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The best music festivals in Scotland 2020

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: 11th Mar 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 our favourite Scottish music festivals...

Click on the festival titles for tickets and more.  

 

Wee Dub Festival

When: Friday 13th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March

Where: Edinburgh Old Town

Lineup: Mungo's Hi Fi, Charlie P, Dubkasm, Egoless, Channel One Sound System...

A must for the dub aficionados and reggae heads amongst us, Wee Dub Festival is Scotland's largest celebration of sound system culture. 

Returning to Edinburgh's Old Town this March, the three day event will see some of most prestigious names in dub take to the foundation-trembling sound systems at various underground venues including The Bongo Club, Old Dr Bell Baths and Potterow.

 

Terminal V

When: Saturday 11th April 2020

Where: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Lineup: Bonobo, Charlotte De Witte, Green Velvet, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin

The mighty Terminal V returns to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh for another huge edition in 2020.

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'.

 

Stereofunk Festival

When: Saturday 2nd May

Where: Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Lineup: Ultrabeat, Andy Whitby, Venga Boys, Flip n Fill, DJ Sammy...

Celebrating their fifteenth year in 2020, boutique dance festival Stereofunk will takeover the stunning Strathclyde Park for a one day, open air clubbing experience like no other.

Known by some ravers as 'the first festival of the summer', the event brings together an array of well known DJs for a day of old skool club classics, across the festivals many stages: the HWFG Big Top Main Arena, the Clubland Stage, the I Am A Raver Arena and the VIP stage.

 

Fly Open Air

When: Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th May

Where: Hopetoun House, Edinburgh

Lineup: Peggy Gou, Horse Meat Disco, Kettama, Palms Trax, DJ Koze...

Situated just outside the picturesque Hopetoun House country manor, Fly Open Air Festival brings a selection of the world's best electronic live acts and DJs to Edinburgh for a May weekender.

Overlooking the Firth of Forth and the impressive Forth Bridge from pristine gardens, the dance music gathering boasts one of the most atmospheric locations in the UK, as performances from over forty renowned artists over two days.

 

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

When: Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th May 

Where: Knockengorroch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Lineup: Cut CapersMungo's Hi Fi, Afro Celt Sound System, The Poozies, Shooglenifty...

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.

 

The Gathering

When: Saturday 30th May

Where: Inverness Northern Meeting Park

Lineup: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Peatbog Faeries, Blazin' Fiddles, Torridon, Rhythmnreel...

Back by popular demand, The Gathering returns for it's second year with another monumental one-day party this May.

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.

 

Kelburn Garden Party

When: Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th July 2020

Where: Kelburn Country Centre, 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. 

 

TRNSMT

When: Friday 10th - Sunday 12th July 2020

Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Lineup: Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi, Ian Brown, Snow Patrol

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.

Also appearing across the 2020 edition are Rita Ora, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Aitch and more, for three mad days of music in a music mad city.

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Rewind Festival Scotland

When: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July 2020

Where: Scone Palace, Perth

Lineup: Grandmaster Flash, Billy Ocean, Wet Wet Wet, Bananarama, Heather Small

Travel back in time and relive one of the greatest and most popular eras of modern music, at this year's Rewind Festival.

Witness an impressive schedule of performances from numerous icons of the eighties, on the site of one of Scotland's most breathtaking venues - Perth's Scone Palace.

Dig out your spandex, fix up your perms and ready yourself for a weekend of mass sing alongs and questionable dancing.

 

Midstock Festival

When: Friday 24th - Saturday 25th July 2020

Where: Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh

Lineup: Dave Pearce, N-Trance, Micky Modelle, Ultra-Sonic, Michael Irvine

Situated on the beautiful and vast grounds of the Dalkeith Country Park, located just south east of Edinburgh, Midstock is billed as 'Scotland's biggest small festival', with 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.

 

Butefest

When: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th July 2020

Where: Isle Of Bute 

Lineup: TBC

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 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.

 

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

When: Thursday 30th July - Sunday 2nd August 2020

Where: Belladrum Estate, Inverness

Lineup: Shed SevenEmeli SandePassengerNile Rodgers & ChicStiff Little Fingers

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.

Last year's headliners included Elbow, Chvrches and Jess Glynne, while this year organisers have stepped things up a notch, booking 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.

 

Party at the Palace

When: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th August 2020

Where: Lochside Field, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Lineup: Manic Street Preachers, Becky Hill, The Snuts, Toploader, Space

Linlithgow's award-winning Party at the Palace festival is back in 2020, 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 last year to the Manics, Becky Hill and, er, Johnny Mac & The Faithful Pork Pie in 2020.

 

Fancy attending a festival outside of the UK this year? Why not take a look at our guides to the best festivals in Croatia, Spain and all of Europe. You can also check out Skiddle's full festival guide here.  

 

Headline image credit: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

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