Scottish Music Festivals

We're a musical bunch here in Scotland and no other country puts on a music festival quite like we do.

Not only are we blessed with a thriving, home-grown music scene. We're a staple on the international touring circuit for everyone from chart-topping superstars to up-and-coming talents.

  1. Celtic Connections Glasgow

    19 January – 5 February 2023

    A popular annual event that needs no introduction, Celtic Connections brings Scottish culture and trad music to the heart of Glasgow for over 2 weeks. 2023’s line-up will see an array of unmatched talent grace the stage with artists including The Twilight Sad, Dàimh, Anna Meredith, Karan Casey, CARA, and many more.

  2. Mull Music Festival Isle of Mull

    Image: A statue at Calgary Arts, Isle of Mull

    © VisitScotland / Wild about Argyll / Kieran J Duncan

    20 – 23 April 2023

    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. All the events are usually free, and details on the line-up, programme and more will be released soon.

  3. Bonfest Kirriemuir, Angus

    Image: Tay Whale by Lee Simmons, Dundee's Waterfront

    28 – 30 April 2023

    A popular addition to the Angus events scene, Bonfest celebrates famed musician, Bon Scott, with a weekend full of music, performances and a toe-tapping good time. The line-up for 2023 is still to be announced, but rest assured it’ll be just as fantastic as previous years.

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

    Image: Port Charlotte

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    26 May – 3 June 2023

    The renowned Islay Festival is back for 2023 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, all across 9 eventful days.

  5. Solas Festival Errol Park, Perthshire

    Image: Kenmore

    16 – 18 June 2023

    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. Keep an eye open for more details about the 2023 festival.

  6. East Neuk Festival East Neuk, Fife

    Image: North Queensferry

    28 June – 2 July 2023

    Over in the Kingdom of Fife, delve into the world of live music at the East Neuk Festival. Founded almost 20 years ago, the festival takes 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!

  7. Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree

    Image: Lobster Creels On The Isle Of Tiree, Inner Hebrides.

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    7 – 9 July 2023

    Take a trip out to the islands for Tiree Music Festival. Not just popular amongst surfers, Tiree hosts this eclectic festival each year which sees incredible artists perform. Previous years have featured Skipinnish, Talisk, Elephant Sessions, Rhuvaal and many more.

    Founded by Skerryvore’s Daniel Gillespie and Tiree local Stewart MacLennan, the festival encompasses all the culture of this little Hebridean island, also known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’. Come along to see what all the fuss is about!

  8. HebCelt Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Image: Dun Carloway Broch, Outer Hebrides

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    12 – 15 July 2023

    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 5000 people.

  9. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh

    Image: Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

    14 – 23 July 2023

    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.

  10. Rewind Festival Scone Palace, Perth

    Image: Perth and the River Tay

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    21 – 23 July 2023

    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 will be announced soon, so keep checking back for more information.

  11. Doune the Rabbit Hole Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire

    Image: Stirling Castle

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    21 – 23 July 2023

    A great festival for music enthusiasts and families alike, this festival features five unique stages with dozens of artists showcasing their voices, skills, talents and more. It is set to be a spectacle of colour and sound across the three days.

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

    Image: Salisbury Crags

    24 July 2023

    Let’s Rock Scotland is back for 2023 with a vibrant line-up of singers, musicians and bands for all you rock enthusiasts out there! 2023’s line-up so far includes Slim Jim Phantom, Betty Boo, Roland Gift, Junior Giscombe and Janet Kay, to name a few. Stay tuned for more performers being announced soon.

  13. ButeFest Isle of Bute

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

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    28 – 30 July 2023

    Bute Fest brings a weekend of non-stop live music, perfect for a day out with family and friends. Taking places 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.

  14. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Belladrum Estate, Inverness

    Image: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

    27 – 29 July 2023

    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. Details for 2023 have yet to be announced, but with previous line-ups, the festival has seen the likes of Birdy, Gerry Cinnamon, Professor Green and Paloma Faith, to name a few, this one is set to be unmissable too! Stay tuned for more information.

  15. Piping Live! Glasgow

    Image: Queen's Park, Glasgow

    August 2023

    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. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

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