Get ready to stomp your feet and ceilidh with the best of them.
There’s something so life-affirming about going to a great music festival.
For a few days you can forget all about your worries back home and fully immerse yourself in the joy of music. Whether you’re a fan of traditional folk, jazz or you just love any opportunity to enjoy a good old fashioned hoe-down, Scottish Folk Festivals are fantastic opportunities to meet like-minded people and see some live music.
It’s not too late to book your tickets to one of these fantastic festivals – take a look at our pick of Scottish festivals for September to see if you can make it to any of them this year:
Linlithgow Folk Festival
5th-9th September/Various Prices
The 20th incarnation of the Linlithgow Folk Festival is promising to the biggest one yet – established in 1998 by the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association, this festival is a true hub for the West Lothian style of Folk music. The lineup this year features a number of stellar names such as Ralph McTell and the Hannah Rarity Band to name a few, but it’s the community led group performance sessions that make this festival worth the trip.
7th-15th September/Various Prices
There aren’t many festivals in Scotland that take heritage as importantly as BLAS. Over the course of 9 days hundreds of folk acts descend upon the dozens of venues all across the Highlands. There’s a wide range of performers here from traditional folk acts to fill blown Ceidlidh Bands making this a perfect time time to visit the Highlands. Whilst BLAS is unlike a music festival in the traditional sense, it offers newcomers to the genre a great chance of getting acquainted with the music of the Highlands.
Jura Music Festival
It might take an arm and a leg to get to the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides but the trip is well worth the effort. Less than 200 people live on this tiny island, so it goes without saying that things get a little bit crowded when the festival starts up each year. Two simple events are held in a purpose-built marquee and the cosy village hall which makes for a distinctly homegrown atmosphere. There aren’t any holiday homes for sale on this island so guests must make use of hotels or wild camp if they wish.
Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song
Now in its 37th year the Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song is a quintessential Scottish event that encompasses ceilidhs, concerts and street entertainment. Thanks to the festival’s long-running nature some of the most established players throughout Scotland find their way to the stage here – this year you can expect to see legendary bothy ballad singer Joe Aitken, local singers Angus Folk and festival favourite Murray Douglas.
Our first featured song comes from a truly groundbreaking Scottish group…
Epic post-rockers Mogwai are staunch advocates of Scottish music having led the charge in avant-garde music for well over 20 years now. Donuts is their recently released song from their first ever feature-film soundtrack:
Although they lost founding member John Cummings in 2015, the now four-piece have continued to break the boundaries of the alternative music genre by contributing and composing soundtracks to documentaries and television series.
Their latest record is the soundtrack to the upcoming sci-fi movie Kin. Telling the story of two brothers on the run from gangsters, government agents and a mysterious alien force, Kin will have its US release on August 31st when you can also pick up the record too.
Mogwai will tour the England in November. There are still a handful of tickets left for one of their shows at Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre and they will also appear at True North Festival, Aberdeen in September.