Scotland’s best music festivals to check out in summer 2019
The summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to dig out your wellies and sunglasses and head along to a music festival.
Here are nine of the best music events taking place in Scotland this summer.
Glasgow Green, 12, 13, 14 July
Glasgow’s biggest festival returns for its third year, with 150,000 music fans expected to head to Glasgow Green for a weekend of fun across five stages. This year’s event features headline performances from Stormzy, Bastille, George Ezra, The Kooks, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Snow Patrol, as well as main stage performances from Glasgow singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, Example and Brit award winner Sam Fender. The event will also see the launch of the all-female Queen Tut’s stage to help close the festival’s gender play gap and support emerging female local talent including Cara Rose, LUNIR, Deni Smith, Scarlett Randal and The Eaves. There’s also a great line-up of street food vendors, the Smirnoff bar, VIP area and free phone charging in the ultra-chill Utlita space.
Tickets are priced £59.50 - £270 and can be purchased on the festival's website.
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 7 - 18 August 07 - 18 / Bellahouston Park, Glasgow 16 - 25 August
Organisers DF Concerts bring the biggest names to Edinburgh and Glasgow in August, with Florence + The Machine, Primal Scream, Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi, James, the Courteneers and Madness playing in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, while The Cure, Foo Fighters and The 1975 will rock Bellahouston Park. be aware tickets are selling fast - the performances by the Foo Fighters and Lewis Capaldi are already sold out.
Tickets are priced from £59 and can be purchased on the festival's website.
Scone Palace, Perth, 19-21 July
Taking place in the spectacular grounds of Scone Palace, Rewind Scotland is a weekend of iconic performances from musical legends. This year features Cinema Paradiso, Bryan Ferry, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, Leo Sayer, Paul Young, Foreigner, Big Country, The Stranglers, Bjorn Again and the Dire Straits Experience, among others. The event also features comedy from Phill Jupitus, Jimeoin and more, silent disco, karaoke rumble, breakfast game shows to get the day started and a huge line-up of events for kids to ensure this is a truly family-friendly festival experience. Don't delay though - most of the early bird tickets have already been snapped up.
Tickets are priced at £25 - £140 and can be purchased on the festival's website.
Isle of Bute, July 26 -28
A non-stop weekend festival of music, ButeFest has surely the most striking location of all Scotland’s music festivals, set on the breathtaking beach of the magnificent Isle of Bute. Now in its 5th year, ButeFest once again promises good food, a great atmosphere and some top bands, wittheh line- up headed by Big Country, X-Factor star Lucy Spraggan, Fallen Arches and The Coaltown Daisies, as well as Medicine Men, Gordon James and the Power and festival favourites Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5.This is a hugely popular event and tickets are already selling fast.
Tickets are priced at £48.15 - £251.45 and can be purchased on the festival's website.
Belladrum Estate, Inverness, 1-3 August
One of the most established music and arts festivals in Scotland, the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is back for its 15th year, with another stunning line-up of acts led by Jess Glynn, Chvrches, Elbow, Johnny Marr, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Odell, Glasvegas, The Coral, Hawkwind, and more. The three-day festival also features a pop-up restaurant, a kid’s area and a glamping option for music fans who want something a little more luxurious than a tent. A complete sell out in recent yearsm tixckets are already going fast and more weekend passes are set to go on sale on June 28.
Tickets are priced at £95.04 - £159.10 and can be purchased on the festival's website.
Lochside Field, Linlithgow, 10-11 August
A selection of music royalty performs against the regal backdrop of Linlithgow Palace over two days of live music at a family-friendly festival that has become an even bigger success since moving across the loch in 2016. This year the line-up includes The Charlatans, KT Tunstall, Roachford, Deacon Blue, Wet Wet Wet, the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and the Criosg Charles Funk and Soul Club. There’s also street food, a funfair, a kids area and more. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Kelburn Castle, Largs, 5-8 July
Hosted on the grounds of a 13th-century castle and considered by some to be Scotland’s best music festival, the Kelburn Garden party turns an old woodland valley into a magical musical experience. This year’s event includes a DJ set from Leftfield, as well as performances from Gentleman's Dub Club, LTJ Bukem, Nathan Fake, Shooglenifty, Acid Arab, and Swindle. There’s also The Neverending Glen, a surreal multi-media adventure, which sees artists create site-specific installations, sculptures, performances and events. A wander around the huge site will uncover hidden gems such as the tea cave, a turkish steam room in an old boat, the waterfall pond and the secret forest. The last 500 weekend passes are on-sale now so be quick if you don't want to miss out.
Tickets are priced at £45 - 139.50 and can be booked on the festival's website.
Edinburgh (various venues), 12 - 21 July
Considered by many to be the unofficial start of the Scottish capital’s festival season, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival features established heavyweights alongside new artists. This year’s line-up features Jools Holland, Sons of Kemet, AKU, Lights Out By Nine, Becc Sanderson, Toby Mottershead, Ibibio Sound Machine, Cat Loud Quartet, Jamison Ross and more. As you might expect the top acts can sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.
Ticket vary in price and you can find out more on the festival's website.