At random with Martin Laing 11.04.19

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Vote for Oban Unsigned

Can you believe it? It’s now only about eight weeks until the superb Oban Live returns to Mossfield. And I can’t wait.

I’ve been to the gig for the past two years and have had a fantastic time.

Last year I was on duty with The Oban Times giant selfie frame and took literally hundreds of photos of people enjoying themselves thoroughly.

This year, once again, there is a fabulous line-up of acts already announced, with more still to be confirmed, among them one of my favourite bands, Skerryvore, whose member Daniel Gillespie is managing director of Oban Live.

One of the highlights for me is seeing each year the winning Oban Unsigned performance, a brilliantly simple idea to give an otherwise little known act the chance to play a high-profile performance in front of thousands of people.

This year the idea has been developed and expanded to include both an Oban-area winner and a Scotland-wide competition.

Personally, I don’t know the national contenders but I am familiar with some of the local ones. Voting is open now and, for what it’s worth, rockers 4Below have my endorsement.

Whoever you fancy, though, I’d urge you to get voting at

Brilliant effort

Hats off to the organisers of the recent Oban Spring Clean and the numerous people from all over the area who volunteered to support it.

I’ve vented my spleen in this column about the litter problem in Oban on many occasions so I was delighted to read last week our own report about the hugely successful initiative to tidy up the town and places further afield.

It’s such a shame, however, that the project is needed in the first place. When will the litter-bugs come to realise that their behaviour is unacceptable?

What gets my hackles up the most is that so much rubbish is discarded within a few yards – sometimes feet – of the many bins around the town.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.