Whether your thing is food, folk, beer or beats, there’s“? estival for” you in Scotland. Here’s the pick of the summer’s finest Am Mina,

I Perth Arts Festival

(22 May-1 Jun)

Perth's 32nd Arts Festival with performers presenting a full programme of music. opera. comedy and drama. featuring the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. the English Touring Opera and Jaleo Flamenco as well as an audience with film critic Barry Norman. Various venues. Perth, 07738 472706/627037, wwperthfestival. co.uk, £9—E76.50.

I Le Weekend (22-25 May) Stirling's festival for inventive new music and sound kicks off in this popular newash) venue. The impressive line up includes a talk about “The Japanese Underground. Japanese sound artist. sculptor and inventor Akio Suzuki. legendary composer Henry Mancini, underground folk singer Kazuki

Paul Van Dyk

Carl Cox

Tomokawa, rock band Fushitsusha. legendary jazz player Arthur DOer and many more. To/booth, Stirling, 07 786 2 7 4000, www. Stirling. gov. uk/toI/booth. {38—7372,- festival pass $25—$40.


Islay Festival

I Islay Festival of Malt and Music (24 May-1 Jun)

This self-explanatory fest celebrates the best of Islay tradition and heritage, with each distillery offering entertainment. whisky tasting. distillery tours and fun.

Look out. too. for Ardbeg Day on May 29. Various venues. Islay. 07496 302244, prices vary.

I Loch Fyne Food Festival (24-25 May)

This farmers' market with a difference specialises not only in an array of wines and beers but also offers a varied selection of food and entertainment. Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, 07499 600264, 83 including cei/idh.

I Catalyst (30 May-1 Jun) Beach panies. music and a solar eclipse you eculdn't ask for more. Musicians present talks. concerts. workshops and open-mic sessions. The Caledonian Hotel and various venues, Portmahomack, 07349 864432, www. medicinemusic. co. uk. prices vary.


I Dundee Jazz Festival (3-7 Jun) Acts confirmed include the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the Blues Band. Other highlights include the Tommy Smith Trio and the Gordon McNeal Quartet. Dundee Rep, Dundee. O 7382 223530. wwwjazzmusic. CO. uk prices vary.

I Arran Folk Festival (5-8 Jun)

A showcase of some of the best traditional music in Scotland, featuring Kate Rusby. Various venues. Arran.

07 770 302623. prices vary.

I Caledonian Brewery Beer Festival (6-7 June)

A wide selection of beers from around the world, served up with international food and live music from Blind Lemon. Caledonian Brewery, 42 Slateford Road, Edinburgh, 0737 228 5688, www.ca/edonian-brewery. co.uk, £7.

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