Bucket List Worthy
Since the summer of 1987, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival has been amplifying the level of excitement in a city that already plays host to a vibrant jazz scene. The festivals combines some of the world’s most famous jazz musicians with upcoming superstars to create a diverse scene that is appreciated by music enthusiasts of all ages, interests and budgets (free shows are plentiful). The Georgia Fame Family Trio, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Yazmin Lacey and Mr. Jukes are just a few of the dozens of musicians prepared to wow ticket holders at Glasgow’s favourite music venues from June 20 to 24, this year.
The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival was voted the UK’s No. 1 most popular summer music festival for more reasons than can be counted on one hand. This all-ages event celebrates Scottish music and culture. The festival, affectionally known as “Bella,” even has its own signature tartan for attendees to wear for the weekend.
Free “fringe” events taking place before and after the event create a feeling of community that is much of what draws visitors back year after year. Combine that camaraderie with major headliners, like this year’s Paloma Faith and Primal Scream, and you have a festival that has sold out every summer since 2008.
Scotland’s largest family-friendly music festival also overlooks the ruins of one of the country’s most historic palaces, creating an atmosphere that keeps visitors of all ages coming back year after year. The festival takes place in the town of Linlithgow, just 20 minutes west of Edinburgh and 35 minutes east of Glasgow, drawing attendees from the nearby cities, across the country, and around the globe for renowned headliners like this year’s James, Texas, Gabrielle, Imelda May, Embrace, and dozens more. The festival’s 5-year anniversary is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever.
If you’re looking for an over-the-top music festival with fairytale-like qualities in a fairytale-like setting, Electric Fields will exceed your expectations. Spend a full weekend at the tail end of summer away from the stresses of the real world and completely surrounded by live music on multiple stages, mouthwatering eats at the the Pitt Food Market, the on-site fairground, an ale festival, acres of gardens, and of course, the grounds of one of the grandest castles in the world (Drumlanrig Castle). This year’s headliners include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Leftfield, James, Teenage Fanclub and dozens of other acclaimed artists from around the world.