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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

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INSIDE: Party at the Palace :: HebCelt :: Edinburgh Summer Sessions :: Tiree Music Festival :: Aberdeen Jazz :: Hidden Door :: Tetonics Glasgow ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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James And Texas Headline Glen’s Party at The Palace Linlithgow :: 11-12 August :: TICKETS @

Following on from the success of last year’s event, double award winning Glen’s Party at The Palace has announced the acts that will top the bill for 2018. Taking the top spots this year are James (Saturday) and Texas (Sunday). Now in its fifth year, Glen’s Party at The Palace has become a real family favourite and this year’s two-day spectacular is set to be another highlight in Scotland’s live music calendar. The festival directors are thrilled to be bringing two of the biggest bands in the country to Linlithgow. Event Director John Richardson said: “These two bands have been on our wish list for some time and we are absolutely delighted that they are coming to party with us this summer. Both bands have been producing great music for the last 30 years and they are still at the very top of their game.” The complete line up will be announced in due course, and we'll bring you all the details in MNS.

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HebCelt Adds The Fratellis To 2018 Festival Line-Up Stornoway :: 18-21 July :: TICKETS @

The internationallycelebrated Hebridean Celtic Festival has elevated an already star-studded line-up this year with the addition of The Fratellis to its headline acts. The Glasgow trio, known for hits such as ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and ‘Whistle for the Choir’ release their fifth album, ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ next month and will be touring the UK and US this year, and they will headline the Friday night programme for the award-winning HebCelt, which will run from 18-21 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis. The Fratellis, which consist of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli, bass guitarist Barry Fratelli and drummer and backing vocalist Mince The Fratellis :: Fratelli, were formed in 2005. They won a Brit Award for Best Breakthrough Act, performed at Glastonbury, headlined NME’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour and T in the Park within three years. In 2009 Vishtèn and the Yves Lambert Trio, from will become available. Stay connected with all they took a three-year break to pursue solo Canada; and Habadekuk, from Denmark are the festival’s news @ projects. also part of this year’s diverse and exciting up. In 2016 the band embarked on a UK-wide tour to mark the tenth anniversary of their first Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: album ‘Costello Music’, which helped launch their “We very much look forward to welcoming The career. Fratellis to the 23rd HebCelt. They are one of Scotland’s great Indie rock bands and a fantastic Last year they announced they were in Los Angeles to record their fifth album, teaming up live act. The quality of this year’s line-up had already created a buzz of excitement and it’s again with six-time Grammy and Mercury nominated American producer Tony Hoffer with about to get much louder with this announcement today.” whom they collaborated on ‘Costello Music’. The Fratellis join Deacon Blue, Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble, Niteworks and Skipinnish on the HebCelt bill, along with a host of other international acts including Dante, TRIP, Martha L Healy, Blazin’ Fiddles, Tide Lines, The Tumbling Souls, Kinnaris Quintet and Trail West.

Weekend tickets for HebCelt 2018 are available exclusively from the festival priced £93, £83 concession and £30 (6-14 years). Further lineup additions, including the hugely popular community programme, are expected at the end of this month, when day tickets for all events

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First world-class acts announced for Edinburgh Summer Sessions! Edinburgh :: 14+17 August :: TICKETS @

The first headliners announced for Edinburgh’s brand new festival, Edinburgh Summer Sessions – are Tom Jones, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paloma Faith and Kasabian with even MORE to be announced soon. Taking place during Edinburgh’s world famous Festival Fringe, this exciting new era in Edinburgh’s music scene will bring these worldclass acts to Princes Street Gardens, for a series of truly magical shows, in one of the most beautiful live music locations in the world. These four outstanding artists are the first to be announced for the new festival Edinburgh Summer Sessions, a bespoke version of its sister event Glasgow Summer Sessions. The shows will take place at the Ross Bandstand, in front of the breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle – providing a brand new music strand to the Edinburgh Fringe. Welsh superstar Tom Jones joins the Edinburgh Summer Sessions line-up, taking to the Ross Bandstand on Monday 6th August 2018, with a set filled with hits from his 50 years in the music industry including ‘Sex Bomb’, ‘Delilah’, ‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and countless others. The singer has perhaps one of the most famous, and recognisable voices in the music world, and charisma to boot. His unique sound ranges from pop to rock, R&B to soul and dance to gospel, proving that Tom Jones really can

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conquer any musical style he wants to. The Grammy Award winning singer played Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade almost 4 years ago and in 2018, will now once again be part of the capital’s iconic history by making his debut at Edinburgh Summer Sessions. The prodigiously talented Rory Graham a.k.a Rag’n’Bone Man takes to the Ross Bandstand on Tuesday 14th August 2018, another hugely exciting artist to join Edinburgh Summer Session’s line-up for its opening year in 2018. Mixing contemporary hip-hop with blues and rock’n’roll, Rag’n’Bone Man’s raw talent shines through in his immensely powerful voice and the ability to expertly command an audience and take them on a journey of loss and redemption. Rory’s bass-baritone vocals caught everybody’s attention with the release of hit single ‘Human’, and debut album of the same name which became the fastest selling debut album by a male artist in the 2010s, hitting Number 1 in the charts. Rag’n’Bone Man will stun Edinburgh audiences with tracks like ‘Skin’ and ‘Grace’, and combined with the beautiful settings of Princes Street Gardens, it is a show not to be missed.

Crying Out Loud solidified their penchant for combining dance beats with rock anthems, and captivating audiences around the world with their spellbinding live shows. With hits including ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’, ‘L.S.F’, ‘Eezeh’and ‘Fire’ plus the band recently winning NME’s Best Live Artist, there is no doubt that Kasabian will host a magnificent party at Edinburgh Summer Sessions. Edinburgh Summer Sessions’ artists will be part of festival history as they contribute to the city’s exciting new era of music in Princes Street Gardens. With Tom Jones, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paloma Faith and Kasabian already confirmed as headliners at the gigs, fans have even more to look forward to, and should stay tuned to / @smmrsessions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more announcements coming soon.

These exciting live music events will take place in one of the most beautiful live music locations in the world – combining a Scottish audience with some of the highest profile artists on the scene today. With Edinburgh’s bustling arts festival and electric city-wide atmosphere in full London-born powerhouse songstress Paloma swing in August, it’s only right that the biggest Faith plays Edinburgh’s Summer Sessions on names in music are brought to Edinburgh’s Friday 17th August 2018, after scoring her first unique stage this summer at Edinburgh Summer number one album with 2017’s The Architect and Sessions. a nomination for Best Female at the Brit Awards Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts said: “We’re this month. Paloma Faith’s debut album went delighted to return to Princes Street Gardens double platinum in the UK, and set the precedent and announce our first artists for the inaugural for her mesmerising career. With heartbreak series of Edinburgh Summer Sessions shows. tunes like ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’, With the success of its sister event Glasgow ‘Crybaby’ and ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, Paloma’s Summer Sessions, we’re thrilled to be part of songwriting skills are second to none and have Edinburgh’s electrifying atmosphere and proved her to be a real shining light in the UK’s culturally rich arts festival with these gigs. To music scene. Her eccentric retro style has have a legend like Tom Jones plus mainstays of garnered fans across the world, as well as the the industry like Kasabian and Paloma Faith and singer’s masterful blend of genres like pop, R&B, the undeniably talented Rag’n’Bone Man proves soul and jazz. our commitment to making Edinburgh Summer Heralded as one of the biggest rock bands of Sessions one of the real highlights of the their generation, Kasabian will make their debut summer.” at Edinburgh Summer Sessions on Saturday 18th August 2018, bringing with them a colossal career spanning over 20 years and culminating in 6 albums, 5 of which reached Number 1 in the UK. The Leicester four-piece’s latest album For

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New Youth Artistic Programmer Announced For Tiree Music Festival

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Tiree :: 13-15 July :: TICKETS @

Tickets are now on sale for Tiree Music Festival (TMF), the festival will run from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July. Early bird tickets sold out in less than 48 hours in November for the multi award-winning festival. Brand-new to TMF 2018 will be the ELEVATE STAGE. This new outdoor stage will showcase the best talent on the Scottish music scene with its line-up focusing on up-and-coming Scottish artists. As well as opportunities for young musicians performing on the stage, the festival has also appointed a Youth Artistic Programmer to take the lead on the programming of this stage.

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The ELEVATE STAGE at Tiree Music Festival 2018 is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by EventScotland and part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. During 2018 Scotland will put its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

Thirteen young people applied for the role of Youth Artistic Programmer at TMF and the organising team were amazed at the high calibre of entries. After much consideration Jamie MacDonald, who is from the Isle of Tiree and has recently graduated with first class BA Honours Degree in Applied Music, has been confirmed as the successful candidate. Jamie has a The first additions to the line-up have also been keen interest in the culture, music and language of announced and include BBC Young Traditional the west coast of Scotland and he is passionate about Musician of the Year winner Hannah Rarity, MG Alba creative arts, especially music and the traditional Scots Trad Awards ‘Album of the Year’ winners music scene. Elephant Sessions, MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Up Jamie said, “I am so delighted to have been and Coming Artist of the Year’ Hò-Rò and singerappointed as the Youth Programmer for Tiree Music songwriter Calum Mackenzie Jones Festival. As a local to Tiree I have always attended who showcased at last year’s XpoNorth. the festival, whether as part of the crowd or playing as part of my own band, so it is a huge honour to be Daniel Gillespie, Festival Director of Tiree Music Festival, said: “We would like to thank all of the given this opportunity to become part of the young people who applied for the position of Artistic organising team. I can’t wait to get started!” Programmer for the Elevate Stage, we were blown away with the entries. We’re really delighted to have appointed Jamie and we’re looking forward to working with him and seeing what new and exciting Jamie MacDonald programming elements he will bring to the festival. “It’s fantastic to be a small part of The Year of Young People and we’re really excited to be working with them to give younger generations the chance to shine, both on the stage itself and behind the scenes.” Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Tiree Music Festival as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. The new ELEVATE STAGE, which is entirely co-designed and programmed by young people, will further reinforce Scotland's position as the perfect stage for events, by putting young people in the driving seat and showcasing Scotland’s emerging young talent.”

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Aberdeen Jazz Festival gets underway + Expands To 11 Days Aberdeen :: 8-18 March :: TICKETS @

Thanks to funding from Aberdeen Inspired, the Aberdeen Jazz Festival will expand to run for 11 days in 2018 and will bring its special atmosphere – “one of the most impressive events organised in Aberdeen” to a host of new venues throughout the city centre.

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Title sponsors Aberdeen Inspired join Aberdeen City Council as major supporters, and thanks to their help the Jazz Festival is destined to increase its audiences by 25% and to become as one of the major Jazz Festivals in the UK, will be a starry event, celebrating the music of attracting increasing numbers of Aberdonians Ella Fitzgerald led by star singer Seonaid Aitken and visitors to the city to enjoy the amazing with the Groove Merchant Big Band. vibe that the Festival creates. Quality and excitement are key factors in the Festival’s success, and 2018 sees an increase in both. The record sales of 2017 especially to a younger audience, has encouraged the organisers to commit to extra events, and not just to maintain the standards set in 2017, but to improve on them with a variety of features that will thrill audiences. The Festival kicks off on Thursday 8 March (International Women’s Day) with one of the UK’s leading female jazz musicians, Georgina Jackson collaborating with Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra. Whilst award winning singer Alison Affleck performs at The Carmelite Hotel. A new highlight of the first weekend will be a “Blues Afternoon” (Saturday 10 March) with top class blues acts performing simultaneously in Belmont Filmhouse Café , Café Drummond and The Tippling House. Audiences will be able to experience different bands and venues for a single rover ticket. Jazz On the Green on Sunday 11 March will be further expanded to include the courtyard at The Academy and the entrance to Union Square alongside the existing atmospheric programme in the Green, St Nicholas Street , The Carmelite, The Tunnels, Belmont Filmhouse, Café Drummond and Union Square. The city centre will be jam packed with live music from the city’s best jazz, blues, swing and big bands.

the jewels in Aberdeen’s crown and we are delighted to increase our support to help it expand to 11 days, to 22 venues and attracting more visitors, benefiting both the public and the The iconic Blue Lamp plays host to a programme city centre businesses. This reaffirms our which showcases American pianist Myra commitment to our businesses and the wider Melford’s latest band Snowy Egret; our cover public, that we not only want to bring new bold, star American saxophonist, Camille Thurman; fresh and ambitious festivals into the city centre, MOBO award winners Zoe Rahman and Soweto but to develop and grow those already on the Kinch as well as Scottish stars Colin Steele and calendar that have proved popular and given the Graeme Stephen and up and coming pianist, city a real dividend back” Fergus McCreadie’s trio. Ona Onabule delivers some old school soul. Neil Gibbons, Chair of Aberdeen Jazz Festival says, the new expanded Festival offers American saxophonists Andy Middleton and an even better celebration of jazz music by Scott Hamilton headline the bill at Carmelite increasing the number and breadth of acts which which also includes a Dinner Jazz concert with remember our past, revel in the music of now, Lorna Reid and an Intoxicating afternoon tea and showcase new directions and younger with close harmony group: The Vintage Girls. players”. Raising the roof at The Lemon Tree, Riot Jazz Featuring 35 concerts, performers from two Brass Band get the party started with the New continents and live music over 11 days, we Orleans funk; London Afrobeat Collective deliver invite audiences to come along and join the some steamy African soul funk. Whilst at biggest ever Aberdeen Jazz Festival! Assembly swing dancers get to strut their stuff to Alison Affleck’s Copper Cats. Adrian Watson Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired said “Aberdeen Jazz Festival is one of

Operating though weekdays will give us the chance to introduce new features including a jazz dinner safari (one course in each venue) in Carmelite, Molly’s Bistro and Musa. The acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra play at Queen’s Cross Church offering a very special show “Puttin’ On The Ritz”. A second highlight will be the “West End Jazz Trail” featuring a range of singers and funky bands performing simultaneously in venues such as McGinty’s, Park Inn, Soul and Glentanar Bar on Sunday 18 March which also sees the final night Gala concert at His Majesty’s Theatre. This

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Hidden Door Festival to bring lost Leith venues to life with ambitious 2018 line-up Leith :: 25 May - 3 June :: TICKETS @

Hidden Door 2018 reveals a diverse programme of music, visual art, theatre, film, spoken word and dance with an all-star cast of collaborators. Returning for its fifth edition, the non-profit and volunteer-run multi arts festival this year returns to Leith Theatre following the huge success of last year’s festival - continuing what was started to transform the building into the major arts venue the city needs. Continuing the festival’s tradition of discovering forgotten spaces, the festival will also take up residency in Leith’s empty and derelict former State Cinema building. With 10 days and nights of music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word and special events, the festival will transform these empty spaces with the help of some of the best creative talent from Scotland and beyond.

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The programme also features international Grammy award-nominated duo Sylvan Esso with their perfectly poised electronic pop - the product of sheer alchemy between Amelia The two venues will be free to explore every day Meath’s effortlessly acrobatic melodic reflections during the festival until 6pm, with tickets now on complimenting Nick Sanborn’s dynamic sale for the evening events. compositions. Music at Hidden Door steps up a level from The opening night makes a statement of intent previous years. A key highlight must surely be by featuring an all-female line-up curated by The Leith’s own sensations Young Fathers, playing a List Magazine, bringing together the unique, heady ‘homecoming’ gig after their recent UK powerful female voice of Gwenno, champion of tour to support their new album, recorded not Cornish and Welsh songwriting, plus Stina far from Leith Theatre. The performance is set to Tweeddale of Glasgow favourites Honeyblood, show what this amazing venue is truly capable Brighton-based punk pop outfit Dream Wife and

"A key highlight is Leith’s own sensations Young Fathers, playing a heady ‘homecoming’ gig after their recent UK tour to support their new album, recorded not far from Leith Theatre. The performance is set to show what this amazing venue is truly capable of."

headliner Nadine Shah, whose jazz-kissed indie rock is described as a blend between PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.

Vox Liminis brings Distant Voices, a project which brings established Scottish musicians into prisons to work creatively with prisoners, to write songs as part of their rehabilitation. The night will bring together a trio of critically acclaimed acts from Glasgow; Mercury Music Prize nominee C Duncan, Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) nominees Admiral Fallow and Scottish indie icon Emma Pollock. Other highlights include nights curated by Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and The Skinny Magazine, with more acts, collaborations, late night programmes and DJ sets to be announced soon.

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The festival has steadily grown in size and reputation since it began in 2014, when it cleared out the abandoned Market Street vaults to run a 9-day arts festival focused on showcasing local creative talent. In 2015 the festival moved to a hidden courtyard behind Kings’ Stables Road, and returned to the same site in 2016, attracting over 12,000 visitors to experience a wealth of art, poetry, theatre, cinema, dance and music. In 2017 the festival breathed new life into the old Leith Theatre, attracting rave reviews and critical praise for its role in resurrecting “Scotland’s best new live

music venue”, also winning a VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Award for “Best Cultural Event or Festival”. Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, performers, film makers and poets. Through organising temporary events Hidden Door works to showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover. 2018 will see an expanded programme of tours, talks, workshops and a full symposium exploring the challenges facing emerging creative artists and performers in Scotland today. Further details will be announced in the near future along with details of how to get involved. David Martin, Creative Director of Hidden Door, said: “This year, Hidden Door feels like it has firmly established itself in the festival canon in Edinburgh. We are really excited to be working with a number Edinburgh’s acclaimed international festivals, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh International Children's Festival and Edinburgh International Science Festival - all bringing something surprising and new to the mix. “We are proud to create a festival which celebrates the innovation and ambitious experimentation that is so strong in Scotland today. I’m delighted to reveal a programme filled with artists who dare to push the boundaries of their artforms, yet who are so young in their careers, and so open to responding to and using amazing, unusual spaces. Hidden Door brings a large, diverse cross section of the creative scene together, and it’s inspiring to see such a range of new talent in Scotland dedicated to creating a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience for our audiences.

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Tectonics festival of new and experimental music Line-Up Glasgow :: 5-6 May :: TICKETS @

Tectonics Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s festival of new and experimental music, returns this May to once again push the boundaries of what music can be. The festival brings together international and local artists, composers and performers from the worlds of classical, experimental, rock, noise, sound art, dance and visual art for two days of exploratory music-making in Glasgow on 5 and 6 May. There’s a Japanese theme to parts of this year’s events with 80s cult duo Syzygys headlining Saturday night, Osaka-based artist Tetsuya Umeda exploring the acoustics of Glasgow’s City Halls and Old Fruitmarket , and a new work by New York’s Miya Masaoka which uses the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument. Masaoka also collaborates with British sax virtuoso Tony Bevan, just one of several sax performers which include Mats Gustafsson, Dror Feiler, Sue McKenzie and Laura Macdonald. Local performers Acrid Lactations (Susan Fitzpatrick and Stuart Arnot) give a solo set on Sunday and join Joe Posset for his Grand Dictaphone Jaxx, plus a new work from Tina Krekels. There are World Premieres for the BBC SSO from Naomi Pinnock, Evan Johnson and Dror Feiler, and two BBC Commissions from James Clarke and Marc Sabat. Plus the European Premiere of Ashley Fure’s piece Bound to the Bow, named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music. French composer Pascale Criton brings a new piece to the festival along with her regular collaborators and performers Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker. They are joined by one of the world’s leading exponents of the ondes Martenot, Nathalie Forget, who opens the festival with the unmistakable sound of this unique instrument. The majority of performances will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Artists this year include Syzygys, Tetsuya Umeda, Dror Feiler and ondist Nathalie Forget as well as composers Rytis Mažulis and Pascale Criton ..... the full line up for this year's festival can be viewed @ artists.” Director of the BBC SSO, Dominic Parker said, “Tectonics will see an amazing mix of talent from around the world gather in Glasgow for a festival that always pushes the boundaries of composers, performers and our audiences alike. There is a real appetite for this kind of experimental experience, and we are really looking forward to it.”

with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working over a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players. As well as taking live music to towns and cities across Scotland, it appears regularly at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and at other major festivals. In recent years the orchestra has toured to India, South America, China, Holland and Belgium. Formed in December 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is Scotland’s national Audiences at Tectonics Glasgow can also experience The Burnt Room, a dance work seen broadcasting orchestra and performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout in Berlin and Tel Aviv by artists and choreographers Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk, which the country. It has been at the heart of the nation’s cultural life for many years and has a features a live soundtrack. well-earned reputation for its creative ambition, Tectonics Glasgow is once again curated by the its pioneering spirit and wide range of BBC SSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov repertoire. It maintains a busy schedule of and by Alasdair Campbell, Director of the broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, Counterflows Festival. BBC Television, and Online. Ilan Volkov said, “When we launched the first Based at City Halls in the heart of Glasgow’s Tectonics festival in 2013 we were committed to Merchant City, the BBC SSO is Scotland’s bringing the best improvisers and new music leading champion of new music, and has practitioners from around the world to Glasgow, established strong links with local communities to collaborate together and with local performers through its thriving learning and outreach and artists. That ethos has never changed and programme. It is a major partner in Big Noise, this year we welcome performers and composers Scotland’s innovative project for social change from Japan, Lithuania, France, Sweden, Norway through music, plays a major role in the BBC’s and the USA as well as UK and Scottish-based Ten Pieces initiative, and has a close association

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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS to be included in our festival listings email details to: MARCH Aberdeen Jazz Festival Aberdeen 8-18 March Featuring 35 concerts, performers from two continents and live music over 11 days, we invite audiences to come along and join the biggest ever Aberdeen Jazz Festival!

trio, The Once, are all heading to the 36th annual festival in May.

Hidden Door Festival Leith 25 May-3 June Hidden Door 2018 reveals a diverse programme of music, visual art, theatre, film, spoken word and dance with an all-star cast of collaborators.



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Oban 8-9 June Edinburgh Oban Live was created following the open-air 26 Apr – 6 May concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th anniversary Experience Scotland Live with a seasonal feast celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that of living traditions and local cultures. Encounter attracted 6,000 people from all over the world to music, storytelling, dance, craft, song and folk Oban. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 drama at venues – indoor and outdoor – across with the aim of showcasing the very best Edinburgh and the Lothians. Rooted in the past Scottish and International artists as part of both yet resonating in the present, TradFest the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe showcases dynamic engagement with Scotland’s events. Details for early bird Oban Live 2018 History and Heritage as well as providing a tickets will be announced soon on Oban Live’s platform for up and coming talent in the world of social media channels. Trad. Look out for the Battle of the Folk Band event as part of the finale performances this year! Killin Music Festival

MAY Shetland Folk Festival Shetland 3-6 May The Festival as the UK's most northerly folk festival is regarded a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.

Killin 15-17 June Killin Music Festival delivers a weekend packed from start to finish with top-of-their-game artists, supported by a festival fringe featuring bar sessions, workshops, kids activities, competitions and even a pipe band! Now heading for it’s third year, Killin Music Festival looks to solidify it’s standing in the festival calendar, taking on board feedback from visitors, and by spreading it’s wings a bit further this time. Don't miss out for 2018! Tickets are on sale now via our website and are selling fast!

Riverside Rock

Jedburgh 23 June Riverside Rock is a musical extravaganza with something for everyone young and old and designed primarily to help raise cash for our Tectonics Glasgow chosen charity and other organisations around the Scottish Borders. Children’s Entertainment Glasgow includes, Laser Quest, Inflatables of all sorts, 5-6 May Climbing Walls, Wrecking Ball, Kids Fun Fair The festival brings together international and local artists, composers and performers from the Rides and much more. Kids entertainment is free for under 18’s from 12pm till 6pm. You’ll not find worlds of classical, experimental, rock, noise, a better value family festival anywhere in sound art, dance and visual art for two days of Scotland, Riverside Rock is the place to be. exploratory music-making in Glasgow.

Orkney Folk Festival Orkney 24-27 May The first four artists to appear at the 2018 Orkney Folk Festival have been announced this week. Scottish singer-songwriter, Dougie MacLean; exquisite Highland fiddler, Duncan Chisholm, with his extended band line-up; String Sisters - a ten piece collaboration featuring world-renowned fiddle players and accompanists from the USA, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and Shetland; and Newfoundland’s globe-trotting

TRNSMT 2018 Glasgow 29 June-1 July and 6+8 July TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2018 and will be extending its music offering across two weekends on 29 June – 1 July plus 6 and 8 July, and now festival organisers DF Concerts have confirmed the first headliner Liam Gallagher will play Glasgow Green on Saturday 30 June, joined by fellow British stars Courteeners, Wolf Alice and J Hus.

JULY Stonehaven Folk Festival Stonehaven 5-8 July Stonehaven Folk Festival celebrates its 30th Festival this year. Organisers are planning a number of special events to mark this milestone including a special festival launch night on 23 March. The pretty North East coastal town of Stonehaven comes alive with a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary “Folk” music and song. Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Singarounds, Workshops and fun things to do.

Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 13-15 July TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From the stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an experience very few festivals in the world could compete with. Brand-new to TMF 2018 will be the ELEVATE STAGE. This new outdoor stage will showcase the best talent on the Scottish music scene with its line-up focusing on up-and-coming Scottish artists.

Hebridean Celtic Festival Hebrides 18-21 July Four day festival set against the unique backdrop of the the Hebrides. Organised by the HCF Trust, this first festival was held in 1996 and now regularly attracts attendances of 14,000 over its four day run. Wild, but not a bit woolly, this festival has built up a fabulously loyal audience locally and from across the world, many of whom have Hebridean ties, many of whom just love coming here and joining in the great party.

AUGUST Belladrum Festival Beauly 2-4 August 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 all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘Oscars’.

Party at The Palace Linlithgow 11-12 August Following it's biggest event to date, Party at The Palace is back for its fifth year in 2018. The award winning 2 day party will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August in Linlithgow. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, making it one of the most easily accessible music festivals in Scotland.


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MNS 'Scottish' FESTIVALS!  
MNS 'Scottish' FESTIVALS!  

Here's the latest MNS FESTIVALS! supplement from the MUSIC NEWS Scotland team - enjoy:) If you wish to download a copy of as a PDF file the...