The Outsider Festival

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The Outsider Festival
GenreAlternative rock, folk, indie rock, dance
Dates22-24 June
Location(s)Rothiemurchus Forest, near Aviemore, Scotland
Years active2007

The Outsider Festival was a music and comedy festival held in 2007 in the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. It was a festival with green credentials and attracted 9,000 attendees on each of the two days that it was held.[1] It was organised by Unique Events.

The festival was held over the midsummer weekend, and was part of Highland 2007. As well as music and comedy, the festival featured outdoor activities, including a 12km run and a mountain bike marathon.[2]

The organisers planned for the festival to return in 2008, but in February 2008 announced a postponement until the following year. The organisers said an "international rock act" had decided not to come, and also cited funding problems and concerns over the environmental impact on the estate.[3]

The 2009 festival was to have been part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, but the Outsider organisers announced the cancellation of their event in May, citing the economic downturn and poor ticket sales.[4] The event was to have been headlined by Sharleen Spiteri, but it was thought only 2,000 tickets had been sold by May 2009.[5]


In the inaugural Outsider, acts included:

Comedians appearing included Michael McIntyre, Craig Hill, Karen Dunbar, Stephen K. Amos and Kevin Bridges.

The festival also included environmental debates chaired by David Steel.


  1. ^ "Outsider Festival, Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore". The Herald. Glasgow. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  2. ^ "The Outsider Festival - event details". Highland 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Outsider festival postponed until 2009". The Scotsman. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Scotland's Outsider festival cancelled". NME. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Outsider Festival cancelled due to recession". STV. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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