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....

FLY Open Air

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Taking place in the Ross Bandstand, against the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, FLY Open Air returns for a weekend of electronic dance entertainment.

16 - 18 September 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 will be 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 features a range of incredible musicians, across a variety of venues across the city, including Summerhall and The Queen’s Hall.

2023 dates TBC

 

Midstock Festival

Midstock Festival May 2022

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.

2023 dates TBC

 

Lets Rock Scotland

Lets Rock Scotland June 2022

Experience a blast from the past with Let’s Rock Scotland – The Retro Festival.   Touring throughout the UK, this 80’s-inspired festival takes place at Dalkeith Country Park.

2023 dates TBC.

 

Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Doors 2021 Image Credit Chris Scott

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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, 2022's Hidden Door Festival took place at the Old Royal High School on Calton Hill.

2023 dates TBC - Early Bird Tickets available now. Book here > 

 

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Now over 40 years old, the joyful and flamboyant Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe.

Attracting major international names as well as from the growing Scottish contemporary jazz scene, visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of styles, from 1920s traditional jazz to electronic blues.

The Festival also includes the epic Mardi Gras and the gloriously colourful Edinburgh Festival Carnival which features a cavalcade of dancers, acrobatics, drummers and musicians weaving their way from the Mound to the west end of Princes Street, before finishing with a spectacular concert of colour, spectacle and sounds in Princes Street Gardens.

14 - 23 July 2023 

 

Out East Festival 

A family friendly festival with numerous music stages, DJ tent, interactive workshops, kids activities and lots of great food and drink options, Out East Festival takes place at Dalkeith Country Park.

2023 dates TBC

 

Over The Bridge Festival

Over The Bridge

Held in the popular Stockbridge area of the city, Over the Bridge Festival launched in July 2022. The star-studded line-up included James Arthur, Ella Eyre, Razorlight and Feeder who took to the stage for 3 days of summer entertainment.

Keep an eye on their website for details of 2023's festival. 

 

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Took place in Edinburgh’s Princes St Gardens, against the backdrop of the majestic Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Summer Sessions featured a fantastic array of musical might including Michael Kiwanuka, Simply Red, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Travis.

2023 dates TBC

 

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.

12 – 13 August 2023

 

Connect Music Festival

The Connect Music Festival

The Connect Music Festival was held at The Royal Highland Centre with an incredible line-up of both local, national and international artists including The Chemical Brothers, The National, IDLES, Self Esteem and local hero Joesef.

The 3-day festival also had a wellness area, speakeasy, boutique camping and VIP experiences,

25 – 27 August 2023

 

Jupiter Rising

Jupiter Rising Image Credit Aly Wight Courtesy Jupiter Artland(Image Credit Aly Wight Courtesy Jupiter Artland)

Was held at world-class sculpture park Jupiter Artland near Wilkieston, less than 30 minutes bus journey from Edinburgh, Jupiter Rising brought together artists, musicians and performers for a 3-day 2-night camping festival which celebrated both up-and-coming and established UK & international artists.

Musicians  included South African duo Distruction Boyz, soul jazz pioneer Dylema, award-winning sound artist & DJ, Auntie Flo and indie-pop duo, Poster Paints.

2023 dates TBC

 

From small intimate bars to vast music halls, Edinburgh is home to a fantastic range of venues for music lovers. Discover more in our guide to Live Music in Edinburgh >