Tiree lived up to its reputation as ‘The Hawaii of the North’ with sunny celebrations and electric performances from some of the best acts on the Scottish folk, indie and pop scene for the 10th anniversary of Tiree Music Festival (TMF).
Buddha and the Band got the celebrations underway at the Elevate stage on Friday afternoon to a thrilled crowd who also enjoyed the first ever Thursday night opening party, which featured performances from young Argyll folk band Rhuvaal and party favourites Jam Sandwich.
Friday at The Big Top saw knock-out performances from the mighty trad-rock outfit Mànran and Tiree band Trail West, who made it a full sweep having getting crowds jumping at every festival since it began.
Some of Scotland’s best upcoming talent graced the ELEVATE stage including singer-songwriter sensation Callum Beattie who wowed crowds with a memorable headline set before swapping Tiree for London to support Robbie Williams at Hyde Park.
Launched last year and funded by Creative Scotland, the outdoor ELEVATE Stage showcases the best young talent on the Scottish music scene.
Saturday saw Sandi Thom, Face The West and Tidelines all take to The Big Top on Saturday, while the final day saw a unique collaboration. Waiting on a Sunny Day: TMF’s Tribute to ‘The Boss’ will be a collective performance from some artists on the Scottish folk scene who have been inspired by the one and only Bruce Springsteen. The title is also a nod to the unpredictable weather the festival has had over the past few years, with TMF using the hashtag #waitingonasunnyday for this year’s festival.
Niteworks performed their unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music to an energetic crowd before the one and only Skerryvore brought the TMF10 celebrations to a spectacular close on Sunday night with their mighty sound blending folk, trad, rock and Americana.
Daniel Gillespie, Artistic Director for Tiree Music Festival, said: “2019 is a huge milestone for the festival as we celebrate our 10th year putting on this special party on the Isle of Tiree. The sun has been shining down on us as we mark our birthday in style and we’re proud of the friendly, community vibe that you can always feel at TMF. There’s nothing else like it and it feels particularly magical as we celebrate 10 years.
“We’ve had some fantastic performances and impromptu ceilidhs, as well as wonderful workshops and musical sessions for kids, with everyone getting involved. It’s been the best TMF yet and has been great to see the crowds enjoying the best folk and pop acts on the scene today.”
Details of TMF2020 will be announced later in the year, with people encouraged to keep an eye on Facebook @Tiree Music Festival for announcements.