What do you think of the whole festival scene? Do you love them, go to them every year, and are you on the hunt to new ones to go to? Or are you new to it all, unsure if you like it? Not sure if you’re quite ready for the likes of T in the Park or Download? These huge festivals can be pricey and maybe just not your cup of scene. Maybe you just need something a little smaller? Fear not! Here are four up and coming Scottish festivals that are worth your time!
A festival of music and merriment – here we have Scotland’s friendliest festival. This festival will be taking place from the 29th to the 31st of July at Mugdock Country Park on Craigallian Road, which is near Milngavie. So far, the likes of Stanely Odd, Colonel Mustand & the Dijon 5, Woodwife, Wolves, The Girobabies and Young Aviators will be appearing at Mugstock. This friendly festival promises to be a fantastic family experience too – there will be a zone dedicated to children which will feature arts and crafts activities and storytelling.
Caulders Garden House restaurant, Charlie’s Café Bar and Stables Tea Room will be catering and open to festival goers all weekend – ice cream and cappuccino’s (which are served by these caterers) aside, Mugstock promises that it will not be ripping off. There will be great Williams Brothers cask ale and Thistly Cross fruit ciders. So maybe you’re not convinced that Mugstock is the festival for you? Have no fear! Mugstock’s Springtime Shindig will be taking place on Saturday 9th April at SWG3 Studio Warehouse, which is one of Glasgow’s most excellent venues. This Shindig will feature live performances and workshops, and it’s an all day event lasting from 2pm to 2am. Tickets are available at the door but are cheaper on Mugstock’s website.
Doune The Rabbit Hole
Doune the Rabbit Hole takes place in the dog days of this summer – on the weekend of the 19th and 21st of August. Since 2010, this festival has been a place for independent music located amongst the ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate, finding its beginnings at a site near the town of Doune. Doune the Rabbit Hole aims to bring together a diverse line up that reflects the independent music, arts and crafts being produced in Scotland.
It’s family friendly as well – throughout the weekened there will be a range of activities for kids of all ages from games to craft, and of course there will be a jelly slide! So, who’s going Doune the Rabbit Hole this summer? Treacherous Orchestra, Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 (damn it’s a busy year for these guys!), Black Mass, Babe and Bossy Love will all be there. It’s going to be a good summer!
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
Music to the hills! People to the land! Venture to the beautiful but undiscovered upland slice of Scotland, where Knocengorroch aimed to bring world class music acts. It was the summer of 1998 when this festival came to be – 18 years later, it now attracts festival goers from all over Scotland, and even; the UK and beyond! Several of Dumfries and Galloway’s festivals take inspiration from Knockengorroch, which was originally held at a farm of the same name in Galloway. The line up for Knockengorroch 2016 includes Girobabies, Twistettes, 47SOUL, Cosmic and Mighty Oak. More are to be announced!
Ever heard of PyroCeltica? It’s really cool. This Edinburgh based group’s speciality is Celtic Fire Theatre and is made up of 20 dedicated performers,technicians and musicians. They’ll be performing at Knockengorroch! Their performances are choreographed to their own original and compelling soundtracks and the use of custom made props, costumes and fire sculptures come into play. Interested? Act quickly – the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh will take place between the 26th and 29th of May this year.
There are three main reasons why the Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt) is so successful and those reasons are the setting, the music and the community. The astonishing beauty of the Outer Hebrides and the setting of the festival’s “big blue marquee” in the grounds of Lews Castle which overlooks Stornoway harbour really does contribute to the success of HebCelt. It attracts visitors from all around the world because come on, who wouldn’t enjoy great music in a beautiful place?
Onto the music, then: this festival is consistent in keeping up a wide variety of music from around the world. Musicians from a wide selection of different countries are eager to perform at this festival! At HebCelt, great quality Celtic music is always guaranteed. So who’s going to be there? The phenomenal Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Sink Ships, Runrig and Little Fire are among the long list of artists appearing at HebCelt this year. And the third and final reason for the success of HebCelt is the community – the hard work of the unpaid volunteers and sponsors. The effort and passion put into this festival is one of the things that make it so special! Clear whatever the hell you’re doing between the 13th and 16th of July off of your calendar – HebCelt’s calling.