Only a very limited number of tickets were available to book online this week for the very first Skye Live music festival, which takes place in Portree this weekend.
The new festival — which is being held on The Lump, the traditional home of the Skye Highland Games — didn’t take long to capture the public’s imagination, and the initial run of a thousand tickets sold out within days of going on sale.
Festival organisers Niall Munro and Ali MacIsaac have brought together a varied line-up in an attempt to create an up-and-coming event which has potential to grow, and fill the void for local gig-goers since the last Isle of Skye Music Festival was held at Ashaig in 2007.
A classic circus big top will house the stage, with dance music to the fore on Friday while Saturday night carries a more Celtic-traditional flavour.
Tomorrow (Friday) DJ Felix Martin — from top UK dance act Hot Chip — gets top billing, in a line-up which also features leading DJs Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston and underground favourite the Lord of the Isles. There will also be sets from local DJs, and events start from 4pm.
The Saturday programme kicks off at 11.30am and runs right through until 11pm.
Skye band the Peatbog Faeries — who enjoy a cult following across the globe — will be playing a rare home gig. Organiser Niall has also roped in his father Donnie Munro — the former Runrig frontman — while Shooglenifty, Niteworks and a host of others are set to perform.
A post-event party with Optimo DJs in Portree Community Centre brings proceedings to a close on Saturday night.
Sponsorship for this year’s festival has been provided by Edinburgh brewery Innis and Gunn, and by Talisker Distillery.
“This coming week will be very much hands-on,” said Niall, looking ahead to his first venture into festival organising. “We are both extremely excited.”
For more details see www.skyelive.scot and see next week’s Free Press for a picture special on the very first Skye Live festival