The Hot Ticket: Some of the best happenings outside Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival isn’t the only thing going on this month - here’s some of the best happenings far away from the Royal Mile.
12-13 August: Carnival 56
These are heady times for boutique festivals, and after the success of TRNSMT in Glasgow last month, Dundee now has its own city festival, Carnival 56. The music line-up includes Mark Ronson, the Fratellis, Clean Bandit and Rudimental, with comedy sets from Richard Herring, Iain Stirling and more.
Camperdown Park, Dundee, carnivalfiftysix.co.uk
18-20 August: Doune the Rabbit Hole
One of Scotland’s most family-friendly festivals also has one of the most exciting and diverse line-ups, featuring Songhoy Blues, Liars, Jenny Hval, Roddy Woomble, snooker star and DJ Steve Davis, and many more.
Cardross Estate, near Stirling. dounetherabbithole.co.uk
19 August: Groove Loch Ness
The smaller successor to Rock Ness benefits from a strong focus on dance music, with high-profile DJ sets from Faithless, Skream, Julio Bashmore, Theo Kottis and more. It also has one of the most striking settings for a club event in the world.
Clune Farm, near Inverness. groovelochness.co.uk
22 August - 16 September: August: Osage County
Here’s one for anyone who isn’t all theatred out by the Festival. Filmed in 2013 with Meryl Street, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning 2008 play about the reunion of a family ravaged by addiction and deceit is brought to the stage by the Dundee Rep’s company.
Dundee Rep Theatre. dundeerep.co.uk