Music Festivals on Kintyre

Iain Johnston has lived in the Campbeltown area of Kintyre for most of his life. Following a career in forestry, Iain started his own project management company and took over as Event Manager of the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival. Iain is passionate about Kintyre and about supporting the area's vibrant cultural, musical and artistic scene.Kintyre & Gigha is known for its vibrant music scene, it's pipe and brass bands, and, of course, Paul McCartney’s number one hit ‘Mull of Kintyre’.

Iain Johnston

Now the area hosts six major music festivals with line-ups including established artists, new and breaking bands and many of its own multi-talented musicians.

Carradale Music Festival takes place over two days and features some of Argyll’s best-loved traditional bands, as well as many local and visiting bands and musicians.

The Kintyre Songwriters Festival is a real treat for music lovers, with some big names in Scottish music performing intimate gigs alongside emerging local talent over three days.

MidFest is a great midsummer festival bringing the brightest new stars in Scottish music to Campbeltown to perform in the Victoria Hall.

If you like an adventure the Isle of Gigha Music Festival is the event for you. This small festival offers a mixture of sessions on the Friday night followed on the Saturday night with the main concert. On Sunday there is more music with a beach session “Piper’s Picnic”. There is camping available to all.

Showcasing the best in traditional and contemporary music, Mull of Kintyre Music Festival is Kintyre’s biggest music festival. The MOK Fest as it is more commonly known, is a musical adventure, with a programme of concerts, jam sessions, workshops and free outdoor events held across Campbeltown.

And finally, round off a summer of music at the Tarbert Music Festival. Enjoy a fabulous weekend of live music on the quayside in the fishing village of Tarbert.