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Story originally published in Buzz Magazine, Summer 2012

Orkney Folk Festival 2011.28/5/11Tom O'BrienTHE INTIMATE, calm atmosphere of small music festivals have made them increasingly popular withScottish audiences. They offer a relaxed alternative to the ever-more commercial world of larger festivals. Buzz has identifed this season’s most promising lesser-known musical extravaganzas.

The Orkney Folk Festival

 Held 31st May to 3rd June on  Stromness, this far Northern festival is celebrating its thirtieth year .with thirty artists performing over four days, There is an intimate and friendly atmosphere. where visitors can also make music with the artists. Festival organiser, Craig Corse, says: “There are pub music sessions in an informal atmosphere which are free to attend, musicians rub shoulders with the artists. This is the folk attitude, of experimentation and communal essence.”The music is described as “a mixture of traditional and more daring kinds of styles, because new audiences want to see something different.” The ages of audience members are widely varied, but the festival is particularly popular with fifteen – thirty year olds.

Tickets are sold per event for under £15 from the Folk Festival office on 0185 685 1331. Stromnesshas a hotel, hostel, and campsite accommodation, but space and tickets are limited, so book your trip early!

Mendelssohn on Mull

This chamber music festival, held from 1st to 7th July on the Isle of Mull, offers relaxing classical music. The musicians are young, ranging from teenagers to those in their late twenties. This festival is great for students, as amazingly, it’s free. Jane Nicholson, PR for the festival, says: “The idea behind it is to take these musicians out of solitary life and put them in a beautiful setting. It’s an inspiration and a complete change, which infuences the music. The standard is absolutely top notch.”She adds that, “The audience is of all ages, and includes families with young children.”While there are events across the Isle, it’s best to stay in Tobermory, where there are plenty of bed and breakfasts, a youth hostel and camping. This port town is easy to reach via the bus or ferry service from Oban.

Millport Country and Western Festival

Set in the picturesque town of Cumbrae on the Isle of Millport, this three-day event is filled with bands and line dancing. Some big names are playing this year, from 31st August to 2nd September, including Kickin’ Country, Carson City and Southern Boulevard. Tickets are £124 and available from David Urquhart travel at 0845 330 3747. Cumbrae is best reached by car. The trip includes a thirty minute ferry crossing. Hotel accommodation is easily available.

Electric Frog

A more contemporary option, this Glasgow electronic festival is celebrating its third year from April 7th to 8th. The organisers describe their line-up as ‘iconic,’ last year’s event included exclusive appearances from Francois Kevorkian and Kode 9. Local DJs from Glasgow’s club community perform alongside emerging talent. The festival is held outdoors, with food and bar vendors contributing to the party atmosphere. This year’s festival will be held at The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, in central Glasgow. Tickets are available from Ticket Scotland at 0131 220 3234 or0141 204 5151 and are priced at £25/day or £50/weekend.

Edinburgh Jazz and blues Festival

Held from 20th to 29th July, this 33-year old festival is an Edinburgh staple. Spread across various venues, this event showcases new talent, aiming to support Scottish musicians, while also featuring numerous international artists. The programme showcases a musical range from fusion to free jazz. Tickets are sold per event, and are available from the box office at 01314675200. Accommodation is tough to find, so book in advance!

THE INTIMATE, calm atmosphere of small music festivals have made them increasingly popular withScottish audiences. They offer a relaxed alternative to the ever-more commercial world of larger festivals. Buzz has identifed this season’s most promising lesser-known musical extravaganzas.

 The Orkney Folk Festival

 Held 31st May to 3rd June on  Stromness, this far Northern festival is celebrating its thirtieth year .with thirty artists performing over four days, There is an intimate and friendly atmosphere. where visitors can also make music with the artists. Festival organiser, Craig Corse, says: “There are pub music sessions in an informal atmosphere which are free to attend, musicians rub shoulders with the artists. This is the folk attitude, of experimentation and communal essence.”The music is described as “a mixture of traditional and more daring kinds of styles, because new audiences want to see something different.” The ages of audience members are widely varied, but the festival is particularly popular with fifteen – thirty year olds.

Tickets are sold per event for under £15 from the Folk Festival office on 0185 685 1331. Stromnesshas a hotel, hostel, and campsite accommodation, but space and tickets are limited, so book your trip early!

Mendelssohn on Mull

This chamber music festival, held from 1st to 7th July on the Isle of Mull, offers relaxing classical music. The musicians are young, ranging from teenagers to those in their late twenties. This festival is great for students, as amazingly, it’s free. Jane Nicholson, PR for the festival, says: “The idea behind it is to take these musicians out of solitary life and put them in a beautiful setting. It’s an inspiration and a complete change, which infuences the music. The standard is absolutely top notch.”She adds that, “The audience is of all ages, and includes families with young children.”While there are events across the Isle, it’s best to stay in Tobermory, where there are plenty of bed and breakfasts, a youth hostel and camping. This port town is easy to reach via the bus or ferry service from Oban.

Millport Country and Western Festival

Set in the picturesque town of Cumbrae on the Isle of Millport, this three-day event is filled with bands and line dancing. Some big names are playing this year, from 31st August to 2nd September, including Kickin’ Country, Carson City and Southern Boulevard. Tickets are £124 and available from David Urquhart travel at 0845 330 3747. Cumbrae is best reached by car. The trip includes a thirty minute ferry crossing. Hotel accommodation is easily available.

Electric Frog

A more contemporary option, this Glasgow electronic festival is celebrating its third year from April 7th to 8th. The organisers describe their line-up as ‘iconic,’ last year’s event included exclusive appearances from Francois Kevorkian and Kode 9. Local DJs from Glasgow’s club community perform alongside emerging talent. The festival is held outdoors, with food and bar vendors contributing to the party atmosphere. This year’s festival will be held at The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, in central Glasgow. Tickets are available from Ticket Scotland at 0131 220 3234 or0141 204 5151 and are priced at £25/day or £50/weekend.

Edinburgh Jazz and blues Festival

Held from 20th to 29th July, this 33-year old festival is an Edinburgh staple. Spread across various venues, this event showcases new talent, aiming to support Scottish musicians, while also featuring numerous international artists. The programme showcases a musical range from fusion to free jazz. Tickets are sold per event, and are available from the box office at 01314675200. Accommodation is tough to find, so book in advance!

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