Music in Scotland

Scotland’s a small country with a big musical heart. Besides our world-famous bagpipes, we have a vibrant music scene brimming with everything from traditional folk, classical, rock, dance and more. Discover it for yourself!

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Rockers Franz Ferdinand and Biffy Clyro, pop legends Annie Lennox and Simple Minds and indie sensation Belle and Sebastian are just some of the many musicians hailing from Scotland. 

We’re home to several leading composers like Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish and we boast a world-class selection of classical musical events. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra are just some of the musical sensations you can treat your ears to here. Or take in the spectacular sights and sounds of the Scottish Opera.

In addition to our ever expanding home-grown talent, Scotland attracts some of the biggest international names to venues throughout the country.  Our year-round musical festivals are sure to delight no matter what your tastes.  

Experience a clash of cultures and Celtic music at Glasgow's Celtic Connections or venture to Shetland for their Fiddle Frenzy Festival.  If it's a pop and rock extravaganza you're after, look no further than Rockness.  If you're looking for something a litte more tranquil try the classical music focused East Neuk Festival in Fife. 

With performances and gigs happening every night in cities and towns, you’ll never be stuck for choice. And if you want to get in on the action, you can even get involved in making music in Scotland too.