TMF Transmitting Live to bring a taste of Tiree to people’s homes this summer

The team behind Tiree Music Festival has announced a new digital event for 2021. TMF Transmitting Live will showcase brilliant musical performances from the likes of Skerryvore and Trail West on Saturday 10th July via a special livestream from the beautiful Inner Hebridean island, with tickets on sale now.

The event will bring people a taste of Tiree for summer 2021 – with a combination of brilliant music, great craic and picture perfect white sands from the ‘Hawaii of the North’ – ahead of the much-awaited return of Tiree Music Festival in 2022.

Fans can tune in from the comfort and safety of their living room to watch performances from award-winning favourites Skerryvore, Western Isle natives Trail West and Irish bluegrass group We Banjo 3, as part of the activity supported by EventScotland’s Events Recovery Fund. Special acoustic sessions from Scottish pop duo The Eves and Glasgow-based traditional trio Atlantic Reel hosted at Tiree Whisky Company’s distillery – the first distillery on the island in over 217 years – will also be transmitted around the world.

Tickets, which also give fans access to exclusive merchandise and content, will operate on a ‘pay what you want’ basis, with no fixed cost per view. Viewers will have the chance to get to know TMF’s close-knit community, with exclusive interviews from members of the community, the small army of international volunteers and others that come together every year to make the special island event possible.

TMF Transmitting Live will also include an exclusive commissioned collaboration with aerial drone specialists Crashing Drones synced to the music of SKIPINNISH. The action was captured during a recent visit to the island by frontman Norrie MacIver who was performing the first live music on Tiree for over 12 months to local children involved in Tiree Fèis.

Daniel Gillespie, Artistic Director for Tiree Music Festival, said: “We can’t wait to bring our loyal audiences in Scotland and around the world a taste of Tiree this July with the first ever TMF Transmitting. “Although it’s not quite the same as being at the festival in person, we’ve got a brilliant line-up of acts, unbeatable scenery and that warm, friendly TMF vibe to share with everyone who are missing the festival, or who might not ever have had the chance to attend yet.

“Tiree Whisky Company’s distillery is a perfect and totally unique setting for some of our acoustic sessions and we’re also grateful to EventScotland for their support – it will be a livestream to remember. We hope to see people gather with friends and family from the safety of their living room, garden – or wherever they can set up a screen – as we share the magic of this remote Hebridean island festival ahead of its return to the island next year. We can’t wait!”

Ian Smith, owner of Tiree Whisky Company, said: “TMF is such a massive part of the island’s social calendar. Although the full event can’t go ahead this year, we’re delighted to welcome some brilliant acts to the distillery, showcasing the island’s fantastic musical talents and some of the names the festival attracts to Tiree. “The location of our distillery on the southwestern tip of the island is fairly remote so some TMFers may not have not made it down to us in previous years. TMF Transmitting is a great opportunity to show off another fantastic spot on the island – and what better way to do that than with some brilliant music and a dram!”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “I am delighted to see another event, supported through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, make the ambitious move to a virtual offering, presenting some fantastic Scottish talent against the stunning backdrop of Tiree.”

Remaining tickets for next year’s highly anticipated Tiree Music Festival, taking place 8th-10th July 2022, will be on sale in the coming months. Tickets for TMF Transmitting Live are on sale now at: