ISLAND SET FOR A TIREE-FIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tiree Music Festival (17-19 July) is gearing up to treble the capacity of Tiree as they bring the multi-award winning festival to the island for the sixth year alongside a host of artists including The Fratellis, Funbox and Skerryvore.

1700 tickets for Scotland’s Best Small Festival sold out in under five hours following festival organisers unveiling the most diverse event line up yet. As well as performances from established acts, the award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) will sponsor the ‘Calmac Live Lounge’ which will host acoustic sets from up and coming singer- songwriters including xx.

This year’s festival will feature three stages Cairn Capital Main Stage, Tiree Trust Top and Stage, which will sit alongside the Calmac Live Lounge. This year the Big Top and Stage will also receive funding from EventScotland, a team in the VisitScotland Events Directorate.

Those who weren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets can soak in the sights and sounds as BBC ALBA will record highlights and performances from the island festival for the first time, providing an insight into the charm and colour that makes the festival and the island so appealing. Transmission dates will be confirmed in due course but it is expected that highlights will air over the course of several weekends in late-July to early-August.

Festival Director Daniel Gillespie says: “As each year goes by we are astounded by the support we receive from not only CalMac, Cairn Capital and Tiree Trust but also from festival go-ers and artists who get involved and help make the festival the success that it has been over the past five years.

“Those attending this year are in for a real treat with our beach party hosted by Funbox on the Friday, The Fratellis headlining on Sunday night and some impromptu surprise collaborations added to the mix.”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Tiree Music Festival this year, with additional funding for the Big Top and Stage.  Festivalgoers this weekend will be treated to a fantastic line-up of music, from contemporary Scottish rock bands to traditional folk acts, all within the island’s idyllic setting. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and in the Tiree Music Festival we can proudly boast to have one of the UK’s most exciting and diverse music festivals."

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