Solas Festival, Scotland’s friendliest small arts festival, returns for a weekend of live performance in the grounds of Scone Palace from 21 – 22 August with a carefully curated programme of music, workshops, family events, talks and discussions. This return to live performance marks a significant turning point for Scotland’s festival sector by providing a platform for artists, makers and thinkers to return to the stage after over a year.
The Festival’s ambition is to create a space where audiences and artists alike will have space to feel safe and comfortable, whilst providing a much missed opportunity for audiences to re-engage with live music, art and performance, to experience the unexpected and discover new artists and perspectives.
The programme features over 16 events over 2 days of music, performances and workshops across all art-forms as well as talks and discussions in the beautiful expansive green meadows of Scone Palace.
Audience safety is central to the planning of the 2021 Festival, with measures including day-only tickets, scaled-back audience numbers, physical distancing, additional stewards and a breakout field.
Highlights of the programme include:
- A contemporary music line-up including dreamy indie-folk singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni, the Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra blending music, folklore and storytelling, festival favourites Randolph’s Leap, Europe’s hottest jazz trio Fergus McCreadie, classical Iranian singer Aref Ghorbani & Friends, Brass, Aye? an eclectic community brass band based in Glasgow and East Lothian based Suzanne Butler.
- Emerging artists, such as DLÙ, nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2019 Scots Trad Music Awards and French-Cameroonian singer-songwriter Djana Gabrielle who won the prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2019. Each day of the Festival will open with Perth-based up and coming young artists.
- Family events including a Circus Skills & Performance Workshop with Think Circus, storytelling with Mara Menzies and music with The Barrow Band.
- Panels and discussions including Climate: reflecting on what lies ahead which will focus on how best to re-engage with the climate crisis while reflecting on what we have learnt over the last 18 months of the pandemic. As well as Post pandemic: nurturing the green shoots of new ways of being, where we will reflect on how we emerge into a new way of being as we learn to live with COVID-19.
- Spoken word performances from Glasgow-based poet and performer Sean Wai Keung whose pamphlet you are mistaken won the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016, and multiple slam poetry winner Leyla Josephine, winner of the Autopsy Award and runner up for Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Show 2018.
- And the festival’s commitment to well-being and spirituality will be reflected in Meditative Meanders as we reflect together on what the last 18 months have taught us, as well as yoga sessions and other movement workshops.
As well as our standard concession tickets for disabled adults, students and unwaged people, we have created a number of ticket price options to make this event affordable to as many people as possible. Ticket prices range from £10 – £50, with children under 5 going free.