Calmac have today released details on the additional sailings scheduled to support the Tiree Music Festival.There will once again be 2 sailings per day on many of the days around the event to help with the increased traffic travelling to Tiree for the multi-award winning festival. Bookings for the sailings will be live from 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 10th January 2017 – as with previous years, early booking is advised.Bookings can be made at www.calmac.co.uk or by calling Oban Office on 01631 700506 (select Option 2)Read More »
Tiree Music Festival (TMF) today released details of the annual visitor survey and economic impact report for the festival. Independently conducted by Stirling based MKA Economics, the report on the 2016 festival has highlighted that TMF generated an economic impact of £951,117 – an overall increase of 51% on the 2015 event. The report also states that if taking multiplier effects into account, it is likely that the economic impact of the event has surpassed the £1million mark for the first time.
It is another incredible achievement by the festival that was only formed in 2010 yet has grown rapidly to become a multi-award winning event that has recently once again been crowned the ‘Best Small Event in Scotland’ at the Scottish Event Awards in October.
Brenda O’Hara MSP recently described the festival as a “cultural coup for the island” commending the directors and team behind the festival for their commitment to the social enterprise event and its importance to the tourism industry of Argyll & Bute as a whole. The achievements of the festival were raised at the House of Commons in an Early Day Motion by Mr O’Hara.
Early bird tickets for Tiree Music Festival 2017 go on sale on Sunday 27th at 12.00 noon and those planning on snapping up the discounted tickets are advised to book early as the tickets sold out in less than 3 hours last year. More information on the tickets and the full economic impact report can be found at www.tireemusicfestival.co.ukRead More »
ONLY 50 TICKETS REMAINING FOR BIGGEST EVER TMF
Two exciting names have been added to the line up for the 7th Tiree Music Festival (15th to 17th July 2016).
Tide Lines, a brand new Scottish band, will make their live debut at Tiree Music Festival.
Tide Lines have a fresh sound – driven by guitar, drums, and pipes. Their recently released single, “Far Side of the World”, is from the pen of lead vocalist, former Skipinnish front man, Robert Robertson and last night entered the iTunes top 100 UK download chart. The band was launched two days ago across social media platforms with an accompanying music video to promote the release of the single. The band is made up of Robertson from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from Mull (also ex-Skipinnish), Alasdair Turner from Alness, and Fergus Munro from Glasgow. The band are delighted to launch this new act at TMF:
“TMF is the perfect location for our first ever live performance as Tide Lines – and we’re incredibly excited for it”, says lead singer Robert Robertson. “There are a number of factors that give TMF a totally unique atmosphere so we are just ecstatic to perform our first ever show there.”
The Scott Wood Band will also be making their TMF debut, having previously performed as a trio in their early days back in 2013. Described as “a collaboration of the most promising young Scottish Musicians”, the band is fronted by one of the world’s leading young bagpipers in Scott Wood and features finalists from the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. Their success was also recognised with a nomination for the prestigious ‘Folk Band of the Year’ category at the 2014 BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards.
Tide Lines and the Scott Wood Band complete the most exciting and eclectic TMF line up to date next to international acts like Levellers, Flook, Sharon Shannon and Nashville singer Jesse Terry and the very best Scottish artists like Breabach, Blazin Fiddles and Fergie MacDonald.Read More »
Tiree Music Festival (15-17 July) this week announced a very special list of acts for what will be the biggest TMF to date. Over the course of the three days, acts including Levellers, Red Hot Chili Pipers, Sharon Shannon, Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Blazin Fiddles and legendary Irish quartet Flook will play to a 2000 strong crowd – over treble the population of the island.
Famed for its laid back atmosphere, TMF attracts a diverse audience and is well-known as being one of the most family-friendly in the UK. The multi-award winning event has sold out every year since its inception in 2010, with early bird tickets for the 2016 being sold out in four hours so the additional capacity will enable more people to experience the TMF adventure than ever before.
This year’s festival will feature three stages including the Calmac Live Lounge, set in the heart of the TMF Community Village – a purpose built arena packed with a host of creative activities and the best of west coast produce from Argyll Foods. As well as the music, there will be special sea-life trips with Basking Shark Scotland and also the first ever TMF ‘flash-mob’ co-ordinated by Eden Court Creative.
“This is the most exciting and eclectic TMF line up to date,” says Artistic Director Daniel Gillespie. “Securing international acts like Levellers, Flook, Sharon Shannon and Nashville singer Jesse Terry alongside the very best Scottish artists like Breabach, Blazin Fiddles and Fergie MacDonald is what makes the journey to TMF so special. And being known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’, it is only right that our first ever flash-mob is Hawaiian themed!”
With four extra sailings from Calmac and three extra scheduled flights from FlyBe, the journey to the ‘Hawaii of the North’ is more accessible than ever before.
Festival Director Stewart MacLennan says: “We are thrilled to confirm that TMF 2016 will be the biggest and best to date thanks to the additional capacity provided by Calmac and FlyBe. These additional travel routes are not only providing more capacity to the island but more flexibility of when to travel, which is fantastic for the event and the island as a whole.”
Those who aren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets can soak in the sights and sounds as BBC ALBA will record highlights and performances from the island festival for the second year, providing an insight into the charm and colour that makes the festival and the island so appealing. After the success of last year’s footage, BBC ALBA have confirmed that the 2016 coverage will increase to 11 episodes and 6hrs of footage including a special episode on A’bhuain – the Tiree Homecoming 2016.Read More »
The first 5 acts of TMF2016! With many more to be announced!
Remaining tickets on sale this Saturday (19th) at noon!
LEVELLERS | RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS | SKIPINNISH | SKERRYVORE | FLOOK
PLUS MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED………Read More »
All remaining tickets for TMF2016 go on sale this Saturday 19th March at 12.00 (noon)!
Early bird tickets sold out in under 3 hours so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be on sale from the website as normal: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk
Stay tuned also for information on more travel options to TMF than ever before as well as the release of the TMF2016 line-up!Read More »
The small festival hit by storms this summer has blown away the opposition to win a major tourism award.
During this year’s Tiree Music Festival more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated from the site because of strong winds. A huge response from the community and local businesses helped find shelter for festival-goers in schools, the island airport and people’s homes so the event was able to continue.
The festival, which attracted a sell-out 1,700 audience – more than three times the island population – has been voted Best Cultural Event or Festival at the prestigious annual Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.
And in a double success for the island, the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event also won HITA’s new Best Sporting Event category, The awards were presented last week(13 November) by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, at a glittering ceremony in the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.
Mr Ewing said: “I commend the hard work and commitment of everyone who extends a warm welcome and high standard of service to Scotland’s visitors. While Tiree in particular can celebrate a deserved double win, I congratulate all of this year’s winners and send best wishes for a long, enjoyable and worthwhile career in tourism and hospitality.”
The Tiree Music Festival, which started in 2010, has grown steadily over the years and is known as one of the most family-friendly in the UK. This year tickets sold out within five hours of going on sale with a line-up that included The Fratellis, We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Manran.
The HITA judges said of the festival: “The tiny, seemingly inaccessible Isle of Tiree has overcome local constraints to build its annual music festival into an incredible, cultural event which brings economic benefits to the community, highlights traditional and contemporary music and makes imaginative use of sponsorship. It is a worthy winner that has enhanced the overall visitor experience.
Tiree Wave Classic is the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world. Founded in 1986, it showcases the best of the UK’s windsurfing talent, ranging from juniors to World Cup professional windsurfers.
Both events now go onto the national finals – the prestigious Thistle Awards on 18th March 2016 where they will be showcased alongside major events such as the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Early bird tickets for TMF 2016 go on sale at noon on Saturday 28th November. With last year selling out in 4hrs we recommend very early booking! Tickets can be purchased from the ticket section of website: http://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/401-2/Read More »
TMF 2016 is now confirmed for 15TH – 17TH JULY!!!
Watch this space for ticket and artist information…..Read More »
TMF2015 THANKS & VISITOR SURVEY – Win tickets to TMF2016!
TMF2015 will be a festival that stays in our memories forever. Where immediate thoughts turn to the extreme ‘summer’ weather conditions, the memories that we shall treasure are the moments when our island showed a community spirit and hospitality that literally touched the hearts of people around the world. For us, it was both the most challenging and proudest moment since forming the festival back in 2010.
The ‘story’ of TMF2015 has literally made news around the world with one report going out in Florida, USA. We have received countless messages of thanks that we wish to share with everyone involved with TMF2015, as without that support the safe and speedy evacuation of the festival site would not have been possible. The generous gift of tents from Tesco & Argos also ensured that people could remain on Tiree for the rest of the weekend. We need to thank Iain MacKinnon and the members of the LEST (Lorne Event Safety Team) for their guidance throughout the weekend. To our TMF Team and volunteers – to get the festival site operational again on the Saturday was a superhuman effort and incredible display of commitment to TMF. Thank you all for your inspirational support.
As the dust settles on TMF2015 and we review the festival as a whole, we are keen as ever to hear feedback from all the attendees – as this is what shapes our plans and ideas for 2016 and beyond! Where focus will naturally pull thoughts towards the evacuation on the Friday, we would ask that feedback is about the event overall as this will give better reference to the operation and ideas that were put in place for 2015, while also allowing more accurate assessments to be made against previous festivals.
Please click on the link below to complete the TMF2015 Visitor Survey:
All those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for 2 weekend tickets for TMF2016
Thank you again to everyone who made TMF2015 a year we will never forget. Here’s to TMF2016…..
Team TMFRead More »
ANNOUNCES BROADCAST DEAL WITH BBC ALBA
Tickets for this year’s Tiree Music Festival (17-19 July) have now SOLD OUT in under five hours following festival organisers unveiling the most diverse event line up yet.
Those who weren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets to the 1700 capacity festival can soak in the sights and sounds as it is announced that BBC ALBA will record highlights from the island festival for the first time.
BBC ALBA will record some of the finest performances from the multi-award winning festival whilst also providing an insight into the charm and colour that makes the festival and the island so appealing. Transmission dates will be confirmed in due course but it is expected that highlights will air over the course of several weekends in late-July to early-August.
The broadcast deal is the latest coup for the festival which has won multiple awards including ‘Best Small Event’ at the UK Event Awards and ‘Best Small Festival in Scotland’ at the Scottish Event Awards.
Festival organiser, Daniel Gillespie, said: “As each year goes by we are overwhelmed by the response to tickets, the festival is consecutively selling out faster than the previous year and often before we have even announced the full line up.
“We are absolutely delighted BBC ALBA will be broadcasting the festival. It will be the first time that TMF has been aired on live television so will be a great opportunity for those who missed out on tickets, or who are considering attending next year, to get a feel for the festival and the island.”
Margaret Cameron, Channel Editor at BBC ALBA, said: “BBC ALBA has become renowned for showcasing some of the finest music on offer in Scotland and the Tiree Music Festival fits that bill, quickly establishing itself as a highlight in the nation’s musical calendar. The festival has a real family feel and we are certain that its charm and warmth will appeal to viewers as they get to witness some of the finest performances from the event.”
The 2015 line-up includes The Fratellis, Funbox, We Banjo 3, Skerryvore, Manran, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gentlemen of Few, Skipinnish, The Chaplins, Cherry Grove, Trail West, Gunna Sound, Dun Mor, The Lowground and Chunks.
Famed for its breezy laid-back atmosphere and idyllic setting, the multi-award winning event has sold out every year since its inception in 2010, with early bird tickets for the 2015 being snapped up in a record breaking 6 hours last December.Read More »