Skye Live delivers musical magic

SKYE-LIVE-15---CROWDS---1The inaugural Skye Live music festival has been declared a resounding success, both by organisers and by those who attended.

The event at The Lump in Portree last Friday and Saturday saw a host of acts take to the stage, and an “after-party” with Optimo DJs in the community centre brought the festival to a close.

Among those performing over the weekend were DJ Felix Martin of dance act Hot Chip, DJs Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston, Lord of the Isles, Peatbog Faeries, former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro, Shooglenifty and Niteworks.

As well as the musical line-up festival-goers were offered a treat for the eyes too thanks to Double Take Projections, one of Scotland’s most creative visual projection companies, who have previously prepared visuals for both T in the Park and the Commonwealth Games.

Skye Live was organised by local promoters and DJs Niall Munro and Ali MacIsaac. Speaking to the Free Press this week, Niall said: “It all went incredibly well — it was a great success and very well received. The response has been amazing. Everyone had a great time.

SKYE-LIVE-15---CROWDS---5“Surprisingly people came from far away. There were a lot from London and the surrounding area as well as Spain, France and Germany.
“Highlights included the Peatbog Faeries, who performed an incredible set, and Andrew Weatherall, and the light and visual show added to the atmosphere. Seeing my dad Donnie perform was special too — the whole palce was buzzing when he performed ‘Loch Lomond’.

“Optimo topped it all off with the after-party. It was a good way to end it.”

Niall added: “We are definitely planning to hold the festival again next year. We will take a couple of weeks off first, though!”

SKYE-LIVE-15---CROWDS---9As well as enjoying the musical treats on offer, festivalgoers helped to raise £500 for the charity WaterAid through use of a water bar run by Scottish Water.
Sponsorship for this year’s festival was provided by the Talisker Distillery and Edinburgh brewery Innis and Gunn.