Oban Live rocks Mossfield and reverbs around Scotland
Oban Unsigned set the stage for day two of Oban Live
Scottish hip-hop, 1980s legends, ‘noughties’ household names, traditional Celtic music stars and emerging artists united last weekend for an unforgettable second year of Oban Live 2017 – the biggest live music event in Argyll, west of Scotland, writes Louise Glen.
The event took place at the Mossfield shinty ground in Oban on Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3.
The event achieved a rise in footfall this year with more than 8,800 attendees over two days including visitors from as far away as Russia and the USA travelling to the west coast town for the event, which has a population of 8,180.
Friday kicked off in the sunshine with live music from traditional music stars including Ceol an Aire and the Argyll Ceilidh Trail, Trail West, Mànran, closing with a phenomenal performance from trad- chart topping headliners Skipinnish. The event was opened by special guest, 13- year- old internet piping sensation Gregor MacDonald from Oban High School.
Toploader, best known for their 2000 hit Dancing in the Moonlight, delivered a flawless set.
Saturday saw Gaelic singer and rising star Kim Carnie from Oban, Tide Lines, who launched their debut album Dreams We Never Lost at the event, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, global artists and Irish quartet We Banjo 3, 1980s legends Hue And Cry, who at one point gave the audience a taste of hip-hop, and Celtic-rock headlin- ers Skerryvore. I felt like a proud mum standing slap bang centre in front of the stage. It was Saturday, it was 4.30pm and K9 Kev and Rory O’B were about to come onto the stage.
I had on my blue waterproof, held a bottle of Blue WKD in my hand and was surrounded by good Oban folks to celebrate the achievement of Oban’s own Kevin Irvine.
K9 must be one of the kindest men in the world.
At first I thought I was there to support them out of a sense of loyality.
But once they kicked off (supported by the backbone members of many bands from Argyll) my loyality fell away to awe. These boys were exceptional.
Scottish hip hop rap is a fairly new phenomenon to me. It likely is to many people who were at Argyll’s biggest traditional music event.
In no time at all the crowd were singing along to tracks from the band’s new ep Vocal Heroes. And to be truthful the tunes are still ringing in my head.
K9 and Rory were the perfect start to the second day of Oban Live. They brought on stage Lora Macleod who stunned everyone with her exceptional deep and soothing voice. Signal Fire’s Andy Bruce led the vocals on the other tracks and he was in fine voice.
If you are wanting something to cheer you up buy their new ep - £ 5 from Kev on Facebook. It is truly something. I have no doubt we will shortly be hearing great things about K9 and Rory. They are my favourite Scottish hip hop artists and I want them to be yours as well.
Daniel Gillespie, managing director for Oban Live, said: ‘At Oban Live 2017 we achieved exactly what we set out to do which was to celebrate that infectious west coast spirit and culture and welcome people from all over the world to experience and enjoy that with us.
‘It was amazing to see even more local people from Oban and the surrounding area of Argyll attend this year too. The local backing was incredible. Unsurprisingly, the Oban community itself has again been amazing hosts, showcasing everything that is great about Argyll whilst bringing their wild sides and brilliant craic to the event.’