Oban Live boost thanks to £10K from Bid4Oban

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

OBAN’S busi­ness im­prove­ment dis­trict, Bid4Oban, has awarded Oban Live mu­sic con­cert a grant of £10,000 - £4,000 of which will be in the form of Love Oban vouch­ers, which can only be spent in Oban.

Held at Oban’s fa­mous shinty ground, Moss­field Sta­dium, Oban Live is the big­gest live mu­sic event in Ar­gyll and Bute and will take place on June 2 and 3.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral event at­tracted 7,800 peo­ple to Oban, bring­ing in a £1.1mil­lion eco­nomic boost for the town and busi­nesses. The grant is in ad­di­tion to the in-kind sup­port al­ready de­liv­ered by Bid4Oban, in­clud­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of lo­cal ticket sales.

Daniel Gille­spie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Oban Live, said: ‘ We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Bid4Oban and Oban’s busi­ness com­mu­nity for this grant.

‘Or­gan­is­ing the largest mu­sic event in the re­gion costs in ex­cess of £ 300,000, so to re­ceive this lo­cal sup­port is crit­i­cal to the successful de­liv­ery of the event that will bring vis­i­tors from all over the world.

‘As part of the part­ner­ship we will work closely with Bid4Oban to en­sure that Oban busi­nesses can max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able from the thou­sands of at­ten­dees vis­it­ing the town for the event.’

He added: ‘Bid4Oban has backed us since the pi­lot event Decade and we’d like to thank it for this award and its con­tin­ued in-kind sup­port in help­ing de­liver this ma­jor event in Oban.’

Derek Con­nery, chief ex­ec­u­tive for Bid4Oban, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to of­fer Oban Live this award of £10,000.

‘Sup­port­ing events in Oban, par­tic­u­larly in the off-sea­son shoul­der months, is one of Bid4Oban’s top three pri­or­i­ties.

‘Hav­ing worked closely with the event since it be­gan, we un­der­stand its pop­u­lar­ity and the eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity it brings for Oban busi­nesses.’

He added: ‘Oban Live at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple to the town. Con­tribut­ing to its con­tin­ued suc­cess is, there­fore, im­por­tant for boost­ing Oban tourism and our lo­cal econ­omy. We wish them all the best for 2017.’

From tra­di­tional Scottish mu­sic stars to leg­endary house­hold names, the 2017 line-up in­cludes Sk­er­ryvore, Skip­in­nish, Man­ran, Trail West plus To­ploader, Hue And Cry and many more.

Oban Live was cre­ated fol­low­ing the open-air con­cert Decade in 2015 – the 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of trad-fu­sion band Sk­er­ryvore that at­tracted 6,000 peo­ple from all over the world to the town.

From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of show­cas­ing the very best Scottish and in­ter­na­tional artists as part of both the open-air con­cert and Oban Live fringe events.

Re­main­ing tick­ets are avail­able at www.oban­live.com or by vis­it­ing the Bid4Oban of­fice.

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Derek Con­nery and Yvonne MacLean of BID4Oban with Daniel Gille­spie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Oban Live and founder mem­ber of the band Sk­er­ryvore.

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