FESTIVAL season is upon us and Scotland is about to see the return of many of its most well-loved music events. Come rain, hail or shine – we can’t wait to see what these top events have in store for us this summer.

So, to help your decision making, we’ve compiled a quick guide with our top picks for where’s best to head in Scotland this year.

Houses Festival (11th May) 

The inaugural edition of Houses Festival sees TEAM TTV team up with SWG3 for a day of exciting new music from the realms of dance, electronic, hip hop, acoustic and indie. With four stages set up across the Finnieston venue, you can catch your next favourite band or artist in the Warehouse, TV Studio, Poetry Club or Terrace. With Dillon Squire, Slix, Voodoos, Ben Walker, Queen of Harps, Pearling, Rory James, Psweatpants, JusHarry, Joell and more all set to appear, head down on 11th May for this exciting first edition.

Tickets here. 

Tenement Trail (12th October)

Returning to Glasgow’s East End at iconic venues such as BAaD, Saint Luke’s and the Barrowland Ballroom, Tenement Trail 2024 promises another thrilling day of new music from some of Scotland’s most exciting rising stars. No names have been revealed for this year’s lineup as of yet, but it’s established itself as one of the must-attend festivals of the year.

With former acts including Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Dead Pony, Gallus, Drenge, Yungblud, Lucia & The Best Boys and more, don’t miss out on seeing the next big thing!

Grab your early bird ticket before it’s too late, on sale now here. 

Queens Park Spring Weekender (4th-5th May) 

Melting Pot and Optimo (Espacio) have curated a two-day May Day celebration at Queen’s Park Recreation Ground.

Under the red and white canvas of the Big Top Tent, some of the biggest names in electronic music
will take to the stage alongside local artists, providing a stellar soundtrack to fill the dancefloor
across Saturday and Sunday – with music from The Blessed Madonna, Todd Terje, ESG, Aba Shant-I and more. Plus, The Big Feed have curated an incredible offering of both sweet and savoury snacks on the day.

Saturday tickets are now sold out but a highly limited number are still available for Sunday – buy the
last remaining tickets here.

Riverside (25th-26th May)

Riverside has established itself as one of Scotland’s most eagerly anticipated festivals for electronic music fans. Situated on the bank of the River Clyde at the Riverside Museum, it returns for another year with some of the best artists in the game right now – including Green Velvet, Maceo Plex, LF System, Mella Dee, TAAHLIAH, Eliza Rose and more.

Tickets here. 

Big City (29th June) 

Another festival set in Queen’s Park in Glasgow’s Southside this year, Big City is a new all-dayer put together by none other than Glasgow post-rock giants Mogwai. They’ve curated a big line-up that’ll perform over two stages – with Nadine Shah, Slowdive, Kathryn Joseph, Cloth, Goat Girl, Sacred Paws and more set to appear.

Tickets here. 

Young Fathers All-Dayer (29th June) 

The best live band in Scotland are taking over Stirling City Park for the day on 29th June. Marking their biggest ever Scottish headline, they’re set to bring Self Esteem, Noname and Petite Noir with the with more to be announced.

Tickets here. 

Kelburn Garden Party (4th-8th July)

Surrounding Kelburn Castle on Scotland’s West Coast, Kelburn Garden Party provides a captivating experience of eclectic taste across its seven stages and awesome gardens. Boasting genre diversity, Kelburn offers something for everyone with folk music, funk, disco, jungle, art and entertainment.

Lineup includes Erol Alkan, HAAi, corto.alto, Becky Sikasa, neverfine, LVRA, rEDOLENT, Linzi Clark and more. Immerse yourself in the magic of Kelburn Garden Party with tickets here.

TRNSMT Festival (12th – 14th July)

Heading for a full sell out, Glasgow Green hosts the return of TRNSMT Festival this summer  featuring some world renowned names and exciting up and comers. Headline acts include Liam Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon and Calvin Harris while you’ll also see the likes of Courteeners, Sugababes, The Vaccines, Dylan John Thomas, CMAT, Vistas, Gallus and more.

Grab your tickets here.

Belladrum Festival (25th – 27th July)

Set in the beautiful highlands of Inverness, Belladrum Festival returns in 2024 with a stellar lineup including Deacon Blue, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Jake Bugg, Twin Atlantic, Hamish Hawk, Lucia & The Best Boys and more.

Tickets can be purchased here.

A Bowlie Event, ‘The Glasgow Weekender’ 

Presented by Belle and Sebastian, ‘The Glasgow Weekender’s is a new addition to this year’s festival calendar. The Scottish indie-pop favourites bring one of their Bowlie events to the Galvanizer’s Yard at SWG3 on 2nd and 3rd August with a big line-up in tow. Not only will they play both nights, but you can expect to see Camera Obscura, CMAT, The Joy Hotel and more.

Check it out here. 

core.(2nd-4th August) 

Following the success of last year’s inaugural edition, core. returns this August for a three-day event in The Hug and Pint and Woodside Hall in Glasgow’s West End. Headliners include Empire State Bastard, Gilla Band and Show Me The Body – expect plenty of noise.

Check it out here. 

M4 Festival (3rd August) 

Curated by festival founder and Scotland’s hip hop star Bemz, M4 Festival has announced the lineup for its first ever all-dayer – bringing together hip hop, rap, grime, afro beat and acoustic artists to celebrate Scotland’s diverse, genre-spanning music scene. Held at Barras Art and Design in Glasgow’s East End, established artists will share the stage with exciting up and comers – those confirmed to play include Bemz, Becky Sikasa, Joell, Sean Focus, Pence, Dija, Iso Yso, Leaghte and more.

Tickets here. 

Summer Nights At The Bandstand (23rd July – 1oth August)

Kelvingrove Park’s Summer Nights At The Bandstand showcases another fantastic lineup this year. Bananarama, Bill Bailey, Squeeze, Johnny Marr, Future Islands, Echo and the Bunnymen and more all feature on the exciting roster.

More information and tickets can be purchased here.

Psych Festival (1st September) 

Rounding off Scottish festival season is Psych Festival in Edinburgh. Originally starting in Edinburgh, Psych Festival is bringing its music, art, workshops and more to various venues in the capital, with Temples, Newdad, Hotwax, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs all confirmed to appear.

Check it out here.