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Scotland’s summer music festivals strike a chord

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Enjoy a summer music festival in Scotland. Between April and September, you’ll find an array of colour and music that takes place in some fantastic locations across Scotland. From the grounds of historic castles to magical islands, it’s an unbeatable way to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors.

Check out some of Scotland’s most hotly-anticipated events and music festivals.

 

LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND

18 June 2022

Dalkeith Country Park, Midlothian

Head to Dalkeith Country Park this June for a day of lively 80s tunes and a fabulous line-up of artists in the UK’s largest and favourite retro festival, including Level 42, Angie Brown, Musical Youth, Nick Heyward and more.

Buy tickets for Let’s Rock Scotland

 

Piping Inverness

25 June 2022

Bught Park, Inverness

Making a return to the Highland capital, Piping Inverness will also see the European Pipe Band Championships included in 2022 with hundreds of pipers and drummers from around the world coming together in Bught Park for an exciting array of performances.

Buy tickets for Piping Inverness

 

KELBURN GARDEN PARTY

1 – 4 July 2022

Kelburn Castle and Estate, near Largs, Ayrshire

With this year’s festival set across 7 unique stages, get ready to encounter dance music, folk, plenty of funk and disco, jungle, alt-pop experimental excursions, jazz and blues, intriguing global sounds and more. With the wacky backdrop of graffiti-covered Kelburn Castle, get set for some mind-expanding music. Enjoy music from Niteworks, Nova, Other Lands, The Skints and many more.

Tickets have almost sold out for Kelburn Garden Party

 

DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE

14 – 17 July 2022

Cardross Estate, near Stirling

This festival features five unique stages with dozens of artists showing off their skills and talent across the four days. It’s a feast of colour and sound, where families are welcomed with open arms too. 2022’s line-up includes Amy Macdonald, Tide Lines, Elephant Sessions, Niteworks and more.

Buy tickets for Doune the Rabbit Hole

 

HEBCELT

13 – 16 July 2022

Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Take the ferry or fly to Lewis and you’ll discover that islanders have perfected the art of putting on a festival. Celebrating 25 years on the go, the Hebridean Celtic Festival is once again packed with incredible Scottish, Celtic and grassroots artists, including Hò-Rò, Julie Fowlis, Skipinnish, and Rura, to name a few.

Buy tickets for HebCelt

 

BUTEFEST

29 – 31 July 2022

Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute

One of the most accessible island festivals in Scotland, the brilliant ButeFest can be reached by ferry from Wemyss Bay which is just a 40-minute drive from Glasgow. Keep an eye out for porpoises or seals as you sail into the weekend and get ready for fab musical treats, including MÀNRAN, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Scouting for Girls, Elephant Sessions, and Dead by Monday. One thing’s for certain – you’ll find it very hard to leave this musical island bubble behind!

Buy tickets for ButeFest

 

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL

28 – 30 July 2022

Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Highlands

This well-loved festival has been a huge highlight on the Scottish culture scene since 2004, famous for its family-friendly vibes and massive variety of musical genres. You’ll find yourself dancing and toe-tapping a range of artists, including Emeli Sandé, The Fratellis, Passenger, Van Morrison, Tide Lines, Dreadzone and so many more.

Buy tickets for Belladrum

 

PIPING LIVE!

6 – 14 August 2022

Various venues, Glasgow

Piping Live! brings the world of bagpipes to venues across the city, while the best pipe bands from across the globe will also be heading for Glasgow to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships (12 – 13 August). This week is always a highlight in the piping calendar for performers and fans the world over.

Buy tickets for Piping Live!

 

MULL OF KINTYRE MUSIC FESTIVAL

17 – 21 August 2022

Various venues, Campbeltown

This favourite in the music festival world returns to Campbeltown with its exciting programme of performances, heritage trail walks, pipe bands, folk nights, concerts, ceilidhs and more. Join in with toe-tapping tunes, fascinating stories, memorable songs and incredible chorus singing at the Gaelic Concert, or explore the Heritage Trail Walks, and Young Folk Night.

Buy tickets for Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

 

CONNECT MUSIC FESTIVAL

26 – 28 August 2022

Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh

A new addition to the music scene in Scotland, this live music concert will be held during the prestigious Royal Highland Show in August. Featuring a main stage line up, DJ’s and acts across a further three stages, as well as a wellness area, boutique camping, chefs, VIP experiences and fantastic food & drink, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

Buy tickets for Connect Music Festival

 

Planning ahead

Look out for these music festivals in 2023.

 

SHETLAND FOLK FESTIVAL

27 – 30 April 2023

Various venues, Shetland

After celebrating 40 years of performances, the Shetland Folk Festival will welcome a talented range of some of the best international, British and Shetland musicians. Get ready to have your toes tapping!

Find out more on Shetland Folk Festival

 

BONFEST

28 – 30 April 2023

Kirriemuir, Dundee & Angus

Celebrating the life and music of AC/DC Scottish-born rock legend Bon Scott, this is Scotland’s contribution to the beating heart of rock music. Back with a bang in 2023, prepare yourselves for three days of incredible performances and head-banging tunes.

Find out more on Bonfest

 

ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL

Usually May

Stromness, Orkney

Watch Stromness come alive with fantastic artists and musicians during Orkney Folk Festival. Stay tuned for more details.

Find out more on Orkney Folk Festival

 

THE EDEN FESTIVAL

Usually June

Raehills Meadows, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

This year saw over 250 acts performing across 10 different stages, with a variety of live music, dance, cabaret, burlesque, circus skills, theatre, a children’s area, fun, games and much more!

Find out more on the Eden Festival

 

That was just a snippet of music festivals on offer in Scotland – there’s plenty more where they came from. Once you’ve got tickets for your perfect festival, it’s time to get planning your festival adventure – find travel information and discover what else there is to see and do nearby, including over events & festivals.

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