Scotland's contemporary music

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  • The band Skerryvore perform live at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
    King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
  • KT Tunstall performing at the Outsider Festival, Rothiemurcus, Aviemore
    KT Tunstall performing at the Outsider Festival, Rothiemurcus, Aviemore
  • The crowd at the main stage at T in the Park, Balado
    T in the Park, Balado

Scotland’s contemporary music scene offers something for everyone, supporting new talent and attracting some of the biggest international stars.

Scotland’s exciting contemporary music scene features events and festivals across the country which attract international artists and nurture the Scottish stars of the future. Check out the great range of gigs across the country.

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is one of the leading lights of the country’s contemporary music scene, with over 130 events taking place throughout the city each week. There is everything from large scale arena tours in the SSE Hydro to the restored O2 Academy art deco theatre, and the intimate musical experience of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, one of the best small gig venues in the world. Many leading bands and artists start out there, so head along to hear some of the best unsigned talent around.

Discover Scotland’s brilliant summer live music festivals. T in the Park at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire attract the biggest names in music including Coldplay, Kasabian, Calvin Harris and The Arctic Monkeys. The numerous festival stages give you the opportunity to indulge in all styles of music as well as enjoy both established acts and emerging bands and artists. Family-friendly festivals, such as The Wickerman in Dumfries & Galloway and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival near Loch Ness, also offer a great bill of household names along with many quirky activities and fun arts and crafts.

Contemporary folk music in Scotland is also thriving, with the Celtic Connections festival celebrating traditional and world music every January with bands including the Peatbog Faeries and Salsa Celtica.

Whatever your style of music, make sure to join in during your time in Scotland.

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