Tiree Music Festival returns

Scottish musicians Nati Dreddd (right) and Cammy Barnes (left) visited Tiree to launch the line-up for this year’s festival, and get a look at Crossapol beach, which will be transformed into a bustling hub.

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Tiree Music Festival, the magical inner Hebridean summer festival, is set to return for its 11th edition this July.

It will be the first time the festival has been able to take place since its epic 10th birthday celebrations in 2019.

This year’s exciting line-up of local, Scottish and international talent has been announced and will see singer-songwriter sensation Newton Faulker play the festival for the first time. While homegrown talent Skerryvore and Skipinnish will headline the big top once again.

The bill also welcomes leading Americana talent Jill Jackson, Scottish pop star Callum Beattie and Swedish trio Baskery, while US band Betsy Ade & The Well Known Strangers, who were finalists of The Voice!, make their UK festival debut.

As always at TMF, emerging talent takes centre stage with appearances from Edinburgh pop duo The Eves, electro-trad newcomers Valtos, up-and-coming folk group Eabhal, TikTok singing star Nati Dreddd, singer-songwriter Cammy Barnes and many more.

Nati Dreddd and Cameron Barnes visited Tiree to officially launch the line up for this year’s festival and get a look at the world-famous scenery for themselves and the spectacular festival site by Crossapol beach which will be transformed into a bustling hub of music, dancing, community activities, food and drink, camping, campervanning and glamping, in just over a months’ time.

Thousands of visitors are expected to make the four-hour ferry journey from Oban once again, and are being reminded by organisers to plan ahead.

The TMF Fringe programme events include tours and tastings at Tyree Gin’s open day and for the time ever – the festival has teamed up with the Tiree Fèis (Fèis Thiriodh), Tiree’s annual week-long summer school running classes in traditional music and Gaelic song.

The Fèis has been the starting point of many TMF artists’ musical journeys and will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year in the week running up to the festival. This year’s Fèis will host tutors playing at TMF, including Skerryvore’s Scott Wood and Eabhal’s Hamish Hepburn.

There will be an opportunity for visitors to listen to the tutors at a free session at Scarnish Hotel on the Tuesday leading up to the festival and on Thursday evening, the TMF big top will host a special family music and dance extravaganza.

The festival will also be part of Tìr Ìseal nan Òran – an island-wide project celebrating Tiree’s stories, heritage, culture and Gaelic language as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

Local artists, young people and the wider Tiree community are being invited to take part in exploring and re-telling stories through a mixture of traditional music and song, film and photography, theatre and writing, and Gaelic and English.

Daniel Gillespie, artistic director for Tiree Music Festival, said: ‘The 11th edition of TMF has felt like a long time coming and we are just over the moon to be returning to our home this July to bring the much-loved spirit and togetherness of the festival to the island once again.

‘We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has rolled their tickets over and to our supporters and volunteers who make the festival what it is. We want to come back with a bang and this tremendous line up is sure to have our infamous crowds dancing, jumping and clapping like never before.’

Natti Dredddd said: ‘It’s amazing to visit the stunning island of Tiree ahead of the festival next month – the place is really one in a million and it’s made me so excited to see how it will be transformed in just a matter of weeks.

‘Festivals with a community spirit at their heart always have such a special spirit and atmosphere, and I can’t wait to get up in front of the TMF crowd. It’s going to be a weekend to remember.’