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It may feel like our Scottish summer has been and gone but we are bang in the middle of Festival season. So, grab your sunnies, get the Magners Dark Fruits oot the fridge, clear the muck off your pair of Hunter wellies that you haven't seen since last year and check out our top tips for every kind of festival raver.
For the hardcore West Coater...
ButeFest | Rothesay, Isle of Bute | 28 - 30 July 2017
Folky Favourites: The Chair, Manran, Elephant Sessions
Other acts to check out: We Are Scientists, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, Boohoohoo
With this stellar line-up we guarantee that this festival will be (forgive me) an absolute Bute...
Hebcelt | Stornoway, Isle of Lewis | 19 - 22 July 2017
Folky Favourites: Dougie MacLean, Lau, Skerryvore
Other acts to check out: The Waterboys, Imelda May, C. MacLeod
Get yourself out to the Hebrides for this absolute belter of a festival. With so many top acts on offer it'll be well worth the adventure to get there!
Skye Live | Portree, Isle of Skye | 22 - 23 September 2017
Folky Favourites: Niteworks, Blazin' Fiddles, Dáimh
Other acts to check out: Joe Goddard, Joy Orbison, Pronto Mama
Make sure you get out to a midge-less (no guarantees) Isle of Skye for an Island rave you'll never forget. You'll find everything from House, Trad and Gaelictronica on offer as well as the stunning scenery.
For the City Slicker...
Piping Live | Glasgow | 07 - 13 August 2017
Folky Favourites: Brighde Chaimbeul, Eddie and Luc, Peatbog Faeries
Other acts to enjoy: All the other Pipe bands!!
If you're a fan of Pipe Bands then this is without doubt the festival for you. A whole week of every type of drone and chanter you can think of.
The Edinburgh Fringe | Edinburgh | 04 - 28 August 2017
Folky Favourites: Barluath, Ella Munro, Gnoss
Other acts to check out: Bwani Junction (Graceland), Lights Out By Nine, Pictish Trail
With 24 days of comedy, music and just about everything else in between there is something for everyone at the fringe!
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival | Beauly, Inverness | 03 - 05 August 2017
Folkie Favourites: Saltfishforty, Hó-ró, Heron Valley
Other acts to enjoy: Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Young Fathers
Okay, so it's not actually in a city, but, with Inverness just a hop, skip and a jump away it's pretty damn close.
And... for the ones who have been saving their pennies...
Cambridge Folk Festival | England | 03 - 05 August 2017
Folky Favourites: Sharon Shannon, Fara, Beoga
Other acts to enjoy: Jake Bugg, Frank Turner, Benjamin Francis Leftwich
This is a must attend for any folky fangirl. This line-up offers so much choice that you might have few tough decisions to make when it comes to planning your itinerary.
Tønder Festival | Denmark | 24 - 27 August 2017
Folky Favourites: Talisk, Dallahan, Altan
Other acts to enjoy: Any tent, any stage you'll find something incredible.
With so much variety on offer Tønder is the perfect place to be if you're looking to discover some new sounds.