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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

INSIDE: Midstock :: XpoNorth :: Arran Folk :: Oban Live :: HebCelt :: Summer Sessions :: Scotland @ Great Escape ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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Midstock Festival Line-up

Dalkeith :: 31 August - 1 September :: www.midstockfestival.com TICKETS @ www.skiddle.com/festivals/Midstock Midstock Festival is delighted to announce the complete line-up for this year’s event which will take place in the beautiful setting of Dalkeith Country Park, Midlothian. Topping the bill will be Example who close the festival on 1 September.

proud of the acts we have on both nights and we’re sure the party vibe will kick in, from Friday night’s dance acts right through to some rock and roll to bring the house down on Saturday.”

Midstock will once more be hosted by Forth One presenter, Arlene Stuart and festival go-ers can expect the usual funfair attractions, face painting, food stalls and much more. Tickets for The organisers are also delighted to reveal some Midstock Festival 2018 are on sale now. legendary DJs and dance acts for the Friday night show with Ian Van Dahl and Mauro Picotto joining 2Unlimited. Midstock Festival will take place on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September 2018 and an eclectic mix of bands and artists will take to the stage over the two dates. Organisers Wullie Slight and Scott Gunn are excited about the continued popularity of the festival: “We have been encouraged by the great crowd we attract at Midstock and we constantly try and bring the best mix of music to the show that we can, allowing us to cater for every musical taste. We’re an independent, bespoke festival, which we started to provide the Lothians community with a great event on their doorsteps. This is still at the core of who we are and we really want to continue providing entertainment to the people of Dalkeith, and all over Edinburgh and the Lothians. We’re really

Midstock line-up: Friday 31 August (evening only) 2Unlimited Mauro Picotto Ian Van Dahl Graeme Park Ladies on Rotation Saturday 1 September Example & DJ Wire Sound System The Darkness Ash Noisettes Massaoke JJ Gilmour Patersani The Skababs Chameleon Lady

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Scotland’s Hottest New Artists Set to Perform at this Year’s XpoNorth Festival Inverness :: 27-28 June :: www.xponorth.co.uk Full programme + info @ www.xponorth.co.uk/festival-programme

Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth have announced their line-up of bands set to take the stage across various Inverness venues.

XpoNorth Music Line-up:

The much-anticipated live music showcase takes place across the 27 and 28 June and boasts a diverse selection of Scottish artists including Annie Booth, Beta Waves, Tamzene, Zoe Graham plus many more. Each act will also be considered to perform at Beauly-based Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this August on the XpoNorth Seedlings stage, a hub for music fans to discover new and emerging talent. XpoNorth is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, HIE, said: XpoNorth has become firmly established as an excellent platform to

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showcase great new acts from all genres. We’re thrilled with the quality and diversity of this year’s line-up and are delighted to be presenting such a fantastic range of talent to our audience.’ A selection of overseas artists will also perform through XpoNorth’s EXCITE Network, a highly collaborative project which aims to leverage and nurture the internationalisation of young musicians. Committed to supporting creative individuals and businesses in the Highlands and Islands and beyond, the full line-up was carefully curated by an influential panel of industry experts and conference delegates. XpoNorth takes place across the 27 and 28 June in Inverness and is completely free to attend and accessible to all.

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100 Fables Acrylic Anchor Lane Anna Sweeney Annie Booth Angus Munro Apache Darling Bad Mannequins Be Like Pablo Beta Waves Bloodlines Breakfast Muff Brian ó Headhra & Fiona Mackenzie Carma Cloth Cobalt Crystal Dancing on Tables Ded Rabbit Edwin Organ EMILIE Emme Woods Ewenc. Grant Fauves Foggy City Orphan Folda Franky’s Evil Party Gordon James & the Power Gus Harrower Hamish Hawk & the New Outfit Homeslice Ida Kudo (Denmark) Kaputt Lilura

Lional Luna the Professor Malka Megan Airlie Michiel Turner Miracle Glass Company Noah Noah North Atlas Parliamo Pyro Real Life Entertainment Retro Video Club Rome is Not a Town (Sweden) Shht (belgium) Shredd Silver Coast Static Union Spring Break Sway Tamzene The 101 The Dazed Digital Age The Dunts The Rah’s The Sea Atlas The Strives Toy Mountain The Nicklejack Men Wojtek the Bear Zoe Graham Vistas Spanish Lakyoto

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24th Arran Folk Festival promises another great year with top acts Arran :: 8-10 June :: www.facebook.com/ArranEvents TICKETS @ www.arranevents.com/arranfolkfestival2018.php The 24th Arran Folk Festival line up has now been revealed and all tickets are on sale. The organisers have a recurring knack of having some great names in the Folk world contact them and ask to come and play at the Arran Folk Festival and once again they've put together an impressive array of renowned musicians.

Davy Lees who has extensive experience in the music industry. He hails from the Lanarkshire steel town of Motherwell where, during the late seventies, he was a member of the well respected Auld Howff Band in which he provided vocals, played Guitar and Flute. He is indeed a former Scottish Amateur Flute Champion, and is the caller, singer and guitarist of the very talented and busy ceilidh band Freereelin'.

Saturday night (9 June) kicks off with a set from The Jenny Sturgeon Trio. Jenny has been winning fans wherever she goes. She plays in a trio with Jonny Hardie of Old Blind Dogs (guitar and vocals) and Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie Their headline act on the opening night, Friday 8 (fiddle). June, is The Poozies who have toured Hailing from the north-east of Scotland, Jenny worldwide, and attracted recognition and Sturgeon is a hugely talented singer songwriter appreciation for their eclectic choice of material, whose passion for music lies in her interest in unusual and exciting arrangements, and hearttraditional folk song, combined with the tugging vocal harmonies.The current lineup enjoyment of creating fresh new compositions. includes : Mary Macmaster (Electro-harp, Bringing the concert to a close there's the vocals), Eilidh Shaw (Fiddle, vocals), Sarah legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs McFadyen (Fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals), and Tia bounding into their 25th anniversary year with a Files (Guitar, percussion, fiddle, vocals). brand new album 'Room with a View' and a The festival's delighted to welcome the Ella hugely successful Scottish tour. With a line-up Munro Trio to the Friday night concert. Ella from the world of Scottish folk music that is Munro is a traditional singer hailing from the Isle approaching superstar status, founder member of Skye with an impressive resume - including Jonny Hardie (fiddle/vocals) is joined by Aaron becoming a finalist for the BBC Radio Scotland Jones (guitar/bouzouki/vocals), Ali Hutton Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017. Her (pipes) and Donald Hay (percussion). Together unique voice has become well-known amongst they create a sound that is uniquely Old Blind the folk clubs of Scotland with her love of singing Dogs and which still stands at the forefront of loved and forgotten songs setting her apart from the Scottish roots music revival. It’s fair to say other singers. Ella will be accompanied by the that their style, drawing as it does from the talented Orcadian guitarist and singer Aidan rhythms of Middle Eastern, rock, reggae, jazz Moodie, who also appears in Gnoss, and and blues music went on to influence many Northern Company’s accordionist Sam Mabbett. bands but nobody does it like the Dogs! 25 years To complete the line-up on the first night there's on, they show no signs of slowing down, indeed they are performing at their very peak.

Saturday night (9 June) kicks off with a set from The Jenny Sturgeon Trio www.facebook.com/jennysturgeonmusic :: mphoto by Graeme MacDonald

Following on from last year’s format, at this year’s Festival organisers are offering evening concerts in Brodick Hall on the Friday & Saturday. Open Sessions (hosted by Uncle Keith) will take place at The Douglas Hotel on Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoon - the sessions all offer free entry and all are welcome (either just to listen or bring an instrument and join in!). The Sunday afternoon session includes a mini-concert featuring Uncle Keith's pick of the weekend's best session performers.

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VisitScotland support Oban the mns Live’s latest video campaign Oban :: 8-9 June :: www.obanlive.com

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Argyll’s biggest open-air live music event has launched a brand new marketing campaign to raise the profile of itself and Oban with the support of VisitScotland.

Scotland which have benefited from nearly £100,000 of funding in the programme’s 37th round. The National Programme Fund plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland by helping grow the country’s diverse events portfolio.

Daniel Gillespie, Director of Oban Live, said: “When visitors come to Oban Live, not only do they get to experience an impressive, authentic Scottish Oban Live, taking place on 8th and 9th June this music concert, but they also get to experience all that year, has launched two new films targeting people is on offer in the unique and cultural location of Oban. out with Argyll, as well as maritime visitors, following This funding from EventScotland has allowed us to an award of £11,250 from EventScotland, part of the create high quality, engaging content that combines national tourism organisation’s Events Directorate. and showcases both the event and the town as one The videos have been distributed via social media, package, which in turn will bring a significant boost to targeting high populated Scottish cities and UK sailing the local economy. A massive thank you to and marine tourism markets respectively. It is hoped EventScotland for the support.” the campaign will see the event enjoy a record David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional attendance this year, and promote Oban as an Director, said: “I am delighted to see that accessible, attractive and marine tourism destination OBANLIVE was one of the 12 events across the for visitors across Britain. country to be supported by EventScotland. These two The first film, entitled “The last train to Oban” is a short films showcase Oban’s wonderful tourism beautiful short film about a grandfather who shares offering and I hope the concert will enjoy a record his affection for Oban and Oban Live music concert year as a result. with his granddaughter Emma. Images of the event “The visitors this event attracts represent a massive and the town’s scenery and culture are shown whilst benefit for the local economy. Tourism is more than a the grandfather recites his poem “Lovely Oban”. holiday experience – it is integral to sustaining Viewers can also enjoy stunning shots of the train communities across Scotland by generating income, journey to Oban - watch @ www.obanlive.com/film creating jobs and stimulating social change.” The second video, “Sail to Oban Live” follows three Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of very different yachts making their way to the event – Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be sailing in and around Oban Marina, the new North supporting OBANLIVE through our National Pier Pontoons and Dunstaffnage Marina. The video is Programme, for the third consecutive year. Over the supported on the festival website with information on last few years the popular festival has gone from local facilities for marine visitors - watch @ strength-to-strength, demonstrating why Scotland is www.obanlive.com/sailing the perfect stage for music events.” Oban Live, now in its third year, features a mix of “Our funding support of the two digital films will traditional Scottish artists and international enable OBANLIVE to further grow; attracting new superstars and entertains around 8,000 music lovers audiences from outwith the area, and in turn at the famous Mossfield Stadium. It was created delivering economic benefits for Oban and the following the success of Skerryvore’s tenth region.” anniversary concert DECADE and is still run by two of the band members and brothers, Daniel and Martin Enabling existing events to expand what they offer Gillespie. visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of This year’s line-up includes Skipinnish, Irish rock the ways that National Funding Programme support is band Hermitage Green and festival favourites used to help regional events continue to flourish and Skerryvore. The event experience is also enhanced grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s with Fringe events in the town, VIP packages, welloverall events portfolio – a major contributor to our stocked bars, amazing food vendors and unique national economy. merchandise.

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This is the concert’s third year of funding through EventScotland’s National Programme Fund and is one www.facebook.com/obanlive www.facebook.com/obanlive of 12 events from across ten local authorities in

Oban Live Director Daniel Gillespie (left) and VisitScotland Regional Director David Adams McGilp (right) are joined by Oban High School Pipe band at North Pier Pontoons to launch the new Oban Live marketing campaigns.

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Hebridean Celtic Festival - Year of Young People

Hebcelt Stage Is Set For Iona After Contest Win Stornoway :: 18-21 July :: www.hebceltfest.com TICKETS @ www.hebceltfest.com/booking/

The multi award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival is helping one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers to take the 'Next Steps' to stardom. Iona Fyfe, 20, from Aberdeenshire, combines contemporary folk music with traditional Doric and Scots songs, has a number of high-profile appearances under her belt, including performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Aberdeen Music Hall and a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.

Iona Fyfe has won a coveted slot on HebCelt’s Islands Stage after winning the festival’s An Ath Cheum (Next Steps) contest, aimed at finding the best young artists or band, aged between 18 and 25, during the Year of Young People :: www.ionafyfe.com

She has now won a coveted slot on HebCelt’s Islands Stage after winning the festival’s An Ath Cheum (Next Steps) contest, aimed at finding the best young artists or band, aged between 18 and 25, during the Year of Young People. Iona, who moved from Huntly to Glasgow when she was 17 to study traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was chosen from 21 acts who submitted information and performance video and recordings to the HebCelt judges. She will share the Islands Stage bill on Friday, 20 July with Roddy Woomble, frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, as well as Canadian acts Vishtèn and the Yves Lambert Trio and new Glasgow-based band Kinnaris Quintet. She also wins £500 expenses and a day recording at Black Bay Studio, which opened last year on the island of Great Bernera, off Lewis and has already produced records for acts from around the world as well as local musicians including Willie Campbell, Jane Hepburn, Josie Duncan and Colin Macleod. Iona said: “It’s lovely to win. I’ve heard so many good things about HebCelt and I’m excited to bring my music and band over to a new audience.” HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We had a fabulous set of entries from across Scotland and beyond and we were blown away by the extremely high standard of the artists. “However, Iona stood out amid these highquality submissions and we are excited to have her join the festival line-up this year.” Iona has won a number of ballad and bothy ballad competitions and was a Scots Singer of the Year nominee at last year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards as well as a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Her debut album, ‘Away From My Window’, was premiered at a sold-out Celtic Connections performance this year. She is currently in her third year studying traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and recently gained a Fellowship from London College of Music in Traditional Scots Voice. Her HebCelt appearance will be included in a hectic touring schedule in the UK, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Canada.

She is also touring with the TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland) Young Trad Tour and will start working on a debut duo EP with fellow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student, Cameron Nixon, from Aberdeen.

accessible to all types of audiences. “We haven’t played many gigs in the west of Scotland, so I’m really looking forward to bringing music from the new album over to Lewis.”

“It’s pretty difficult making time to record and tour whilst studying, but the Conservatoire is very supportive of all the students”, she said.

The 2018 HebCelt is being held from 18-21 July in Stornoway and will be headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skippinish and Roddy Woomble. Day tickets “We’ve been exceptionally lucky to be booked at for HebCelt are available exclusively from festivals, such as Lorient Interceltic Festival in the festival website. Brittany and Folk am Neckar in Germany, as well as a busy touring schedule in other countries. www.hebceltfest.com “The Doric and Scots ballads travel well and, through introductions and delivery, can be

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The Shires To Headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions In August With Newton Faulkner, Catherine McGrath + Andy Brown Also Joining Jam-Packed Artist Bill Edinburgh :: 6 to 19 August :: www.smmrsessions.com TICKETS @ www.smmrsessions.com/edinburgh/tickets

Taking place during the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Summer Sessions’ headliners are; Sir Tom Jones, Bastille, The Shires, Rag’N’Bone Man, Paloma Faith, Kasabian and Brian Wilson. Set to be part of music festival history, these acts will take to the stage in one of the most beautiful live music locations in the world; the Ross Bandstand, with the breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle from the 6th– 19th August 2018. This new era in Scotland’s music scene provides a unique music strand to Edinburgh’s Fringe and adds to the capital’s already bustling electric atmosphere in the month of August. Already breaking records as Britain’s biggestselling country music act, The Shires will add another string to their bow as one of the first artists to headline the first ever Edinburgh Summer Sessions. The duo became the first English artists signed to a major label in the unparalleled home of country, Nashville and their second album became the UK’s fastest selling

The Shires :: www.facebook.com/theshiresuk country album ever. The Shires’ latest release, third album Accidentally On Purposehit No.2 in the UK Charts, and in 2017 they became the first UK act to win a prestigious Country Music Association award. They will bring hits including ‘Guilty’ and ‘Beats To Your Rhythm’ for an unforgettable set at Edinburgh Summer Sessions. Ever-evolving singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will make his debut at Edinburgh Summer Sessions, joining The Shires and Catherine McGrath on 11th August. Storming onto the scene with a debut album which went double-platinum, Newton Faulkner has subsequently built a career spanning over a decade and five albums later continues to surprise audiences and reinvent himself with sixth album Hit The Ground Running. Newton Faulkner’s songs seem made for a summer evening at Edinburgh Summer Sessions and the star’s return to the city is sure to be a highlight of the festival.

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 legends of the music scene such as Sir Tom Jones and Brian Wilson, to some of the best young talent around like The LaFontaines and Catherine McGrath, Edinburgh Summer Sessions has something for everyone and the festival’s debut is not to be missed in August 2018. Fans should stay tuned to smmrsessions.com / @smmrsessions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more announcements coming soon.

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Set to release her debut album in July 2018, Catherine McGrath is a rising star in the country music scene, with the Irish singer-songwriter making waves around the UK and beyond. From learning to play the guitar from her grandmother to discovering country music through none other than Taylor Swift, and after only a few months in the industry, Catherine was soon writing in the home of country music, Nashville. At only 20 years old, Catherine McGrath is currently on her biggest headline tour to date and has all the makings of a true hitmaker with soulful songs like ‘Say You Love Me’ and ‘Talk of This Town’ in her set.

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Andy Brown recently went solo following huge success with chart-topping band Lawson. The country singer-songwriter recently collaborated with Chrissie Rhodes of The Shires with single ‘Landslide’. Andy Brown is a welcomed addition to the The Shires, Newton Faulkner and Catherine McGrath line-up who are sure to bring the good vibes to the capital at this year’s

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Showcasing Scotland at The Great Escape 2018 in Brighton Brighton :: 17-19 May :: www.greatescapefestival.com

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018 - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

styles on offer. Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, agrees: “We’ve got incredible musical talent in Scotland, and it would be unfair to keep it just to ourselves. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with The Great Escape and present two Scottish Showcases in Brighton, giving the best of our emerging acts a springboard to launch into the UK, Europe and beyond. There’s an impressive range of styles and genres on offer amongst these nine acts, all of whom are ready to move up to the next level in the industry.” One of the key international music industry events, taking place in Brighton 17 -19 May, The Great Escape will present indiepop, rock, R&B, hip hop, electronica, and experimental psychedelia – all from just nine incredible Scottish acts on the rise.

Creative Scotland and Born to be Wide will host an international networking reception on Thursday 17 May at the Old Ship Hotel in What’s most impressive about The Great Escape Brighton, at which Scottish music industry 2018’s Scottish contingent isn’t just the delegates and musician will make direct contact quality – though Bossy Love, Colonel Mustard with key international music industry figures. & The Dijon 5, Declan Welsh & The “Wide Days and our Born To Be Wide musicDecadent West, Happy Meals, LUCIA, business seminar evenings, have a long track Rascalton, The Ninth Wave, The Spook record of bringing the international industry to School and The Vegan Leather and are all fantastic – but the sheer diversity of sounds and Scotland,” co-director Born to be Wide says Olaf Furniss. “Our partnership with Creative Scotland provided a fantastic opportunity to build on this work at one of Europe’s biggest events. There was a genuine interest in and excitement about the Scottish music scene at last year's reception that attracted over 300 delegates from more than 20 countries.”

13:45: The Vegan Leather 14:30: LUCIA 15:30: The Ninth Wave Friday 18 May (doors 12:00) One Church, Gloucester Pl, Brighton, BN1 4AA 12:30: Declan Welsh and the Decadent West 13:30: Happy Meals 14:30: Bossy Love 15:30: Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 Showcasing Scotland sets will be additional to the artists’ official Great Escape shows and will offer those attending further opportunities to see Scottish artists at The Great Escape 2018. The festival will also see performances from other Scottish emerging talent, including West Lothian singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, Dunfermline indie pop quintet Dancing on Tables, raucous Clackmannanshire gang VIDA, melodic Edinburgh indie rockers Vistas and Glaswegian pop duo Love Sick. Ahead of the festival, on Wednesday 16 May, rising stars of the Scottish alternative scene WuhOH, Pronto Mama and Man of Moon will also play at Hope and Ruin - 1-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA.

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Showcasing Scotland concerts, hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, will take place on Thursday 17 May (Horatio's Bar) and Friday 18 May (One Church).

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Thursday 17 May (doors 12:00) Horatio's Bar, Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW 12:15: The Spook School 13:00: Rascalton

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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS to be included in our festival listings email details to: musicnewsscotland@gmail.com MAY 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 trio, The Once, are all heading to the 36th annual festival in May. www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

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 www.killinmusicfestival.com and are selling fast! www.killinmusicfestival.com

Riverside Rock

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. www.hiddendoorblog.org

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 chosen charity and other organisations around the Scottish Borders. Children’s Entertainment includes, Laser Quest, Inflatables of all sorts, Climbing Walls, Wrecking Ball, Kids Fun Fair Rides and much more. Kids entertainment is free for under 18’s from 12pm till 6pm. You’ll not find a better value family festival anywhere in Scotland, Riverside Rock is the place to be. www.riversiderock.co.uk

JUNE

XpoNorth Festival

Hidden Door Festival

Live By The Loch

Inverness 27-28 June Scotland's leading creative industries festival XpoNorth's live music showcase takes place across various Inverness venues and boasts a diverse selection of Scottish artists including Annie Booth, Beta Waves, Tamzene, Zoe Graham plus many more. www.xponorth.co.uk

Cumbernauld 2 June Broadwood: Live by the Loch will welcome some of the best Scottish musical talent for a jampacked night of entertainment. Only a 20minute drive from the centre of Glasgow, with easy bus and train links to and from the city, this brand-new festival is the latest event to be announced on the Scottish traditional music TRNSMT 2018 scene. Glasgow www.nlleisure.co.uk 29 June-1 July and 6+8 July TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2018 and will be extending its music offering Oban Live across two weekends on 29 June – 1 July plus 6 Oban and 8 July, and now festival organisers DF 8-9 June Concerts have confirmed the first headliner Liam Oban Live was created following the open-air Gallagher will play Glasgow Green on Saturday concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th anniversary 30 June, joined by fellow British stars celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that Courteeners, Wolf Alice and J Hus. attracted 6,000 people from all over the world to www.trnsmtfest.com Oban. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe events. Details for early bird Oban Live 2018 Stonehaven Folk Festival tickets will be announced soon on Oban Live’s social media channels. Stonehaven www.obanlive.com 5-8 July Stonehaven Folk Festival celebrates its 30th Festival this year. Organisers are planning a Arran Folk Festival number of special events to mark this milestone including a special festival launch night on 23 Arran March. The pretty North East coastal town of 8-10 June Stonehaven comes alive with a vibrant mix of The 24th Arran Folk Festival line up has now traditional and contemporary “Folk” music and been revealed and all tickets are on sale. The song. Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Singarounds, organisers have a recurring knack of having Workshops and fun things to do. some great names in the Folk world contact them and ask to come and play at the Arran Folk www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk Festival and once again they've put together an impressive array of renowned musicians. Tiree Music Festival www.facebook.com/ArranEvents Isle of Tiree 13-15 July Killin Music Festival TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From the Killin stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, 15-17 June camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Killin Music Festival delivers a weekend packed Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an from start to finish with top-of-their-game

JULY

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. www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

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. www.hebceltfest.com

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’. www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

Edinburgh Summer Sessions Edinburgh 6-19 August Set to be part of music festival history, acts will take to the stage in one of the most beautiful live music locations in the world; the Ross Bandstand, with the breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. This new era in Scotland’s music scene provides a unique music strand to Edinburgh’s Fringe. www.smmrsessions.com

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. www.partyatthepalace.co.uk

Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway 30 Aug - 1 Sept Electric Fields, Scotland’s best small festival, has announced that Public Service Broadcasting, RIDE, The Horrors, Hollie Cook, Dream Wife, The Orielles, Halo Maud, Feet, Makeness, WomenSaid and Scope will be joining them at this year’s festival. www.electricfieldsfestival.com

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