SPEYFEST – the much-loved Moray folk festival – has announced it will return in 2022 as it gets set to celebrate 25 years at the heart of the Speyside community and the Scottish events calendar.

Hosted in the event’s pop-up Tented Village by the picturesque banks of the River Spey, Speyfest will transform Fochabers into a haven of music and culture between July 22 and 24.

With a limited number of early bird tickets on sale now, the Celtic music festival makes a welcome return after its plans for 2020 and 2021 editions were put on hold due to the pandemic.

Thousands are expected to flock to the Fochabers festival as it welcomes a host of Scottish talent and marks a quarter of a century showcasing the very best in traditional and Celtic music.

Headliners include contemporary bagpiping sensation Red Hot Chilli Pipers and multi-award-winning Scottish outfit Skerryvore, who will take to the Speyfest stage for the 25th anniversary celebrations.

Audiences will also be able to catch Highland folk favourites Elephant Sessions and enjoy the exquisitely rugged yet refined sounds of the mighty RURA.

Performances from traditional music duo Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, esteemed fiddler Duncan Chisholm and Anna Massie & Mairearad Green will also feature.

Speyfest Chairman James Alexander said: “We’re overjoyed to see the much-awaited return of Speyfest. We’ve been itching to get our 25th anniversary celebrations under way for some time and we’re so excited to be back in full voice for 2022, with a fantastic line up including some spectacular headliners on the menu.

“Early bird tickets are on sale now for all three days of entertainment and activities. We can’t wait to welcome our loyal Speyfesters who normally attend year on year back to Fochabers for a festival to remember – it will be an emotional moment for us all.

Kevin MacDonald of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, said: “Speyfest is a Scottish festival that holds a dear place in our hearts, having played it many times over the years.

“Next year marks our 20th anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than at one of our favourite festivals who are marking their own special milestone.

“We are looking forward to giving the Fochabers crowd a festival to remember and make sure the 25th Speyfest celebrations go off in style – we’ll see you there!”