Under Canvas music festival tours to Strontian

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Eden Court’s flagship outdoor summer festival of music, Under Canvas Across the Highlands, will hit the road in Lochaber this month, setting up stretch tents offering music, entertainment and engagement activities.

Having begun life in 2018, this is the first time the festival will be delivered outwith Inverness to rural communities, visiting Strontian’s Show Ground on July 30 and 31.

Audiences can enjoy the Under Canvas house band, featuring incredible musicians Ruairidh Gollan, Megan MacDonald and Calum McIlroy. Local guest artists will perform alongside them at every stop along the way, including Malin Lewis, Anna Massie, Ali Levack, Ingrid Henderson and Iain Macfarlane.

Eden Court’s Engagement Team will be on the road, working with local schools and agencies to identify the children and young people who would most benefit from creative sessions during the summer holidays. The tent will be packed full of fun, and it will be a relaxed space for the young people in these communities to explore their creativity; whether it’s filmmaking or crafting and as the evening’s draw in, the tent will play host to outstanding music, food and drink.

There will be two sessions per evening, one at 6pm and one at 8pm, lasting for 90 minutes each. Table service will ensure the comfort and safety of audiences and there will be delicious wood-fired pizzas, made fresh on site. Audiences can secure tickets to sessions from 6-7.30pm and from 8pm-9.30pm. The event is free with a £5 reservation fee per person that will secure a table and be redeemable against food or drinks bills at the end of every session.

Eden Court CEO, James Mackenzie-Blackman, said: ‘Eden Court was founded as the arts venue for all the people of the Highlands. Touring Under Canvas to every corner of the region is testament that we take these founding principles very seriously. I can’t wait to set up our tent, deliver fantastic opportunities for children and young people to enjoy a summer of play and to host the very best Scottish musicians for audiences.’

Eden Court is pleased to have the Highland Council’s support to reach young people in our communities this summer. Chairperson of the education committee, Councillor John Finlayson said: ‘Covid-19 has impacted on important milestones for socialisation and wellbeing for many of our children and young people. Therefore, this work by Council officers in conjunction with our many partners to plan for activities for pupils over the summer will go a long way to help build and sustain improved wellbeing during this time and in preparation for the new school session.’