Scotland’s Festival Calendar

Scotland’s festival calendar presents us with a cultural treat, from traditional Celtic music to classical and pop music, in widespread venues the length and breadth of the country and this year’s calendar is as diverse and exciting as always.

All the old favourites are there, including some good folk and jazz festivals, along with some new additions to the family. If you appreciate good culture and music, you’re guaranteed to find something to your liking here, whatever your taste may be.


  • What: EDEN Festival • When: 8-11 June • Where: Raehills Meadows, Dumfries and Galloway • Headliners: Cat Power / Gogol Bordello / Boney M / Agnes Obel / Alabama 3 / Jungle / Alice Russell / Mala / Admiral Fallow / So Solid Crew
  • What: Kelburn Garden Party • When: 30 June - 3 July • Where: Kelburn Castle, Largs• Headliners: Akala / Mr. Scruff / The Hot 8 Brass Band / Mungo's Hi Fi / The Mouse Outfit What: Music. Art. Adventure. Scotland's most magical music festival.
  • What: Edinburgh International Magic Fest • When: 30 June - 8 July • Where: Edinburgh • What: 80 different events across the city from free installations to the world-class Gala show at the Festival Theatre.
  • What: TRNSMT • When: 7 - 9 July • Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow • Headliners: Radiohead / Kasabian / Biffy Clyro / Belle and Subastian / Catfish and the Bottlemen / The 1975 / London Grammar / The Kooks / Two Door Cinema Club / Twin Atlantic
  • What: Hebridean Celtic Festivall• When: 19 - 22 July • Where: Scottish Hebridean Island of Lewis • Headliners: The Waterboys / Imelda May / Dougie McLean / Lucy Spraggan / Skerryvore / Lau / Peatbog Faeries / C. Mcleod / Lewsi & Leigh / Elephant Sessions / Imar / Tide Lines
  • What: Bute Fest • When: 29 - 31 July • Where: King George's Park, Rothesay • Headliners: The Wedding Present / The Chair / We Are Scientists / Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 / Elephant Sessions / Gerry Cinnamon / Three Daft Monkeys / Have Mercy Las Vegas
  • What: BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL • When: 3 - 5 August • Where: Belladrum Estate, Inverness • Headliners: Franz Ferdinand / The Pretenders / Sister Sledge / KT Tunstall / First Aid Kit / Birdy / Feeder / Gallagher and Lyle / Young Fathers / Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes / Deaf Havana
  • What: Edinburgh Fringe Festival • When: 4 - 28 August • Where: Edinburgh • Headliners: The Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2016, spanned 25 days and featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.
  • What: Doune The Rabbit Hole • When: 18 - 20 August • Where: Cardross Estate, Stirling • Headliners: Songhoy Blues / Liars / Start to End perform Daft Punk / Discovery (Live) / Jenny Hval / Roddy Woomble / Steve Davis (Snookerstar DJ) / Dubkasm / Earl Gateshead
  • What: Groove Loch Ness • When: 19 August • Where: Loch Ness, Inverness • Headliners: Faithless / Skream / Julio Bashmore / Theo Kottis / Kidnap Kid
  • What: Midstock Festival • When: 1 - 2 September • Where: Dalkeith Country Park. Midlothian • Headliners: Feeder / Hot Dub Time Machine / The Skids / Stevie McCrorie / Showaddywaddy / Nipples of Venues / Eugene Twist / Milestone / Arlene Stuart / Grado / The Time Frequency
  • What: Electric Fields Festival • When: 1- 2 September • Where: Drumlanrig Castle. Dumfries and Galloway • Headliners: Frightened Rabbit / Dizzee Rascal / The Jesus and Mary Chain / Band of Horse / Glass Animals / Arab Strap / Anna Meredith

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