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Music Festivals in Scotland

Selection of music festivals throughout Scotland


The Insider Festival, Aviemore

The Insider Festival, Aviemore will be back in 2015 .

True to its name the Insider Festival is all about small, idiosyncratically-named stages tucked away in the woods of the Inshriach Estate. A small crowd and a high number of artists, makes this event a celebration of music, food and performance. A perfect choice for those who are uncomfortable with festival crowds.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Aberdeen Jazz festival will feature over 30 bands that will perform at free and ticketed events across the city. Topping the bill are Ruby Turner, the soul sensation voice of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra; Mud Morganfield, eldest son of legendary bluesman, Muddy Waters; and the powerhouse saxophonist, Courtney Pine.

Yn Chruinnaght Interceltic Festival

Yn Chruinnaght literally means 'the gathering' and is a celebration of Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

Scribbler's Picnic

The Scribbler's Picnic is one of the highlights of Stirling's live music scene and is always a cracking day out. This year promises to better than ever with a great list of acts, loads of stalls, fun and games. Scribblers is raising money for 5 cancer charities.

Celtic Connections

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

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.

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.

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.

Marymass folk festival

the 47th Marymass folk festival features concerts, sessions, an open stage competition, events in schools, community concerts and not forgetting two World Championships.

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.

MOBO Awards

Mobo Awards is the hottest urban music event that showcases the finest selection of established and up-and-coming national and international MOBO Music acts.

Fife Jazz Festival

Fife Jazz Festival is a three day musical feast that brings together a range of music including nostalgic melodies, blue-rocks, R&B and jazz orchestras among others.

Isle of Mull Music Festival

The Mull Music Festival takes place largely in the  public houses spread around the island. Musicians and groups from all over Scotland participate in this event, which will make the other wise quiet island lively with musical notes.

Moniaive Folk Festival

Moniaive probably has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. And with a sizeable group of traditional musicians living in the village and surrounding countryside our pub sessions are amongst the finest.
Sessions, piping competitions, workshops, and more.

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