The population of our small island more than tripled last weekend as over 2000 people attended the award winning Tiree Music Festival!
TMF has grown year on year, in every way possible, from the capacity to the site to the acts and much more – and it never fails to impress! Ferry and flight capacity was increased with additional sailings and flights put on to cope with the demand. A good number of festival goers took advantage of the early campsite opening, and set up camp as early as Wednesday, as the campsite and the Community Village went live.
The main event started on Friday afternoon, with Jesse Terry taking to the CalMac Live Lounge stage to officially open the festival! This years weather could definitely be described as a ‘mixed bag’, with rain, mist, wind and sunshine all making an appearance and a fantastic lightening storm only days after the event! The weather didn’t seem to dampen many spirits as all festival goers were raring to go each day.
Friday had an excellent line up of music, such as Breabach, Gunna Sound, Dùn Mòr, Jam Sandwich, Skerryvore and lots more! The weather caused a few problems for the organisers as the ‘Cairn Capital’ Main Stage couldn’t be used, meaning all acts performed on the CalMac Live Lounge or TMF Big Top!
It wasn’t only music on offer at TMF 2016, there was a variety of different activities for all of the family! The Eden Court Creative team were in residence all weekend, running various workshops and activities for children, including Tiree’s first flashmob which was practiced throughout the weekend and performed on Sunday! The Tiree Tots were also onsite to entertain the children, with a dedicated area set up for them. A few of Tiree’s businesses and craft makers set up stalls at TMF, taking advantage of the extra 2000 people on the island! There was also an excellent variety of food available throughout the weekend, with delights such as ‘Thai-ree’, exquisit Argyll sourced meat and seafood from Food from Argyll and new for 2016 was Sharon Shannon’s Vegan catering van, which brightened up the site with a funky van!
The second day of live music got off to an excellent start as the Socks in the Frying Pan opened the Open Air stage for the first time. Due to a technical hitch during the performance the band came down from the stage and played among the crowd! Saturday also saw performances from Sharon Shannon, the very popular Jam Sandwich, headliners Levellers and closing the show with a variety of tunes from their new album ‘Rescattermastered’ – our very own Trail West!
The final day of the festival came too soon for many, however the cracking line up definitely made up for it! There was an excellent number of local musicians gracing the stage with performances from The Cornaig Mor Ceilidh Band, The Defenders, Dùn Mòr, a variety of performers from A’ Bhuain 2016 and the fantastic Skipinnish closing the festival in the Big Top! Sunday also saw the annual Joint Church Service which took place in the Cal Mac Live lounge, with some special performances from TMF performers. Tide Lines, Macanta, Scott Wood Band, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and many more performed to a packed out tent of festival goers who looked to be enjoying themselves throughout the weekend!
I think it is safe to say that the 7th Tiree Music Festival was yet again another roaring success and An Tirisdeach would like to say congratulations and well done to all of those involved in making it happen!
Dates for next year’s festival have also been confirmed as the 14th – 16th of July!