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Summer of Festivals 2020

By SarahWhelan 24 Feb 2020

Exams finish, halls close and the summer stretches out ahead. If you have a free weekend, a love of music and the desire to wear wellies in a field then read on.

Whether your a folk fan or a metal head, there's something for you.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival



Yurts available

I visited Belladrum for the first time last year and it is now top of my list.

Its a great setting with a real mix of music, from chart toppers to local folk bands.

My top tip would be avoid the red camping area, the family or green section still have a party, friendly atmosphere but without the 5am chanting and strewn bodies.

Just 20mins drive outside of Inverness. Regular buses running to the venue.


Doune the Rabbit Hole



Book early to get discounted price

There is a great selection of music as well as guest speakers, yoga sessions, acrobatic displays and much more

It is also dog friendly-always a bonus

Situated on the Cardross Estate. It is a short drive from Stirling.

They run a bus service and also have a new cycle initiative starting this year!

Doune the Rabbit Hole




Eco Camping Available

I attended Download in 2018 and wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was the friendliest group of people, endless music legends and some serious suncream weather.

When the ears need a rest there is outdoor cinema (in hammocks), wrestling performances, mindfulness sessions and circus acts

The only downside for me was the walk from the campsite to the venue, it was about 30mins from where we were, and the queues for the toilets could be...challenging.


Edinburgh Summer Sessions



A series of acts from Tom Jones to The 1975 (tickets sold separately for each act)

Held outdoors in Princes St Gardens, a chance to see some big names, right on our door step. 

A great festival feel for those who want to go back to a proper bed at night

Summer Sessions

Lamer Tree



Discount for 17 and under

Celebrating their 30th year. Lamer prides itself on offering a stress free, community tribe.

Enjoy music from the likes of Frank Turner or explore their comedy line up, literature talks and art installations

The festival has strong links to nature and is set in an 'area of outstanding natural beauty'

Set in Carborne Chase on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

Lamer Tree

Orkney Folk Festival


Tickets on sale in April

The folk festival isn't set in a field but in an array of venues across Orkney and is organised by a team of 12 volunteers.

They pride themselves on the balance of visiting and home grown artists, this helps give the festival a real community feel

The Scotsman described it as 'ridiculously cool' 

Orkney Folk Festival


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