Tiree open to El­e­ments as fes­ti­val hits high note

Com­mu­nity: Thou­sands flock to idyl­lic is­land for week­end of top en­ter­tain­ment

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

“Fes­ti­val go­ers are get­ting to see the is­land in all its glory”

Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has kicked off in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion with a sun­shine-filled day of mu­sic by the is­land’s fa­mous sandy beaches.

Thou­sands of fes­ti­val go­ers have de­scended on Tiree for what is set to be a fan­tas­tic week­end of live mu­sic, food and fringe ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Paul McKenna Band opened the main arena yes­ter­day, with other head­lin­ers across the week­end in­clud­ing Scot­tish singer-song­writer Be Char­lotte, pop and rock band The Hoosiers, Wolf­s­tone, Ho-ro, Trail West, Skip­in­nish, Rura and Sk­er­ryvore.

This year or­gan­is­ers have in­tro­duced a new cre­ative pro­gramme en­ti­tled “El­e­ments”, which ex­plores the four core el­e­ments of life on Tiree – sun, sand, wind and wa­ter. Also new to TMF 2018 is the El­e­vate Stage – the new out­door stage, sup­ported by the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 event fund.

Its line-up over the week­end will fo­cus on up-and-com­ing Scot­tish artists.

As well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for young mu­si­cians per­form­ing on the stage, the fes­ti­val also ap­pointed a youth artis­tic pro­gram­mer, Jamie Mac­Don­ald, who is from Tiree, and has taken the lead on pro­gram­ming.

Daniel Gille­spie, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and ac­cor­dion player with Sk­er­ryvore, said: “The gates are open and the sun is shin­ing!

“It’s been bril­liant to see all the vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing onto the is­land ready for a week­end of great fun and good mu­sic.

“The camp­sites are the fullest they’ve ever been and all of the fes­ti­val go­ers are get­ting to see the is­land in all its glory to­day – it’s re­ally liv­ing up to its ap­pel­la­tion as Hawaii of the North.”

Over the years TMF has at­tracted a host of top acts such as To­ploader, Scout­ing for Girls and The Fratel­lis.

Mr Gille­spie added: “It’s great to be sup­port­ing upand-com­ing young Scot­tish artists, and as al­ways there will be plenty of Tiree mu­si­cians tak­ing part – they are a key part of the fes­ti­val.”

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