Mid Argyll Music and Arts Festival
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.