Music Festivals in Edinburgh

Midstock Festival May 2022

After several year’s absence, crowd-pleasing music festivals are once again bursting back to life in Edinburgh.

Ranging from one day to 10 days, techno to folk, and everything in between, whether you’re a festival newbie or a seasoned pro, Edinburgh has a music festival for everyone. Here’s our top suggestions for 2022 and beyond....

Midstock Festival

Offering a mix of family fun and headline acts, Midstock Festival at Dalkeith Country Park is a 2-day extravaganza of music from the UK’s best tribute acts including Foo Fighters GB and Simply Minded.

27 – 28 May 2022

 

Hidden Door Festival

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A project that opens forgotten urban spaces and transforms them for a full program of live music, theatre, film, dance and spoken word, this year’s Hidden Door Festival takes place at the Old Royal High School on Calton Hill.

With indoor and outdoor stages, plus a secret basement for late night shows, musical highlights for this year include Saint Etienne, Miss Represented & Jacksonville.

9 – 18 June 2022

 

The Big Top

With a festival feel, The Big Top at Royal Highland Centre will play host to some amazing acts including Madness, Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro, James & 50 Cent.

12 – 25 June 2022

 

Over The Bridge Festival

A new musical festival comes to Edinburgh this year, with a star-studded line-up.

Held in the popular Stockbridge area, Over The Bridge Festival will see the likes of James Arthur, Ella Eyre, Razorlight and Feeder take to the stage for 3 days of summer entertainment.

29 – 31 July 2022

 

Out East Festival

A family friendly festival with five music stages, DJ tent, interactive workshops, child friendly activities and lots of great food and drink options, don’t miss Out East Festival at Dalkeith Country Park.

Sister Sledge is confirmed, and more announcements are to follow.

6 – 7 August 2022

 

Party at the Palace

Around 20 minutes by train and 50 minutes by car, Party at the Palace at Linlithgow is within easy commutable distance from Edinburgh.

With more than 50 acts over 2 days, including Ocean Colour Scene, Del Amitri, The Human League and Callum Beattie, no matter your musical preference, there’s something to suit all tastes.

13 – 14 August 2022

 

Connect Music Festival

The epic dance festival, Connect Music Festival is back at The Royal Highland Centre after a two-year hiatus.

Confirmed big-name acts include Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers, Jon Hopkins & Black Coffee. The 3-day festival also has a wellness area, speakeasy, boutique camping and VIP experiences,

26 – 28 August 2022

The Scots Fiddle Festival

Since its establishment in 1996, The Scots Fiddle Festival has brought together worldwide performers to promote, sustain and celebrate traditional Scots fiddle music.

Music, sessions and workshops make up this popular festival which is due to return at the end of the year.

18 – 20 November 2022

 

Terminal V Festival

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Terminal V Festival returns to Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre for easter weekend with a huge line up of House and Techno DJ’s.

Taking place over 2 days, musical lovers will be entertained by an array of international acts.

8 – 9 April 2023

 

Edinburgh Tradfest

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Showcasing the very best of traditional & folk music from Scotland and around the world, Edinburgh Tradfest’s 11-day festival also features an outstanding line up of talks and commissions.

Performances are spread across the Traverse Theatre, Assembly Rooms and Potterrow.

28 April - 8 May 2023

 

The Great Eastern

Billed as a festival of musical exploration and discovery, The Great Eastern featured a range of incredible musicians, across a variety of venues across the city, such as Summerhall, The Queen’s Hall and The King’s Hall.

Dates TBC 2023

 

FLY Open Air

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FLY Open Air 2022 took place at Hopetoun House, one of Scotland’s most finest stately homes, after a three-year break.

It featured a mixture of returning artists and festival debuts, with the headliner act Peggy Gou.

Dates TBC 2023