Tiree open to Elements as festival hits high note
Community: Thousands flock to idyllic island for weekend of top entertainment
“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.”
LOOKING GOOD: Tiree basks in glorious sunshine