It’s fes­ti­val time

West Coast fes­ti­val sea­son show­cases area’s vi­brant cul­ture

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

THE WEST Coast is burst­ing with ex­cit­ing cul­ture. From mu­sic to dance, from lit­er­a­ture to food and drink, a thriv­ing fes­ti­val sea­son show­cases the ‘best of the west.’ And if 2016 is any­thing to go by, 2017 looks to be the best year ever for the fes­ti­val scene.

Billed as ‘the best free fes­ti­val in the world’, the Mull Mu­sic Fes­ti­val April 20-24 sees four days and nights chock full of mu­sic in the pubs and ho­tels of Tober­mory. Dubbed a ‘lit­er­ary lock-in’, the Colon­say Book Fes­ti­val, April 29-30 wel­comes renowned au­thors, po­ets and book lovers for work­shops and read­ings, while the Colon­say Spring Fes­ti­val looks for­ward to its fifth year with over 60 events cel­e­brat­ing all things Spring, May 1-21.

Camp­bel­town hosts two out­stand­ing fes­ti­vals this sea­son. With a well-earned rep­u­ta­tion as ‘the friendli­est fes­ti­val in Ar­gyll’, the Kin­tyre Song­writ­ers Fes­ti­val April 28-30 is a de­light­ful show­case of up-and-com­ing song­writ­ing tal­ent. May 26 - June 3, the Is­lay Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Malt, or Feis Ile, fea­tures a di­verse pro­gramme of mu­sic, dance, Gaelic lan­guage and the quin­tes­sen­tial Scot­tish pas­times of golf, bowl­ing and whisky tast­ing.

Tar­bert is ground zero for fes­ti­vals all sea­son long, with the Scot­tish Se­ries in May, the Seafood and Boat Fes­ti­vals in July, and film and mu­sic fes­ti­vals in the au­tumn.

The High­lands and Is­lands Mu­sic and Dance Fes­ti­val held April 28- May 1, is one of Oban’s big­gest an­nual events, draw­ing top tal­ent from all over the world.

Fu­ture fes­ti­val head­lin­ers are born at Ceòlas, a sum­mer school for Gaelic mu­sic, song and dance on South Uist held in July.

The much-an­tic­i­pated Oban Live 2017 will fea­ture Sk­er­ryvore, Skip­pin­ish, Ad­mi­ral Fal­low and na­tional head­lin­ers Hue and Cry and To­ploader.

Men­delssohn on Mull Fes­ti­val, July 2-7, is a cel­e­bra­tion of clas­si­cal mu­sic at var­i­ous venues around Mull and Iona. The Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val July 14-16 of­fers vi­brant is­land cul­ture and fab­u­lous live mu­sic.

The Mid Ar­gyll Mu­sic and Arts, or MAMA Fest, held in Septem­ber, is one of the most pop­u­lar live mu­sic events of the sea­son.

Fes­ti­vals in Scot­land are amaz­ing - if it doesn’t rain. But even if it does rain, the fun doesn’t stop. So make sure to pack a mac and wellies, as well as a change of clothes. And speak­ing of clothes, al­ways take a warm jumper even if the weather seems warm - you never know when a cool breeze or cloud may ap­pear, plus at night the tem­per­a­tures drop. Don’t let clouds fool you into think­ing you don’t need sun­screen- rays bounce off clouds and wa­ter. A straw hat and sun­glasses, along

There is a plethora of small and large fes­ti­vals on the West Coast leave vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike spoiled for choice. Friendly shops and ser­vice providers in the area wel­come guests and pro­vide ev­ery­thing needed for a re­lax­ing fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence. There is much on of­fer, so pack a ruck­sack and get ready to make fes­ti­val me­mories that will last a life­time! with max­i­mum SPF, can pre­vent a mis­er­able burn. Make sure your cam­era and phone are charged up, as you won’t want to miss a sin­gle shot of all the great mu­sic, fab­u­lous food and cute kid mo­ments. Tents can be a great way to pro­tect your­self from the el­e­ments and pro­vide a quiet place for a rest. But keep in mind you will have to carry all your gear from the car, so don’t over­load. Fun items such as glow sticks, bub­bles and glit­ter are a great way to jazz up your ex­pe­ri­ence and keep the kids en­ter­tained. One of the best parts of any fes­ti­val is the food, but stock up with your own wa­ter and snacks to help get you through the day. Also, it never hurts to carry a bit of toi­let roll in case the por­ta­ble loos run out. And last but cer­tainly not least, don’t for­get the tick­ets! There is noth­ing worse than ar­riv­ing at a fes­ti­val just to re­mem­ber you left them on the kitchen ta­ble. Some fes­ti­vals have print-your-own tick­ets, so make sure you do this at home in plenty of time.

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