The ultimate list of Scottish music festivals



The summer festival season is nearly over - boo! What does that mean? Time to start planning next year’s festival gigs!

Playing at festivals is loads of fun. Yes, you may not get paid much (or anything), but you get to go to the festival for free and see loads of bands. It’s also good for your band CV, a way to connect with a load of potential new fans, and somewhere to sell your merch.

So how do you go about getting to play at a festival?

Generally you need to contact the organisers through their website and pitch your band to them. First step is to research which festivals you reckon your music would fit in, and then go to the website and look for either an application form or just the contact form. Make sure to offer a compelling description of the sort of music you play, a bit of background about who you are, and crucially include links to somewhere where they can listen to (or ideally watch) your band playing. Though no-one likes to think they fit into any one particular genre of music, it’s also helpful to give them an idea of the type of music you play, or some similar artists.

“But where can I find a list of music festivals?”, I hear you say. Well, friends, look no further, because below we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate list of Scottish music festivals. You’re welcome.

[note that - where there isn’t yet a date for 2020, we’ve included the most recent date as a guide]

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
https://tartanheartfestival.co.uk
• Dates: 30th July - 1st August 2020

Kelburn Garden Party
https://www.kelburngardenparty.com
• Dates: 5th-8th July 2019

Eden Festival
http://edenfestival.co.uk
• Dates: 11th-14th June 2020

Lindisfarne Festival
https://lindisfarnefestival.com
• Dates: 29th August - 1st September 2019

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
https://www.knockengorroch.org.uk
• Dates: 21st-24th May 2020

Doune the Rabbit Hole
https://dounetherabbithole.co.uk
• Dates: 17th-19th July 2020

Celtic Connections
https://www.celticconnections.com
• 16th January - 2nd February 2020

TRNSMT
https://trnsmtfest.com
• Dates: 12th-14th July 2019

Tiree Music Festival
https://tireemusicfestival.co.uk
• Dates: 12th-14th July 2019

Loopallu
http://www.loopallu.co.uk
• Dates: 27th-28th September 2019

Edinburgh Summer Sessions
https://www.smmrsessions.com
• Dates: 7th-18th August 2019

Glasgow Summer Sessions
https://www.smmrsessions.com
• Dates: 16th-25th August 2019

Killin Music Festival
https://www.killinmusicfestival.com
• Dates: 19th-21st June 2019

Montrose Music Festival
http://montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
• Dates: 26th-27th May 2018

Let’s Rock Festival
https://letsrockscotland.com
• 13th June 2020

Orkney Folk Festival
https://www.orkneyfolkfestival.com
• 21st-24th May 2020

Riverside Festival
https://www.riversidefestivalglasgow.com
• 25th-26th May 2019

Shetland Folk Festival
https://www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
• 2nd-5th May 2019

Groove Loch Ness
https://www.facebook.com/GrooveLochNess
• 18th August 2018

Party at the Palace
http://www.partyatthepalace.co.uk
• 8th-9th August 2020

Rewind Scotland
https://rewindfestival.com
• 19th-21st July 2019

Butefest
https://www.butefest.co.uk
• 24th-26th July 2020

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
https://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
• 17th-26th July 2020

Playground
https://www.playgroundofsound.co.uk
• 1st-3rd August 2019

Southern Exposure
https://www.summerhall.co.uk/event/southern-exposure-2019
• 21st-22nd June 2019

Meadows Festival
https://www.meadowsfestival.co.uk
• 1st-2nd June 2019

Jupiter Rising
http://jupiterrising.art
• August 23rd-25th 2019

Solas Festival
http://www.solasfestival.co.uk
• 19th-21st June 2020

XpoNorth
https://xponorth.co.uk
• 3rd-4th July 2019

Oban Live
https://obanlive.com
• 7th-8th June 2019

True North
https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/made-in-aberdeen/true-north
• 19th-22nd September 2019

Eilean Dorcha
https://www.edf.scot
• 24th-26th July 2020

Jura Music Festival
http://www.juramusicfestival.com
• End of September

HebCelt
https://www.hebceltfest.com
• 15-18th July 2020
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