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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

A bit of rain didn't dampen spirits at the 8th Tiree Music Festival, read all about it on page 15 photo by Alan Peebles

INSIDE: Cowal Afterglow :: Blas :: Doune The Rabbit Hole :: Sonica :: HebCelt :: Carnival Fifty Six :: Tiree Music Festival :: Tenement Trail :: TRANSMT ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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New 1-Day Festival for Argyll & Bute Dunoon :: 27 August :: www.cowalafterglowfestival.co.uk Buy tickets @ www.cowalafterglowfestival.co.uk/tickets

‘Cowal Afterglow Festival’ is set for its debut on Sunday 27 August, with a killer line-up which boasts Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 as the headline act. The full day event, which will begin at 1:30pm, will see a number of top bands on the Scottish

music scene taking to Dunoon Stadium for a day Alongside Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 there of quality tunes, drinks and food. will be; Mickey 9s, Jamie & Shoony, Trongate Rum Riots, and Carly Connor all bringing their The event, which falls on the Sunday of Cowal talents to the stage. All the acts performing at Highland Gathering, seeks to provide a fun day Cowal Afterglow have had exciting releases out for anyone left feeling hungry for more on recently and many are doing the Scottish the busiest weekend of the year in Dunoon. This festival circuit this Summer, finishing the season festival is not only for the local people of Argyll with Cowal Afterglow. & Bute – it hopes to pull in a wide range of ages from the surrounding areas as well. The tickets for Cowal Afterglow are available online now at Tickets Scotland and cost £15 for a full price ticket, with ages 8-12 receiving a discounted price of £10 and under 8s can go free with a paying adult. Tickets can also be purchased for outlets within Dunoon Town Centre. For those hoping to make a whole weekend of the festivities there are many events on over the weekend, from the Friday night ‘Gig in the Gathering’ now right through to the Sunday. Dunoon is easily reached from Glasgow, with trains running regularly from Glasgow’s Central Station to Gourock and punters can then grab a connecting boat with Argyll Ferries. There will also be a bus running from Glasgow to Dunoon for the event more info @ www.cowalafterglowfestival.co.uk/getting-here The event will finish up at around 9pm to allow people to get the last boats out of town.

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Blas Offers A Taste Of Highland Culture BLASAD DE CHULTAR NA GÀIDHEALTACHD TRO BHLAS 2017 Highlands :: 1-9 September :: www.blas-festival.com Buy tickets @ www.blas-festival.com/festival

The Blas Festival makes a virtue of bringing good quality events to venues large and small across the Highland offering the opportunity for communities to celebrate Highland culture. This year’s festival, taking place from 1 to 9 September, will be no exception. The 13th festival lineup has been published and among many highlights will be special events celebrating the 80th birthdays of four icons of Gaelic Culture - Kenna Campbell, Fergie MacDonald, Morag MacLeod and Finlay MacLeod. The 2017 Blas Commission - Dìleab Uilleim explores the Gaelic song legacy of Rev William Matheson, one of Scotland’s foremost collectors New Gaelic song trio Sian :: L to R Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilidh Cormack and Ellen MacDonald and authorities on Gaelic song. Those shows will feature introductions to the songs by Jo MacDonald and performances from Robert Catherine MacNeil, Freddie Mackenzie as well as once again to be supporting the Blas Festival Robertson, Rachel Walker, Ross Wilson, Alasdair Dingwall and Inverness Gaelic Choirs. which remains one of the major highlights on Whyte, Eilidh Cormack, Linda Macleod, Allan the events calendar in the Highlands and Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and MacDonald and Christine Primrose. Islands. Bòrd na Gàidhlig supports the External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: “The promotion of traditional and contemporary Mary Ann Kennedy will be performing songs Blas Festival is an important event for the Gaelic arts, music and culture throughout from her new album An Dàn and Gary Innes will Highland community and for people across Scotland and internationally and events such as be performing his new album Era. A CD of Scotland. This year’s programme, with a wide Lauren MacColl’s Fèis Rois Commission The Seer offer of outstanding cèilidhs, concerts and some Blas provide a major platform to encourage people to learn and use the Gaelic language. will be launched at two performances during new and original features, will promote Highland Blas also continues to place great emphasis on Blas and Glòir nan Caman: Shinty’s Heroes will culture to communities countrywide. Blas the importance of community and this is an return with Hugh Dan MacLennan and a host of represents a key part of the Highland cultural ideal fit with Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s priorities. We fine musicians focusing this time round on PM exchange and the Scottish Government is wish everyone involved in Blas 2017 every William Lawrie from Ballachulish. Two Fèisean - committed to further supporting its growth, success.” Fèis Lochabair and Fèis na h-Òige - will host which will enrich Scotland’s cultural life and concerts celebrating their 25th anniversaries. contribute to the promotion of Gaelic in Joanna Peteranna, Senior Development Scotland.” Manager at HIE, based in Benbecula, said: As if that weren’t enough, there will also be “HIE’s support for arts and culture complements performances by new Gaelic song trio Sian Cllr Alasdair Christie, Chair of the Highland our work to develop the creative industries [Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilidh Cormack & Ellen Council People Committee said: “The Blas growth sector. As well as supporting and MacDonald], Duncan Chisholm, The Mischa Festival is achieving a great deal, showcasing promoting talent and creativity, the Blas festival Macpherson Trio, Breabach, Skipinnish, traditional music and Gaelic song to attracts newcomers and returners to the Skerryvore, Sharon Shannon, The Angus communities across the Highlands. The Nicolson Trio, Donald Black Band, Ireland’s Fidil Highland Council supports traditional music and Highlands and Islands. It allows young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to tour and and Canada’s MacIsaac & MacKenzie. An array Gaelic song through a number initiatives and perform at local venues across the region and of the finest Gaelic singers complete the lineup organisations, such as Fèisean nan Gàidheal the we are delighted to support it.” including Mairi MacInnes, Margaret Stewart, umbrella body which manages and supports the Rona Lightfoot, Ewan John Morrison, David local Fèisean, Fèis Rois, the Provincial Mòds and Fèisean nan Gàidheal Chief Executive, Mackenzie, Murdo ‘Wasp’ MacDonald, Mary the Royal National Mòd. While the Council has Arthur Cormack, said: “We are grateful for the reduced resources which makes service delivery continued support of The Highland Council, Bòrd increasingly challenging, I look forward to na Gàidhlig, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, another successful Blas in 2017 and encourage Creative Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and audiences to attend these concerts to Comhairle nan Leabhraichean. For the first time experience quality musicianship and to enjoy the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is supporting us and best of Gaelic and Traditional music and culture we are also very happy that Marine Harvest that Scotland has to offer.” have agreed to sponsor certain elements of Blas 2017. We are looking forward to an exciting Claire Byers, Interim Director, Arts and festival and to welcoming the many friends who Engagement at Creative Scotland said: come to the Highlands annually to attend “Creative Scotland is proud to support Blas in events, as well as those resident in the area.” bringing great quality music to intimate venues across the Highlands. This year’s programme The full festival programme is now looks as excellent as ever, honouring some of available on the website where full the true legends in Gaelic singing whilst also details of all events and how to buy promoting exciting new emerging artists on the tickets can be found ..... scene. Fèisean nan Gàidheal have created a diverse programme which is sure to inspire Blas will celebrate the 80th birthday of www.blas-festival.com young musicians and captivate audiences.” Fergie MacDonald one of the icons of www.facebook.com/blasfestival Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), Shona Gaelic Culture MacLennan said: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig is delighted https://twitter.com/blasfestival

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Doune the Rabbit Hole 2017 has lots of surprises for music lovers Lake of Menteith :: 18-20 August :: www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk Buy tickets @ www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk/tickets 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. Now in its eighth year, festival highlights include the only Scottish performances from Songhoy Blues who come fresh from Glastonbury with their desert blues party starters, LA based punk band Ho99o9 and former Snooker world champion (and highly respected DJ) Steve Davis who ‘cues’ up, in his own words, a set of “trippy, psychedelic sounds and prog bangers”. Norwegian musician Jenny Hval performs one of two Scottish dates following her 2016 menstruation concept album Blood Bitch and Brooklyn based art punk band Liars headline Friday ahead of their comeback album due in August following 2014's Mess. Taking us out with a bang on Sunday is Scottish supergroup Start to End performing Daft Punk's Discovery live and in full. Complementing the festival’s international lineup are Anglo/French band Francois and the Atlas Mountains and direct from the Edinburgh Fringe, Rhode Islanders Sage Francis & B Dolan and Texan slam poet and YouTube sensation Neil Hilborn. Fellow countrymen (and women) on the lineup include Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson, Drag City Records artist Jessica Pratt, K Records collective member Karl Blau and New Yorkers Big Thief. Bands will perform late into the night with a host of DJs spinning dub to roots

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Sonica 2017: Cryptic's biennial festival of the best in visual sonic art from around the world Glasgow :: 26 October - 5 November :: www.sonic-a.co.uk

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40+ international artists from 14 countries across 5 continents will present work from 26 October to 5 November - from opera in shopping mall windows to a chorus of megaphones across Kelvingrove Park, Sonica brings innovative, unmissable art to all corners of Glasgow. The programme boasts 13 UK premieres, 4 world premieres and 8 Cryptic commissions The festival opens in spectacular style with the UK premiere of the unique underwater concert AquaSonic at Tramway on 26 and 27 October. Nine years in the making, Denmark’s Between Music have worked with deep sea divers, scientists and instrument-makers to create compositions for five musicians submerged in vast tanks of water that glow in the darkened space. With performers both singing beneath the surface using specially developed vocal techniques and playing instruments custom-designed for use underwater – including adapted strings and percussion – AquaSonic melds whale song and chamber music to produce an unmissable, skins and electronic components – as devices to turn otherworldly event that promises to be one of the written texts into pulses of light and percussive highlights of the Autumn cultural calendar. sound. Sonica will also host the UK premiere of Cryptic’s Meaning ‘that feeling of melancholy that can follow a Shorelines (Tramway, 1 & 2 November), a collaboration of rich talents including composer Oliver great achievement’, Buzz Aldrin Syndrome (UK Premiere) translates soundtracks from classic sci-fi Coates (UK), the all-female Ragazze Quartet (the movies into charged electrical currents along with Netherlands), renowned artist and designer footage from the Hubble telescope in a hi-tech mashChristophe Coppens (Belgium) and young Glasgow up of fiction and reality from French duo Quentin director Josh Armstrong (UK). Fresh from its world Euverte and Florimond Dupont (Govanhill Baths, 26 premiere at the prestigious Operadagen festival in October – 5 November). Rotterdam, Shorelines is inspired by the North Sea Flood of 1953, which left the Netherlands devastated Sonica 2017 steps out of the art gallery confines to and also took many lives in the UK and Belgium, and present quirky works in a range of unexpected explores the beauty and catastrophic power of the venues across the city. Mathis Nitschke’s short opera sea at a time of increased risk from climate change. Viola will place its audience into a St Enoch's Centre Sonica will host the Scottish premiere of Dear Esther shop window (4 & 5 November), turning the whole of the outside world into a stage, whilst The Megaphone (Tramway, 3 November). Blurring the boundaries between video game, ghost story and film screening, Project, by Australian-based Madeleine Flynn and Tim Dear Esther invites the viewer to a virtual Hebridean Humphrey, will fill the Kelvingrove Bandstand (28 29 October & 3 – 5 November) with bright red island of derelict buildings, forests and catacombs. megaphones of different shapes and sizes, to create a Putting familiar first-person gaming techniques to thrilling chorus of disembodied voices as part of new use, developer The Chinese Room replaces Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Home to the world's shocks and scares with wonder and discovery. A longest echo in a man-made structure, Hamilton spoken-word narrative and the live soundtrack Mausoleum will house the UK premiere of a stereo composed by BAFTA winner Jessica Curry, respond reimagined as a gyroscope, transmitting a recording differently to each individual playthrough of the by experimental poet and creator of the ‘cut-up' game, meaning that no two audiences will have the method Brion Gysin, in Robert Pravda’s Monoid mk II same experience of their visit to the island. (27 – 29 October) and the soon-to-be-announced A triple bill of AV work (Tramway, 4 November) from winner of a Sonica open commission will create a siteFrance, Québec, the Netherlands and UK will see specific piece for the Titan Crane. experimental electronic musician Paul Jebanasam’s Cryptic’s Artistic Director Cathie Boyd said (UK) 2016 album Continuum turned into a “We're delighted to announce the full programme for mesmerising performance with dazzling live visuals Sonica 2017. It’s a testament to the profile of the by Tarik Barri (the Netherlands), taking the viewer on festival that it's been chosen to host the opening of a thrilling, galactic-scale journey; Alex Augier's AquaSonic's world tour and Dear Esther Live's UK (France) slick and macabre _nybble_ (UK Premiere) tour. We encourage everyone from Glasgow to come taking place across four giant screens and Martin experience the best in sonic visual art from across the Messier’s (Québec) FIELD (UK Premiere), which use world right on their doorstep - whether it’s electromagnetic transducer microphones to create a experiencing a blockbusting live show or popping soundscape from the previously inaudible and along to St Enoch's Centre or Kelvingrove Park to see invisible. a familiar public space in a whole new light.” Inspired by the idea of the African talking drum, Nicola L. Hein (Germany) & Lukas Truniger’s See the full programme on the website link below ..... 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Free Live Radio Concerts To Showcase Hebcelt Programme Stornoway :: 19-22 July :: www.hebceltfest.com Buy tickets @ www.hebceltfest.com/booking/

A series of free, live concerts featuring some of the leading performers at the Hebridean Celtic Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal this week. Festival headliners Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan will be among those to feature in the broadcasts, which will be aired during festival week from until 22 July. The station’s Caithream Ciùil programme is presented by Mairead Maclennan and broadcast from the BBC studio in Stornoway. It also showcased the ‘Between Islands’ concert at the town’s An Lanntair arts centre. The concert brings together trailblazing female fiddle players from three Scottish island groups Jane Hepburn from the Hebrides, Louise Bichan from Orkney and Maggie Adamson from Shetland. On Thursday the programme came from Martin’s Memorial Hall in Stornoway and between 2pm and 4pm broadcast a number of live performances, including Dougie MacLean, one of Scotland’s leading singer songwriters. Also playing live were The Lumber Jills, female fiddlers and dancers from New Brunswick; singer, piper and Royal National Mod double gold medal winner Calum Alex

Macmillan; and Tide Lines, a Scottish band with strong traditional influences who launched just last year. In addition, members of the Peatbog Faeries and Lewis singer/ songwriter Eleanor Nicolson will be playing live and will be recorded for future broadcasts. The live shows continued between 3pm and 5pm on Friday with sets from Glasgow-based folk pop band The Hur; Ímar, who feature past and present members of some of Scotland’s best-known groups; Tamzene, a young multiinstrumentalist from Cromarty, who secured a place at HebCelt as one of the winners of the 2017 CalMac Culture Music contest; and former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan. It’s back in the studio on Saturday morning when Katee Kross, a 19year-old singer/songwriter from Bishopbriggs, and HebCelt debutants Days Are Done will be recorded for future shows. As well as the live broadcasts, the exciting sounds of HebCelt will feature on the Rapal music show during a festival special on Tuesday Martin’s Memorial Hall on Thursday extremely grateful for its continuing evening, 25 July on BBC Radio nan and Friday to enjoy the music. Entry support which helps showcase our Gàidheal . is free, and they are all most wide-ranging programme.” welcome to spend the afternoon BBC Radio nan Gàidheal music www.hebceltfest.com with us.” producer John Murray said: “HebCelt is always a special time for us. There is a great atmosphere around Stornoway and Lewis and it comes over in the live radio broadcasts “These shows are a real joy to put together and they give a taste of what festival-goers have in store during the week.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan added: “The live gigs in the town centre are a very popular part of the festival programme and add to the party mood that HebCelt brings to the area.

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Carnival Fifty Six Countdown Is On! Dundee :: 12-13 August :: www.carnivalfiftysix.co.uk Buy tickets @ http://carnivalfiftysix.ticketline.co.uk/

In a few weeks time, CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX, Scotland’s major new music festival will land at Dundee’s Camperdown Park in blistering style! Taking place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, and staged in association with 71 Brewing, the monster party will see many of music’s biggest names including MARK RONSON, RUDIMENTAL, CLEAN BANDIT, BASEMENT JAXX, THE FRATELLIS, THE CUBAN BROTHERS, SASHA, THE KYLE FALCONER BAND, HOT CHIP, HONEYBLOOD and PRIDES descend on the city for the most exciting new festival to hit Scotland in years. With over 100 artists and back-to-back quality guaranteed across 7 stages, the sound of the summer is set to sizzle come August.

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Adjacent to the VIP SECRET GARDEN, the MARDI GRAS Main Stage, with its gorgeous woodland backdrop, is the anchor around which all other stages are located. Positioned to create an inclusive atmosphere within the arena, the MARDI GRAS is sure to be home to countless legendary moments thanks to with headliners MARK RONSON, RUDIMENTAL, CLEAN BANDIT and Special Guests THE FRATELLIS, plus many more top-notch artists. No festival is complete without a Big Wheel and the CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX Big Wheel screams fun! Sitting slap bang in the middle of the site, thrill seekers can expect a unique aerial vantage point to check out their favourite bands, as well as the breathtaking panoramas across Dundee. Sitting on a prime apex opposite the Main Stage, the DISCOVERY LIVE stage in association with Cider Bothy promises smiles and swagger in equal measure with a stellar comedy line up by day including ANDREW MAXWELL, SIMON EVANS, RICHARD HERRING and PHIL NICHOL and a rousing rock out by night with MODEL AEROPLANES, TIJUANA BIBLES and THE MIRROR TRAP to name a few.

Fortifying the festival good times, and occupying an unmissable spot on the opposite side of the arena, THE RHUMBA CLUB / FESTIVAL OF Now, as the big weekend approaches, excitement levels are about to accelerate further HOUSE big top will deliver beats galore all weekend. Many of the biggest and best names as the CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX arena map is devoted to the electronic genre will land in full revealed. The arena map will help fans to visualise the transformation of Camperdown and effect, including BASEMENT JAXX, SASHA and HOT CHIP, as well as the finest underground navigate their way around the festival’s raft of names including JAMES ZABIELA, DENIS SULTA, delights. HARRI & DOMENIC and DIXON AVENUE First up. Fancy larging it like a VIP? Course you BASEMENT JAMS. do! The VIP SECRET GARDEN in association with Setting the scene for the good times that await, Jaggi Gin is the place to be for discerning revellers, and is located right in the heart of the THE TREE HOUSE is the first stage fans will experience upon entering the festival, with top festival, adjacent to the MARDI GRAS Main tunage from the likes of GROOVEMENT, Stage. Expect Champagne and oysters served HECTORS HOUSE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, from an uber-glam double decker bus, a DUNDEE DANCE EVENT and PARADISE PALMS.

Expect greatness too from the indie and guitarbased JAM LIVE stage as artists including PRIDES, THE LAW, FINIFLEX and recently announced THE KYLE FALCONER BAND plug in and rock out. Synonymous with music, culture and creativity, Red Bull will christen Camperdown with their legendary truck, a superlative sound system and an outdoor dance floor to get on down to groove merchants such as ALL NIGHT PASSION, MAJESTIK, RHUMBA RESIDENTS and more. Get set for a serious level of tastebud tickling too as a host of downright delicious culinary stars promise a kaleidoscopic cook off all weekend! From Dundee to East Lothian, Angus to Argyll, Inverness-shire to Fife, Lancashire to Tyne & Wear, South Yorkshire to Surrey, every one guarantees a 10/10 taste experience. These include The Incredible Hot Dog Company, Winston Churchhill Venison, The Real Mackay Stovies, Loch Fyne Oysters, Haggisman, Highland Hog Roast, Woodburns Pizza, Indian Kitchen, The Gravy Train, The Sea Shell, Jessie’s Kitchen Ice Cream Bike, The Crepe Shack, Yofrog, Homeground Coffee and last but certainly not least, homemade Bumble Puddings! Commenting on the announcement, Festival Director Craig Blyth said, “The countdown to Carnival Fifty Six is well and truly on. With five weeks to go we’re really happy with how the festival is taking shape and the release of the arena map is another step closer to the big weekend itself. This announcement will give everyone a sense of the transformation of Camperdown Park in five weeks time. It really will be like no one has ever seen before! We’ve been blown away by the reaction to the festival and for anyone who hasn’t secured their ticket yet, our message is clear…come and join the biggest party to happen in Dundee for years!”

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Tiree Music Festival Goes The Extra Mile, But Runs Out Of Tonic! Tiree :: 13-15 July 2018 :: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk Keep watching for news of 2018 tickets @ www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk The 8th Tiree Music Festival was another fantastic success with thousands of people coming from far and wide to be part of a fun packed weekend of top class entertainment, good food and great craic. Tiree Music Festival 2017 has welcomed the most campers ever over its 8 years with an increased capacity family campsite, campervan site and glamping tents all being completely sold out. More festival campers than ever before have also taken advantage of staying on the island for the full 5 nights that the campsites are open, rather than just coming for the weekend.

in 2015 and all of the stories about how the TMF team acted really quickly to make sure everyone was warm and dry and from then I thought I can definitely take my boys there because if something goes wrong I’ll definitely be looked after.

performers with over 40 years under his belt. On the newer end of her musical career the TMF also welcomed Tamzene, the first signing to new label Belladrum Records, who wowed the crowds with her amazing vocals. Tide Lines celebrated their first birthday with an energetic audience after performing their first ever gig at last year’s festival. The second night drew to a close with million selling British pop band Scouting for Girls who went down a storm with the TMF audience.

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“I came along for the first time last year and we had a couple of rainy and windy nights but our tent held out against the elements but this year it succumbed to them but, as I thought, the TMF team swooped in and went out of their way to make sure we were all looked after and warm and dry!”

The island’s brand new Tyree Gin was officially launched at this year’s festival and it has been such a hit with the TMF audience the festival, and every shop on the island, has completely run out of tonic! The brand new addition to the The festival has experienced some ‘Hebridean Gin’ is a true taste of bad weather in previous years but Tiree with the flavour coming from this has not deterred thousands of six local botanicals ground together campers coming back and taking with Kelp and Sea-Belt from the full advantage of the opportunity to wild Atlantic Ocean. stay in such a beautiful location. The sold out weekend kicked off on The weekend finished with a day full Friday with a full house for a of sunshine but the first night of the number of local bands who opened festival brought with it some rain the weekend. The audience then and wind and a few campers were enjoyed music from CalMac culture displaced due to their tents being winners The Sea Atlas, enthusiastic affected by the weather. Once again five-piece Dosca, singer-songwriter TMF went out of their way to ensure Marianne Fraser, The Saw Doctor’s these campers were re-homed and Anto, young and energetic folk band a large group from Bremen, Heron Valley, Glasgow’s Have Mercy London, Lesmahagow and Bridge of Las Vegas, singer-songwriter Dean Allan were all provided with an Owens and his trio, Ireland’s Jig alternative tent to sleep in on Friday Jam, crowd-pleasers Jam Sandwich and Saturday night before the TMF and finally the night finished with a team helped them repair their own bang with the Island’s very own tent to sleep in on Sunday. Skipinnish, who brought the first day to an enthusiastic end. Mum of three, Claire Meikle from Lesmahagow, who was Saturday welcomed Scottish legend part of the group, said: “I Dougie MacLean, who is one of remember hearing about the storm Scottish’s longest serving

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his new album ‘ERA’ – with TMF being the only summer festival chosen to showcase the new material. The multi-award winning Skerryvore, who formed on the island of Tiree in 2004, closed the festival with a lively crowd who nearly brought the Big Top Tent down with their singing, cheering and foot-stomping, bringing the weekend to a fittingly energetic and unforgettable finish. As a preview to the festival TMF followed the journey of some festival go-ers on the way to this year’s festival, you can watch their journeys to the beautiful island here https://youtu.be/iMzLYFBE65M

Community Director of Tiree Music Festival, Stewart MacLennan, said: “This year has been amazing, the audience has been one of the best yet and the acts that have performed have once again been unforgettable. “The sunshine finally came out for us but we were really pleased to be able to help the campers who needed it on Friday night. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our 100 strong team of volunteers, some of whom took a number of the tent-less families into their own homes on Friday night! Without them the festival would not be possible and we really can’t thank them enough.”

The full 2017 line-up included The weekend also welcomed a host Scouting for Girls, Dougie MacLean, of Family Friendly fringe activities FunBox, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, with Eden Court activities, including Tide Lines, Siobhan Miller, Gary reporting with ‘TMF TV’ in the Innes, JigJam, Gunna Sound, Trail festival filmmaking course to a West, Heron Valley, Gentlemen of circus workshops and a massive Few, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dean dance off. Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Dosca, Jam Sandwich, Cornaig The Island of Tiree is often dubbed Ceilidh Band, Dùn Mòr, The Sunday opened with the sun shining ‘The Hawaii of the North’ and with Defenders, Tamzene, Sophie picture-perfect white sands and down on the TMF site and the Rogers, Marianne Fraser and The legendary Gunna Sound revving up world-famous surf, TMF is more Sea Atlas. the crowd. England’s Gentlemen of than just a music festival but www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk Few performed their last gig of the instead a true island adventure to www.twitter.com/TireeMusicFest what has been described as one of festival and highland born www.facebook.com/TireeMusicFestival the most stunning festival locations accordionist and founding member in the world. of Mànran, Gary Innes performed

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Tenement Trail add 20 New Bands Including Hot Talent Louis Berry plus Clean Cut Kid And Neon Waltz Glasgow :: 30 September :: www.tenementtv.com Buy tickets @ www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/360052B79E0B2FE8

Tenement TV - the team behind Scotland’s biggest and best platform for music discovery - are delighted to reveal 20 new bands joining their city music festival line-up. Fresh from playing TRNSMT festival at the weekend, Louis Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Neon Waltz and Vistas join an array of amazing talent. These new bands join the already announced headliners, The Temperance Movement who are set to shake the walls of the 02 ABC on Saturday 30 September 2017. Full list of new bands added to line-up in alphabetical order: Aligtr, Clean Cut Kid, Crows Feet, Drones Club. Kvasir, My Baby Neon Waltz, Saint Phnx, Sleaze Kidneys, Spinning Coin, St. Martiins, Static Union, Tamzene, The Dunts, The Great Albatross, The Nickajack Men, Tongues, Vistas, Wylde, Yungblud Tenement Trail is now in its 5th year and promises to prove just why it’s reputation as Scotland’s festival for music discovery is so

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strong with this new line-up. The event is sponsored by Tennent’s Lager and promises over 12 hours of the best music across 10 music venues including O2 ABC, O2 ABC2, The Garage, G2, The Attic, King Tut's, Broadcast, Nice N Sleazy, The Priory & Flat 0/1. Tenement Trail will bring the very best in local talent as well as an incredible mix of international touring bands, bringing life to the best live music venues in Glasgow. The line-up features a massive mix of female artists on the line-up, celebrating the immense female talent around the UK right now. Guitar heroes and Scottish icons, The Temperance Movement’s two hit records, a tour with rock ‘n’ roll royality The Rolling Stones and sold out shows across the country all notable in their success story. If their last sold-out Glasgow Barrrowlands’ show in 2016 is anything to go by, we’re in for surfing crowds, pints in the air and a rock ‘n’ roll performance powerful enough to alight any Saturday night.

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the bill alongside the incredible The Temperance Movement. Tennent’s Lager Sponsorship and Events Exec, Nicola Cooper added: “Tennent’s Lager have been supporting Scotland’s live music scene for over two decades and Tenement Trail is the perfect collaboration for Scotland’s favourite pint! We can’t wait to unveil more exciting bands alongside Tenement TV and bring the biggest ever Tenement Trail to the masses this September.” Tickets for Tenement Trail 2017 are on sale now. Over 50 bands will tip the bill of this year’s festival so fans are urged to purchase tickets quick to avoid disappointment.

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TRNSMT success as 2018 dates announced Glasgow :: 6-8 July 2018 :: www.trnsmtfest.com

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After the hugely successful inaugural TRNSMT Festival, organisers DF Concerts & Events have announced the dates for the 2018 TRNSMT are 6-8 July at Glasgow Green. Early Bird tickets were available from 14 July but quickly sold out. Fans can sign up for ticket updates at www.trnsmtfest.com This came after over 120,000 fans had an amazing weekend at the Glasgow Green site, enjoying headline performances from Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. With the sun shining on Glasgow for most of the weekend, TRNSMT fans were not only treated to incredible headliner performances from Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, a host of terrific names shaped TRNSMT into what is now being hailed as a truly outstanding event in the UK’s music calendar. Local heroes Belle & Sebastian brought the good vibes as they performed their biggest-ever Scottish gig on Friday, whilst hit maker Rag ‘N’ Bone Man to benefit from its continued success.” brought the sunshine and the sing-alongs to Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: “We Glasgow Green. www.trnsmtfest.com couldn’t be more delighted with how TRNSMT was received this year, we’ve been Catfish and the Bottlemen had the crowd www.facebook.com/TRNSMTfest overwhelmed by the feedback from fans who are bouncing in an iconic career-defining show on https://twitter.com/TRNSMTfest eager to return next year. We look forward to Saturday, and Stormzy who proved just why delivering another incredible weekend of he’s the hottest name in the grime scene right outstanding music to music-lovers next year.” now. On Sunday, confetti rained down on Twin Atlantic’s as the Glasgow band delivered a high- Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City energy performance, plus Manchester superstars Council said: “Glasgow and great live music go The 1975 delighted ecstatic fans with their tune- hand-in-hand. From tiny basement gigs to huge laden stint on the Main Stage. open-air events; our city and its audiences have A total of 110 artists played TRNSMT, with performances taking place on the Main Stage, King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy, Jack Rocks, #SmirnoffHouse, and the Utilita Tree. Glasgow was abuzz as TRNSMT took over the city for the weekend, with huge after-parties happening across the city each evening.

a unique reputation with bands and fans alike. Music, art and culture are also vital to the city’s tourism and leisure industries, which support tens of thousands of jobs across every neighbourhood. With TRNSMT confirmed to return to Glasgow Green in 2018; I want to see the local community continue to be involved and

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh 14-23 July

MugStock Festival Mudock 28-31 July 2017

MugStock 2017: A Festival of Music and Merriment takes place just north of Glasgow in 2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Mugdock Country Park on the holiday weekend Festival. Over 10 summer days we celebrate 100 of 28th - 30th July. A registered charity, the years of Jazz with a range of unique organisers of MugStock do it for the love of performances and special events, as Edinburgh music & art, not money. celebrates 70 years of Festivals. The programme, packed with uplifting music, www.facebook.com/Mugstock features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their The Isle of Bute careers, as the Festival once again creates its 28-30 July distinctive, one-of-a-kind event.

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Hebridean Celtic Festival Hebrides 19-22 July

Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides, featuring top quality music from around the Celtic nations and beyond. Stornoway and throughout Lewis and Harris. The cream of international folk and Celtic music have heaped praise on HebCeltl as it celebrated its 20th year in 2015 by hosting its biggest number of live performances ever. Award-winning artists who took part in this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival hailed it a huge success after bosses laid on new venues and returned to its roots for the showpiece event.

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Rewind Scotland 80’s Music Festival Scone Palace, Perthshire 21-23 July

"As always at Rewind Scotland there’s something for everyone. Saturday night at Scone Palace we’ve got electronic pioneers The Human League and on Sunday the one and only Billy Ocean. Having grown up in the 1980’s I’m personally looking forward to Saturday’s performance from Soul II Soul, who were most certainly the soundtrack to my teenage years.” Paul Carey General Manager

Edinburgh 29 July

After the resounding success of the 2016 Edinburgh Blues 'n' Rock Festival, the festival is back with it's brilliant and impressive band line up for EBRF 2017 on 29 July in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange. www.edinburgh-blues.uk

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy Shetland 30 July - 6 August

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ annual celebration A three day festival of music, food and fun. This of the Shetland fiddle tradition. The week of events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow first week in August each year, centered on flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An compile a richly varied and superb line-up that opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland includes both the contemporary and the classic Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, of the music world and runs that gamut from explore the thriving musical traditions of our rock to roots and folk to dance. unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range www.butefest.co.uk of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

Speyfest Moray 28-30 July At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 22nd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is the Speyfest Family Sunday, a craft and food fair and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. The event is fully licensed and offers a wide range of hot foods and a variety of drinks from a number on onsite concessions. www.speyfest.com

Aberdeen International Youth Festival Aberdeen 28 July - 5 August

Over the years AIYF has hosted more than 27,500 young people from around the globe, making it one of the biggest and most successful www.rewindfestival.com/scotland gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the world. AIYF now produces over 80 performances in 9 days of top class entertainment across 50 venues in the North-east of Scotland. It's not all 22-30 July about the big shows though, as AIYF offers some Glasgow of the most intimate classical and chamber music performances through its series ‘Up Close The Merchant City Festival is back once again and Musical'. and also delivers an ‘Extended bringing the streets and venues of Glasgow’s Festival' programme of events, where our artists cultural quarter to life! From Saturday 22 July take their shows out to communities both in until Sunday 30 July we are bursting with Aberdeen and further afield. AIYF also offers fantastic events, music stages, street arts, inclusive, participatory summer courses such as comedy and loads of glorious food. Among the the ‘Dance Lab' and ‘Traditional Music School', highlights are carnival processions, massed where up and coming artists can learn from samba bands, a UNESCO music stage, the return professional artists. of SURGE, the festival within a festival, and a celebration of street food. Join us this summer! www.aiyf.org

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AUGUST Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 3-5 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. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 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 line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its allages approach.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Edinburgh 4-28 August

The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August. When thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers. www.edfringe.com

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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!

Helensburgh 19-20 August

Following it's biggest event to date, McEwan’s Party at The Palace is back for its fourth year in www.argyllgathering.com 2017. The 2 day party will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August in Linlithgow. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, making it one of the most Stow easily accessible music festivals in Scotland.

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Carnival Fifty Six Dundee 12-13 August

Carnival Fifty Six, the major new music festival taking place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August at Camperdown Park in Dundee, in association with 71 Brewing – Dundee’s urban craft brewery - has announced a lineup that marks out the weekend as a highlight of this summer. www.carnivalfiftysix.co.uk

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NXNE Scotland Deeside Activity Park 1-2 September

NXNE Scotland is a 2 day festival celebrating the best of everything in the North East of Scotland! With some of the best bands from the North X 25-26 August North East coming to play for you all, here’s just Stowed Out Festival is a family friendly boutique a few of them, many more to be announced over the next couple of weeks: music and arts festival held in Stow in the Gerry Jablonski//The Lorelei//The Little Kicks// Scottish Borders. It is ran by Sound Out are a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 by an The Cliftons//Wish You Were Floyd//Gordon eclectic group of musicians and music fans in the James And The Power //The Capollos//Miss Lucid // Paul Anderson. We have lots more to village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. tell you soon, so watch this space! Deeside Over the years Sound Out has grown and now Activity Park//Captain Toms//Fat Hippy Records hosts a range vibrant music and arts events where there is always a strong emphasis on encouraging and supporting young or first time www.facebook.com/DeesideMusicFestival performers to get up and have a go. www.soundout.org.uk

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Blas Festival Highlands 1-9 September

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 Scottish Borders this in part by creating the opportunities for Cowal Afterglow is a brand new one-day music 18-20 August young musicians to play and learn with leading festival which will close the Cowal Highland artists in traditional music and Gaelic. Blas will A hugely enjoyable weekend of traditional music Gathering weekend. Throughout the day some of the best live acts on the Scottish music scene also widen the opportunities for communities to in this small Borders town, beautifully situated experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic will take to the stage. There will be a fully amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. Memorable concerts feature some of the biggest stocked bar and a couple of quality food vendors performances which support their culture. names in Celtic music alongside the best of the providing food and drink throughout the day. www.blas-festival.com local talent and the weekend is rounded off with Gates open at 1:30pm and the event will finish up at around 9pm, allowing punters the chance a concert presenting wonderful singers of to catch the last boats. Tickets are on sale now traditional song. Complementing the concerts and there are limited spaces available for bus are an open stage, a singaround and the packages from Glasgow - http://t-s.co/cowal For Northumberland legendary informal music sessions in local 2-4 September full event and ticketing information visit ..... hostelries and the Union Club.

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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.

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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. www.lindisfarnefestival.com

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

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Cumnock Tryst Festival Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck 28 September - 1 October

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 6-8 October

So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and www.facebook.com/partyinthepark acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned Sir James MacMillan announced the programme performers and those, like the students from the for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out True North the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Aberdeen Broom and the drive up through some of a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s 7-10 September partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, at the heart of the city, the festival features the and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even contemporary music industry’s most interesting, 28 September and 1 October. jamming with them on one of the trade stands. relevant and exciting artists. Taking place between Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 September, the www.thecumnocktryst.com www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com 2017 festival features a series of unique headline performances in city centre venues, a Fringe programme of free intimate gigs across the city, Loopallu Spree Festival a chance to be inspired by our masterclass and Ullapool Paisley discussion programme, an amazing gig for kids, 29-30 September 13-22 October and an opportunity to get up close and personal with festival artists. On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree late September in a remote village on the West www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth festival – featuring a one-off collaboration Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and town, but that was ten years ago. 2017 sees a few changes for our friendly, small (but we thank the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Best of the West Festival Abbey. The festival of music, comedy, theatre perfectly formed) festival enter its enters its Inveraray thirteenth year. Moving to the Pier in the centre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth 8-10 September of the village, still expect another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. The festival is now arguably Scotland's finest it. Another year making new friends, and boutique festival, one where music and food catching up with old ones. Follow us on social www.thespree.co.uk lovers from the world over gather to celebrate media to see who’s going join the ranks that the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin As well as a stunning line-up of 21 different Atlantic, The Stranglers and Franz Ferdinand who EH6 musical acts performing on two stages the have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to Leith festival has been extended to three days and come and see… 21-22 October finishes later each evening. Most of the festival is under canvas including the three stages and www.loopallu.co.uk Krafty Brew Presents EH6 with Alabama 3, Big there is not a single drop of mud to be found country, Space and more bringing EH6 to Leith anywhere. So forget the wellies, the weather can for the very first time this October.This is a live rain or shine the BOWFest experience is always music, food and drink festival in Leith, our aim is amazing. Glasgow to try to bring some big names as well as all the 30 September best talent in Scotland. We are announcing the www.bowfest.co.uk food and drink line up next month as well as a Tenement TV - the team behind Scotland’s couple of more acts each months. The festival biggest and best platform for music discovery features over 100 in band in more than 10 are delighted to reveal 20 new bands joining different venues in Leith and is designed so that Edinburgh their city music festival line-up. Fresh from people travel throughout the whole of leith 23 September playing TRNSMT festival at the weekend, Louis stopping at various business throughout the Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Neon Waltz and Vistas join whole weekend and seeing the best of Leith. We Listen, Learn, Riot! DAREFest at The Wee Red an array of amazing talent. These new bands join will have craft stalls, art exhibitions, food from Bar is a one day event set up by Lou Mclean and the already announced headliners, The all over the world, a beer market where all of Ashley Stein, two musicians who met at Girl’s Temperance Movement who are set to shake the Scotland’s finest breweries will be, children's Rock School Edinburgh. Inspired by the walls of the 02 ABC on Saturday 30 September entertainment, a massive variety or music from phenomenal talent coming out of their local 2017. House to Gaelic and much more. music scene but still unimpressed with the

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Glasgow Americana

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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.

4-8 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. Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour of being the first act to be named for 2017’s Glasgow Americana Festival. www.glasgowamericana.com

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Glasgow 26 October - 5 November The full programme has been announced for Sonica 2017, Cryptic's biennial festival in Glasgow of the best in visual sonic art from around the world. 40+ international artists from 14 countries across 5 continents will present work from 26 October to 5 November - from opera in shopping mall windows to a chorus of megaphones across Kelvingrove Park, Sonica brings innovative, unmissable art to all corners of Glasgow. The programme boasts 13 UK premieres, 4 world premieres and 8 Cryptic commissions

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