes unexpected locations across the beautiful Scottish county of East Lothian.


Live @ Troon Ayrshire September 6-8 HAPPY birthday to us. We’re four this year. We’ve come through the Terrible Twos and the Temperamental Threes and now we are planning a huge party to celebrate the Fantastic Fours! We’re calling it Live@Troon 2013. Clever, eh? We’ve come a very long way in a fairly short time and have became an established event on the Scottish music festival calendar. Besides some world class music acts, we have workshops, children’s entertainment, sideshows, comedy, film and, for the first time, a range of craft stalls, bringing a real festival feel to Live@Troon.

Ullapool October 4-6

Best of the West Festival

Deeside Harvest Folk Festival

Best of the West Festival an 'end of season' showcase held annually in Blas Festival the grounds of Inveraray Castle in Highlands Argyll. This family weekend includes September 6-14 two days of music and song with performances in both English and Blas Festival is rapidly establishing Gaelic. The festival has a strong itself as the Highlands' premier focus on local young talent as well Gaelic and traditional music festival. as the best of the established Blas takes place in venues across performers. As well as a great linethe Highlands and includes an up of music, food and drink it's also eclectic line-up of local, national important to us to provide a wide and international artistes range of activities for all ages.

Ceòl Cholasa

The Lammermuir Festival

Colonsay Folk Festival September 11-15


Inveraray September 14-15

East Lothian

Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly.

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.

The Islay Jazz Festival is an extraordinary and totally unique event which presents the best jazz you can hear in Scotland in the most unusual, atmospheric and inspirational venues

Islay September 13-15

Glasgow October 3-6

Lockerbie’s Jazz Festival is a wonderful mix of musicians: great Scots, exceptional Europeans and legendary jazz stars. There is traditional jazz, swing, modern jazz, salsa, blues and jump-jive, from amateur musicians to globe-trotting professionals and from young players to seasoned performers. Blues and soul singer Ruby Turner and Kyle Eastwood, son of Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood, will headline this years Lockerbie Jazz Festival.

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

Glasgow Americana Festival

Ullapool September 20-21

The UK's most northerly blues festival brings the crème da la crème of British Blues to Shetland, with gigs running all over the isles and acoustic and electric blues, this is becoming one of the best festival Lockerbie Jazz Lockerbie weekends in the Northern Isles September 27-29


Deeside September 28 This festival has developed a reputation for bringing new and exciting sounds to Deeside, and once again the team has come up with something really special. A strong and colourful thread of song, from old ballad to original songwriting, weaves its way through the festival. And this is hardly surprising, when at its heart is host Frieda Morrison, herself a passionate exponent of the songs of the North East of Scotland and currently Artist In Residence at Edinburgh University’s School of Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Ullapool Guitar Festival

Come and Join us for the 14th Ullapool Guitar Festival this October 2013. Amazing musicians in concert and held held in stunning surroundings. Enjoy workshops, 5 concerts, the guitar exhibition/trade show and the best kept secret in Ullapool - three nights of "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. Only £130 for a full weekend ticket!

Selkirk Sessions Selkirk October 4-6 2013 is the eighth year of the Selkirk Sessions Traditional Music Festival and flows on from the two previous Both Sides of the Tweed Festivals which ceased in 2005. Selkirk Sessions welcomes all musicians who enjoy playing folk (traditional or modern), contemporary and bluegrass music; and anyone who just likes listening to good stuff.

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival Callander October 4-6 The Callander Jazz and Blues Festival is now firmly established on the UK Festival map and is one of the largest rural music festival events in Scotland. Visit the Heart of Scotland and experience a weekend of first class entertainment amongst the early autumn splendour of the Trossachs.

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