Scotland: The Best Country For a Festival This Summer

Katie Holland reports on the last, but certainly, not least festivals happening in Scotland this season…

Choose Scotland: The Best Country For a Festival This Summer

Ahh, summer 2017 is coming to an end! We have seen some of the best festivals in the world take place right here in the UK. However, there is a cool little spot right at the top of the Kingdom that many believe is an untouched treasure for real festival revellers! Our Rising Star in Journalism, Katie Holland reports:

From the outside, it may seem like 2017’s festival season is beginning to come to a close. Although big names such as Glastonbury and Parklife are done and dusted, the Scottish festival scene will keep the festival flag flying right up until the end of September!

Here are 3 festivals that prove why the Scottish festival scene should not be missed from your music festival calendar, along with the top picks of underrated Scottish talent covering the line ups:

Electric Fields

Set within the forests of Dumfries and Galloway, this unique and intimate boutique Scottish festival displays the best of Scotland’s established and rising musical talent. Well-known alternative bands Frightened Rabbit and The Jesus and Mary Chain are set to take the headline stages over this two-day festival in September.

If you are going, be sure to check out the Sneaky Pete’s stage: a tent ran by the legendary underground Edinburgh clubbing company of the same name. The tent will see rising Scottish talent in electronic music out in full force!

Glaswegian Denis Sulta will set the stage; an example of local talent who has emerged to be one of 2017’s biggest acts after appearances at AVA Festival and Fly Open Air earlier in the year. Make sure to check out the resident Sneaky Pete’s DJs from club nights such as Soul Jam too, as they’re set to make the festival a party to remember!

Carnival Fifty Six

This new major Scottish festival took on Dundee from the 12th-13th of August. The festival describes itself as a ‘multi-genre’ event, showcasing some of the world’s biggest names in both pop, alternative and dance music, ranging from Mark Ronson, Clean Bandit and The Fratellis. However, the real beauty of this festival lies in its pride in keeping Scotland at its heart, by showcasing a wide variety of Scottish musicians such as Prides and Model Aeroplanes.

The festival also went the extra mile by serving local food and drinks throughout the festival grounds. It’s definitely looking like this festival is going to put Dundee back on the music map!

FLY Open Air

Back by popular demand and returning to its original location at Princes Street Gardens under Edinburgh Castle, this third instalment of Fly Open Air is set to be the closing festival of the summer. This day long festival hosts big names in electronic music such as Eats Everything and Lil Louis right underneath Edinburgh Castle, an unmissable experience for both locals and tourists alike.

Although only the second phase of the line up has been announced, it seems clear that once again Fly Open Air will have a variety of Scottish talent on display, with Glasgow’s Jasper James and Edinburgh’s Theo Kottis making an appearance on the bill.

These festivals all prove that Scotland’s music scene will never stop growing, and that excitement surrounding local acts is higher than ever. From alternative bands to electronic DJ’s, Scotland’s festivals are here to welcome you and accommodate to all music tastes!

Thanks, Katie! We also have some of the best talents from Scotland performing at this year’s Music Potential UNLEASHED at KOKO’s in London. Be sure to grab your FREE ticket before it’s too late.