Carradale to host new mu­sic fes­ti­val

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICTS -

AS THE pop­u­lar­ity of the West Coast of Scot­land’s tra­di­tional mu­sic fes­ti­vals soars, Kin­tyre can add another to its very own line-up.

The small, coastal vil­lage of Carradale, with a population of only around 1,400, is set to host a brand new fes­ti­val.

It has been of­fi­cially an­nounced that the two-day event, the brain­child of Carradale’s Ray­mond Gosling, 18, and 17-yearold Niall Gem­mill, from Sad­dell, will rock the vil­lage on April 28 and 29 next year.

The fes­ti­val will be held in Carradale vil­lage hall and will fea­ture two dif­fer­ent stages – a main stage and an out­door venue.

The first act to be an­nounced is another of Carradale’s own, Lorne MacDougall, who will hit the stage with his band.

Lorne is one of Scot­land’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary bag­pipers and mu­si­cians, known for seam­lessly in­te­grat­ing his sounds into tele­vi­sion and film scores with cred­its rang­ing from Brave and How to Train Your Dragon 2, to Doc­tor Who, Thun­der­birds and Whisky Ga­lore! as well as many ex­cit­ing Scot­tish and Gaelic projects.

Ray­mond and Niall, who are both mem­bers of pop­u­lar tra­di­tional band Rhu­vaal, have trav­elled to many of Ar­gyll’s fes­ti­vals, and have a good un­der­stand­ing of the level of work re­quired to or­gan­ise a fes­ti­val such as this.

Huge suc­cess

In April, they held an event, Carradale Ceilidh, which was a huge suc­cess and made the young men re­alise the po­ten­tial for cre­at­ing an an­nual fes­ti­val.

Ray­mond told the Courier: ‘Our plans this year are to put on a good fes­ti­val in a smaller venue and then in years to come, we will be look­ing at ex­tend­ing the size of the fes­ti­val.

‘We are a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and any profit made from the fes­ti­val will go to­ward lo­cal char­i­ties.

‘We are also still on the look-out for vol­un­teers/spon­sors to help and sup­port us make sure this fes­ti­val is a suc­cess. If you are in­ter­ested, please con­tact us at carradale mu­sicfest@gmail.com or con­tact Ray­mond on 07824375842.’

With all the main head­lin­ing acts booked and con­firmed, fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers will an­nounce the acts on their of­fi­cial Face­book page ev­ery Fri­day night at 7pm. Tick­ets go on sale from Novem­ber 3 at 6pm.

Ray­mond added: ‘We have had a lot of very nice and pos­i­tive com­ments about the new ven­ture in Carradale next April, so I would like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who is show­ing their sup­port.’

When the Courier went to press, the fes­ti­val’s Face­book page, launched on Oc­to­ber 10, had re­ceived nearly 700 ‘likes’, so it seems that there is al­ready a huge amount of lo­cal sup­port.

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Lorne MacDougall, pic­tured at this year’s Gigha Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, will play at the first Carradale Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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