Posted : 22 May 2017

Dundee is a city that runs on music – from dancehalls to world-famous visitors like The Beatles, Queen, and Frank Sinatra. Add to that home-grown talents such as Billy Mackenzie, Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue, Ged Grimes of Simple Minds (ex-Danny Wilson), and The View. Here’s just five of the music experiences to be had in Dundee this year! 
 
Carnival Fifty Six
Saturday August 12 and Sunday 13 - Camperdown Park
This year, the green open spaces of Camperdown Park will be home to Scotland’s newest musical festival. The line-up for an inaugural event is superb, with superstar producer Mark Ronson headlining. Also appearing are Rudimental, Clean Bandit, and The Fratellis among many more. Carnival Fifty Six will showcase local talent with favourites such as Sinderins, Model Aeroplanes, and Be Charlotte. It’s two days of music, comedy, and culture and just a short hop from Dundee city centre.
 
WestFest 
Sunday, June 4 - Magdalen Green
Part of a vibrant community festival, Big Sunday is the final day when thousands gather around the bandstand on Magdalen Green for an afternoon of music, food and drink, and children’s activities. This year the music stage will be headlined by Rise Kagona’s Jit Jive Band and also features local favourites Miami Vince and Kashmir Crows.
 
Slessor Gardens concerts
Saturday, May 20 - UB40
Thursday, June 29 - Little Mix
Thursday, July 20 - Olly Murs
Since it opened in the summer of 2016, Slessor Gardens has become Dundee’s focus for large open-air events. Part of the wider Waterfront development, Slessor Gardens is hosting its first concerts this year, with some of the best-known names in pop. 
 
Almost Blue
Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2 - venues across Dundee
Dundee’s summer walkabout festival is back, with more than 20 venues taking part for 2017 – an increase of more than 20 in just five years.
The success of the festival lies in its diversity. Across the city and into Broughty Ferry music lovers can hear Ferry, blues, pop, rock, and more. The city buzzes over the whole weekend with afternoon and evening sessions at many venues.
 
Beer Festival
Fisherman’s Tavern, Broughty Ferry July 21 to July 23
An institution at this historic Fort Street tavern, bands playing the annual Beer festival are sure of an appreciative crowd in the Fisherman’s beer garden. The best local bands are always happy to support this event, which raises much-needed funding for the RNLI Broughty Ferry Lifeboat station, which can be seen from the entrance of the Fisherman’s.