Noughties household name Toploader and 80s legends Hue And Cry will headline this year’s Oban Live, June 2 and 3, the event team has announced.
The two acts will top an already impressive bill at Argyll’s largest live music event at Mossfield Stadium, Oban, known locally as the ‘wee bay’. The event attracted 7,800 visitors last year to the rural area in the west coast of Scotland.
Friday’s headliners, Toploader, will perform tracks from their highly anticipated 4th album Seeing Stars, released May 12. Their new single ‘Roll With The Punches’ was premiered on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show last weekend, Saturday February 25. Classics, such as their global hit Dancing in the Moonlight from 2000, are also set to be highlights on the night. Their visit to Oban will be the band’s second trip to the west coast of Scotland since they headlined Tiree Music Festival in 2012, a gig that saw Skerryvore Piper Martin Gillespie join them on stage for a bagpipe solo during Dancing in the Moonlight.
Meanwhile, Pat and Greg Kane of Hue And Cry are all set to headline Oban Live as an eight piece full band on Saturday June 3. The duo, who hail from Coatbridge near Glasgow, made a huge impact in the late 80s with massive hit singles including Labour of Love and albums Seduced and Abandoned and Remote. Their Oban Live gig will showcase tracks from their new Pocketful of Stones album, due for release this year. To date, Hue And Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.
Martin Gillespie from the Oban Live team and piper for Skerryvore said: “We are thrilled that these two iconic bands have agreed to join us at Oban Live in June and we are excited to hear their new material as well as performances of their classic songs. It will be great to see the Toploader lads again after joining them on stage on Tiree back in 2012 - perhaps something we can do again in June!”
The Oban Live 2017 line-up also includes Skerryvore, Skipinnish, We Banjo 3, Trail West, Manran, Tide Lines, Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, Ceol an Aire & the Argyll Ceilidh Trail and Oban High School Pipe Band. Special guests still to be announced.
This year’s festival is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate, and is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to again be supporting Oban Live through our National Funding Programme. The addition of household names; Toploader and Hue And Cry to the festival’s already impressive line-up will no doubt attract visitors to the town from the local area and further afield.”
“It is also fitting in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to see a wealth of home-grown trad music acts on the bill, showcasing Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.”
Tickets for Oban Live 2017 are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.obanlive.com.