The Skinny’s 2022 Scottish Music Festival Calendar

Terminal V: Resurgence

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 16-17 April
Terminal V makes its long-awaited return this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, aptly named Resurgence. After an unfortunate string of cancellations due to you know what, we hope this one continues and the lineup is, as we expected, stacked. Expect live sets from KiNK, Robert Hood and 999999999, alongside world-class DJs like Helena Hauff, HAAi, Amelie Lens, Eats Everything, Austin Ato and more.

Crowds celebrated under a colorful tent surrounded by balloons and lanterns


Carsphairn Hills, Kirkcudbrightshire, 19-22 May
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is finally set to return in May, ushering in the start of ‘tap aff’ weather and kicking off the camping festival season. This year’s beloved world music/trad/hip-hop/fusion welcomes artists like Afro Celt Sound System, Lowkey, Mungo’s Hi-Fi Sound System, Nova, Callum Easter and Plump DJs to stunning Carsphairn Hills next door Water of Deugh.

Anna B Savage stands on an indoor stage surrounded by red lights as she performs with a guitar

The great oriental

Miscellaneous, Edinburgh, May 21
After a successful first outing for The Great Eastern last November in Edinburgh’s Southside, the festival returns this spring for a second round at King’s Hall, Queen’s Hall and the many venues of Summerhall. The lineup so far includes Brighton indie quartet Porridge Radio, London psychedelic band Soccer96, indie-pop trio Peaness and the inimitable Kathryn Joseph, with Anna B Savage and The Joy Hotel returning for round two.

An electronic artist performs for a large crowd under blue and green lights

Festival by the river

Riverside Museum, Glasgow, June 2-4
After a euphoric outing in September for Glasgow’s Riverside Festival last year, the weekend returns to its rightful place in the calendar, taking full advantage of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Taking place in the shadow of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde, Charlotte De Witte, Róisín Murphy and Carl Cox lead a program that also includes FJAAK (live), Joy Orbison, TAAHLIAH (live), Lisalööf and more.

The facade of the Old Royal High School in daylight

hidden door

Royal High School, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, 9-18 June
After a stellar return to form from Hidden Door last year, which saw them take over the Granton Gasworks, the location-hopping festival will take over the former Royal High School in Calton Hill in June. Featuring both an outdoor and indoor stage, this ten-day extravaganza will host music, art, theater and more in this unique setting, with music from This Is the Kit, Warmduscher, Dry Cleaning, EFÉ, Makeness, Girl Ray and more.

A crowd of people stand in front of Kelburn Castle.  The building is surrounded by trees and the walls are painted with colorful murals

Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Castle, near Largs, July 1-4
After a three year hiatus, we look forward to returning to Kelburn this year. The lineup is as diverse as we’ve come to expect from the team behind the Garden Party, and we’re delighted to say that we’re scheduling the Pyramid Stage for all three days of the festival this year with Nova, Free Love and Maranta are all ready to play alongside Kapil Seshasayee, Bemz, Swiss Portrait and Katherine Aly. Bring on the sun!

Crowds seated in a field enjoying the fine weather, surrounded by tents and flags

Doune the rabbit hole

Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirling, 14-17 July
We nearly choked on our coffee earlier this year when the Doune the Rabbit Hole family announced that Patti Smith would headline the festival’s opening night. Back after a few years away, the 2022 line-up is one of the most exciting on the Scottish festival circuit, where alongside Patti you’ll find Boney M(!), Yard Act, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Snapped Ankles , Nadia Rose, Porridge Radio, Stanley Odd and more.

Scone Palace

Other countries

Scone Palace, Perth, 19-21 August
In partnership with BBC Introducing, Sub Club, Sneaky Pete’s and Boiler Room, Fly Club is launching its first Scottish Camping Festival this summer which will see them take over the grounds of Scone Palace in Perth. Best known as the site where Macbeth and Robert the Bruce were crowned, this summer it will be best known as a place to dance the night away to world class acts such as Bicep (live), Jamie xx, Honey Dijon, TSHA and Elkka (dwell).

Tents and flags were set up in a clearing in the woods.  Crowds sit on the grass enjoying the sunshine

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Artland, August 26-28
Jupiter Rising has been a real highlight of 2021 for us and we can’t wait to be back in the beautiful surroundings of Jupiter Artland in August for more fun. So far, this year’s festival features guest curators Alloysius Massaquoi (Young Fathers) and Tamara Schlesinger (MALKA/Hen Hoose). The lineup so far includes Emma Pollock, AMUNDA, Poster Paints, Susan Bear, Jayda, Djana Gabrielle, Distruction Boyz, Dylema and Mychelle.

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai plays guitar on stage under blue lighting

Connect Festival

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 26-28 August
At the end of 2021, it was announced that after 14 years, the Connect Festival would return in 2022, much to the delight of many on social media. With a move to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre, Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National headline this year’s festival along with Mogwai, Self Esteem, The Twilight Sad, Black Coffee, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Caribou, Sudan Archives and more further down the bill.

Some additional dates for your diary
As if all of that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of other events happening across the country this year that are worth shouting about. Counterflows kicks off in Glasgow at the end of March (March 31-April 2) before The Return of the Slam Tent (April 29-May 1) sets the grounds of Hopetoun House ablaze. Skye Live (May 13-14) kicks things off in the Highlands and Islands, followed soon after by the Orkney Folk Festival (May 26-29), before Lost Map Records’ Howlin’ Fling invites you to the Isle of Eigg for Island Family Gathering (July 1-2). The following weekend the Tiree Music Festival takes place (July 8-10), before the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (July 27-28) attracts revelers to the Belladrum Estate near Inverness.

Back in the Central Belt, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival takes over the capital from July 15-24, warming up the city ahead of the Edinburgh International Festival (July 5-28). Coinciding with Edinburgh Festivals, Fringe by the Sea takes place in the seaside town of North Berwick (August 5-14), while Edinburgh Summer Sessions bring big names to Princes Street Gardens for a series of shows from August 7 to 14. Meanwhile in Glasgow, summer nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand are worth a visit (July 27-August 13), while later in the year the Tenement Trail takes over Glasgow’s East End October 8, with The Great Western taking place the following month (Nov 12).

8 additional fests at bottom (like warning pages)

deer and dagger
Miscellaneous, Edinburgh, April 30; Miscellaneous, Glasgow, May Day
Dream woman, let’s eat grandma, protomartyr

Tectonic Festival
Miscellaneous, Glasgow, 30 April-1 May
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Douglas R Ewart, FUJI||||||||||TA

wide days
Miscellaneous, Edinburgh, May 21
Savage Mansion, Bemz, Katherine Aly

fly in the open air
Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, 21-22 May
Peggy Gou, DJ Koze, Horse Meat Disco

Eden Festival
Raehills Meadows, near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, June 9-12
Coolio, Hollie Cook, Pictish Trail

Sola Festival
Errol Park, Perthshire, 17-19 June
Stanley Odd, Lewis McLaughlin, Callum Easter

Glasgow Green, Glasgow, July 8-10
The blows, wet leg, self-esteem

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, July 13-16
Texas, Seasick Steve, Admiral Fallow

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