Killin Music Festival will host an Open Stage competition as part of their three-day festival, and this year’s acts promise to deliver another afternoon of compelling music.

The festival runs from Friday 14th June through to Sunday 16th June, with the Open Stage competition beginning at 2pm on the Sunday in the Portnellan marquee. Entry to listen to the competition, which is sponsored by the Killin Hotel, is free for everyone! Several artists who are starting out in their careers will perform in a cosy, lively afternoon session. One will be named the 2019 Open Stage winner, and will be invited to a main stage slot at next year’s festival.

This year’s Open Stage welcomes Two Far Flung, a husband-and-wife duo who create intimate songs and folk melodies, with Celtic roots and hints of Americana. Budding solo singer-songwriters include Calum Bowie from Aberdeenshire, Anna Leyden from Belfast, and Glasgow’s Kara Conway, who has performed solo, backed by a live orchestra, at the SEC Armadillo. Man of the Minch, a Glasgow-based queer-galactic-folk-pop act promises something unique – Celtic with a modern twist – and includes Instrumentalist of the Year nominee Laura Wilkie.

“Our Open Stage Competition always delivers an unmissable afternoon full of unsigned artists pursuing their dreams and following their hearts. The passion is pure, the talent inspiring.”

Killin Music Festival organisers

The festival is hosted by the picturesque village of Killin, at the West end of Loch Tay; it offers some of the best music Scotland has to offer in one of the most beautiful places in the Highlands. Although the line-up is impressive, the event is scaled down, so that performances are intimate, and the bar areas are sociable (no mile-long queues to get your drink!). There is something for all tastes – from a relaxed seated concert to bouncing night-time shows. All events are indoors or under cover, so there is no need to fear the temperamental weather. There are also a variety of free fringe events taking place during the weekend, including the second festival stage, competitions and a craft fair. Festival goers will have a chance to take in the stunning scenery and warm hospitality the historic area has to offer.

For 2019 the festival welcomes headliners Trail West, Elephant Sessions and Siobhan Miller. This year sees different genres taking to the stage, including soul-funk phenomenon Tom McGuire and the Brassholes, and fresh indie band The 101. There will again be music in the Portnellan Tent from Headland, Dlù and Greig Taylor. Access to the tent is free of charge and perfect for a family day out. The full festival line-up can be found on the website.

Some tickets are still available, but hurry, so you can enjoy a fantastic weekend of music and merriment in the heart of Scotland.