Unsigned Oban Live shortlists are revealed

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Oban Live has announced the shortlist of Scottish acts that have made it through to the final stage of its nationwide talent competition.

Musicians from all over Scotland entered the Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live competition throughout March.

Scottish Sea Farms teamed up with the event, Argyll’s largest outdoor live music concert, this year to give talented musicians the opportunity to win a stage slot at the Oban gig this June. The winners will also win £300 towards expenses and a slot at the official Oban Live after party at The View, Oban.

Two slots at Oban Live 2019 are up for grabs, with one winning act being from the local area of Oban and one from the rest of Scotland. The panel of judges, which included BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, selected a shortlist from each category and both shortlists have now been put out to the public to vote for their winners.

From the local category, the eclectic shortlist includes rapper S-Mac, The Argyll Ceilidh Trail, Crackin’ Craic and alternative rock artist 4Below, all from the Oban area.

Making it through to the Scotland-wide category are November Lights (Monifieth), Lisa Kowalski (Paisley), The Youth and Young (Fife), Banshee (Renfrew) and DMS (Edinburgh).

Votes can be cast online from 8pm Monday April 1 by visiting www.obanlive.com/unsigned. The webpage also has videos and information about each act. Voting closes at noon on Monday April 22.

Daniel Gillespie, of Skerryvore and managing director for Oban Live, said: ‘Congratulations to all those who made it to their category shortlist. It was a tough job for our panel as the standard of musicianship from the applicants was very high. Thanks to everyone who entered and we wish all finalists the very best of luck. Can’t wait to welcome the winners to Oban Live this year.’

Scottish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Community coordinator Georgie Mackenzie added: ‘Securing a stage slot at Oban Live, which draws an audience of thousands, is a huge break for up-and-coming artists.

‘We’re genuinely thrilled to be playing our part in supporting both local and Scottish talent, something we put a lot into with regards to our own teams, and we’ll be watching with interest to see which two shortlisted acts go on to win the public vote.’

The winners will join a stream of international Celtic, rock and folk acts confirmed for the 2019 event, attended by thousands on June 7 and 8, including Skerryvore, We Banjo 3, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Lucy Spraggan and more. Tickets are available at www.obanlive.com.