MAMA Fest

Mid Ar­gyll Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

MAMA mia, Mid Ar­gyll Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val (MAMAFest) is just one week away – and or­gan­is­ers are al­ready hint­ing that this might be the best line-up yet.

In just its fourth year, the fes­ti­val boasts a pro­gramme full of some of Mid Ar­gyll’s most pop­u­lar acts, bands from as far as Glas­gow and some new acts who have never per­formed in pub­lic be­fore.

And a change of venue, to Ar­dr­ishaig Pub­lic Hall, has left or­gan­is­ers ex­cited with the scope of what they can do over the three days.

MAMAFest or­gan­iser Liz Miller said: ‘We are all re­ally ex­cited about this year’s fes­ti­val – it’s look­ing pretty awe­some. The new venue will al­low for a big­ger ca­pac­ity, which is great be­cause the evening events are al­ways so pop­u­lar.

‘We are work­ing hard to bring it back af­ter last year and to make it an even big­ger and bet­ter suc­cess than ever but we are still need­ing spon­sor­ship or do­na­tions to help with run­ning costs.’

Run­ning over the week­end from Fri­day Septem­ber 1, things will kick off at 8pm that night with a se­lec­tion of some of Oban’s finest acts, in­clud­ing The Sig­nal Fires, An­gus Smith and North 56, Hol­low Moun­tain String Band and The An­tics.

The fam­ily fun day will run from noon to 4pm on the Satur­day, with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for all. A bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing and fire en­gine will be among some of the at­trac­tions. And you may have heard of a fire walk but are you brave enough to take on the Lego walk? Grub’s Up will also be on hand to stop rum­bling tum­mies from drown­ing out mu­sic from Archie and Alex McAl­lis­ter, Matt MacAl­lis­ter, Crackin’ Craic, Dal­ri­ada Ceilidh Band and Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band.

The ever pop­u­lar Satur­day night event will have the crowds on their feet all night long, with per­for­mances from The Mawb, Lush Pup­pies, Sleep­ing with the En­emy and Lochgilp­head’s own None the Wiser.

For the Sunday sur­vivors it will all kick off at noon. A MAMAFeast cof­fee af­ter­noon will show­case some Mid Ar­gyll tal­ent, with mu­sic from Vinny Hut­ton, Danny Car­roll, Ceilidh’s Homet and The Democrats, to name just a few. Chil­dren are welcome un­til 8pm.

Day events are free and tick­ets for Fri­day and Satur­day night, which are adult only events, can be bought from the Rum­blin’ Tum, Ar­dr­ishaig, Ar­gyll Book Cen­tre, Lochgilp­head or on­line at www. mamafest.co.uk.

Open­ing act Sig­nal Fires will de­but their new EP.

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