At random with Martin Laing week 46

The View was packed for the launch of Oban Live 2019.

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Oban Live is back

It seems to have come round with unseemly haste but I was lucky enough to be at the launch of Oban Live 2019 on Thursday night last week.

The launch event for the fabulous music extravaganza was held in The View (formerly Skipinnish Ceilidh House) and was a brilliant hour or so.

It was good to catch up with a number of people, including the Skerryvore boys, Martin and Daniel Gillespie, who are the main movers behind Oban Live, and Neil Mackay.

It was also cheering to blether with Kevin Irvine, better known in these parts as K9 Kev, the rapper who won the first Oban Unsigned competition a couple of years ago along with Rory O’Byrne.

It is fair to say that Oban Live has already become a firm fixture in the local calendar, despite only having had three to date.

For next year’s launch, we were treated to a great live set from Ceol an Aire, who will be a massive hit at the gig next June (I’m assuming they will be there though no line-up has yet been announced).

And as we reported last week, the team behind Oban Live were well-deserving winners of the Best Cultural Event at the prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in Inverness.

That was great news. I am a huge fan of Oban Live and I’m already getting excited about the prospect of next year’s and it’s only November.

Hot stuff

Weren’t the fireworks absolutely splendid last week?

I took up a position, along with hundreds of others, on the bay and was treated to a fantastic display of pyrotechnics.

What’s more, because of my proximity to the Perle Hotel, I was even luckier. A charming young lady emerged from the hotel – on several occasions- bearing trays of hot chocolate cups.

What a treat to stand there watching the fireworks and sipping hot chocolate.

What do you think?

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