Upcoming tours, festivals and special events

Aaron Wright

Rootsy singer-songwriter from Edinburgh.

Aatif Nawaz: Muslims Do it Five Times a Day

  • 3 stars

Social and cultural observations from the British-Pakistani stand-up.

Aatif Nawaz: Talk Roti To Me

Stand-up from the comedian and filmmaker.

Ab and the Underclass

Four-piece originals/covers band.

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

  • 3 stars

Fast-paced musical comedy sketches and hip hop.

ABBA A-Rival

Scottish tribute to the Swedish popsters.


Tribute act to the Swedish pop lords with replica costumes and unique choreography. Expect the classics including 'Dancing Queen', 'Waterloo' and 'Gimme Gimme Gimme'.


New wave from Martin Fry and band.

Abel Ganz

Old school prog rockers from Glasgow.

Abel Raise the Cain

Local young altrockers.

Aber Jazz Festival

A variety of blues and jazz musicians play across five days. This year's line-up includes Charlie Wood Trio, Son Guaranchando, Lowri Evans and Jasmine Power Quartet, among many others.

Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival

Aberdeen's oldest and original music, drama and dance festival. Running since 1909, this summer festival features competitions in storytelling, Scots verse, mime, classical music performance and choral singing.

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

Local amateur chamber orchestra from Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Doors Open Day

One of a series of events giving free access to some Scotland's most historic and extraordinary places, many of which are not usually open to the public.

Aberdeen Holi Mela

The Indian Holi Festival is a celebratory spring festival (aka The Festival of Colours or The Festival of Love). Essentially a big old carnival, participants chase and colour each other with a concoction made up of coloured powder and water, resulting in a rainbow of good will and good feeling.

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF)

The event itself may be entering middle age, but when the 46th Aberdeen International Youth Festival gets underway this summer, its focus will be squarely on the younger generation. To tie in with the Year of Young People 2018 (the latest in the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years), the multi-arts festival…

Aberdeen Music Centre Spring Concerts

A showcase event featuring young musicians from all over Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen parkrun

An informal weekly 5k run along the Beach Esplanade. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow (you're welcome to walk the route, bring your dog or push a buggy), so you can use it as a one-off fitness test, a chance to get some fresh air or come every week to try to beat your personal best time. It's friendly and…

Aberdeen Sinfonietta

The Aberdeen Sinfonietta is one of the leading musical ensembles in the North East, giving regular concerts and also providing orchestral support to choral societies in the area.

Aberdeen Vegan Festival

A healthy and happy food & drink festival, focusing on veganism and vegetarianism (although if you're a carnivore you won't be shunned, just don't fire up the BBQ). There are stalls, speakers, film screenings and loads to explore about a meat-free lifestyle.

Aberdeen Winter Festival

Aberdeen City hosts a range of festive events and activities to get your bells a-jingling this winter, with markets, concerts, pantos, exhibitions and entertainment to see you through the winter months.

Aberdeen's 50+ Festival

A widely-varied programme of events aimed at people over 50, with equal emphasis on entertainment and education. Workshops, cookery demonstrations, art classes and keep fit sessions are complemented by live music performances, walks, exhibitions and plays, both in public venues around Aberdeen and on site in nursing homes.

Aberdeen's Hogmanay

Popular and exciting Hogmanay street party with live music.

Aberfeldy Farmers' Market

On the first Sunday of the month from April to October, Aberfeldy town square comes alive with stallholders selling meat, fish, bread, olives, cheese, chocolate and hand-made jams and preserves using local fruit and vegetables. There is also arts and crafts to browse.

Aberfeldy Festival

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands. 2018's lineup includes Bryde, Star Wheel Press, The Spook School and Laurie Cameron on Fri with Ray Harris, Mutual Benefit, Carla J Easton and Life Model on Sun.

Aberfeldy Film Festival

Aberfeldy's film festival is a celebration of music in film with screenings taking place at Birks Cinema and Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery. The programme also features a gala opening, short film competitions and the opportunity to meet directors and discuss their work.


Euphoric Scotpoppers who know their way round a charming tune.

Abi Roberts: Downtown Abi

Observational stand-up from Roberts.

Abida Parveen

The incredibly popular Abida Parveen performs her celebrated ghazals and khafis on a rare UK date.

Abigail Jones: Just Keep Singing

Music and songs from performer Abigail Jones.

Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions

This NYC comic reflects on her amorous affairs in Post-Coital Confessions.

Able's Army

Nineties and 00s inspired indie rock.

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film. The 2017 festival includes the Deeside Orchestra performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 with emerging soloist Jessica Coleman.

ABP Southampton Marathon 2022

A predominately flat marathon that includes running over the Itchen Bridge, with the choice of a full marathon, half marathon, 10k or a fun run. The race finishes in front of the Guildhall in the heart of the city.

Abraxas Launch Party

Send the latest issue of arts and culture journal Abraxas out into the world with a party, featuring a wine reception, speeches, and presentations from contributors. RSVP via email.

Absent Kelly Emerging

A showcase of new talent.

Absent Kelly Introducing

Absent Kelly's monthly show brings you some of the best emerging acts from around the UK.

Absent Kelly’s East Indie Club

A different lineup of indie sounds each time.

Absent Kelly's Rock'n'Roll Club

Guests and residents supply rock and indie.

Absent Kelly's Shining Lights

A night of emerging live indie acts from around the country.

Absolute Blondie

Tribute act to Blondie.

Absolute Improv

Influenced by the like of Whose Line is it Anyway? and Fast and Loose, ToBeContinued take audience suggestions, no matter how silly, and transform myriad ideas into fast-paced improvised comedy.

Absolute Improv Stories!

Shout out your funniest ideas for the comedians onstage to turn into wacky stories – completely on the spot!


A giant-hearted story from a giant-sized storyteller. Allan Girod, not your average six-foot-nine Australian, day dreams his way through getting everything exactly right. Repeatedly setting the bar too high, he trips whilst jumping under it, landing somewhere he never imagined. 'It's 1984, I am fifteen years old, I live…

Absolutely Legless

Edinburgh-based Irish dance group.


Classic heavy metal from Manchester.

Absurd Sessions Presents

Live musical sessions at Absurd Bird Glasgow.


'For Those About to Rock we Salute You' … The world's greatest rock band, with an envious back catalogue featuring 'Back in Black', 'Highway to Hell' and the booming 'Thunderstruck', are 'Rock or Bust' on their latest world tour. Currently featuring Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) on vocals.

AC Rid

Edinburgh punk rockers.