New TMF stage spotlights young talent

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Tiree Music Festival introduces its new Elevate Stage next year, to showcase emerging Scottish artists and young musicians.

An aspiring artistic programmer will also be given the opportunity to help festival directors shape the stage and bring young people into the spotlight.

Photo: Alan Peebles
Photo: Alan Peebles

Applications for the internship opened on Monday, inviting anyone aged between 18 and 26 to take part. If successful, the winner will work with the festival team between January and July 2018.

The new stage is supported by the Year of Young People, which aims to create new opportunities for Scottish youth to celebrate their talents.

Photo: Alan Peebles

Festival director Daniel Gillespie said: ‘We are really excited to be part of the Year of Young People 2018 and to create an opportunity through the brand new Elevate Stage for young people to really show what they are made of, both through the artistic direction of the programming and the young artists performing on the stage itself.’

Photo: Dol Eoin MacKinnon

Next year’s festival also features a new creative programme for young people and their families. As part of this there will be workshops, sport, music and culture events focusing on four core elements that are a key part of life on Tiree: sun, sand, wind and water.

Dancing in the sunshine at the 8th year of the Tiree Music Festival 2017. Photo: Alan Peebles
Dancing in the sunshine at the 8th year of the Tiree Music Festival 2017. Photo: Alan Peebles

Over the years the island festival has grown in popularity, selling out every year since 2010, with tickets sales rising and visitor numbers increasing  25 per cent since 2014. The 2018 festival will run from July 13-15, and early bird tickets are on sale.