Toploader To Top Bill At TMF 2012
Triple platinum selling band Toploader will headline the Tiree Music Festival on Sunday 22 July. They join an outstanding bill of must-see acts already confirmed for the two day event, including the acclaimed Red Hot Chilli Pipers who will headline on Saturday 21 July.
This is the third year that Tiree will stage the open air festival, and organisers are planning to make it their biggest and best yet. Festival frontman Daniel Gillespie, who hails from Tiree and is himself a musician with STMA live act of the year Skerryvore, said:
Our goal from the start has been to create a family-friendly event that celebrates all kinds of music, from the traditional to the contemporary, against the stunning backdrop of Tiree. We’re looking to create an event that encourages new people onto the island and also affords islanders the opportunity to enjoy new musical influences. So to attract headliners as epic as Toploader and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers to an island as tiny as Tiree is a real coup.”
Forming in 1997, Toploader began their live career playing with the likes of Coldplay and Muse at small venues across the UK, amassing a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad, and selling millions of albums. Splitting in 2003, the Eastbourne boys went on to pursue individual interests. They reformed in 2011 to release their third studio album ‘Only Human’, taking it onto the road with a full schedule of summer festivals and their first UK tour since the split. 2012 looks to be just as busy for the band with live dates throughout the UK and Europe, before they descend on Tiree shores to bring the Tiree Music Festival to a rocking close. Headlining the event on Saturday 21 July will be the Red Hot Chilli Pipers with their distinct ‘Bagrock’ sound. The kilted ones have barely put down their bagpipes since playing their way to the top prize on UK TV talent show ‘When Will I Be Famous’ in 2007, fast becoming a global phenomenon as they continue to rock everywhere from Melbourne to Milwaukee. Also confirmed to appear is a diverse line up of acts ranging from homegrown Tiree talent Gunna Sound, Skipinnish, Trail West, and Skerryvore to the Vatersey Boys, Emily Smith(former Young Traditional Musician of the Year), Rura(STMA Up & Coming Act of the Year) and Donald Macdonald and The Islands, with more acts to be announced in coming weeks. It’s not just the line-up of acts that’s growing ever more impressive. This year’s festival-goers can also look forward to a brand new community village and campsite that’s conveniently sited next to the stage and will offer everything from live music workshops and activities for all the family to food stalls with fresh island produce.
Said Daniel Gillespie:
“Thanks to the new site facilities we’ve put in place for 2012 and the invaluable support we’ve received from the likes of EventScotland and CreativeScotland to help promote the event, all the signs are that ticket sales will outstrip both 2010 and 2011. The more people we hope will return at other times of the year – boosting the tourism economy and creating a lasting legacy for the island.”
With the first and second batch of Early Bird tickets now sold out, the final batch of tickets are now on sale at Tiree Business Centre and at The Tiree Music Festival Website. For updates, check out www.facebook.com/Tiree-Music-Festival