The full programme for the Solas Festival, at Wiston near Biggar from June 24 – 26, has been announced. Solas Festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. Their programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.

The musical line-up is below, but there is also an astounding amount of other activities going on, check their website for full details. For a short visit you can do the Saturday night for only £15 and Solas has the best quality and cheapest festival food anywhere – but you really should stay the weekend!


Emma Pollock

Michael Marra

Emily Smith



The Campbells

The Starlets

Stanley Odd

Iain Archer

Samba Sene and Diwan

Rory Butler

We See Lights

Open Swimmer

Silver Caves

Alex Cornish

Adam Stearns

The Wild Myrtles

David Ferrard



Rachel Sermanni

Robert Irvine

Jo Mango

Open Swimmer

Tall Tales

Kettle of Kites

Aerials Up

Julia & the Doogans

Ceilidh with The Homecoming String Band

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