2016 Festival

Another great weekend, with brilliant concerts, lots of local musicians involved and a great atmosphere about the town – see the photos on our Facebook page.

2017 Dates: 18 – 20 August

We’ll update the website once the 2017 programme starts to develop, but in the meantime we’ve left with the 2016 details so you get a flavour of what we do.

  • Rachel Sermanni

    Saturday 20th August

  • Innerleithen and the Border Hills

    View of Innerleithen
  • Mànran

    Friday 19 August

  • Busking in the High Street

    Children busking on Innerleithen High Street
  • The Barra MacNeils

    Saturday 20th August

  • Robert Smails Victorian Printing Works

    Robert Smail's print Workshop in Innerleithen
Great concerts in the Scottish Borders with the stars of Celtic music, and much more...

...Welcome to our 14th festival!

Just 30 miles from Edinburgh in the beautiful Tweed Valley.


Rachel Sermanni
The Barra MacNeils
The Emily Smith Duo
Kaela Rowan Band

Kieran Halpin
Scott Gardiner & Johnny Kemp
Fisher Lassies
Henry Douglas
Tutors & Students of Merlin Music Academy
Nomad Beat
Jenny Biddle
Fellow Travellers – a journey through the Border Ballads


Now on sale – details on Tickets page, or see the links on the Programme page to buy online.

Rachel Sermanni

with The Barra MacNeils

Saturday 20th August

2016 Festival – check out our fantastic programme !


Friday 19th August, with Kieran Halpin

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today, with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving Accordion, Fiddle, Flute and a backline of drum and bass to make any mouth water.

The Barra MacNeils

Saturday 20th August, with Rachel Sermanni


Saturday 20th August (afternoon)

Kaela Rowan Band

Sunday 21st August (afternoon)

Traditional Singers Concert, headlined by Emily Smith

Sunday 21st August

along with Scott Gardiner & Johnny Kemp, Fisher Lassies and Henry Douglas.

Live and Local at the innerleithen Music Festival

Live & Local

An essential part of the IMF experience – “Live and Local” at the Vale Club.

The ethos behind Live and Local is to get as many acts as possible on the stage over the three days, to showcase what an outstanding range of musical talent is right here on our doorstep!

This year we have 33 acts programmed, with more than 100 individual musicians.

Scottish Borders Music Festival Workshops

Music Workshops

Improve your musical skills or singing in sessions led by some of the best tutors in the business!

Border Ballads with Reiving & Bereaving,

“Fellow Travellers”, a journey through the Border Ballads

Sunday 21st August (afternoon)

Join the Reiving & Bereaving team as they navigate a safe passage through the intriguing landscape of the traditional ballads, in the company of your trusty guides Drs Kaye McAlpine & Lucy Macrae, and acclaimed traditional singers Naomi Harvey, Elsa Lemaitre, Henry Douglas and Kathy Hobkirk.

Innerleithen Music Festival in the Scottish Borders

Lots more to do!

Busking, festival club, workshops, singaround, historic walk, open stage, rock & roll session…

And, away from the music, enjoy the attractions of our beautifully situated small town, including historic Traquair House and the unique Smail’s Printing Works.

IMF YouTube Channel

Check out this year’s artists plus some great videos of earlier festivals on our Youtube Channel.

Rachel Sermanni at Reading Festival

Mànran – Latha Math