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Tiree lived up to its reputation as Hawaii of the North at the weekend, with sunny celebrations and electric performances from some of the best acts on the Scottish folk, indie and pop scene marking 10 years of Tiree Music Festival (TMF).
A capacity crowd of 600 attended the very first TMF which has since flourished, selling out every year to an increased 2,100 – three times the population of the island.
Buddha and the Band got the party started at the Elevate stage on Friday afternoon to a thrilled crowd who also enjoyed the first Thursday night opening party, featuring performances from young Argyll folk band Rhuvaal and festival favourites Jam Sandwich.
Friday at The Big Top saw knock-out performances from the mighty trad-rock outfit Mànran and Tiree band Trail West, who made it a full sweep having gotten crowds jumping at every festival since it began.
Some of Scotland’s best upcoming talent graced the Elevate stage, including singer-songwriter sensation Callum Beattie who wowed crowds with a memorable headline set before flying off to London to support Robbie Williams at Hyde Park.
Launched last year and funded by Creative Scotland, the outdoor Elevate Stage showcases the best young talent on the Scottish music scene.
Saturday saw Sandi Thom, Face The West and Tide Lines all take to The Big Top, while the final day saw a unique collaboration. Waiting on a Sunny Day: TMF’s Tribute to The Boss was a collective performance from artists on the Scottish folk scene who have been inspired by the one and only Bruce Springsteen. The title is also a nod to the unpredictable weather the festival has had over the past few years, with TMF using the hashtag #waitingonasunnyday for this year’s festival.
Niteworks performed their unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music to an energetic crowd before Skerryvore brought the TMF10 celebrations to a spectacular close on Sunday night with their mighty sound blending folk, trad, rock and Americana.
Daniel Gillespie, artistic director for Tiree Music Festival, said: ‘2019 was a huge milestone for the festival as we celebrated our 10th year putting on this special party on the Isle of Tiree. The sun has been shining down on us as we mark our birthday in style and we’re proud of the friendly, community vibe that you can always feel at TMF. There’s nothing else like it and it feels particularly magical as we celebrate 10 years.
‘We’ve had some fantastic performances and impromptu ceilidhs, as well as wonderful workshops and musical sessions for kids, with everyone getting involved. It’s been the best TMF yet and has been great to see the crowds enjoying the best folk and pop acts on the scene today.’
The festival offers a diverse programme with a mixture of genres, including folk, pop and indie. Artists across the years have included The Fratellis, Dougie MacLean, Sharon Shannon, The Levellers, Capercaillie, Sandi Thom and Eddi Reader.
Details of TMF2020 will be announced later in the year, keep an eye on Facebook @Tiree Music Festival for announcements.