The best music festivals in Scotland

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.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 18th Jan 2022

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 that 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...

 

 

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

When: Friday 28th July - Sunday 30th July 2022

Where: Belladrum Estate, Inverness

Lineup: Nile Rodgers and Chic, Van Morrison, The Fratellis, Passenger, Shed Seven

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 festivals in the Scottish summer calendar.

Following on from the festivals last instalment in 2019 which saw headliners Elbow, Chvrches and Jess Glynneentertaining 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 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

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

When: Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd May 2022

Where: Knockengorroch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Lineup: Mungos Hi FiAfro Celt Sound System, The Poozies

The self-proclaimed 'original roots music festival' of Scotland, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is an event that 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

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The Gathering

When: Saturday 28th May 2022

Where: Inverness Northern Meeting Park

Lineup: Manran Peatbog Faeries, Torridon, Heron Valley

Back by popular demand, The Gathering returns for its third year with another monumental one-day party this May after the hugely successful 2021 edition.

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.

 

Find tickets for The Gathering 2021 here

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Kelburn Garden Party

When: Friday 1st- Monday 4th July 2022

Where: Kelburn Country Centre in Largs

Lineup: Max Cooper, HENGE, DJ Paulette, DJ Aphrodite, The Ragga Twins

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. 

2022 finally sees 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.

 

Find tickets for Kelburn Garden Party 2021 here

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Friendly Fest

When: Saturday 18th June 2022

Where: Kynoch Park in Keith

Lineup: TBA

Returning in 2022, Kynoch Park's Friendly Fest is set to announce its biggest edition yet. Known for welcoming in some of the '90s most adored dance acts, they'll also be supporting a host of talented and local, musicians and groups.

The festival has sadly had to postpone for two years in a row but with 2022 looking a lot better, hopefully Friendly Fest will be able to announce their lineup soo, Expect plenty of fun tribute bands/

 

Find tickets for Friendly Fest 2021 here

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Terminal V

When: Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th April 2022

Where: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Lineup: SolardoNina KravizAlan FitzpatrickEats Everything

The mighty Terminal V returns to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh for another huge edition in 2022 after being sadly delayed multiple times through 2020 and 2021.

Scotland's largest one-day electronic music festival will welcome over 20,000 to the showground close to Edinburgh Airport, boasting five stages and more than 30 of the biggest names in the business.

As well as its hugely impressive roster of talent, organisers have also promised 'next level lights, lasers, visuals, a giant sound system and heart-stopping production'.

 

Find tickets for Terminal V Festival 2022 here

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Midstock Festival

When: Friday 27th- Saturday 28th May

Where: Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh

Lineup: TBA

Situated on the beautiful and vast grounds of the Dalkeith Country Park, located just southeast of Edinburgh, Midstock is billed as 'Scotland's biggest small festival', with a sense of community at its heart.

Combining great music with top local food and drink, this family-friendly festival has an eclectic mix of daytime fun, well-known acts, and late-night revelry.

 

Find tickets for Midstock Festival 2022 here

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Butefest

When: Friday 29th - Sunday 31 July 2022

Where: Isle Of Bute in Isle Of Bute

Lineup: The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Scouting For GirlsElephant Sessions

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.

 

Find tickets for Butefest 2021 here

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Party at the Palace

When: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August 2022

Where: Lochside Field, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Lineup: TBA

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 such as The Charlatans and KT Tunstall who both played back 2019, the lineup for 2021 included Sophie Ellis-Bextor but it remains to be seen whether the same lineup will be used in 2022.

 

Find tickets for Party at the Palace 2022 here

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Riverside Festival

When: Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th June 2022

Where: The Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Lineup: Roisin Murphy, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Slam, Job Jobse

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 with a renewed energy this June, the Riverside Festival organisers are planning to go even bigger than 2021 with the likes of Roisin Murphy, Carl Cox and Charlotte De Witte already confirmed to perform.

 

Find tickets for Riverside Festival 2022 here

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TRNSMT

When: Friday 8th - Sunday 10th July 2022

Where: Glasgow Green in Glasgow

Lineup: Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Foals, Lewis Capaldi, Wolf Alice, Sam Fender

Set within Glasgow city centre, TRNSMT continues to attract an impressive roster of indie-rock and pop music heavyweights, with previously headliners including Arctic MonkeysStereophonics and George Ezra.

Appearing throughout this years returning edition, punters can expect to see world-class sets from Fontaines D.C.Sam Fender, Foals, Wolf Alice and many more.

Join the TRNSMT Festival team for three mad days of music in a music-mad city.

 

Find tickets for TRNSMT 2021 here

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Fly Open Air

When: Saturday 21st May - Sunday 22nd May 2022

Where: Hopetoun House, Edinburgh

Lineup: Peggy Gou, DJ Koze, DJ Tennis, Horse Meat Disco, Overmono

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 in May 0f 2021, the festival organisers postponed the comeback event until May 2022. Customers who have already purchased a ticket for the festival can use it to gain entry to this year's edition, and will also have a free ticket to bring along a friend of their choosing. 

 

Find tickets for Fly Open Air 2022 here

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Check out our Festival Guide to discover even more amazing Scottish festivals. In the meantime, if you'd like to warm up with a few sweaty gigs then head to our Live page.

 

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Headline image credit: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

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