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Things to do in Scotland this month

Our top picks of events happening in cities throughout the country

With its rugged landscapes and dramatic coastlines, Scotland is amazing at any time of year ­– and its cities are full of character too.

There’s Edinburgh with its age-old castle and enchanting Royal Mile, as well as its fabulous theatre scene and the Fringe. Home to some of the UK’s best live music venues, Glasgow is always buzzing with energy while history comes alive in the ancient capital of Perth. Plus, from Aberdeen and Inverness to towns in the Highlands, you’ll discover culture and arts, festivals, outdoor adventure and much more.

No matter where you choose to spend your time, Scottish cities boast an exciting mix of entertainment each month – and here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer in June.

Spotlight on: Festivals and outdoor shows

With the air fresh and days long, Scotland really comes to life over summer. There’s no better time to be outdoors and enjoy a festival or live music event.

This month gets off to a fine start thanks to the sixth edition of the Hidden Door Weekender at Leith Theatre in Edinburgh. Catch performances from the Crystal Fighters on 1 June and Cigarettes After Six on 2 June.

Choose from two incredible acts hitting outdoor stages on 8 June. Pop icons Spice Girls take over BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh with their reunion tour, while Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will storm Bught Park in Inverness.

The 33rd Glasgow Jazz Festival is bursting with talent. Held at the Old Fruitmarket from 19 – 23 June, 300 musicians have been lined up to play over 40 gigs. Headliners include David McAlmont, the Bill Laurance Trio and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

No one is better at getting the party started than P!NK – and she’s bringing her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Glasgow’s Hampden Park on 22 June.

Don’t forget about Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is on Sunday 16 June. Instead of a traditional card, why not treat your dad to a fun activity?

If he loves golf, take him to visit the world’s most famous links at St Andrews. Follow in the footsteps of legends of the game during a guided walk of the fabled Old Course.

Horrible Histories offers a humorous take on days gone by. Laugh it up with your father at Awful Egyptians or Terrible Tudors, both are playing at King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 13 – 16 June.

Or maybe he’d prefer a smashing day out? On 16 June head to the American Wrestling – W3L Wrestling Showdown at MacArts in Galashiels or ICW: Fight Club at Glasgow Garage for some high-flying, hard-hitting action.

Other things to do

June boasts plenty more big names in music, a few comedians and even a circus.

Catch Kelly Jones, the lead singer of Stereophonics, when his solo tour swings through Scotland with a stop at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 2 June.

With new EP Let’s Make Tonight released last year, homegrown folk-pop band Tide Lines are on their first full-scale UK tour. See them at The Albert Halls in Stirling on 7 June, Tait Hall in Kelso on 8 June, Montrose Town Hall on 14 June and Victoria Hall in Campbeltown on 15 June.

Twist the night away with Rod Stewart when he brings his biggest ever UK tour to Aberdeen’s AECC Arena on 12 June.

Rod Stewart

Plus don’t miss Craig David at Caird Hall in Dundee on 12 June, Callum Jones at Ironworks in Inverness on 14 June and Lynyrd Skynyrd at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 26 June.

Funnyman Rhod Gilbert is taking his comeback show The Book of John to Aberdeen Music Hall on 22 June, King’s Theatre in Glasgow on 23 June and Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline on 24 June.

Leah MacRae is also on the road with a brand new comedy show, My Big Fat Fabulous Diary. She’ll be hitting the stage at Perth Theatre on 2 June and Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on 9 June.

New York magician David Blaine is crossing the pond for his first ever UK tour. He’ll be baffling audiences at Edinburgh’s Playhouse on 5 June.

Be inspired by a day of fascinating talks during TEDx at SEC Armadillo in Glasgow on 14 June. Among the host of speakers are Annie Lennox, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Skyscanner’s former COO Mark Logan.

Love the Oscar-nominated film Amélie? Then you’ll want to see Amélie The Musical during its run at King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 25 – 29 June.

And the death-defying Circus Extreme is setting up its big top in Edinburgh’s Gyle Park from 27 June to 7 July. Witness cliff-hanger stunts and other awe-inspiring feats that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? From arenas and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of June’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • Westlife at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow from 3 – 5 June
  • The Mavericks at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow on 19 June
  • Il Divo at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow on 24 June

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

New music to have on your radar:

  • Declan Welsh and the Decadent West at The Tunnels, Aberdeen on 5 June, Hootanannys, Inverness on 6 June, Beat Generator Live!, Dundee on 7 June and The Mash House, Edinburgh on 9 June
  • The LaFontaines at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on 14 June
  • Kate Nash at Art School, Glasgow on 29 June

Iconic attractions

Scotland is famous for many things – from castles, bagpipe playing and the Loch Ness monster to more contemporary music and sport.

Celebrate the country’s vibrant jazz scene at the Scottish Jazz Awards on 9 June at Glasgow’s City Hall. Among categories including the Rising Star and Best Band awards is a new industry award that’s sponsored by Ticketmaster to honour those working behind the scenes.

Enjoy a spirited summer showdown at Scotcheer 2019 from 22 – 23 June 2019 at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow. The annual national cheer and dance championship competition is now in its 20th year.

On 29 June head to Inverness for the European Pipe Band Championships. Thousands of pipers and drummers are coming to Bught Park from far and wide to compete. There’ll also be Highland dancing and entertainment for all the family.

Go to Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire on 29 June for a Day at the Races. The stunning Scottish castle is hosting the family fun charity event to raise funds for North East Sensory Services.

You can do it all this and more in Scotland this June. For full details, head to our Scottish Cities Guide.

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