Scottish music festivals

Enjoy a summer music festival in Scotland. Between January and August, you’ll find an array of colour and music that takes place in some fantastic locations across Scotland. Check out some of Scotland’s most hotly-anticipated events and music festivals.

  1. Celtic Connections Glasgow

    Celtic Connections, Glasgow

    © Glasgow Life / Gaelle Beri

    18 January - 4 February 2024

    This popular Glasgow music festival needs no introduction, Celtic Connections brings Scottish culture and trad music to the heart of Glasgow for over 2 weeks. Previous artists who have graced the stage include The Twilight Sad, Dàimh, Anna Meredith, Karan Casey, CARA, and many more.

  2. Mull Music Festival Isle of Mull

    Een beeld bij Calgary Arts, Isle of Mull

    © VisitScotland / Wild about Argyll / Kieran J Duncan

    26 – 28 April 2024

    Get ready for a weekend of soulful Scottish music, with folk-rock groups, Scottish dance bands, traditional musicians and singers, all taking place on the stunning Isle of Mull on the west coast. Good news, most of the events are usually free.

  3. Shetland Folk Festival Shetland

    Mareel, the UK s most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre.

    2 - 5 May 2024

    After celebrating over 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!

  4. Orkney Folk Festival Stromness, Orkney


    23 – 26 May 2024

    Watch Stromness come alive with fantastic artists and musicians during Orkney Folk Festival. The festival prides itself on being a family-friendly event and offer reduced ticket prices for children under 16.

  5. Islay Festival - Feis Ile Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

    Port Charlotte

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    24 May – 1 June 2024

    The renowned Islay Festival is back for 2024 and is bringing with it a wealth of music, song, dancing, chatting, meeting new people and savouring a dram or two of Islay whisky along the way.

  6. The Eden Festival Raehills Meadows, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

    The Eden Festival

    © Eden Festival

    13 – 16 June 2024

    Kickstart your summer festival of fun at The Eden Festival. You’ll find a variety of live music, dance, cabaret, burlesque, circus skills, theatre, a children’s area, fun, games and much more!

  7. Solas Festival Errol Park, Perthshire

    Solas Festival, Perthshire

    © @solas.festival

    14 – 16 June 2024

    Running for over a decade, the Solas Festival celebrates Scotland’s midsummer with a weekend of arts and music from a range of performers who in previous years, have been from far afield as Canada, Ghana and Nashville.

  8. Let's Rock Scotland Dalkeith Country Park, Midlothian

    The Restoration Yard in Dalkeith Country Park

    24 - 25 June 2024

    Let’s Rock Scotland is back for 2024 for all you rock enthusiasts out there! This incredible event features top artists and non-stop hits from the 80s and 90s, giving you the chance to relive the glory days of these iconic decades!

  9. East Neuk Festival East Neuk, Fife

    East Neuk Festival

    © Neil Hanna & @eastneukfestival

    26 - 30 June 2024

    Over in the Kingdom of Fife, delve into the world of live music at the East Neuk Festival. Taking place in Crail, Anstruther, Kilrenny, St Monans and St Andrews in a range of quirky and atmospheric venues, from churches, halls, and an ex-nuclear bunker, to caves, an RAF base, a Scout hall, stately homes and gardens. It’s set to be something special!

  10. Kelburn Garden Party Kelburn Castle and Estate, near Largs, Ayrshire

    Kelburn Castle Estate, Largs

    © Barry Dawson / Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Group

    4 - 8 July 2024

    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.

  11. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh

    The Royal Mile tijdens Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh

    12 – 21 July 2024

    The Edinburgh Summer Festivals are renowned worldwide and feature an eclectic mix of art, music, performance, song, dance and more that takes over the city each year. The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival was founded in 1978 and is one of seven events that make up the Edinburgh Festivals. Now one of the largest and most respected jazz and blues festivals in Europe, the event showcases 130 concerts, taking place in theatres, parks and clubs all over the city.

  12. HebCelt Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis, Buiten-Hebriden

    17 – 20 July 2024

    This multi-award winning music festival takes place on the stunning Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and is a celebration of Gaelic culture and language. Promoting the island’s heritage, history and traditional music, the festival takes place at a purpose-built venue featuring three stages on the Lews Castle Green which offers free standing concerts for up to 5,000 people.

  13. Rewind Festival Scone Palace, Perth

    Scone Palace, Perth

    19 – 21 July 2024

    Rewind to the 80s with this jumping festival of popular songs and well-known tunes. Treat yourself to some luxury and unusual accommodation too, with boutique camping, campervans and caravans, and even a luxury loo pass.

    The line-up includes Andy Bell, Squeeze, Martin Kemp, Nick Heyward, Tony Hadley, Midge Ure and many more. 

  14. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Belladrum Estate, Inverness

    Het Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

    25 – 27 July 2024

    In the heart of the Highlands, get your toes tapping to a range of Scottish and international artists, musicians and performers during this 3-day summer festival. Previous acts who have headlined include Travis, Bastille, Sigrid, Sam Ryder, KT Tunstall and Scouting for Girls.

  15. ButeFest Isle of Bute

    Rothesay, the chief town of Bute on the east coast of the island.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    26 – 28 July 2024

    ButeFest brings a weekend of non-stop live music, perfect for a day out with family and friends. Taking place at the stunning Ettrick Bay on the Isle of Bute, it is set to be packed full of Scottish spirit, cracking bands, delicious food & drink and exciting entertainment suitable for everyone.

  16. Piping Live! Glasgow

    The Foot Stompin Ceilidh Band performing at the Royal Highland Show

    10 - 18 August 2024

    Explore the best of Scotland pipe bands and solo pipers at one of Glasgow’s most popular events. Piping Live! is a real show stopper to look forward to each year and is a great choice if you’re looking to tap into Scotland’s cultural side.

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