Oban Live scoops award for Best Cul­tural Event

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Ar­gyll’s big­gest out­door live mu­sic event, Oban Live, scooped Best Cul­tural Event or Fes­ti­val at the 2018 High­lands and Is­lands Tourism Awards in In­ver­ness last Fri­day.

The win comes just days be­fore tick­ets for the 2019 event go on sale, with an exclusive 48-hour Oban Times of­fer go­ing on sale to­day (Thurs­day November 8), ahead of Early Bird tick­ets go­ing on sale Satur­day November 10.

Daniel Gillespie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Oban Live and Sk­er­ryvore co-founder, said: ‘Oban Live is ab­so­lutely de­lighted to win this award.

‘We re­mem­ber very clearly de­bat­ing what we should do to cel­e­brate Sk­er­ryvore’s 10th an­niver­sary in 2015 and whether we would be able to con­vince a cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple to come to an out­door event in a shinty field in Oban.

‘Now more than three years later we are so proud that this sin­gle con­cert has gone on to be­come Ar­gyll’s largest live mu­sic event that brings in sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural ben­e­fits to the town.

‘A huge thanks to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and all of the amaz­ing artists, bands, staff, vol­un­teers and at­ten­dees who have joined us on this in­cred­i­ble jour­ney. Here’s to Oban Live 2019 be­ing the big­gest and best yet. Spe­cial con­grat­u­la­tions to all the Ar­gyll win­ners and fi­nal­ists, of which there were many.’

The event has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time since its official in­cep­tion in fol­low­ing Sk­er­ryvore’s suc­cess­ful Decade con­cert in 2015.

In June 2018, Oban Live cel­e­brated an at­ten­dance fig­ure of just over 8,000 and an eco­nomic 2016 boost of £1.4 mil­lion to the town. The con­cert, which trans­forms Moss­field into a sta­dium-sized arena for two days, wel­comes vis­i­tors from all over the world who come to see an eclec­tic line-up of tra­di­tional, folk, rock and pop artists in a unique west coast set­ting.

To cel­e­brate tick­ets go­ing on sale this week, the event team is throw­ing a short ticket launch party tonight (Thurs­day) at The View in Oban, 7.45pm to 8.45pm. The free one-hour event will in­clude prize give­aways, in­clud­ing VIP tick­ets, an exclusive pre­view screen­ing of a new Oban Live film, live mu­sic from Ceol an Aire, a speech from Oban Live and the chance to meet the Oban Live team.

Free tick­ets for the launch are lim­ited and avail­able via Eventbrite un­til tick­ets are gone.

Visit www.oban­live.com

From left: Neil Mackay (com­mu­nity di­rec­tor), Shan­non Wat­son (events mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant 2018 – work ex­pe­ri­ence, Oban High School), Martin Gillespie (fi­nance di­rec­tor), Naomi Hoola­han (events di­rec­tor), Pauline Clif­ford (head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Daniel Gillespie (man­ag­ing di­rec­tor) and Paul Hoola­han (pro­duc­tion man­ager).

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