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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Tiree Music Festival (pictured) generates ÂŁ1 million for local economy - see page 9 www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

INSIDE: Party at the Palace :: T in the Park :: Southside Fringe :: Tiree Music Festival :: Belladrum :: Carnival Fifty Six :: Wee Dub :: Ullapool Guitar Festival :: Lindisfarne .... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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Party At The Palace Scoops Award For 'Best Outdoor Festival' Linlithgow : 12-13 August : www.partyatthepalace.co.uk Buy tickets @ www.partyatthepalace.co.uk/#tickets It was a fitting end to a hugely successful year for the family friendly boutique festival, which attracted over 15,000 music fans to Linlithgow this summer. The organisers were thrilled to receive the accolade at such a prestigious event.

McEwan’s Party at The Palace has been crowned 'Best Outdoor Festival 2016' by The Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel. www.partyatthepalace.co.uk https://twitter.com/McEwansPATP

“It was great to be recognised for the effort that the whole team has put in. We’re excited and determined to continue to develop and improve all the time and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring.” - John Richardson, Director, Party At The Palace His business partner and co-director Peter Ferguson added “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us and to those who have supported us from day one. It really is an honour to see our hard work paying off. Not just for us, but for everyone who works tirelessly behind the scenes to help us deliver a great event.” The line up for next year has yet to be announced but tickets are already on sale. Party at The Palace 2017 will take place in Linlithgow on 12 and 13 August.

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To the best audience in the world T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have announced the news that their festival will be taking a break in 2017. The partners of 23 years released a statement, which can be read below, to music fans across the world, paying homage to their passion and dedication to T in the Park.

until the next time .............. T in the Park full statement: “To the best audience in the world, For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene – with you, by our side. But for now, sadly, we need to take a break. We launched T in the Park with one aim: to give Scottish music fans an unforgettable weekend with their friends enjoying the best acts from around the globe. And to say we achieved this together is an understatement. T in the Park has become one of the best known, biggest and most loved festivals in the world. When we launched back in 1994 there were only two music festivals in the UK - now there are many and T in the Park paved the way for all that have come and gone in Scotland since. We created more than just a festival; we created a family and decades of wonderful memories.

https://youtu.be/FquY6MGXg8w compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place.

their experience is too great. We now need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and As the build up to the festival was well underway deserve." we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full Until the next time… Planning Permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest. T in the Park ..... A tribute to the end of this The constraints – logistically and financially chapter in musical history can be viewed at that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable. We tried our best to https://youtu.be/FquY6MGXg8w and DF work with the pressures placed upon the site by Concerts and Tennent’s Lager would once again like to thank each and every person who has However, the last couple of years have had their bringing in an additional team and fixing the first supported T in the Park since its inception in year traffic issues, but ultimately we’re not in challenges. Against our will, and despite a 1994. control of the overall site layout and the prolonged fight, we were forced to move from continued restrictions means that the negative Balado, Kinross in 2015. This move was a www.facebook.com/tinthepark impact on our fans and the limitations placed on https://twitter.com/Tinthepark mammoth task for the event and one that was

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Southside Fringe 2017 Application Launch

'GET DOWN TO THE GET GO!' Event producers, venue managers, local businesses, community organisations and volunteers – everyone is welcome to join us for a fun and informative evening with a Q&A session, and free drinks and nibbles.

and join the Southside Fringe family!

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Live entertainment comes from Rachel Kelly and David Crawford, Samuel Logan and Frazer Logan, Wonderful Exile, and headliners The Grasping Skinflints.

Would you like to get involved in the Southside Fringe 2017? Come along to The Get Go! our official information and sign-up event and find out how you can be part of the biggest community organised festival in Glasgow.

The Southside Fringe is now gearing up for its 5th year, building on the success of 2016 which saw 50 venues hosting more than 200 events over the sixteen days of the festival. Each year the Southside Fringe has grown and 2017 will be no different. We are looking for all kinds of entertainment events to be part of the festival – Theatre, Music. Comedy, Art, Cabaret, Spoken Word, Family, Heritage, Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Film, and Literary/Books. The Fringe has a well-deserved reputation for quality, creativity and quirky events. In the past we’ve had a fashion show staged in an empty swimming pool and a dog show for dogs, so no well-planned events are too off the wall for us.

It's taking place on Wednesday, 30 November @ Over the past 5 years we have enjoyed 7.30pm in Fringe HQ, Art Village, Shawlands tremendous support from local artists, venues Shopping Centre. and the wider Southside community. Come along

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TMF Generates £1million the mns For Tiree & Argyll in 2016 collection …. Tiree : 14-16 July : www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

Next ticket release in early 2017 @ http://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/ Tiree Music Festival (TMF) has released details of the annual visitor survey and economic impact report for the festival. Independently conducted by Stirling based MKA Economics, the report on the 2016 festival has highlighted that TMF generated an economic impact of £951,117 – an overall increase of 51% on the 2015 event. The report also states that if taking multiplier effects into account, it is likely that the economic impact of the event has "surpassed the £1million mark for the first time."

as a whole. The achievements of the festival were raised at the House of Commons in an Early Day Motion by Mr O’Hara. 750 early bird tickets for TMF 2017 went on sale on Sunday 27 November, and once again they sold out in just a few hours. More information on the next ticket release in early 2017 and the full economic impact report can be found at www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk Calmac Ferry Schedule - We have been communicating constantly with CalMac regarding a review of the sailings in 2016 and the plans for 2017. All parties recognise that the schedule on the Monday post-festival did not work and the schedule being planned for 2017 will address these issues. The 2017 schedule will be announced very soon by CalMac. Once we receive it we will post it on the website and via our social media channels.

https://youtu.be/0-cr9BFAYss click here to watch TMF 2016 highlights

It is another incredible achievement by the festival that was only formed in 2010 yet has grown rapidly to become a multi-award winning event that has recently once again been crowned the ‘Best Small Event in Scotland’ at the Scottish Event Awards in October.

Thanks for making TMF the best small event in Scotland!

After two tough years of weather, it was a real boost to the team to be awarded 'Best Small Event in Scotland' for the 3rd time at the Scottish Event Awards. A huge thanks to our attendees, the amazing TMF volunteers and the amazing artists and staff. To enjoy the memories, here is a video of the highlights of TMF 2016 @ https://youtu.be/0-cr9BFAYss

TMF 2017 will be held on the 14–16 July 2017 and the festival capacity is 2000 – nearly 4 times the Brenda O’Hara MSP recently described the festival as population of the island! a “cultural coup for the island” commending the directors and team behind the festival for their www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk commitment to the social enterprise event and its https://twitter.com/TireeMusicFest importance to the tourism industry of Argyll & Bute www.facebook.com/Tiree-Music-Festival

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Bella Announces Franz Ferdinand As Saturday Night Headliner + KT Tunstall As Main Support Beauly, Inverness-shire :: 3-5 August 2017 :: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk Buy tickets @ www.skiddle.com/festivals/belladrum/?sktag=12774

Glasgow rock band Franz Ferdinand is announced to headline the Saturday night of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (3-5 August August; Beauly, Inverness-shire) as a 2017 Scottish festival exclusive. And Scotland’s KT Tunstall will support them on Bella’s main stage.

Franz Ferdinand :: www.facebook.com/officialfranzferdinand Formed in 2002, Franz Ferdinand have won a multitude of awards including the Mercury Price, Ivor Novello and Brit and NME awards amongst others. The second of their five albums to date, ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ charted at No 1 in the UK. KT Tunstall from St Andrews, also a Mercury Prize nominee and multiaward winner, has released five albums. “This is the first time Franz Ferdinand has played Bella and we are totally delighted to welcome them to our stage,” said promoter Joe Gibbs. “I couldn’t think of a better act to close out the festival. And we are thrilled to be welcoming KT back. She played Bella before as an unannounced special guest but we are pleased to have properly on the bill this time.”

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Bella patrons will need a three day ticket to see justannounced Sister Sledge headline the Garden main stage on the Thursday night. The Philadelphia sisters have charted in the UK since 1975 with hits like ‘We Are

Family’ and ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, working successfully with Nile Rogers and Chic. Also announced for the main stage are Glasgow’s Col Mustard & The Dijon 5. Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 0800 again after this year’s successful effort to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion. Arenas will open from 1300 on the Thursday. When buying tickets on-line with Skiddle, Bella patrons are being given an opportunity to contribute to the Archie Foundation, a charity which is helping to improve children’s hospital facilities in the Highlands. Bella sold out in record time again in 2016 for the eighth year in a row so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment. Printed Bella tickets are available from our usual retail outlets. These include: Inverness – The Ironworks, Eden Court Box Office, Caffery’s and Hootananny’s; Dingwall – Sweet Treats; Edinburgh and Glasgow – TicketsScotland; Aberdeen – Aberdeen Performing Arts; Elgin – Sound & Vision; Beauly – Morrisons; Kiltarlity Post office. E-tickets are on sale via the festival website at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk and via www.skiddle.com. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Invernessshire. 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’.

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Dundee has a new festival ...... Carnival Fifty Six @ Camperdown Dundee :: 12-13 August :: www.carnivalfiftysix.co.uk Pre-register for tickets @ www.carnivalfiftysix.co.uk/pre-register/

A new festival called 'CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX' has been announced for Dundee in August to introduce it here's a run down of plans and thoughts by the organisers ... What, Where and When: Normally this is where you would find the corporate speech written in jargon and clichés. We didn’t want to bore you with four line sentences and unnecessarily long words, so we’re going to tell you what you actually want to know.

Come rain, shine or WWIII, Carnival Fifty Six will set up camp (see what we did there) and give you the best weekend of your summer. Is it an actual carnival? Carnival Fifty Six is not the type of carnival you’re thinking of – there won’t be lots of rides, or circus tents, or clowns. Killer clowns though, who knows where the craze will be next year… You never know, there could be a collective career change to stewarding festivals. The reason we chose carnival is because the C56 Team really like the words original meaning – an annual festival involving dancing and music. And when you hear Carnival Fifty Six we want you to imagine parades, music, dancing and culture. We could say that fifty six’s origins trace back to a deep, philosophical meaning but no one likes a liar. Fifty six is the Northern coordinate of Camperdown Park. It also looks pretty damn cool in our logo.

The festival will boast a stupendous (come on, we needed at least one unnecessary word) line-up over the weekend, celebrating music, comedy and culture. Our stages and tents will So, let’s start with what I know will be your first be home to some of music’s biggest names, comedians that make you cry lol’ing, question – what is Carnival Fifty Six? and lots of local talent showcasing their brilliant Simply, we are Scotland’s newest music festival, skills. coming to Camperdown Park on the 12th and Essentially, Carnival Fifty Six is an annual 13th of August 2017. With the uncertainty of Brexit and the impending doom surrounding the festival held on the 56° North grid line in US Presidential Elections, we thought we would Dundee. give you something to look forward to in 2017.

The City’s Park: Here at C56 HQ we all have our own links to Camperdown, some of us having grown up with it as our extended back garden, while for others the park became their favourite place to walk puppers. Radio 1s Big Weekend came to Dundee just over a decade ago. 28,000 people came to Camperdown Park over the two days and it was a resounding success. However, since 2006 Dundee has been missing an event of the same attendance, grandeur and magnitude. There's a gap in the market, and we’re not only are we going to fill it, we’re going to firmly stamp our mark on the festival scene. We didn’t chose Camperdown just because we all love it or that the park worked so wonderfully for the Big Weekend. Fundamentally, Camperdown is beautiful, vast, well known and loved within the city. The 400 acres are home to gorgeous parkland, many species of trees, including the Camperdown Elm (a tree discovered in the park between 1835-1840 – who knew!?), two bears and a peacock. With its Wildlife Centre and numerous events held throughout the year, the park is an all-round favourite in Tayside. And it is the perfect setting for our festival. We are so excited for you all to join us there in August 2017.

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Wee Dub Festival's annual WEE DUB HOGMANAY Edinburgh : 31 December : www.weedubfestival.co.uk Buy tickets @ www.weedubfestival.co.uk/tickets/

The Wee Dub festival has announced details of their famous annual Hogmanay bash - the WEE DUB HOGMANAY! This is Scotland's biggest NYE celebration for roots and soundsystem heads is back over two floors featuring a heavyweight line-up covering reggae, jungle, dancehall, tropical and beyond.

Vadim, Ninja Tune hip-hop stalwart turned globetrotting reggae don. His recent "Dubcatcher" albums have confirmed his status one of the top dubwise producers, and his DJ sets, honed over a career of 20 years, are incendiary. He is joined on the mic by Bristol’s J-Man. Also on the bill, London junglist King Yoof (Chopstick Dubplate) combines with cult Dreadzone MC Spee, Escape Roots and Tom Spirals play a live dub set, and Electrikal Soundsystem provide bass and dubplates. Upstairs, Samedia Shebeen install their tropical den and provide afrobeats, latin and global dance sounds all night. Wee Dub Hogmanay is the choice for anyone looking for good vibes, heavy bass and nice people!

GIGnotes ..... Saturday 31st December, 10pm 5am at Studio 24, Calton Road, Edinburgh. Advance Tickets: Tier 2: £15+BF (On Sale Now) / Tier 3: £20+BF from www. The event has drawn of 600 people for the last 3 weedubfestival.co.uk/tickets years and continues to be one of the best loved NYE events in Edinburgh’s calendar, known for a www.weedubfestival.co.uk good honest vibe and no drunken nonsense. https://twitter.com/WeeDubFestival www.facebook.com/weedubfestival This year's bill is topped by the legendary DJ

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Ullapool Guitar Festival

2017 tickets now on sale! Ullapool : 6-8 October 2017 : www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com Buy tickets @ www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com

Ullapool Guitar Festival (UGF) took place in October with an impressive line-up and a real mix of artists. As an added bonus to the large numbers who made the trip to Ullapool the weather over the Festival weekend was excellent with sunshine throughout.

Rose Room featuring Seonagh Aitken, Tom Watson, Tam Gallagher and Jimmy Moon

"Winging it" now known as Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie played a storming Festival set and did a stellar job running the late night Festival club in the Arch Inn.

Festival founder Richard Lindsay said:

again thank you for supporting the Festival."

"The excellent line-up attracted the largest audiences UGF has ever had at the Festival so thank you for all your support. There were so many outstanding performances throughout the weekend it is difficult to single out any particular performances, however I thought Sean Shibe's interpretation of the piece written especially for the Festival by Clive Carroll was outstanding, Clives' own performance and also that of Richard Smith, Remi Harris and Roseroom were brilliant.

Now due to popular demand UGF 2017 weekend tickets are on sale far earlier than normal. Weekend tickets cost ÂŁ150 each and that gets you in to everything; all workshops, Late Night Festival Club in the Arch Inn and all five concerts. Prices remain the same again for next year and that they make fabulous Christmas presents! Send cheques made payable to 'Ullapool Guitar Festival' to Richard Lindsay at West House, 21 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Highland IV26 2TY. If you would like to pay by I also thought that John Smiths' performance on money transfer then contact Richard - email Saturday night demonstrated a wonderful details on 'tickets' weblink at top of page. maturity in his song writing and performance abilities. Ullapool Guitar Festival 2017 takes place from 68 October 2017. Richard Lindsay "My big problem is how do I put together another Festival as good as 2016. I www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com have a number of ideas and as and when I get https://twitter.com/@ully_guitar_fes confirmations I will of course let you know. Once www.facebook.com/The-Ullapool-Guitar-Festival-201560546591552

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Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Festival shortlisted for National Award as Early Bird Tickets for 2017 released Beal Farm, Northumberland :: 31 August - 3 September :: www.lindisfarnefestival.com Buy tickets @ www.lindisfarnefestival.com/index.php/2017-tickets

Lindisfarne Festival, which is held at Beal Farm overlooking Holy Island, has been shortlisted for best Grass Roots Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2016, following a phenomenal second year in September 2016. The over 18’s event which has enjoyed year on year growth of 30% in revenue and footfall are also releasing their first wave of early bird tickets for the 2017 event on Monday 28th November, the same day they will find out if they have won the coveted award. The annual UK Festival Awards, sees the cream of British festivals being recognised for hard work, vision and creativity in what has been an exceptionally challenging year for the industry. The Grass Roots Festival Award recognises the courage, commitment and often personal

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sacrifice invested by their organisers, but also celebrates their dedication to retain the authenticity of their festival brand keeping them close to their original roots, supporting local communities and new music whilst maintaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation. Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival said; “As a young, independent festival, it is an honour to be shortlisted alongside some of UK’s most established events. In just two years, we have come a long way from a concept to now being recognised as not only the number one music festival in the North East but also a wellregarded player on the UK festival scene. I won’t sugar-coat it; it’s been a hell of a tough

ride to get here. Last year was a struggle for both ourselves and the festival industry on the whole. The industry is changing, as we see many festivals unfortunately pulling the plug (eg: Wickerman, Down to the Woods) and others such as T in the Park forced to take a year or so off. We almost had no choice but to sell-out in order to push ahead but on deep reflection we feel our team, our festival-goers and our region deserves better than a corporate driven, money-hungry, festival monster. That’s not what Lindisfarne Festival is about. Lindisfarne Festival is all about creating community and providing a safe & fun place where people can get together, escape the dayto-day, and immerse themselves in new experiences and great music (across 6 stages) in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have turned down big investment from corporates so that we can maintain our much loved grass-roots vibe and hope to continue to grow organically year-on-year, by listening and learning from our customers and getting bigger and better as we go.” Conleth added; “The first batch of early bird tickets for the 2017 event go on sale on Monday 28th November and we are encouraging people to buy early- not only to save money, but to enable us to secure the best acts and deliver the best line up possible.” Lindisfarne Festival 2017 takes place 31st August – 3rd September. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available at only £65 for the weekend (Fri – Sun) and £75 for the full festival (Thurs – Sun), saving up to £25 on facevalue tickets which will be priced at £99 for (Thurs- Sun) tickets and £89 for (Fri- Sun) tickets, which will go on sale in the New Year.

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Darvel Music Festival Darvel, Ayrshire 2-3 December (Also 23-24 Sept) People travel from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas to enjoy the "Darvel Experience" and the event has gained stature amongst the Scottish music fraternity since its inception in 2002. Past and present band members of Texas, The Silencers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Average White Band will be represented at this year’s 15th Darvel Music Festival. www.darvelmusicfestival.org

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APRIL TradFest Edinburgh | Dùn Èideann Edinburgh 26 Apr – 7 May 2017 Experience Scotland Live with a seasonal feast of living traditions and local cultures. Encounter music, storytelling, dance, craft, song and folk drama at venues – indoor and outdoor – across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Rooted in the past yet resonating in the present, TradFest showcases dynamic engagement with Scotland’s History and Heritage as well as providing a platform for up and coming talent in the world of Trad. Look out for the Battle of the Folk Band event as part of the finale performances this year!

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JUNE Solus The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire 23-25 June 2017 Solas Festival is an allage arts festival held in Perthshire from 17 to 19 June, with hip-hop, electro loops and some of the finest folk and roots music you’ll find in a Scottish field: a rich mix of traditions, talents and tastes. Expect an unusual mix of art, music, theatre, comedy, debate and soul-searching. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.

Three days of spectacular events, incredible www.tracscotland.org/tradfest bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe. See Shetland Vikings bearing firelit torches, hear beautiful choral singing in St Giles' Cathedral, enjoy birling to traditional Scottish music in the Old Town, and watch top stars and Southside Fringe incredible fireworks from Princes Street Gardens. Glasgow Edinburgh's Hogmanay shows the world how to 12-18 May 2017 party!

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With their festival programme running from the 12th-28th of May 2017, Southside Fringe is now gearing up for its 5th year. Online event applications launch on the 30th of November, you can register your event via www. southsidefringe.com . Building on the success of 2016 with 50 venues hosting more than 200 Celtic Connections events, Southside Fringe are now putting the call Glasgow out for all kinds of events to be part of next 19 January - 5 February year’s festival – Theatre, Music. Comedy, Art, Cabaret, Spoken Word, Family, Heritage, Food & Celtic Connections 2017 comprises a wealth of Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Film, and Literary/ concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events Books. Closing date for applications, 17 and late night sessions taking place over 18 days February 2017. For more information, contact: across various venues in Glasgow. From corinna@southsidefringe.org.uk Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February 2,100 musicians from across the globe will take www.southsidefringe.com part in 300 events at venues throughout Glasgow, Scotland, for one of the leading annual festivals of world, folk and roots music. The Orkney Folk Festival festival is supported by Glasgow City Council and Orkney Creative Scotland, and delivered by Glasgow 25-28 May 2017 Life. 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, free events, late night One of Scotland’s longest-running folk festivals, sessions and a host of special one-off musical celebrating its 35th outing in 2017, the Orkney collaborations will once again light up the Folk Festival is one of the most prolific events in Scottish winter when Celtic Connections returns. the Scottish and UK folk calendars, and one of

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

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the highlights of Orkney’s diary of community events. An entirely voluntary run event, the festival annually attracts artists from all corners of the folk world - from leading international names to up and coming fresh faces - to Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, for four days of concerts, ceilidhs, clubs, sessions, talks Groove CairnGorm and craic. Artists and audiences are welcomed Cairngorms by and into Orkney’s own thriving folk scene, 25-25 February 2017 with Orcadian artists providing around two thirds Launched last year as the UK’s first resort based of the festival programme. Line-up announced snowsports festival, Groove Cairngorm combined across December-March, with tickets on sale in winter snowsports, along with a selection of DJs April, around six weeks ahead of the event. This and acoustic acts performing over two stages up is relatively close to the festival itself, as the festival consists of around 35 individually the mountain, followed by an Apres-ski party programmed and ticketed events, rather than until the early hours at Badaguish Outdoor offering all-in-one day or weekend tickets. Centre featuring acts including Grandmaster Artists visiting the festival perform on several Flash, Hot Chip and Radio 1’s Monki amongst occasions, though, offering a number of chances many others. to catch them over the weekend.

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ButeFest The Isle of Bute 28-30 July 2017 A three day festival of music, food and fun. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to compile a richly varied and superb line-up that includes both the contemporary and the classic of the music world and runs that gamut from rock to roots and folk to dance. www.butefest.co.uk

AUGUST Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 3-5 August 2017 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

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