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Bandstand Beer Festival

Justin Currie, former lead singer of Del Amitri, playing live at the 2016 festival.

Our autumn festival is a celebration of the best of Scottish music and an opportunity to enjoy some great seasonal ales.
But you don’t need to be a beer lover to enjoy the festival which is a feast of Celtic music, soul, rock and gospel featuring top class Scottish musicians.
We are thrilled with the calibre of musicians participating in the festival. The free entry festival presents a rare opportunity to hear these artists at a non-ticketed event.

On Friday 22 September, the music begins with foot-tapping Scottish songs from The Scone Fairies, Jonathan Hill and Bob Massie. The evening livens up with The Mad Ferret Band, Chris Woods and Sandy Stirton, with an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.
Music continues on Saturday 23 September with Charlie McKerron and Friends. Charlie McKerron is an award winning fiddle player, composer and member of Gaelic super group Capercaillie. He plays with renowned musicians Ross Ainslie (whistles and pipes) and Marc Clement (guitar and vocals).
Saturday’s music comes to a climax with Los Supremos. Highlights of their highly successful year
include touring, filming, TV appearances, recording and charting. Their recent sell-out concert directed by singer/songwriter and recording artist, Stuart Nisbet, brought Perth's Southern Fried Festival to a spectacular finale. Accompanying Stuart will be talented drummer Jim McDermott, guitarist Nico Bruce, singer /keyboard player Andy May and guitarist Bert Bertram. They will take a the audience on a joyous musical trip of soul, country, rock’n’roll and gospel from Detroit to New Orleans.
Also contributing to a great musical weekend is Nairn’s local recording artist and singer/ song writer Mia Mackintosh, popular Inverness band Schiehallion and singer /guitarist, Andy Murray.
Ale enthusiasts can choose from over 40 real ales. Included will be Cromarty Brewing’s collaboration beer with Tempest, Pilot and Fallen breweries. Others featured are Cairngorm Brewery, Black Isle Brewery and Windswept Brewery as well as Nairn’s former brewery Wooha which recently expanded and relocated to Lossiemouth. Beers from further afield will include Spey Valley Brewery, Swannay brewery, Orkney brewery and Strathbraan brewery. Green Jack brewery will provide English beers rarely available in Scotland.
Cider drinkers can enjoy hand-made ciders from Thistly Cross in Dunbar. The Bandstand Bar also has an impressive list of 170 single malt whiskies and premium Scottish gins.
Food will be available at the festival with a Saturday BBQ, Sunday Carvery and bar and restaurant meals. Further details are available on the Bandstand’s website ( or by telephone the Bandstand Bar on 01667 452341. The festival is free entry and all are welcome (children are permitted access up to 9pm).

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of our annual beer and music festival which brings visitors from all over the UK.  We are planning something extra special, so watch this space! Provisional dates are:  3 -  7 MAY 2018 

BANDSTAND BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL Finalist in "Scottish Festival of the Year 2016"  in Scottish Hospitality Awards. The winner was "T in the Park" so it's a great accolade for our little festival to be a finalist. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

We've raised £10,000 for local charities so at our festivals. Charitable fund raising has always been a feature of our festival.  We don't charge an entry fee, so helping us support local charities is all we ask of visitors.  Fund raising benefits Nairn Pipe Band, Nairn Highland Games and MFR Cash for Kids. We are grateful to all the suppliers and individuals who contribute so generously.
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