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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Edinburgh's International Harp Festival takes place in April, follow it @ Pictured are Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson (see page 5)

INSIDE: TMF Unsigned launched : Edinburgh Harp Festival : HebCelt : T in the Park : Ullapool Guitar Festival : Go-Rock : Riverside Rock ..... plus our ever-growing 2014 Scottish music festival listings!

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Jim Gellatly Launches TMF Unsigned your chance to play @ Tiree Music Festival Entry deadline 10 March - Tiree Music Festival has announced that entries for TMF Unsigned, backed by the voice of new music in Scotland, Jim Gellatly, are now open. The competition sees Scottish unsigned bands and musicians battle it out to play the main stage of the award winning festival, which takes place on 18-20 July. Acts have up until the 10 March to enter TMF Unsigned by emailing a track, video or link to

for the second year to compere TMF Unsigned – no one knows unsigned talent like Jim and I’m looking forward to listening to all the entries. The demand for tickets has been phenomenal, festival goers are increasingly combining the festival with a few extra days on Tiree - enjoying the Island walks, water-sports and white sandy beaches. The TMF campsites and campervan site will be open from the Wednesday to Wednesday (16-23 July) to cater for all those making a holiday out of TMF and we will also have a series of Fringe events outside of the main festival days to accompany this. 2013 was phenomenal for TMF with the quickest sell-out ever, winning four major festival awards and Mediterranean style weather – we’ve put an order in for the same again for 2014!”

Says festival Director Daniel Gillespie:

“I’m delighted to have been asked to return to the TMF Unsigned panel. The competition attracts unrivalled talent and I am sure we will

Over 1500 bands entered the TMF 2013 Unsigned competition with Jim and the festival organisers then whittling down the entries to the Jim Gellatly top 5 before it was put to fans via social media Heading for a rapid sell-out following the to vote. The lucky winning act Amber Road went announcement of Julie Fowlis as the first on to open the main stage at the festival. In a have a difficult task selecting the winner. Tiree is confirmed act to play (with only 200 tickets left final twist Jim selected his favourite act of the becoming one of Scotland’s best festivals and as this edition was published). Remaining tickets remaining four who also rocked the TMF main this competition provides a fantastic platform for to Scotland’s 'Best Small Festival' award winner stage. new music to get heard.” are available from uk/ticket-prices/ Jim Gellatly said:

“We’re delighted to have Jim Gellatly on board


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Edinburgh's Harp Festival brings worldwide talent to the Capital Edinburgh : 4-9 April : Check out the festivals ticket discounts @

The Edinburgh International Harp Festival has announced a stellar array of performers appearing at the annual gathering that has established Scotland's capital as a world class centre of harping. Harps of all sorts are featured with the Clarsach, our own Scottish Harp, at the heart of the festival and the organisers are proud of their reputation of creating an event which is friendly, encouraging and inclusive. The festival is held at the city's Merchiston Castle School. HOMECOMING In this year of Homecoming, the EIHF will shine a light on Scotland. Concerts will feature some of Scotland’s most travelled harpers. The recent generation: Catriona McKay, Maeve Gilchrist, home from USA, Rachel Newton of The Shee, and The Duplets (Gillian Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen). A special event, the Hall of the Chieftain, presented by John Purser, will feature some of Scotland’s most established harpers: Alison Kinnaird, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (aka Sileas) and Bill Taylor, originally from the US but very much at home here. They will perform, along with Allan MacDonald, Christine Primrose and Steve Byrne spellbinding music from the 16th – 18th centuries. Coming from further afield are Siân James from Wales and Andrew Lawrence-King from Guernsey and this year’s special featured guest Edward Witsenburg from Holland as well as Eva Curth from Germany and Clotilde Trouillaud from Brittany. The wider world is represented by Sixto Corbalán from Paraguay and Cheyenne Brown from Alaska with her North Atlantic Trio.

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while Maeve Gilchrist will present her collaboration with step dancer Nic Gareiss. Participants will also be able to learn from these masters and join in dance workshops featuring Ceilidh, Breton and Belly dance NEW MUSIC With support from Creative Scotland, and in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland, EIHF has commissioned an exciting and inclusive piece from harpist composer Fiona Rutherford. Its premier performance will feature disabled

musicians Amy Moar and Rhona Smith with the Festival Orchestra and George Watson’s College Ensemble Full program and tickets at: www.harpfestival. / 0131 473 2000 / Hub Tickets, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE. Event page:

DANCE A very special feature for this year is the collaboration between harp and dance. Andrew Lawrence –King and dancer Steven Player will explore and present baroque music and dance


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Cara Dillon Joins Hebcelt Line-Up As 2014 Festival Goes Unplugged Hebrides : 16-19 July :

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Internationally acclaimed folk singer Cara Dillon is the latest star name to be added to the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s biggest ever line-up this summer. The Irish songstress, a former Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, will perform on the festival’s main stage on Friday, 18 July. Cajun four-piece Magnolia Sisters, from the US; alternative folk rock band Dante, from Edinburgh; London based Sean Taylor & Danny Thompson; Paisley singer songwriter Michael Cassidy; Edinburgh country rock act The Wynntown Marshals and Scottish trad outfit The Scott Wood Band and Kinross sixpiece Sienna are also amongst the latest acts confirmed to play.

collective Willie Campbell and the Open Day Rotation. On the Islands Stage, 16-year-old Lewis singer/songwriter Eleanor Nicolson will be joined by Scottish duo Hunter & The Bear; and Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson (aka Blue Rose Code); and Sean Taylor & Danny Thompson, which sees one of the hottest new names in the UK blues/acoustic scene team up with veteran bassist Danny Thompson, a founder member of folk rock band Pentangle. Singer/songwriters Miss Irenie Rose, from Lewis, and Adam Holmes, from Edinburgh, are the first acts to be confirmed for the acoustic stage. Caroline Maclennan added: “HebCelt is all about giving our audience the chance to see the best traditional and contemporary music in our unique island setting, while also providing a platform for young local musicians to showcase their talents. Our 2014 programme delivers all that.” Headliner Donnie Munro supported that view: “When a festival like HebCelt attracts international artists it creates an excitement locally. But it also helps develop the potential of young musicians and writers in the community. “So there is a two-way process, a mirror and a window, which helps create an international reputation, not only for the festival, but also for artists in the area.”

They are part of HebCelt’s impressive main arena programme which is announced today (thur), as day tickets go on sale. The 19th HebCelt will be held from 16-19 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis. In all, more than 30 acts will feature over four days in the festival arena, with further concerts to be announced at An Lanntair arts centre and in rural venues. In another development for the award-winning event, a new acoustic stage is being added for the first time with four intimate slots for artists on both the Friday and Saturday of HebCelt. Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are delighted Cara will be part of this year’s festival. She is an outstanding singer who adds yet more quality to an already outstanding line-up. “The acoustic stage is something new and different for us and is driven by our desire to offer as wide and diverse a programme as possible for our audience. I am sure people will find it an interesting addition.” Former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro headlines Thursday’s programme which also includes Paisley singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy and Rachel Sermanni, originally from Carrbridge. On Friday, Cara Dillon, will join Main Stage headliners Big Country, internationally renowned fiddler Duncan Chisholm, Edinburgh based act The Wynntown Marshals and Glasgow group This Silent Forest. The Islands Stage will welcome Canadian band Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys; experimental new five-piece Metta; Mànran frontman Norrie Maciver; The Wynntown Marshals; the Scott Wood Band, whose frontman was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition last year and is currently a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers; and Ceòl Na Cloinne, a group of musicians and singers from Harris originally brought together by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Community Learning and Development Service. Award-winning folk rock band Levellers top Saturday’s Main Stage bill which also includes Sienna, Galway quartet We Banjo 3 and Lewis music

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T in the Park 2014 Line-up Balado : 11-13 July :

Biffy Clyro : Calvin Harris : Pharrell Williams : Arctic Monkeys : Paolo Nutini After last year’s glorious 20th year sun-kissed celebrations, T in the Park is back and set to enter its third decade with another unmissable weekend featuring some of the world’s biggest artists. DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager are thrilled to announce a stellar cast of acts which are Balado-bound this summer, and sure to wow the 85,000-strong daily crowd. Homegrown heroes Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris will close the Main Stage at the festival for the very first time, becoming the first Scottish acts to do so in 13 years with what will be their biggest ever shows on home soil. Biffy Clyro’s 10th Balado outing will see them become the artist which has played the festival the most times. Man of the moment Pharrell Williams is sure to be another highlight, and DF Concerts have also today announced a further array of top acts which will join previously announced Arctic Monkeys and Paolo Nutini as well Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris and Pharrell Williams on the T in the Park 2014 bill: FRIDAY 11 JULY: Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Pixies, Steve Angello, Alesso, Haim, You Me At Six, Manic Street Preachers, Chvrches, Maximo Park, The Rifles, Len Faki, Pan-Pot. SATURDAY 12 JULY: Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, Elbow, Rudimental, Ben Howard, James, Bombay Bicycle Club, Twin Atlantic, The 1975, John Newman, Embrace, Katy B, Nina Nesbitt, The Stranglers, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig, Metronomy, Clean Bandit, We Are Scientists, Ella Eyre, George Ezra, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Magda. SUNDAY 13 JULY: Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Example, Imagine Dragons, Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, London Grammar, Tame Impala, Kodaline, Above & Beyond, Sam Smith, Passenger, Sven Vath, Newton Faulkner, Chance The Rapper, Slam, The Twilight Sad, Inspiral Carpets, Julio Bashmore, Levon Vincent, George Fitzgerald and many, many more acts to be announced (line-up subject to change).

over 750,000 copies in the UK alone, along with over 35 million singles worldwide. 18 Months also made chart history by scoring the most Top 10 singles from one album, with 9 UK top 10 singles including Nothing feat. Florence Welch and the massive We Found Love feat. Rihanna. Last year he became the first DJ to win a prestigious Ivor Novello award and will close T in the Park’s Main Stage for the first time this summer. Calvin Harris said: “I’m very excited that I’m going to be headlining and closing T in the Park’s Main Stage. Last year was incredible, so I can’t wait to be back this year. It’s going to be amazing – I’ll see you all there!”

There will be more music than ever before, with Friday extending to a full Nina Nesbitt said: "This will be the first year I play T with an album out. Last year was an amazing experience on the King Tut's stage and I'm so day of performances for the first time ever from 12pm, and on the excited to come and play among so many other great artists back in my Saturday night the party continues right through to 1am. home country! It'll be a great way to celebrate going to no. 1 in Scotland!" Biffy Clyro are T in the Park fan favourites, and they cite their very first performance on the T Break Stage back in 1999 as a defining factor in the band being signed. An incredible 2013 saw the band named Best British Band at the NME Awards and debut at no. 1 with their Opposites album (which achieved the best reviews of the band’s career). They headline the T in the Park Main Stage for the first time this July in what will be their 10th appearance at the festival, and as the fields of Balado ring out once again with the sound of “Mon the Biff!”, it’ll surely be a special moment for band and fans alike.

James Graham, Twilight Sad, singer, said: "We're delighted & excited to be part of the line-up at T in the Park this year. T was the first festival I ever attended and we, The Twilight Sad, all went together even before we became a band. Therefore it's a festival that means a lot to us. The T in the Park crowd is one of the best crowds in the world and we can't wait to play for them.”

Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: “Every year we ask our audience Biffy Clyro guitarist and singer Simon Neil said: “It’s so great to be which acts they’d like to see at T in the Park, and we’re thrilled to have some great acts joining us in Balado once again this summer. Biffy Clyro, playing this year. We’ve seen so many amazing bands at T in the Park Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini and Pharrell Williams are big favourites with over the years. Genuinely T in the Park has shaped our lives in more ways than just our experiences of performing there. We wouldn’t be here, the T in the Park fans, and I’m sure it’ll be a very special weekend. Last doing this now, if it wasn’t for playing T in the Park. To headline it finally year’s festival was one of the best yet, and 2014 is shaping up to be a brilliant weekend already, with a full day of performances on the Friday is amazing – it just feels poetic to be headlining on our 10th time. It’s for the first time ever, plus more hours to party on the Saturday. We going to be the night of our lives, hopefully it’ll be the night of your life can’t wait to see you all there.” and we can’t wait.” Global Superstar Calvin Harris will be one of the highlights for T in the Parkers. A Grammy award-winning, multi-talented DJ, songwriter, performer and producer, Calvin’s no. 1 album 18 Months has to date sold


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The 15th Ullapool Guitar Festival

with John Jorgenson : Carl Verheyen : Kelly Joe Phelps : Lulo Rheinhardt : Hugh Burns Ullapool : 3-5 October :

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Tickets for this year's festival are now on sale. After much soul searching organisers have decided that after 4 years of no price increases this year weekend tickets will cost £150 each. And so for advance weekend ticket sales only so please buy them now!

Rheinhardt Band, Kelly Joe Phelps, The John Goldie Band, Hugh Burns, Wingin It, Tristan Seume, Allan Neave with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Woody Mann - Woody will be screening his excellent award winning Documentary Film “Haarlem Street Singer” about his guitar teacher the Rev Gary Davis. Woody will also conduct a workshop/s about the guitar Style of the Rev Davis. In addition to all that he will be bringing some of his students from the Berklee College of Music in Boston USA to perform for us. And if that's not enough then Clive Carroll has been commissioned by the festival to compose a piece for four Guitars and this will be premiered at the Ullapool. The piece will be played by Clive, Prof. Allan Neave and two young musicians from The Royal Conservatoire. FESTIVAL CLUB: In the renowned 'Festival Club' The Remi Harris trio will host the Friday and Saturday night and Tristan Seume will host the club on Sunday night.

Hugh Burns: As a ‘first-call’ session musician,

and accompanist to the likes of George Michael and

Gerry Rafferty, Hugh’s work has been heard by CELTIC CONNECTIONS: Ullapool Guitar 2014 weekend tickets cost £150 each and will go millions of people across the globe. He has worked Festival's trip to Glasgow for their Celtic on sale on the 1st March 2014. Weekend ticket with Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Jack Bruce Connections concert was an amazing sell out entitles you to entry to all 5 concerts, 3 late and Robert Palmer, among many others, and with success and should have persuaded a few more producers like George Martin and Tony Visconti. His night festival clubs and all workshops. people to make the journey to the 15th Ullapool playing has also featured in many film and TV Guitar Festival. The plan is to continue our soundtracks. Weekend ticket holders have free entry to the relationship with Celtic Connections in 2015 but Festival club in the Arch Inn. If you have a From his early tuition in Glasgow, Hugh embarked time will tell. wristband from one of that day’s concerts entry on a life-long quest to broaden and deepen his will cost £10 per person. If you have no To assist with accommodation demands we have musical and technical knowledge, to the extent that wristband of any sort, entry to the club will cost he has developed an understanding of the brought the Festival forward by one week and a £20 per person. instrument that is perhaps unsurpassed. However, list of accommodation providers is available on it is for his sensitive approach and artistic insight the web site's 'info' tab @ www. that he is much sought after and appreciated by his Richard Lindsay said: "I am particularly excited fellow musicians. about the line up we have for you, especially The Carl Verheyen Band with special guest John A very wonderful Fylde Guitar donated by Roger Jorgensen. This is a one off exclusive UK Bucknall is up for sale to raise festival funds. appearance by John and is not to be missed. He You can look and listen to Tristan Seume playing has played with Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, it on you tube or follow this link. http://www. BonnieRaitt, Bob Dylan, Sting, Billy Joel, The A great Desert Rose band, the list goes on." player and a great guitar!

Also in Ullapool this year are The Lulo

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Riverside Rock is going to the mns be a musical extravaganza collection ….

Jedburgh : 21 June :

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With a shortage of music festivals in the Scottish Borders another new one is to be massively welcomed, and in an impressive riverside setting just outside Jedburgh - and only an hour from Edinburgh down the A68 - Riverside Rock holds lots of promise for establishing a solid future. Acts announced so far include headliners Big Country, Scocha, Scooty and the Skyhooks, The Slammin Sam Band, James Gooch, The Joe Mangels, Dark Horse, Stevie T Band and James McHugh. The inaugural Riverside Rock is set to be a musical extravaganza with something for everyone young and old, combining rock and traditional with family entertainment. The festival will also be helping raise cash for their chosen charity “Cash For Kids” and other sports organisations around the Scottish Borders. Picnics are welcome with catering and bars onsite, and a shuttle bus will run between the town and site.

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Gourock gets ready to rock Gourock : 12 April :

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Go-Rock is a mini multi-venue festival aiming to showcase some of the great unsigned/independent acts in Scotland. Just a short train ride from Glasgow, the pretty coastal town of Gourock with its intimate venues and stunning views is the perfect location for our small festival, and has already played host to a range of up and coming acts, as well as some bigger names, over the years. The festival will raise funds for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. A mere £7 will buy you a wristband that grants access to all of the festival venues including: The Darroch Bar, The Café Continental, Cleats Bar, One Ashton Road, The Spinnaker Hotel, Monteiths and The Factory Club, tickets from the website link above or the venues. With genres ranging from solo acoustic and folk through to opera, rock and metal, you're guaranteed to find something you enjoy so take a wee day trip 'Doon the Watter' to see some great acts in an alternative setting. Acts announced so far include: Life on Standby, Knock on Effect, M A D I S O N, Whispery Club, Rebecca Shearing, Megan D, Nicola Cassells, Scott McWatt, Jamie Reilly, Daniel Scott, Loki, FreeSpeech, James Mackenzie, The Heathen Club, Dear Lara, The Iqons, Jack Jones & Luke Anderson, 5 Second Warning, Codename, Pedro, Take Today, Acoustic Bear, Cabey, Heralds of Galactus, The Front Line, Above Attics, The Dry Mountain Drinkers, Naked Nelis, Tom Vevers, Jen Miller, Bleach, The Good Old Gin, Polar Bears in Purgatory - plus more tba...

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The festival organisers are looking for volunteers to help with the running and organisation, if you would like to volunteer email Available positions include – Artist Check In, stage manager, wristband checks, fundraising and much more! ABOUT NORDOFF-ROBBINS Nordoff-Robbins provide Music Therapy to help children & adults isolated by disability, trauma or illness. It's mission is to provide access to music therapy services across Scotland, by making a positive impact on the lives of children and adults with a wide range of needs while raising awareness of both the importance & benefits of music therapy and developing music therapy research. Almost 400 adults and children who find themselves isolated from the world attend Music Therapy sessions with Nordoff Robbins Scotland every week. Their 13 qualified therapists take group and individual therapy sessions at four bases in Glasgow,


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Inverness Music Festival


Inverness 1-14 March

Knoydart Music Festival

Inverness's Music Festival is a competitive event attracting over 1000 entrants to venues throughout the city. Prizes are awarded in a multitude of styles across Vocal, Instrumental, Speech, Gaelic and Scottish disciplines.

Wee Dub Festival Edinburgh 7-9 March The 2014 edition of Wee Dub Festival is by far the best line-up yet, featuring giants of UK dancehall culture, top live bands, and hot upcoming talent. For the artist line-up and programme go to the website below. Tickets are now on sale for all 5 sessions, as well as Earlybird Weekend tickets and Wee Dub Mega Tickets, which get you into both the festival and Wee Dub Hogmanay for a healthy discount. We look forward to welcoming you to another weekend of roots, culture and good vibes in Edinburgh in March 2014.

Fifestock Kinross 7-30 March

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

Bring It All Home Paisley 11-19 April

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


Go-Rock Fest

Glasgow 4-6 April

Gourock 12 April

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

Go-Rock is a mini multi-venue festival aiming to showcase some of the great unsigned/ independent acts in Scotland. Just a short train ride from Glasgow, the pretty coastal town of Gourock with its intimate venues and stunning views is the perfect location for our small festival. Raising funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. Tickets available from (17 Feb) and The Annual Fifestock Music Festival takes place "Backstage” at The Green Hotel, Kinross. Latest Edinburgh International updates on the website. FIFESTOCK comes but once a year and here it is for 2014! A wide range Harp Festival Edinburgh of genres and artists for you all to experience. Don't leave it too late to book on 01577 863467 4-9 April The Clarsach Society & Edinburgh International Harp Festival is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Find out more about Niel Gow Scottish us at The Clarsach Fiddle Festival Society (Comunn na Clarsaich) encourages Dunkeld & Birnam interest in the instrument, especially amongst 21-23 March young players, who enjoy its adaptability to solo work, accompaniment or ensemble playing. The The 2014 Niel Gow Festival will be held in the Society also presents the Edinburgh International beautiful Perthshire village of Dunkeld & Birnam, Harp Festival - an annual celebration and home of Niel Gow. The annual festival was gathering of musical talents. Every Spring we established in 2004 to celebrate the life and bring harpists from across the globe together to music of Perthshire's fiddle legend. It is rub shoulders with you, the audience. envisaged that through time the festival and other activities will gather enough funds to erect a fitting memorial to Niel Gow in Dunkeld & Birnam. Niel Gow (not Neil Gow) was born in Wikeed Day Out Strathbraan on 22nd March 1727 and grew up in Glasgow the village of Inver, by Dunkeld. 5 April

huge to say the least. We pride ourselves on running a friendly event with workshops and competitions to suit all tastes, and the World famous Puff-a -Box competition just has to be seen to be believed!

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

TradFest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann

Wikeed Day Out is a brand new festival coming to Glasgow and being held at Nice N Sleazys. The Edinburgh Hawick Reivers Festival event will see 7 acts in one day come together 29 April - 11 May Hawick from across Scotland in one venue. 23-25 March TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant festival of folk arts celebrating music, song, As always music is at the heart of Hawick Reivers storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, Festival and Session A9 and Scocha will provide literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the focus for this. There are a number of new the capital city. The core programming theme for Glenfarg Folk Feast innovations this year and plans are being 2014 is ‘Revival and Renaissance’ which will Glenfarg finalised for an exciting weekend. As the town explore the cyclical way in which Scotland’s folk 11-13 April hall is unavailable the main concert venue arts burst into life and influence every other switches to the Old Baths where Scocha will kick Ran by Glenfarg Village Folk Club the festival aspect of culture. Over 70 events were off the festival in their own inimitable way. showcased between 24 April and 6 May 2013 in may be small but its stature and longevity are


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Darvel Music Festival

Scotland's premier electronic music festival Electric Frog returns this May Bank Holiday weekend with Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival. Organisers have today revealed plans to add a second day and return to the spectacular Riverside Museum site for the second consecutive year for the 2014 instalment, with what’s set to be their biggest event yet. Organisers have reconfigured the site to feature two stages aiming to maximise the space and enhance the festival experience for the thousands of electronic music fans expected to descend on the event over both days. The party will continue late into the night at various venues in the city. Line-up and ticket details will be announced soon.

Darvel 3 May

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival

34th Shetland Folk Festival Shetland 1-4 May The Festival as the UK's most northerly folk festival is regarded a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.

Isle of Bute 2-5 May The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival has grown spectacularly from its small beginnings to become one of Britain's most popular jazz weekends. Top-class UK and international names feature in a programme of traditional jazz music in one of Scotland's prettiest and friendliest seaside resorts.

First in the 2014 Concert Series is Eric Bibb and Band, with support from Michael Jerome Browne on 3rd May. Early bird special of £22.50 until March 31st when price reverts to £25. Please Thornhill Music Festival support us by buying tickets early and if you can Dumfriesshire help us by making a donation and becoming a 2-4 May Festival Patron, you can do so by following the link below to the Festival Shop. We are hoping 20 plus band cross-genre Music Festival in that further sponsorship and funding will be in Dumfriesshire, early May Bank Holiday, Run by place later in the year that will enable us to Lewis Hamilton Music. The village is an produce further concerts in October/November. attractive and vibrant community of some 2,000 If any businesses are interested in sponsoring people, and Dumfries and Galloway is a wellthe Festival then please get in touch. known music destination, hosting such successful events as the Wickerman, Moniaive Folk and Bluegrass Festivals. Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and Brew at the Bog A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the Inverness mid-section of the beautiful Nith Valley in 3 May Dumfriesshire.

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“The best new music festival in Scotland.” Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland. Brew at the Bog is BrewDog and Bogbain Farm’s gift to the Girvan Folk Festival world: a festival full of new music and new Girvan beer. BrewDog are the leaders of the craft beer 2-4 May revolution and they are about breaking rules, taking risks, upsetting trends, unsettling 2014 marks the 40th Girvan Folk Festival. The institutions but first and foremost, great tasting Festival started in 1975, a time when folk music beers. As one newspaper put it, BrewDog is the in Scotland was increasingly exploring its own new black. Bogbain Farm is based just outside roots. Concert venues, competitions, ceilidh Inverness and was crowned the “Best Unusual dance childrens events, sessions for tunes and Venue” at the 2012 Scottish Event Awards. Brew songs, Open Stage, workshops,secure campsite. at the Bog is just the latest in festivals Bogbain So please tell all of your friends and help to is hosting and the fabulous surroundings of this make this the biggest Girven Festival ever! old farm will ensure Brew at the Bog 2014 will There will be plenty of room and plenty of music go down in history. for all to enjoy.

Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, 9-11 May

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival Oban 2-4 May

Sound Galashiels 3 May

Come to the beautiful Scottish Borders and celebrate a fun packed day this May Bank The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Holiday Weekend. Professional touring 'tribute' Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s bands promise a great family evening of major cultural festivals, and takes place annually entertainment. Coldplay tribute band in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to "Coldplayer"; KOL Tribute 'The Kings Lyon'; include new special events and competitions, 'Simple Minded'; Steve Cass himself and Justin and the festival now offers over 1100 Wilson aka 'No Strings Attached' and Madeleine participants 125 competition classes in eleven Dow joins the line up performing an acoustic disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, set. clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, highland dancing and choreography.

Aberdeen 4 May The Big Beach Ball, Aberdeen’s boutique, oneday music festival returns, the event will bring a host of international DJs and artists as well as homegrown talents to the iconic Beach Ballroom. Building on the success of last year, the third Big Beach Ball will once again utilise both the indoor and outdoor facilities at the venue creating a one-day festival spectacular. The event will showcase Breakneck Comedy, food stalls, beach bar and arts and crafts, all perfectly complimented by five stages of quality music, with fans of all genres catered to.

Moniave Folk Festival

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

Scribblers Picnic Stirling 11 May The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity that was set up in 2001 to raise money for five cancer charities – CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. This outdoor event is held at the Stirling Rugby Club with each year getting better and better. Four stages of music and a charity fete make it a fun day for all the family.

FifeSing Collessie, Fife 16-18 May This unique event brings together some of Scotland's finest exponents of traditional singing for a weekend of old songs and bothy ballads in concerts and singarounds in the rural


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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender Kilmarnock 23-25 May

Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender music festival was established in 2012. In 2013 the event expanded with over 40 acts performing and a third venue being added to include an all agers stage. In Our 9-day festival has taken place since 1979. 2014 Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will see The founding aim was to bring international further growth with the inclusion of the 1300 performers of the highest quality to a region capacity Grand Hall venue. 2014 will also see the containing many scattered rural communities development and implementation of Glasgow’s since then this region has produced some of its Dirty Weekender. This will take place between own talent of international standing and we’re the 28 February and the 1 March over three of proud to also be able to present these artistes the city’s venues, Pivo Pivo, Ivory Blacks and from time to time. We offer a wide range of events: music – including classical, jazz and folk, Stereo. The Dirty Weekender crew will take its years of experience and deliver a unique and dance, theatre, literary, children’s events, plus the visual arts and films. Events take place in a diverse event to Glasgow for the first time. range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural. Dumfries and Galloway 16-25 May

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Kirkcudbright 22-25 May If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside the glittering Water of Deugh beneath the broad shoulders of southwest Scotland's great mountain peaks to celebrate some of the finest music from the Celtic diaspora and everywhere in-between. The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Montrose Music Festival Montrose 23-25 May Montrose Music Festival is a Scottish music festival which takes place at the end of May in Montrose, Angus. It has become a much anticipated, annual event across Scotland. The festival committee is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation, dedicated to promoting free live music of all styles and genres, and at all levels, in Montrose and surrounding areas. The festival actively promotes local acts as well as hosting musicians from across the United Kingdom

The Islay Malt & Music Festival Islay 23-31 May

During the last week of May each year the island of Islay welcomes visitors from across the world to help us celebrate our culture our music and of course our world renowned single malt whiskies. During the festival we have all sorts of activities Orkney Folk Festival including dances, recitals, fishing, Gaelic lessons, Orkney ceilidh's, folk music, whisky tastings and so 22-25 May much more - each event is served with a warm Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number Islay welcome. 32! Once again we have some big names coming north to join in the fun in May, and from the ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have The Border Gaitherin brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the Coldstream increasingly expansive folk genre. As ever, our May 30 - June 1 local traditions and musicians – both established and emerging – will be centre stage alongside The Border Gaitherin is back in 2014 and we are those visiting the festival. You would be hard currently planning a great weekend of musical pushed to find another festival throughout the entertainments and activities for all our country that has such a strong home participants. Come and enjoy! The Border representation, and it is one that we are hugely Gaitherin is the major showcase for Borders proud of. music and for the immense musical and creative talent which resides here in the Borders. However this year we are pleased to have American guest musicians bringing an Appalachian flavour to the weekend. Perth Festival of the Arts

Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and blues from around the world. Celebrating celtic connections in the Highlands and a new way of doing things including some great session pubs for the afternoons

JUNE goNORTH Inverness 4-5 June goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a broad range of Music, Screen, Publishing, Fashion and Interactive content. Each year the event brings a wide programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

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

Eden Festival Raehills Meadows 13-15 June We are a boutique festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances! Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows on the 13th-15th of June, hosting 9 different stages including a kids arena, circus tent, drive in cinema, comedy, cabaret and workshops, as well as a feast of performers, artworks, games and much much more. Tickets are currently £95. Line up to announced shortly. Latest video:

Solas Festival The Bield at Blackruthven 20-22 June

In what promises to be a exciting year in the spotlight for Scotland, Solas will entertain you with a mixing pot of art, music, dance and comedy whilst covering everything from jazz to Perth ceilidh dancing, and hip hop to slow food. Our 22 May - 1 June brilliant variety of acts and friendly atmosphere make it a great destination for families. UnderPerth Festival of the Arts is one if the highlights Northern Roots Festival 12s go free. The festival aims to create a in Perth's cultural calendar in Scotland. Now its Inverness generous, hospitable space in Scotland where 43rd year, it covers a wide range of artforms 30 May - 1 June the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. from classical music and opera to rock music and drama. Concerts are staged in Perth Concert Hall Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern The programme also makes space for


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Blas Festival

Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling

Highlands 4-15 September


Eigg 18-20 July

Blas Festival is the Highlands' premier Gaelic and traditional music festival. Blas takes place in venues across the Highlands and includes an Lost Map would like to invite you to a special Wizard Festival lost weekend of music, fun and adventure on the eclectic line-up of local, national and Aberdeenshire Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three international artistes. 2014 (July tbc) days of the best sounds from Scotland and beyond, surrounded by the country’s most Organisers are waiting for decisions on funding wondrous sights - brought to you by the for Wizard before they can confirm the 2014 organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and Loopallu dates - but were looking at July. Stay up-to-date made possible with support from Homecoming Ullapool via facebook and twitter links. Scotland 2014. 26-27 September

Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival

The Wickerman Festival Dumfries & Galloway 25-26 July

Newton Stewart 4-5 July

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.

Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries & Galloway offers a unique and eclectic celebration of cult musical genres and cult Traditional and acoustic music festival in the cinema with a relaxed, laidback family-friendly picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & with the burning of a giant traditional willow and Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & straw effigy. Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look Glasgow Americana Festival forward to seeing you there. More details to Glasgow follow... 1-5 October Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and T in the Park Canada to perform roots music from blues to Fife Tartan Heart rockabilly. 11-13 July



‘Belladrum’ Festival

What more can we say! Scotland’s most widely Beauly known and respected festival, which always 8-9 August attracts the biggest names. Check out if tickets are still available at 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. Hebridean Celtic Festival ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life Hebrides should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in 16-19 July the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals 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. Get your tickets quickly at

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

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 3-5 October

Doune The Rabbit Hole

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

Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August

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

Perthshire Amber The Dougie MacLean Festival Perthshire 24 October - 2 November This is the 10th year of our festival and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. Our venues are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…25 venues in all in 2014!


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