Fringe - Oban Live - Oban alive

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The town was buzzing as thou­sands of peo­ple emp­tied on a high on both Fri­day and Satur­day nights into Oban.

We can not un­der­es­ti­mate the qual­ity of the trad bands who played at Oban Live and the bonus for Oban was that most of them went onto play else­where in the town.

In many pubs and venues there were other bands that joined in so those peo­ple who mis­tak­enly de­cided against a day or two at Oban Live were in­stead treated to some great par­ties in the town.

Friends and I even man­aged to get a sing song go­ing in the Lochavullin - start­ing with the Fly­ing Pick­ets and end­ing with In the Jun­gle. There was live mu­sic ev­ery­where.

The ‘of­fi­cial’ af­ter party was in Skip­in­nish - Oban’s only proper night­club. To be hon­est it was more like a wed- ding dance than an af­ter party with so many good friends out and about in the town in a great at­mos­phere.

Spe­cial men­tion must be made to mine host Claire MacDon­ald and the ex­cep­tional Dun­can Camp­bell on the door. Claire man­ages the Skip­in­nish as though she is let­ting peo­ple into her living room, a warm smile cu­rat­ing the suit­abil­ity of rev­ellers who come through the door.

Sadly the old legs didn’t get me to the Oban Inn, or any­where else for that mat­ter, but I un­der­stand staff did a sim­i­lar job in wel­com­ing guests into the town’s old­est and new­est pub­lic house and mu­sic venue.

What a party Oban - we did our­selves proud and we can’t wait un­til next year.

Speak­ing with Daniel Gille­spie from Sk­er­ryvore and one of the or­gan­is­ers of the event - it might not be too long un­til next year’s dates are an­nounced. But more about that next week.

Oban Live - Oban alive.

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