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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Hò-rò win 'One Step Further' competition for young acts and secure a main stage spot at HebCelt - see page 15

INSIDE: Northern Roots : Edinburgh Blues & Jazz : Perthshire Amber : Southern Fried : Beverley : Tenement Trail : HebCelt : Eden ..... plus our 2014 Scottish music festival listings!

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Northern Roots Festival bringing world class folk and roots musicians to Inverness Inverness : 28 May - 1 June :



The well-loved Northern Roots Festival relocates to the heart of Inverness this year and presents an astounding array of musicianship in various venues in the city including the Eden Court highlight with the new 'Highland Sessions' concert. Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern Roots Music Festival was held at Bogbain Farm near Inverness until last year and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and blues from around the world. The festival decided to move to an Eden Court Theatre base this year in order to accommodate more people and bring the festival closer to the action of the city centre. Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland's Bruce MacGregor, the Northern Roots 'Highland Sessions' on Saturday 31 May, featuring Rachel Sermanni, Aoife O'Donovan and Adam Holmes, promises to be one of the concerts of the year! The House band, including Anna Massie, Angus Lyon, Rua MacMillan, Mike Vass and Feis Rois are reason enough to come to this concert but when collaborating with Scotland's most promising and invigorating folk prospect Rachel Sermanni, and recent star of BBC's Transatlantic Sessions Aoife O'Donovan from USA, together with the melancholic beauty of Scotland's rising star Adam Holmes, you know you are going to get something very special. Inverness Gaelic Choir, conducted by Mary Anne Kennedy, will be opening up the evening then it's an almighty hoe down with everyone in! Expect the unexpected!

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is set to hit all the right notes Edinburgh : 18-27 July :

TICKETS! @ The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is back with a fantastic 2014 programme that hits all the right notes! The biggest Festival of its kind in Britain presents a super-charged line-up that will delight festival regulars and firsttimers alike. For 10 groove-packed days venues across the capital will play host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe. From bop to boogie-woogie to blues-rock, from samba to swing to soul: there’s something in the programme to suit every mood and musical taste.

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Raising the curtain on a brimming schedule of concerts, the festival has over 140 gigs at 13 venues over 10 days, and offering fantastic opportunities for Festival-goers to get involved – listening, jamming, dancing, uploading pics, and more.

European turmoil and the birth of Jazz. The concert is part of a programme of 'Scottish Jazz Expo' projects, where the Festival supports top Scottish musicians and features a host of collaborations between Scottish and international performers.

Look out for jazz legends, blues greats, red carpet nights, show-stopping vocalists and swingin’ vintage fun. There’s a showcase of never-beforeseen acts in the city under the 'Edinburgh Firsts' strand, cutting edge sounds with the return of 'Cross The Tracks', and an exciting presentation of '2014 Exclusives', including the 'Mandela Day Concert' on opening night, and 'Kaiser Bill Invented Jazz', a special production to mark the centenary of The Great War, in which we make the link between

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Dougie MacLean’s fantastic folk festival celebrates ten years with a stellar line-up Perthshire : 24 October-2 November : TICKETS! @

The Perthshire Amber Festival, a highlight in Scotland’s music calendar and part of Homecoming 2014, has announced the 2014 line-up. The tenth anniversary of the festival will see some of the top musicians and the best song writers from the previous ten years return to feature in the exciting line-up. Festival favourite Eddi Reader will perform at stunning Blair Castle on 27 Dougie MacLean and Emily Smith October, the super talented Duncan Chisholm will play at atmospheric Dunkeld Cathedral on 30 October and up and rising star Rachel Sermanni will open the festival in one of the new festival venues at Fornab Castle, Pitlochry. One of the musical highlights in the programme will be Dougie MacLean performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Dougie MacLean said: “We can’t quite believe it’s been ten years since we started Perthshire Amber and from small beginnings we are proud that a result of their recent recording and performance collaboration, which it’s grown to be so popular. The thing that really sums up what’s great will take place in Perth Concert Hall on 31 October. about the festival is that increasing numbers of people return year on year from all over the world and so it’s like catching up with old friends. The festival, which was founded by Dougie MacLean and his family ten years ago, started out as a weekend of concerts. The festival has grown Perthshire is especially stunning in autumn and I don’t think music fans will get a better welcome than the one they get in Dunkeld. We have year on year and organisers are expecting to reach an audience of some really inspiring talent performing this year and a fantastic variety of 10,000 during the ten day festival this year. The packed programme venues, there’s plenty to celebrate and I’m really looking forward to the features fantastic home grown talent including Emily Smith, Tom Spiers festival already.” and the Mischa McPherson Trio and a cluster of amazing international musicians including The Paperboys from Vancouver, Eliza Lynn from Visit for the full line-up and to buy tickets or Nashville and Buddy MacDonald from Cape Breton. call the box office on 01350 724261. weblink: facebook:

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Southern Fried takes it outside! Perth : 25-27 July : TICKETS! @

This year’s Southern Fried Festival in Perth is taking the music outside for the first time as it launches a free outdoor stage at Perth Concert Hall. The seventh annual festival of American Roots music takes place in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues over the weekend of 25 to 27 July with headliners including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash plus a host of support acts, guest artists, late night gigs, free shows and workshops. The addition of the Southern Fried Outdoor Stage which will run from 1pm to 5.45pm on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival gives organisers Horsecross Arts the opportunity to shine a light on Scotland’s own outstanding crop of artists who are influenced by all things Americana. Opening Saturday afternoon’s session, young musicians from DIY Rock Shop’s special Southern Fried week will show off what they’ve learned. They are followed by Perthshire’s own Red Pine Timber Company, with their blend of country Americana with a Celtic twist. Dynamite live band The Shiverin’ Sheiks and alt-country and early folk singer Norrie McCulloch are up next. Glasgow’s multi award-winning country duo Raintown, one of the hottest country acts in Europe will bring Saturday’s outdoor programme to a close.

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Wang Dang Delta. Scottish acts will also be taking to the stage in some of the many Southern Fried Festival support gigs. Described as one of the “greatest ever voices to come of Scotland by Gary Lightbody, Monica Queen and her band Thrum are joined by Aberfeldy’s Star Wheel Press for the popular Southern Fried Festival Launch Party in The Twa Tams on Thursday 24 July. Energetic 9-piece Black Diamond Express, Stirling’s Americana family band Rail Fan and Dixie Fried join up for a free gig in the Twa Tams on Saturday 26 July.

Sunday on the Southern Fried Outdoor Stage starts with stripped-down, raw and earthy gospel from Joe Nisbet Jr. Excellent Edinburgh duo The Jellyman’s Daughter follows and then the party continues with a bang with Aberdeen’s 14-legged groove machine The Chandeliers. Edinburgh’s Wynntown Marshals, one of the UK’s finest Americana bands is up next and Sunday concludes with blues and beyond from Perthshire 6-piece weblink: tickets:

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Celtic music to be celebrated at Beverley Folk Festival Beverley (Yorkshire) : 20-22 June : TICKETS! @

Celtic music is being celebrated at this year’s Beverley Folk Festival, just north of Hull. With Mànran and Lau from Scotland, Le Vent du Nord from Québec; and Caladh Nua from Ireland joining a stellar musical line-up which also includes; Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes, Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Chas & Dave and Home Service, for the festival at Beverley Racecourse, from 20-22 June.

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Artistic director Chris Wade promises: “Celtic music encompasses music from far and wide, across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada and beyond, and music that demonstrates a more experimental nature as well as traditional roots. To complement our offering of modern and traditional English music, we’re bringing together great Celtic music from across the continents … four of the greatest bands of their genres, meeting together to bring some stunning music over the festival weekend.” Le Vent du Nord and Mànran will delight the daytime audience on the Saturday of the festival by joining forces to present a collaboration of their own music. Then in the evening music from Caladh Nua, Mànran and Lau will demonstrate the diversity of music from the Celtic nations. Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord, who also appear on Friday, are one of the leading names in Québécois folk music. They perform original songs, and many from the traditional Canadian repertoire, sung in native French and with a mix of fiddle, guitar, accordion and hurdy-gurdy. weblink: facebook:

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First Acts Revealed For 'Tenement Trail Festival'

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Hector Bizerk, Tijuana Bibles, Atom Tree and Holy Ghosts among the first names to be revealed for #TT14 to help celebrate Tenement TV’s third birthday TENEMENT TRAIL festival is back for the second consecutive year with a dynamic line-up of bands. Stretching across four venues on Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street, the festival will see over 30 acts of an eclectic mix of genres take to the stages in October from noon until the early hours to help celebrate Tenement TV’s third birthday. #TT14 sets out to fill the void. Anything but just another festival, TT14 is dedicated to underground and breakthrough talent, created by and for music lovers in Scotland. This year’s line-up will see the likes of Hector Bizerk, Tijuana Bibles, Atom Tree, The Holy Ghosts and Crash Club play the thirteen hour event. These acts will be joined by The Velveteen Saints, Friends In America, Vladimir, Dirty Diamond & The Gunslinger, Cherri Fosphate,Twin Mirrors and Tribal High with many more bands to be announced over the coming months.

“This year’s Tenement Trail will bring together music lovers in the city and we are really excited to watch these amazing performances unfold. Last year’s event was a great success and we saw an amazing headline slot from Kassidy and packed sets for the likes of Fat Goth. “Our first line-up announcement is just a small taste of what’s to come!” Some of the best experiences take place in the smallest of venues. TT14 will continue the festival organiser’s longstanding dedication to getting fans of great music up-close with unmissable acts ensuring it’s a day to night affair to remember. Tickets are on-sale now and available from Tickets Scotland on-line and in stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Earlybird tickets are priced at £10 per ticket. TT14 will run from 2pm to midnight with the aftershow continuing until 3am on Sunday 5 October 2014.

Using their creative eye and knowledge of what’s hot in music, Tenement TV has recorded sessions with the likes of the Mercury Music Prize shortlisted Jake Bugg, Taking place on Saturday 4 October, TT14 will nest in number one selling artist Bastille, chart-topping Irish Glasgow’s independent venues ABC2, Broadcast, Nice act Kodaline and Scotland’s talented singerN Sleazy and the new Beresford Lounge. songwriter Nina Nesbitt. Brought to you by Tenement TV, the media outlet that provides an inspirational and innovative platform for unsigned bands, TT14 celebrates the local and independent Scottish music scene and will also celebrate their third birthday this October, perfectly timed for the event.

Tenement TV was created in 2011. The first Tenement Trail event took place in March 2013 and saw the likes of Kassidy, Baby Strange, Hector Bizerk, Fat Goth and Davey Horne play throughout the day. More acts will be announced over the next few months.

Tenement TV CEO Chae Houston said: “We have continued to support local artists and are permanently engaged with the Scottish creative and music scenes.

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Hurrah For Hò-rò As Young Group Wins Hebcelt Talent Contest Hebrides : 16-19 July : TICKETS! @

A young band formed by chance just over a year ago is to play on the same festival stage as some international stars this summer after winning an annual contest to find new talent. Hò-rò, based in Inverness, beat competition from all over the UK to win the 'One Step Further' contest which is held annually by the Hebridean Celtic Festival to find the best young acts. The group will now perform on Saturday, 19 July on the main festival stage which will also host headliners Levellers, Big Country and Donnie Munro.

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It comes after the four-piece, described as a contemporary trad/Gaelic and Celtic group, won a Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections award in January. It has also recently secured slots at two Celtic music festivals in Italy. Hò-rò, which takes its name from the sound often heard in Gaelic songs, comprises Sean Cousins (guitar/percussion); Calum MacPhail, (accordion); Lucy Doogan, (vocals/fiddle); and Crisdean MacDonald, (Border pipes/ Highland pipes/bodhran). Sean, 21, from Inverness, is a self-taught pianist, drummer and guitarist who works as a full-time musician and producer. Calum, 16, from Fort William, has been playing accordion since the age of seven and is also an accomplished composer. He is currently a pupil at Inverness High School.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Hòrò is a worthy winner of the contest. The “But the feedback we received was amazing so standard this year was again extremely high, we couldn't just leave it”, he said. “We started but the group’s energy and musicianship stood arranging a few tune sets and songs and, before out and I think it will be a big hit with our we knew it, we were playing full time as Hò-rò.” audience.” The One Step Further contest for young artists is The 19th HebCelt will be held from 16-19 July now an annual feature of the award-winning and will also include performances by Cara Hebridean Celtic Festival which attracts an Dillon, Rachel Sermanni, Duncan Chisholm, international audience of more than 16,000 to Cajun band Magnolia Sisters, from the US, and Stornoway in the island of Lewis. Canadian outfit Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. Glasgow-based trio Muran won the 2012 competition just six months after forming, while The festival attracts interest from across the female quartet Gria took the prize last year, world and last year was selected as one of the three months after playing their first gig. Top 10 UK summer festivals by influential music publication Songlines for the third successive The contest is supported by internationallyyear. renowned fiddler Duncan Chisholm, who said it not only creates a huge opportunity for emerging talent but also gives the HebCelt audience the chance to hear fresh and exciting sounds.

Lucy, 21, from Ballachulish, is a criticallyacclaimed singer who joined the band earlier this year. She is combining her musical career with studies in Gaelic and traditional music at the Gaelic college Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Crisdean, 20, from South Uist, is also studying at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. A former pupil of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, he is well known in traditional music circles and a sought after session musician. At HebCelt the line-up will also include 15-yearold drummer Rory Grindlay, from West Calder, who has been making a name for himself on YouTube after posting drum covers from a range of different music styles. Sean said: “Winning the One Step Further competition is a huge deal for us because this festival has hosted so many amazing bands/ musicians over the years, some of which are idols of ours. “It gives us the opportunity to show what we are about to a large audience and we are so grateful that we are able to do this. The festival has always received amazing reviews and has always been at the top of our list of places we want to play.” Hò-rò, was formed as a three-piece last March when Sean was working as a waiter in a hotel and his boss needed entertainment for a dinner party. Sean was asked to get a few friends


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Eden Festival has an amazing range of stages all set for June Raehills Meadows near Moffat : 13-15 June : TICKETS! @

Set across 11 stages, Eden hosts an electric mix of sounds and environments, from auld eclectic drinkin' dens, to psychedelic tropical dance tents, to circus styled brass and ska cocktail bars, to Indian wedding marquees filled with hammocks and bath tubs. Let's stumble upon a few..... The Devorgilla Open Air Stage, it's mighty hand built tortoise shell body hosts the festivals headline acts, including Del La Soul, Electric Swing Circus, Jus Now and Mr Motivator (Come on you know you love him!) and a whole lot more. Next up the Furry Chillum Cocktail Bar, immerse yourself in the enticing, warm and exotic atmosphere, while lending your ear to acoustic, brass, swing and ska, plus a heavy smattering of the bizarre. It's cabaret time!

Keeping it real for all those sinners out there, Barry Band Wagon is on hand, aboard a travelling stage in some ill fitting dress to provide some sing-a-long music for those that would tap their toe to anything really. The Nude is Good Stage -Take a wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of The Nude is Good Stage nestled down in the valley outside the festival. There is some brave bands down there and a relaxing sauna to detox and leave your worries behind. The Shellycoat Kids Tent offers sustainable, environmentally friendly, arts, crafts, performance, forest skills and play, free of charge for all children, in a pleasant and natural setting. It consists of a decorated craft and performance marquee, a little ones yurt, outside space, and a forest skill’s area under the oak tree. Indoor and outdoor activities take place all weekend from 9am to 8pm.

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Then the Ghilli Du Dance Emporium, a colourful melting pot of everything from Drum 'n' Bass to Soca, back to Bassline and Breakbeat and over to Electro and Techno and anything in between - there will be something to suit any dance fan. Hear from The Nextmen, Father Funk, Artful Dodger and the Heatwave. Rabbie’s Tavern will provide an auld Scottish bar to drink the local hooch with live bands playing celtic, roots, rockabilly, bone shakin blues and anything else that makes you stomp your foot, hoist yer tankards and get yer melons oot! Rabbies Tavern will also have a traditional Scottish ceilidh each night and some Karaoke with Barry on the Saturday afternoon. Beyond the winding tunnel lays a florescent utopia, Voltans Psychadelic Temple; melting, merging, dripping, like a lucid lysergic vision from behind closed eyelids. Stretch your head back and the see the luminescent projections finely mapped across stages atmosphere, with spectrums of colour and light bouncing off aerial installations. The thunder provided by the mighty Mezcal Tribe Soundsystem, with the clans gathering from all over the UK and as far way as Greece and Portugal. Tune in and drop out – The Vishnu lounge provides a taste of paradise on the fringes of eden, a place to chill out and swing in the hammocks, lounge in the bath tub and soak up some ambient audio treats to a nice hot cup of chai. Come get fit at the Cycle powered Reggae Stage. The Green Space Geo-Domes – Pedal-powered stage and cafe, celebrating all things sustainable! Providing music and entertainment with a Dub / Reggae theme – with Bands, DJ’s and MC’s from around the country, a small cinema space in the early hours in our cosy cafe serving cake and tea. All powered by the tip-top Chain Reaction Bike Powered Sound System. Welcome to our wonderful heated chill out tent, Casa Caliente. It’s a shoes off affair as we deck it out in luxury deep pile hand tufted carpets. This year we will have some mysterious afternoon workshops, one of which will be entitled “Silence”. We will also have board games available like chess, draughts and of course cards. On Saturday, we will also be hosting the 1st competition of the Eden Cup; a “Switch” card game competition played under the House rules (practice sessions available). We will also be hosting the Freelance Silly Dance Championship with a trophy and prizes to the winners. In the evenings we will really chill with some acoustic sessions. Solar and battery powered – the Bearcub Soundsystem is the brain child of Jon Purkins who mixes carving wood with crafting beats in the festivals sunset strip alongside the Northern Green Gathering crew and Cycle Powered Soundsystem.


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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

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Dumfries and Galloway 16-25 May

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Our 9-day festival has taken place since 1979. The founding aim was to bring international performers of the highest quality to a region It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Southside containing many scattered rural communities with fantastic new venues The Glad Café and The since then this region has produced some of its Bungo actively encouraging creativity and own talent of international standing and we’re supporting local Southside talent. The ethos of proud to also be able to present these artistes the Southside Fringe is very much ‘strength in from time to time. We offer a wide range of numbers’ : the more facets of the community events: music – including classical, jazz and folk, and local businesses who get involved the louder dance, theatre, literary, children’s events, plus our voice and the bigger the Southside’s profile the visual arts and films. Events take place in a will be on the festival map. range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural.

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!

Orkney Folk Festival Orkney 22-25 May Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number 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 brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the increasingly expansive folk genre. As ever, our local traditions and musicians – both established and emerging – will be centre stage alongside those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the country that has such a strong home representation, and it is one that we are hugely proud of.

Doune & Dunblane Fling Dunblane 22-15 May Like many others, the Fling was conceived with the help of music and alcohol. It began as an idea at the Dunblane Folk Club, among a group of people fond of music and fun. And so in May 1993 the first Fling happened. Since then the Fling has gone from strength to strength. Somewhere along the line the first 'Fling by the River' began. Held each Fling Saturday on Dunblane's historic Drying Green, its activities have ranged from an open stage for local young musicians, fire engines, space-hopper races and fire-eating jugglers, to the annual Rotary Club race for 4,000 plastic ducks down the Allan Water. Gradually a 'Fringe Fling' has developed, featuring over the years everything from ghost walks, pub quizzes, plays from the local Drama Group, master classes in everything from fiddling or mandolins to harmony singing or bodhran, and the now-annual Thursday Jazz Night.

Perth Festival of the Arts Perth 22 May - 1 June

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The Border Gaitherin is back in 2014 and we are currently planning a great weekend of musical Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender entertainments and activities for all our participants. Come and enjoy! The Border Kilmarnock Gaitherin is the major showcase for Borders 23-25 May music and for the immense musical and creative Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender music festival was talent which resides here in the Borders. However this year we are pleased to have established in 2012. In 2013 the event American guest musicians bringing an expanded with over 40 acts performing and a Appalachian flavour to the weekend. third venue being added to include an all agers stage. In 2014 Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will see further growth with the inclusion of the 1300 capacity Grand Hall venue. 2014 will also Northern Roots Festival see the development and implementation of Glasgow’s Dirty Weekender. This will take place Inverness between the 28 February and the 1 March over 30 May - 1 June three of the city’s venues, Pivo Pivo, Ivory Blacks and Stereo. The Dirty Weekender crew Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's will take its years of experience and deliver a Northern Roots Music Festival is held in unique and diverse event to Glasgow for the first Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, time. 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

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

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.

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Meadows Festival Edinburgh 7-8 June The Edinburgh Meadows Festival is a free volunteer-run annual event featuring live music, merchandise, stalls, kids’ and adults’ activities and loads more. The first Meadows Festival took place in 1974 and since then the Festival has been an annual feature of the calendar. In 2013 over 20,000 people attended across the two days of the Festival, so it’s a busy and fun-filled couple of days! There will be two stages at the 2014 Meadows Festival: Red Dog Music Stage and Fortune Futures Stage

Eden Festival Raehills Meadows 12-15 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 Buchan Heritage Society with a mixing pot of art, music, dance and comedy whilst covering everything from jazz to Strichen Festival ceilidh dancing, and hip hop to slow food. Our Strichen, Fraserburgh brilliant variety of acts and friendly atmosphere 23-25 May make it a great destination for families. Under12s go free. The festival aims to create a The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen is one Arran Folk Festival generous, hospitable space in Scotland where of the finest places to appreciate our rich Isle of Arran the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. tradition of music, song, verse, drama and 6-8 June The programme also makes space for story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, challenging debate with activists, writers and or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still Arran Events are responsible for the continuance thinkers from across the political, cultural and very much alive here in the North East, and of The Arran Folk Festival which will run from 6religious spectrum. enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where 8 June this year. As well as being fully contestants have come from a' the airt's and supportive of the work that Arran Folk Festival pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond. have done since its creation in 1990, we aim to widen our scope and include all genres of music Glasgow Jazz Festival and hope that we will cater for most musical Glasgow tastes! 25–29 June 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 including dances, recitals, fishing, Gaelic lessons, ceilidh's, folk music, whisky tastings and so much more - each event is served with a warm Islay welcome.

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Welcome to the 2014 Glasgow International Jazz Festival, this is the 28th year of the Festival, and Glasgow West End Festival once again we hope that this year’s line up Glasgow offers something for everyone! The first 6-29 June headliners include Courtney Pine’s acclaimed House of Legends, Martin Taylor, Neil Cowley Over 100 Glasgow-based organisations, arts Trio featuring tracks from their latest album, groups and local and international artists deliver Jazz Jamaica, Jacqui Dankworth & Todd Gordon. 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, Bannockburn Live performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow Stirling 28-29 June accessibility. The WEF’s ethos is to include participants and venues that can complement A two day feast of music, culture, ancestry, food


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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS 2014 to be included in our festival listings email details to: and drink and battle performances. As part of the Bannockburn Live weekend there is a plethora of home grown talent performing, including Dougie MacLean, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Rachel Sermanni and many more. This Homecoming Scotland 2014 signature event will immerse you in Scotland’s history and culture, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and celebrating the best of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, food and drink and more.

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

Southern Fried Perth 25-27 July Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been announced as headliners for this year’s Southern Fried Festival. Other acts confirmed for Scotland’s seventh annual festival of American Roots music in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues include John Fullbright, Marc Ford and Cedric Watson with more to be announced. As always, there will be the usual smattering of smaller gigs in city centre venues, a Sunday Brunch, support gigs and open mics all fuelled by the famous Southern Fried soul food and served up with a warm slice of Scottish hospitality.

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 Wizard Festival of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music Aberdeenshire festival – it is an island adventure. From the 2014 (July tbc) stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Organisers are waiting for decisions on funding Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an for Wizard before they can confirm the 2014 experience very few festivals in the world could dates - but were looking at July. Stay up-to-date compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early Prestfest via facebook and twitter links. birds sold out in hours Prestwick 1-3 August PRESTFEST the Prestwick Community Music Festival is run by enlisting financial support from Newton Stewart Traditional Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling local pubs, cafes, restaurants,,hotels,shops and other business services throughout the town. All Eigg & Acoustic Music Festival types of music at various venues throughout the 18-20 July Newton Stewart town. 4-5 July Lost Map would like to invite you to a special lost weekend of music, fun and adventure on the Traditional and acoustic music festival in the Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, Magners Summer Nights Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. days of the best sounds from Scotland and beyond, surrounded by the country’s most Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & Glasgow wondrous sights - brought to you by the Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & 7-10 + 14-16 August organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan made possible with support from Homecoming Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look A music festival featuring high-profile acts is to Scotland 2014. forward to seeing you there. More details to be held over two weekends at the newly-




Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival

refurbished £2m bandstand in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park. Teenage Fanclub, Squeeze, Alison Moyet, The Waterboys, Capercaillie and Steve Earle will perform at Magners Summer Nights.

Edinburgh 18-27 July

Black Isle Fiddle Festival Cromarty 4-6 July Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty in July for the Black Isle Fiddle Weekend. Intensive tuition in a small class setting, top-notch concerts, informal sessions and of course, great Highland hospitality! The Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place in the beautiful, historic village of Cromarty,at the Old Brewery – an intimate and homely learning environment.

Now the biggest jazz and blues festival in Scotland, the programme ranges from star names to new Scottish-based players, and from trad to the avant garde. New for 2014 - We've got Van Morrison, Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest Mel C, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Superband; a tribute to Oscar Peterson; Bill Wyman Rhythm Kings plus Maggie Bell & Friends; Chris Barber Band; The Bad Plus; Christian Scott

T in the Park

The Wickerman Festival

Fife 11-13 July

Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 8-9 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

Dumfries & Galloway 25-26 July

Stow 16 August

Hebridean Celtic Festival

Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries & Galloway offers a unique and eclectic celebration of cult musical genres and cult cinema with a relaxed, laidback family-friendly atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes with the burning of a giant traditional willow and straw effigy.

Hebrides 16-19 July

What more can we say! Scotland’s most widely known and respected festival, which always attracts the biggest names. Check out if tickets are still available at

Stowed Out Festival

Stowed Out is ran by Sound Out are a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 by an eclectic group of musicians and music fans in the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. Over the years Sound Out has grown and now hosts a range vibrant music and arts events where there is always a strong emphasis on


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Stranraer Park Fest Stranraer 22-23 August

people of all ages, promotes a high quality professional programme and provides music education opportunities for young people.

college, amateur choirs and local bands.

Ullapool Guitar Festival

Blas Festival

Ullapool 3-5 October

Highlands 4-15 September

What is the Park Fest? A music festival, a large marquee which is ticketed, a licensed bar and live music all day!! Nowhere else could you get so much great live music for so little a cost, in fact if you buy your ticket before hand it is less than £2 per band!! In the last 4 years our wee festival has got better and better, putting our lifeboat and Stranraer on the map. A Music Festival with loads of fun and family appeal

Come and Join us for the 15th Ullapool Guitar Festival this October. Amazing musicians in Blas Festival is the Highlands' premier Gaelic concert and held held in stunning surroundings. and traditional music festival. Blas takes place in Enjoy workshops, concerts, the guitar venues across the Highlands and includes an exhibition/trade show and the best kept secret eclectic line-up of local, national and in Ullapool "The Late Club" - starting at midnight international artistes. 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.

Midfest Dalkeith 6-7 September

Doune The Rabbit Hole

Midlothian's arts and culture festival Midfest is coming back, bigger than ever with the help of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 fund. This year's event is kicking off with a massive music A small family-friendly festival with a twist! Doune The Rabbit Hole presents music, comedy, festival at Dalkeith Country Estate featuring Scottish bands such as Big Country and the Bay art, spoken word, drama, puppetry and much City Rollers. Midfest: Grown in Scotland will also more! Events across Scotland throughout the year culminating in a 3 day multi arts festival... feature a host of other bands from Scotland 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 Loopallu Ullapool do creative things, like play instruments, write 26-27 September poetry and paint. Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August

Summer Isles Festival Achiltibuie, Ross-shire 30 August Pioneered by local musician Mairearad Green, with fantastic music and the most beautiful festival setting, this year’s Summer Isles Festival in Achiltibuie, which is under an hour from Ullapool, promises to be the best yet. The varied line up for 2014 includes new electro/ techno band, Halcyon, featuring John Somerville, Barry Reid and Adam Sutherland; best known as members of lively supergroup Treacherous Orchestra. The boys pack a big punch with a mix of Electro/Techno/Big beat sounds alongside live instrumentation, vocal samples and bundles of raw energy.

Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle 30 August

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.


SEPTEMBER Bathgate Music Festival Bathgate 4-7 September The programme features a range of musical styles, profiles local music making, involve

Tenement Trail Festival Glasgow 4 October TENEMENT TRAIL festival is back for the second consecutive year with a dynamic line-up of bands. Stretching across four venues on Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street, the festival will see over 30 acts of an eclectic mix of genres take to the stages in October from noon until the early hours to help celebrate Tenement TV’s third birthday.

The Spree Paisley October 10-18 Paisley's national festival of music, comedy and arts, now in it third year - taking place at various venues in the town centre

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 Glasgow Americana Festival musical talent as well as some international Glasgow guests. Our venues are as special as ever … 1-5 October ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Canada to perform roots music from blues to Crannog on Loch Tay…25 venues in all in 2014! rockabilly.

A brand new festival nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. Fatherson headlining.

The Cumnock Tryst Cumnock 2-5 October A new music festival under the leadership of Scottish composer, James MacMillan CBE Cumnock, Scotland. It is hoped that The Cumnock Tryst will become an annual event with concerts in venues in and around the town. The programme will feature some of the finest, international classical artists, as well as music and musicians from different backgrounds both stylistically and socially. The Cumnock Tryst aims to make its strong commitment to the community at the heart of all its activities, for instance involving young people at school and

NOVEMBER Scottish Guitar & Music Festival Edinburgh 3-9 November Scotland’s Premier Public & Industry Guitar & Music Event returns for its second year. More details here soon.


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