Unique line-up for Skye Live event

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LON­DON rock art band Django Django and Scots trad trail­blaz­ers Blazin’ Fid­dles lead a unique line-up of elec­tronic and con­tem­po­rary tra­di­tional mu­sic in this year’s Skye Live fes­ti­val.

Now in its third year, the two­day Skye Live fes­ti­val, which show­cases some of Scot­land’s finest bands and DJs as well as food and pro­duce from the isle of Skye, takes place in Septem­ber and is prov­ing so pop­u­lar that early bird tick­ets have al­ready sold out.

Skye Live be­gan as an idea be­tween two friends, Niall Munro and Ali MacIsaac, who be­lieved a hill over­look­ing Portree Har­bour, known lo­cally as The Lump, would make an ex­cel­lent venue for a mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Niall said: ‘The Lump al­ready has an es­tab­lished am­phithe­atre and is used each year by the High­land Games. The views from there are fan­tas­tic so we de­cided this was the place we wanted to host the first Skye Live fes­ti­val.

‘ We got a few bands to­gether, in­clud­ing the Peat­bog Faeries and Donny Munro, and car­ried ev­ery­thing – in­clud­ing all the equip­ment – up the hill. We fo­cused on elec­tronic mu­sic and con­tem­po­rary Scots trad. Ev­ery­one got be­hind it. We had 1,600 peo­ple there and we all had a great time.

`Be­cause the event was so suc­cess­ful, we de­cided to do it again the next year and this time we in­cluded stalls and chefs show­cas­ing Skye’s qual­ity pro­duce, which went down re­ally well with fes­ti­val-go­ers. We had a bit more space last year as we moved the fes­ti­val to King George V but the at­mos­phere wasn’t the same.

‘The am­bi­ence of the Lump adds a mag­i­cal el­e­ment to the fes­ti­val, with its amaz­ing views across the is­land. The am­phithe­atre and Apothe­cary’s Tower cre­ate a sense of his­tory. It re­ally is the best place to hold our fes­ti­val be­cause it show­cases ev­ery­thing Skye has to of­fer. It’s one of the most unique fes­ti­val sites in the world.’

On the stage this year are elec­tron­ica artists Django Django, Mano Le Tough, Ap­pa­rat, a DJ who has just fin­ished a world tour and comes to Skye as a solo ex­clu­sive, Joe God­dard, Joy Or­bi­son, Dek­man­tel Soundsys­tem, Op­timo (Es­pa­cio), Shanti Ce­leste, Lord Of The Isles, Eclair Fifi, Dixon Av­enue Base­ment Jams and Fini­flex.

Lead­ing the line-up on the Scots trad stages are Blazin’ Fid­dles. Other artists in­clude Skye band Nite­works, Jar­lath Henderson, Dàimh, Bwani Junc­tion presents Grace­land, Pronto Mama, The Ele­phant Ses­sions, In­juns Vs The Dead Man’s Waltz, Ho-Ro, Inyal and Sian.

Once again, lo­cal pro­duce will be a key fea­ture of the fes­ti­val.

Ali said: ‘Our aim is to show­case Skye’s amaz­ing po­duce. We are also keen to add value to the lo­cal econ­omy and fes­ti­val-go­ers will be able to walk in and out of the fes­ti­val at their leisure to see what Portree has to of­fer.

Lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant but it’s equally im­por­tant to of­fer a unique mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and I am very ex­cited to be bring­ing some of these world-renowned artists to the place I call home.’

Skye Live 2017 takes place on Fri­day and Satur­day Septem­ber 22 and 23.

Skye Live founders Ali MacIsaac and Niall Munro.

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