Scottish Music Festivals Happening This Summer
If you’re looking for a broad selection of music festivals to attend this summer, you’re spoilt for choice in Scotland. This year is reported to be the biggest year for music since COVID, with festival organisers been given the green light to go ahead without restrictions or social distancing. Whether you’re looking to see some headlining acts or wanting a more relaxed vibe, there’s a huge variety to pick from. Here are some of the most popular music festivals happening this summer, what to expect from them and how to buy tickets.
TRNSMT (Glasgow) July 8th-10th
Located in Glasgow Green, TRNSMT festival has built itself a renowned reputation for being one of the best UK festivals in its short time of being around. This year is set to be one of the best yet, with huge headliners like Paolo Nutini, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi set to preform.
TRNSMT is a non-camping festival, meaning if you’re visiting from elsewhere you’ll need to book accomadation before hand. Make sure to do this in advance as availability gets booked up and prices increase pretty quickly! If you don’t fancy staying in Glasgow or are coming for the day, the festival is a short walk from Glasgow’s Central train station. Buses also frequently run from most major cities and towns in Scotland.
TRNSMT have a variety of diverse food trucks and drinks on the premisis, as well as multiple stages and preformers, so you’ll be treated to not only the headliners but also a fun day out! TRNSMT don’t advertise this festival as being suitable for children, however you can bring a 12-15 year old so long as they are brought with someone over the age of 21.
TRNSMT have limited tickets left, so if you want to get involved make sure to act quickly!
Click here to purchase tickets.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (Belladrum Estate, Kilartlity) – 28th-30th July
If you’re looking for a camping festival, Belladrum is one of Scotland’s favourites. Located in Belladrum Estate in Kiltarlity, near Inverness, the festival has rapidly grown in popularity over the last few years.
The festival is well known for having a little bit of something for everyone, as well as its family friendly atmosphere, with a large dedicated family camp-site, as well as free entry for children under the age of 12. Areas of the festival offer a dedicated children's area, with puppet workshops, arts and crafts, circus skills, dance and music classes and much more. This festival is definitely family friendly.
The 2022 summer line-up hosts a huge variety of headliners, such as Van Morrison, The Fratellis, Emile Sande and Nile Rodgers. If there’s ever a year to go it’s this one!
Click here to visit their website and to buy tickets.
East Neuk Festival
A beautifully set classical musical festival dedicated to a good cause is always a bonus, the East Neuk festival is a smaller event that makes a big difference. The ENF was the idea of Donald and Louise MacDonald who founded it in 2004.
The ENF is a registered charity, and raises funds for various creative causes. The festival aims to nurture young artists and since 2015, the ENF Retreat has offered exceptional young musicians a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding world-class players, to learn both specific repertoire and also more general aspects of musical wisdom.
This festival is described as “quirky, atmospheric and special: from churches, halls, an ex-nuclear bunker, caves, an RAF base, a Scout hall, stately homes and gardens.”
To find more information on the East Neuk Festival, click here.
As the summer approaches, we urge you to look into what Scotland’s music scene has to offer. After years of restrictions and delays, 2022 offers what Scotland is famous for – culture and experiences. Whether you’re looking to go all out at TRNSMT or simply venture to a niche smaller event, there’s plenty on offer.