As Spring moves into Summer, Perth comes to life with a jam packed assortment of festivals and celebration of our city’s incredible music, arts, culture and much much more. Artists, musicians and writers from far and wide will convene in the area to participate in all the amazing opportunities and delights we have to offer. Whether you’re into the nostalgic songs of your youth, the traditional tunes of great Scottish artists, or something off the beaten track, rest assured you’ll find something to your tastes. We’ve got a quick rundown of the various festivals coming to Perth and the surrounding district in 2017.

Perth Festival of the Arts                                                               15th to 27th May

There are jazz festivals, festivals for rock, folk and classical music but very few festivals which cover all these genres. Perth Festival of the Arts certainly does this again with this year’s programme featuring such well known names as Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Jools Holland, Marcus Brigstocke, Justin Currie and The View. There is a full scale opera, Pucinni’s Tosca, a world-class choir, Tenebrae and the might of the imposing Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.  Free concerts and exhibitions also feature, as well as a performance of HMS Pinafore, where audience members are the chorus and can even dress up.

Perth Festival of the Arts is an annual 11 day May Festival, founded in 1972, and taking place in the City of Perth in Scotland. It is now in its 46th Year and is one of the oldest continuously running arts Festivals in Scotland

Vamos Festival                                                     Perth Racecourse 12th to 14th May

Taking place at Perth Racecourse Vamos is a weekend of live American Style Music. Featuring Rock & Roll, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues, Soul and Rockabilly.
Friday Night Party kicks us off with music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80’s before launching ourself into 2 full days and nights of American Style Music to suit music lovers of all ages and musical tastes!

Buy tickets here.

Fake Festival                                                            South Inch: Saturday 20th May

Perth Fake Festival is a tribute-based music event. They are bringing 3 of their ‘fake bands’ to Perth – professional ‘touring-grade’ tribute bands that put on a superb performance. They look, sound and move like the real rock-stars – you have to see them to believe it!

Plus, talented ‘home-grown’ bands based locally to the festival get to play support to the ‘fake bands’ during their afternoon showcase. Come and support local live music.

They work hard to ensure their festivals are safe, secure, accessible and friendly – with an environment that caters for all ages. Our giant marquee ensures a warm, lively, inside atmosphere, so you can really enjoy the music. So round up your group or family members and make it a fun packed music day out – come and support live music and party late into the evening!

Further information on their website page. Unfortunately, tickets for Fake Festivals at Perth are already sold out, but never fear, any remaining ticket supplies will be announced as they’re released, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more information.

Solas Festival                                        The Bield at Blackruthven: 23rd to 25th June 

Solas is Scotland’s midsummer festival which has been running since 2009. The all-age weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.

The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.

 

The theme for 2017 is “Home”. What does ‘home’ mean to you?

Familiar people? Familiar places? A history and culture that you’re part of, or somewhere that you’re learning to fit in? A nurturing place, or a long-ago place?

The festival has always been about community and radical hospitality and through arts and politics they hope to explore how we and others make our home. They will showcase music, art, drama, and literature from around the country and the world, and celebrate the cultural diversity that shapes contemporary Scotland. 

Tickets are still available from Solas’s website, and children 11 years old and under get in free.

 

Rewind Festival                                                       Scone Palace: 21st – 23rd July   

The biggest and wildest celebration of the music of the 1980s returns to Perthshire for another year! Whether you want a blast from the past or just enjoy listening to the classics, Rewind offers a high energy experience with 27 top acts over the course of one weekend.

This year’s headliners include household names and genuine music legends like Level 42 and The Human League as well as retro favourites like Musical Youth and Chesney Hawkes.

Camping is part of the experience, but if the thought of drudging through mud and trying to figure out how to put up your little shack sends shivers down your spine, why not go glam this Rewind? Glamping (Glamorous Camping) offers an extra special experience for your festival visit, with top quality accommodation and facilities (posh loos!) as well as a pamper parlour, mobile phone charging and an exclusive chill out area. Check out their website for more information but book fast because those tents will disappear quick!

Enjoy a tipple as you listen to your favourite bands and check out the choice of themed bars open over the weekend, including the Big Top Bar, complete with its own range of music and DJs, and exclusive gin, vodka and cocktail bars to suit all tastes. And make sure to eat properly, thanks to a delectable selection of food tents serving posh nosh, including buffalo burgers, bean burritos, exotic ostrich burgers, traditional Scottish butchers’ favourites, macaroni and cheese, and wood burning oven cooked pizzas.

Tickets are still available for individual days as well as weekend and camping for both adults and children. Visit the Rewind website for full information and booking details.   

Southern Fried Festival                                                               27th to 30th July

Based in Perth Concert Hall and venues throughout the city, Southern Fried will take place from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 July 2017.

Confirmed artists so far include Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Sam Outlaw and an all-star tribute to Chuck Berry with Andy Fairweather Low & The Hi Riders as the house band.

Weekend tickets go onsale from Fri 21st April then for individual shows from Wed 26th. Tickets will be available online via www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk, by phone on 01738 621 031 or in person at Perth Concert Hall.

Since the festival launched in 2008, artists have included Steve Earle, John Prine, The Mavericks, Lucinda Williams, Seasick Steve, Booker T, Rosanne Cash, Lyle Lovett, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Raul Malo, Justin Townes Earle, Iris DeMent, Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, The McCrary Sisters, Ruthie Foster, Stax! featuring Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Eddie Floyd, Tom Russell, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Hayseed Dixie, Allen Toussaint, Los Lobos, Nanci Griffith, Sturgill Simpson, John Fullbright, Andy Fairweather-Low, Hot 8 Brass Band, Mary Gauthier, Eddi Reader, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Slaid Cleaves, Alvin Youngblood Hart, The Holmes Brothers, Elizabeth Cook, Rachel Harrington, Phantom Limb and many more.

Southern Fried covers a wide range of musical styles including country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, soul, songwriters, alt.country and more. Plus authentic southern and soul food, free gigs, latenight performances and workshops.

Check out Horsecross’s website for more information.

Tummel and Tay Festival                                                                   16th to 26th June

The Tummel and Tay Festival returns to Aberfeldy, Birnam and Pitlochry, with a celebration of the finest Perthshire and Highland produce. With 11 days of fantastic events planned, there’s much to entice visitors to this beautiful part of the country, and each town holds its own unique delights.

This triangle of towns, each with their own rich and diverse history, will be hosting an abundance of music, comedy, arts, film theatre, history and food.

All of the hosts of the Tummel and Tay Festival can be reached from Perth in an hour or less. Check out their website for more information.

Mhor Festival                                                                             26th – 28th May

Monachyle Mhor Farm in Balquhidder is one of Perthshire’s best kept secrets, but what’s the point in keeping a secret if nobody else can enjoy it? The Mhor Festival is a 3 day delight of food, drink, music, theatre and revelry.

At what other festival in the country could you enjoy a 5 course feast courtesy of some of the best chefs in the country, a hand-picked market of amazing artisan products, music from a selection of artists. Mhor Festival also offers some of the best accommodation for visitors. Bring your trusty tent or campervan, or set up home at the acclaimed Monachyle Mhor Hotel, or treat yourself to the luxury of a bell tent pitched on the banks of Loch Voil. The views alone are worth the price.

The Festival also welcomes you to take part in an assortment of fun activities, from their daring raft race to their own Bake Off bonanza, to a special course in photography. The Mhor is all about the experience, and we can safely say there’s nothing like in anywhere else in Perthshire, or perhaps even the world.

Tickets are still available on the website.

Craigie Hill Music Festival                                                      29th August

With headliners such as Eddi Reader and the Red Pine Timber Company the 2nd Craigie Hill Music Festival is billed to be a fantastic event. The Join the Club gathering will also form a showcase for local talent. For more information and to keep up to date with news re this event visit their facebook page

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