Scotland Festivals

A guide to the North: Scotland’s upcoming music festivals

7th April 2019 Off By

Despite Scotland’s graceful scenery and the infamous highlands, it’s a trek for anyone that lives south of the border. But if that’s you, here’s fifteen reasons to visit this summer and weather is not an excuse.

April

Terminal V

This is one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated events; not only does it conveniently fall onto the same day as April 20th, it gives festival-goers like ourselves a head start into the festival season. And, whilst it is more like a rave than a standard camp-on-a-field get together; the atmosphere is bound to be amazing. I know this because this is only their 4th event and all the students are talking about it like say it costs less than £59.95 + booking fees per ticket. But, for what started as an all-day-event, Terminal V is definitely one to look out for.

Date: 20th of April
Location: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Price: £61.82 (Standard), £78.69 (VIP)

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May

FLY Open Air

One thing that makes this festival so unique is its location; situated in South Queensferry, just outside Scotland’s capital. The event will feature multiple international artists including Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou and Seth Troxler. Edinburgh’s electronic home, otherwise known as Cabaret Voltaire is hosting after parties on both of these days – check out their Facebook page for more info!

Date: 18th – 19th of May
Location: Hopetoun House, Edinburgh
Price: £93.50 (Weekend), £115.50 (VIP Weekend)

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Riverside Festival

Having hosted some of the biggest names of the industry, now in its 7th year, Scotland’s biggest two-day electronic music festival will take place at the grounds of the Riverside Museum in Clyde. Again, this is not the kind of festival you bring your camping gear to, but there’ll be plenty to do in Glasgow City Centre after the last acts finish their sets. Last week Glasgow’s party duo, gh0stbøy & QUINNY, released a promo video for the event which you can find here. Save the date.

Date: 25th – 26th of May
Location: Glasgow
Price: £67.20 (Day Tickets), £123.20 (Weekend)

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June

Eden Festival

Last year, Eden Festival celebrated their 10th year anniversary and the feedback has been incredible. Held in Raehills Meadows near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Eden Festival is said to be one of the best family friendly festivals in Europe. Apart from the fact that it is the largest not-for-profit festival in Scotland, there will be 13 different stages all featuring a crazy collaboration of performances including a circus tent and a drive in cinema.

Date: 6th – 9th of June
Location: Raehills Meadows
Price: £130.99 (Adult), £95.99 (Teens), £22 (Child)

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OBAN LIVE

This is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll and Bute; it was formed for the purpose of showcasing a range of Scottish and international acts. This year, the acts will include Skerryvore (Scottish Celtic Rock group and the founders of OBAN LIVE & TIREE Festival), Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Scottish Bagpipe Band) and Lucy Spraggan (one of our favourites here at thefestivals.uk). Not convinced? Watch the following promo video featuring a story about a grandfather who shares his affection for Oban and Oban Live music festival with his granddaughter Emma.

Date: 7th – 8th of June
Location: Mossfield Stadium, Oban
Price: £47 (Day Tickets), £72 (Weekend), £115 (VIP Weekend)

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Let’s Rock Scotland

Let’s Rock Scotland will be bringing you the very best of the 80’s and an action-packed day of retro madness. After watching the video you may realise that the event is aimed at a more mature audience. But festivals are for under 30s only said no one ever. I don’t know about you, I might take my parents. And for those who are unable to make these dates, Let’s Rock Scotland have announced a Winter Tour, bringing their recently published line-up to arenas in Nottingham (29.11.2019), Glasgow (11.12.2019) and London (13.12.2019). You can find more info here.

Date: 15th of June
Location: Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh
Price: £46.20 (Adult), £140 (VIP), £22 (Posh Loo)

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July

Electric Fields

This year, Electric Fields returns to the incredible Drumlanrig Castle. Their headline acts include Metronomy, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and The Vaccines.

Electric Fields along with Kelburn Garden Party and Tenement Trial have curated an 11 hour taster event happening next weekend (13th of April), giving you the perfect opportunity to experience three of the best Scottish festivals all in one night. You can find more info here.

Date: 4th – 6th of July
Location: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway
Price: £132 (Weekend), £19.95 (Flexi-Deposit)

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Kelburn Garden Party

Described as an annual explosion of colour, creativity and culture, The Kelburn Garden Party is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. It is set on the grounds of Kelburn Castle, a place that once became an international icon of street art and was covered in Graffiti. Differing from most modern festivals, there is no main stage / dance tent feel to it – people are free to roam the grounds and experience all the different things it has to offer along with the music.

Date: 5th – 8th of July
Location: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway
Price: £128.50 (Adult), £90.50 (Teens), £40 (Child)

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TRNSMT Festival

Since the loss of T in the Park, TRNSMT has become one of the largest festivals in Scotland. Despite there being no camping options, Glasgow has many accommodation facilities available across the city. If you can’t afford to spend the weekend – day passes are also available meaning you can pick and choose which days to come up. Haha, no pun intended.

Date: 12th – 14th of July
Location: Glasgow Green
Price: £59.95 (Standard Day Tickets), £109 (VIP Day Tickets), £155 (Standard Weekend), £270 (VIP Weekend) + booking fees.

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HebCelt

The multi-award winning HebCelt returns for its 24th annual festival, located in the heartland of the Gaelic language and culture (Isle of Lewis).

Date: 17th – 20th of July
Location: Isle of Lewis
Price: £95 (Arena Weekend)

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Rewind Festival

Not only is this the biggest 80s festival in Europe, it also travels the UK. Rewind Festival is held over three weekends; Rewind Scotland (Scone Palace), Rewind North (Capesthorne Hall) and Rewind South (Temple Island Meadows). This means that having to travel to Scotland is not an excuse for you to miss out!

Date: 19th – 21st of July
Location: Scone Palace, Perth
Price: £150 (Weekend Camping), £130 (Weekend, No Camping), £76 (Day Tickets)

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ButeFest

Running for the 5th year in a row, in the words of the organisers you can expect a non stop weekend of fun, family and cracking music the last weekend in July on the mystical and magnificent Isle of Bute.

Date: 26th – 28th of July
Location:
Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute
Price:
£128.40 (Adult Weekend Camping), £272.85 (Family Weekend Camping)

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August

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

This is a music and arts festival, held on the Belladrum Estate near Inverness. It has sold out every year since 2008 and is now recognised as one of the best Scottish festivals. Unfortunately this year is no different and there are no more tickets left for this event! Click here to watch the 2018 after movie.

Date: 1st – 3rd of August
Location: Beauly
Price: SOLD OUT

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Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions is a collaboration of world-known artists performing over the space of 4 weeks in Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens and Glasgow Bellahouston Park. This year the line-up consists of Florence + the Machine, Primal Scream, Chvrches, James, Courteeners, Madness, The Cure, Foo Fighters and The 1975.

Date: 7th – 18th of August (Edinburgh) and 16th – 25th (Glasgow)
Location: Princes Street Gardens (Edinburgh) and Bellahouston Park (Glasgow)
Price: Ticket prices vary depending on artist. Follow the links below for prices.

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Party at the Palace

Party At The Palace is an award winning 2 day music festival; in it’s 6th year, the event continues to grow and has been firmly established as one of the go to music festivals in the UK.

Date: 10th – 11th of August
Location: Linlithgow Palace
Price: £53.50 (Adult Day Tickets), £90.95 (Adult Weekend), £10.70 (Child Day Tickets), £19.26 (Child Weekend)

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September

TBC: Tenement Trail

Last year the event took place in Glasgow on the 28th of September, and featured over 60 bands. The plans for 2019 are to be confirmed.

It is also one of the festivals that collaborated with Electric Fields and The Kelburn Garden Party to provide a taster event for potential festival goers next weekend.

More info can be found here.

Main image credit: Eden Festival / Petia Koleva / Lairich Rig (cc-by-sa/2.0)