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Music Festivals in Scotland

Selection of music festivals throughout Scotland

Lanark Music Connections

Folk, blues and rock rub shoulders at this mix of local talent and more well-known artists that includes jam sessions, open mic events and workshops. Drever McGuire Young (Ivan Drever, Frank McGuire and Rich Young) and Patsy Matheson are confirmed so far, while the Foundry Stage showcases new music. Even better, most gigs are completely free.

Fyvie Homecoming Festival

It is a 3-day festival of music and dance that will give teh spectators a glimpse of the rich culture of North East Scotland. Some of teh attractions include  pipe bands, folk music, a fiddle concert, jazz and a ballad bus tour. The opening event of a Scottish night with full traditional Burns Supper is another attraction.

Apart from the popular event of  'open village' on Saturday and the Gala on Sunday at Fyvie Castle, there will be commercial stalls selling local produce, and a family research centre that will remain open all through the day.

The Peerie Willie Guitar Festival

Dedicated to the memory of Shetland jazz guitarist William Johnson, the Peerie Willie Guitar Festival celebrates traditional guitar music in all its forms, with a particular emphasis on the jazz guitar accompaniment style that Johnson pioneered.


Annual music festival to help fund educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in the poorest and most remote regions of Nepal.

Ceol Cholasa Music Festival

The secluded nature of the Isle of Colonsay lends itself to an intimate folk festival, which is a firm favourite with many touring musicians.

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

A high quality artistic programme that brings Scottish and international musicians together in the unique location of Islay. The festival features a taste of Islay, so watch out for hand-dived scallops, crabs, chocolates, homebaking and of course, Lagavulin


Scotfest, the annual one day festival highlighting the amazing talent based in Scotland, food & drink, craft, design and live music.

Douglasdale Folk Festival

An interesting festival that celebrates different varieties of acoustic music, workshops in various instruments and more intimate pub sessions.

Tarbert Music Festival

Tarbert is still mainly a free festival thanks to the sponsorship and is a great opportunity for music lovers to enjoy some fine music.

Lockerbie Jazz Festival

Big band music, contemporary jazz and some very hot jazz and blues featuring a host of leading Scottish and international musicians. The centrepiece of the weekend is the Take Five programme, which offers five hours of jazz and blues on three stages in the centre of Lockerbie.

Glasgow Americana

Blues, country and folk fest following in the footsteps of the fondly remembered Big Big Country festival.

Cumnock Music Festival

2013 marks ten years of this local multi-arts festival. Mixing music, art, comedy, poetry and a popular carnival, the bill includes Les Mc Ewan's Legendary Bay City Rollers, Talon: The Best of the Eagles, Phil Collins and Koda.

Feis na Mara

A predominantly traditional music festival, with a roster of live bands, most of which have a local connection, workshops, a family dance and impromptu sessions in the pubs.

Ullapool Guitar Festival

An event for guitar lovers that includes a combination of workshops, concerts, late night sessions and a trade fair with several top manufacturers of bespoke guitars.

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

A long weekend of jazz and blues music with specks of touch of soul and rock'n'roll to give a diverse musical experience, enjoy a jazz cruise on Loch Katrine or soak up the beautiful surroundings. If you can play or sing, the  open mic jam session will surely be of interest to you.

Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival

Cowalfest, Scotland's largest walking festival, is now also a major arts festival with a 10-day programme of walks, arts, cultural and social events

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy

A week-long summer school and festival celebrating the music and the musicians that have led Shetland to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed fiddle playing regions.

East Dunbartonshire Arts Festival

An eclectic programme of arts and music that extends over five-weeks. The events will be taking place at arts venues, public buildings, craft workshops, hotels, pubs, Cafes and theatres across East Dunbartonshire, taking the event through the villages and towns before the grand finale at Mugdock Country Park with the week-long music festival.

St Andrews Voices

The focus is on the voice for this eclectic festival of voice-led music drawn from opera, Lieder, folk, jazz, early music and contemporary genres.

Perthshire Amber Festival

Now into the 10th year, this festival features a full lineup of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests.

Perthshire Amber

Experience the best of contemporary songs along with folk, traditional songs in this interesting 10 day event, which has evolved to be an important event in Scotland's musical calendar.

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass, Old Timey, Americana and Gospel music in Moniaive, the beautiful music village of Southwest Scotland. 2014 will offer  top-class bands, workshops and more.

Skye Swing & Jazz Festival

Skye's first Swing and Jazz festival in different locations around the Island. Looks like it will be great fun!  The festival includes  swing, big band, jitterbug and jive showcasing new and established stars in the Scottish jazz world. This years festival has a 1920's theme.

The Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival

The largest of its kind in Scotland with an extensive programme of performances, seminars and competitions, as well as a trade exhibition. The Performances will feature an international line-up of artists including Jan Akkerman, Peter Finger, John Doan, Anth Purdy and The Maria Camahort Quintet.

Islay Sessions

A small traditional music festival set to brighten up the otherwise dreary month of November.

The Saltire

The Saltire  is a week-long festival of music, culture and heritage. East Lothian is the birthplace of the Scottish Flag and The Saltire Festival celebrates this fact alongside St Andrew's Day.

Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music festival celebrating the links between Celtic music and cultures across the globe.