From Belladrum in the Highlands to Fly Open Air at a country house estate just outside Edinburgh, Scotland boasts some of the UK's best and most picturesque music festivals.
14th Feb 2020
Anyone that ever attended T in the Park knows how much Scotland loves a music festival.
And while the nation's most notorious musical gathering is no more (it was put to bed in 2016... with a pint of water and a box of Alka Seltzer), there are myriad events which continue to carry the torch for Scottish music festivals.
From Belladrum, the 'Tartan Heart' music and arts festival in the Highlands, to the country estate-located electronic music gathering, Fly Open Air, Scotland continues to attract some of the biggest and most exciting names in music, as well as cater to the more community-minded festival goer with a wealth of charming, picturesque festival locations.
And of course, Scotland boasts some of the friendliest crowds you'll find anywhere.
Here's a bunch of the best music festivals in Scotland...
Merging the natural beauty and majesty of the Scottish Highlands with world class live music performances from an exciting selection of names, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has grown to become one of the most popular festival's in the Scottish summer calendar.
Following on from the festivals last instalment back in 2019, which saw headliners Elbow, Chvrches and Jess Glynne entertaining thousands of music fans, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is set to return this summer, with organisers stepping things up a notch for the big comeback event.
Confirmed to appear are the likes of Scottish natives Emeli Sande and The Fratellis alongside The Magic Numbers, Kyle Falconer and one of the most loved and in demand live acts in the world - Nile Rodgers & Chic.
The rest of the lineup is pretty decent too.
Find tickets for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2021 here
The self proclaimed 'original roots music festival' of Scotland, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is an event which prides itself on its broad eclecticism, inclusivity and peaceful, nature-nurturing backdrop.
Performances from artists covering a multitude of genres, including world, folk, fusion, dub reggae, electronica, hip-hop and drum n bass, can be heard throughout the four day festival, on the hand-built, timber-framed, open-air stage and the willow-wattled Longhouse venue.
Find tickets for Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2021 here
Back by popular demand, The Gathering returns for its second, delayed year with another monumental one-day party this September.
Celebrating the very best in Highland culture, from traditional Celtic music to food and drink sourced exclusively from across the region, the festival will welcome and showcase homegrown folk talents to thousands of festival-goers.
Interactive art installations, pop-up parties, waterfall plunge pools, workshops, a 13th century painted castle, a variety of musical performances and so much more can all be found at the magical Kelburn Garden Party festival.
This family friendly, independent event is bursting at the seams with creativity. Turning its back on the standard idea of what a festival should be, entertainment can be found, seen and heard in the most absurd of environments.
2021 see's the magical garden party returning, bringing it with a host of familiar music names - from London based electronic music and visual art producer, Max Cooper to radio host and British house DJ Paulette, the legendary Ragga Twins with DJ Krucial, East African rising star Kampire and many more.
Returning in 2021 with its biggest and best lineup to date - Kynoch Park's Friendly Fest is set to welcome one of the '90s most adored dance acts - Livin Joy, with support from a host talented and local, musicians and groups.
Joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Janice Robinson, the Euro dance collective will perform a headline set jam-packed with bangers - from 'Dreamer' to 'Don't Stop Movin' and 'Follow The Rules'.
Ocean Colour Scene tribute band, Ocean Colour Scheme and A Northern Soul, a one-man tribute to The Verve and Richard Ashcroft, will also appear on the bill over the course of the festival, performing a collection of sing along anthems.
Looking for a festival that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life this summer? Head 90 minutes west of Glasgow and hop on a ferry to the remote Isle of Bute for this year's, rescheduled sixth edition of Butefest.
First imagined as a way to bring music, art and cultural experiences to its islanders, Butefest has expanded and moved to a new home in the beautiful Ettrick Bay, offering a weekend chock full of music, craft food and ales, spectacular panoramic views and island charm.
Linlithgow's award-winning Party at the Palace festival is back in 2021, for another two-day, Loch-side party.
Located in the historical grounds of the beautiful Linlithgow Palace, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the two day event attracts a number of household names, emerging talents and local heroes, from The Charlatans and KT Tunstall back in 2019, to the Manics, The Snuts, disco queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and, er, Johnny Mac & The Faithful Pork Pie in 2021.
Situated in the heart of Glasgow, on the banks of the river Clyde, across from the iconic structure of the Riverside Museum is one of Scotlands most epic electronic music events - Riverside Festival.
The almost-annual, three day rave spectacle, a favourite amongst the city's devoted dance music fans, has previously welcomed some of the biggest names in the electronic genre - names such as Laurent Garnier, Sven Vath, Fatboy Slim, Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Midland... the list goes on.
Celebrating its delayed eighth-anniversary event this May, the Riverside Festival organisers are planning a huge return to glory with the likes of Jamie XX, Disclosure and techno empress, Amelie Lens already confirmed to perform.
Set within Glasgow city centre, TRNSMT continues to attract an impressive roster of indie-rock and pop music heavyweights, with previously headliners including Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics and George Ezra.
Appearing throughout this years returning edition, punters can expect to see world-class sets from Rita Ora, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Aitch and many more.
Join the TRNSMT Festival team for three mad days of music in a music mad city.
Situated on the grand and picturesque estate of Edinburgh's Hopetoun House, Fly Open Air Festival is one of most Scotland's most sought after outdoor, electronic music events.
Overlooking the Firth of Forth and the impressive Forth Bridge from the country manors pristine gardens, the gathering boasts one of the most atmospheric and scenic locations in the UK, as well as a regular bill of high calibre electronic acts and DJs.
Initially scheduled to return this May, following last years forced cancellation, the festivals organisers have recently announced plans to further postpone the comeback event until May 2022. Customers who have already purchased a ticket for this years festival can use it to gain entry to next years edition, and will also gain a free ticket to bring along a friend of their choosing.
Check out Skiddle's full festival guide here for more events happening across the UK this year
Headline image credit: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
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