Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - Leisure - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­

AS THE sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son gets un­der way in earnest, this com­ing week­end sees the sec­ond an­nual Gig in the Goil (GITG) – a fes­ti­val in Lochgoil­head which would ap­pear to have a great future ahead of it.

GITG, which takes place on the beau­ti­ful Drim­synie Es­tate, Lochgoil­head, burst onto the scene last year with re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Its fam­ily-friendly at­mo­sphere and unique lo­ca­tion (not far from Glas­gow yet blessed with some of the loveli­est scenery in Ar­gyll) led to the 2017 event selling out very soon af­ter tick­ets went on sale in Jan­uary.

This tick­et­ing suc­cess is par­tic­u­larly ad­mirable con­sid­er­ing the fes­ti­val has un­der­gone some­thing of an am­bi­tious ex­pan­sion for its sec­ond year.

I per­formed at last year’s de­but fes­ti­val as a duo with Ross Wil­son, along­side Heron Val­ley. It was a great carry on, but the or­gan­is­ers have in­creased the scale mas­sively this year, and I think it will be al­most in­com­pa­ra­ble to last year’s minia­ture, ceilidh-style event.

Across three days and two stages, some very ex­cit­ing acts will per­form, in­clud­ing Sk­er­ryvore, Trail West, Gunna Sound, Heron Val­ley, Rollin’ Drones, Clann an Druma, The Hur and the Gra­ham Brown Band.

I am greatly look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing – this time with the rest of the Tide Lines boys. To top it all off, we are all go­ing to be stay­ing in a chalet in the grounds of the es­tate which is bound to be a laugh.

The fes­ti­val is run by Ar­gyll Hol­i­days, so the ex­cel­lent ac­com­mo­da­tion (ei­ther in the chalets, the camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the rentable car­a­vans, or the luxury ho­tel) is a huge part of the event. An­other cru­cial as­pect of GITG is the food – and lo­cal cui­sine will be avail­able to fes­ti­val go­ers all week­end.

If you are a sea­soned Scottish fes­ti­val goer, you will no­tice some­thing else unique about Gig in the Goil – there is no need to take your wellies!

One stage is in­doors and the out­door stage is next to the ho­tel where the ground is tar­mac. With this in mind, the or­gan­is­ers have been util­is­ing the slo­gan #ditchthe­mud – which is per­haps an­other rea­son tick­ets have sold like hot cakes.

Come rain, hail or shine, the party will carry on re­gard­less in Lochgoil­head this week­end – and I don’t imag­ine I am the only one who sim­ply can­not wait.

What’s on

Thurs­day May 11: Co­munn-an-

Taobh-an-Iar an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in the El­lan­gowan So­cial Club, Mil­ngavie.

Thurs­day May 18: Don­ald Black al­bum launch in the Col­lege of Pip­ing, Otago Street.

Fri­day May 26: The Uist and Barra As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Lour­des Sec­ondary School.

Wednesday June 7: The Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Partick Burgh Hall.

Fri­day June 9: The Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion end of ses­sion so­cial in the Red­hurst Ho­tel, Giffnock.

Pub scene Is­lay Inn

Fri­day May 5: Twist of Fate. Satur­day May 6: The Keel­ies. Sun­day May 7: The Deke McGee Band.

Gig in the Goil is run by Ar­gyll Hol­i­days and or­gan­is­ers prom­ise this year’s event will be mud-free, which is prob­a­bly why it sold out so quickly.

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