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TMF 2012

tiree music festival 2012Festival goers flocked to Tiree for the sell-out TMF (Tiree Music Festival) with bands including Toploader, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the Vatersay Boys and Tiree’s own Skerryvore, taking centre stage against the island’s stunning skyline.

Now in its third year, TMF 2012 was bigger than ever before with a sell out capacity of 1250 as well as the new TMF Community Village and campsite which was home for the weekend for over 500 music fans.

TMF organiser and Skerryvore band member, Daniel Gillespie said: “TMF 2012 exceeded all expectations and it’s all thanks to each and everyone who came to Tiree from near and far. From the bands who performed to the volunteers who helped out over the weekend, the local businesses and landowners who supported the event and, of course, the amazing crowds, this was a truly unforgettable TMF. Thanks to everyone for their incredible support and for making TMF 2012 the success it was. Here’s to 2013!”

The TMF buzz started building on Friday when the campsite opened in glorious sunshine and a plethora of tents were pitched in anticipation of the weekend’s music offerings. On top of music performances, TMF 2012 included workshops and Circus Skills as well as Open Mic opportunities, amongst many other activities. There were also fun for the younger TMF fans with face painting and balloon modelling on offer. Also spotted enjoying the weekend’s entertainment were a group of Smurfs, Oompah Loompas and even a furry crocodile with some festival goers opting for a more ‘unique’ style of gigging attire.

Saturday played host to an array of artists including Face The West, Gunna Sound and Donald MacDonald & Islands. And across the water from Barra, The Vatersay Boys took to the main stage on Saturday night, wowing the crowd with an energy laden performance including the Sands of Vatersay, Oidhche Bha and the theme to Local Hero. And then came Saturday’s headliners – the Red Hot Chilli Pipers – who unleashed their unique brand of ‘bagrock’ on to the TMF followers. Mixing together the sounds of pipes with rock music including AC/DC, Coldplay and Snow Patrol, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers raised the (outdoor) roof with an incredible set, highlighting their worldwide popularity.

Like so many other music festivals this year, wet weather made an appearance but, despite the wind and rain on Sunday, spirits weren’t dampened. After all, TMF followers are made of stronger stuff! Sunday’s acts included Emily Smith, Crooked Reel, and Tiree bands Skippinish, Gunna Sound and Trail West with performances on the main stage, An Talla and on the TMF Community Village Stage. Skerryvore received a rousing response from their homecrowd. No doubt about it, Skerryvore’s homecoming was warm and welcoming – the rain even stopped for their performance! Sunday headliners came in the shape of Toploader, the anthem of the night belonging to their biggest hit ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, which was made extra special as the band invited Skerryvore piper Martin Gillespie onstage to perform the track with them. Over the weekend, music filled the air, echoing the length and breadth of Tiree as the festival goers showed their TMF appreciation, celebrating one of the best festivals around.

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