Tiree Music Festival has announced iconic Scottish band The Fratellis as the headline act for this year’s festival taking place 17-19th of July. Tickets will go on sale at 5pm on Monday 23rd March and will be available from www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk.
It will be The Fratellis only Scottish festival this summer when they close the festival on the main stage on the Sunday 19th. Other acts confirmed to play the multi-award-winning festival are We Banjo 3, Skerryvore, Manran. Gentlemen of Few, Skipinnish, The Chaplins, Cherry Grove, Trail West, Gunna Sound, Dun Mor, The Lowground and Chunks with many more still to be announced.
Jon Fratelli says “We are really looking forward to playing TMF. We have heard the crowds are brilliant and it looks like a stunning setting. It will be our only festival performance in Scotland this summer as we are in the studio at the moment so TMF punters will have the chance to hear some of our new tracks”.
Adds Festival Director Daniel Gillespie “Since the creation of TMF in 2010 we have been annually striving to attract an iconic Scottish band to Tiree so we are just ecstatic to have The Fratellis headlining TMF2015”.
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 2015 being snapped up in a record breaking 6 hours last December. Due to demand, the festival took place over three days for the first time and expanded its capacity in 2014 to 1600 – over three times the population of Tiree!
Adding to the family fun, Funbox, the Singing Kettle’s new guise, will be hosting a ‘Pirates and Princess’ beach party on the Friday afternoon and shows throughout the weekend while top chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be cooking up a storm using local produce with the star from his River Cottage apprentice scheme, Sam Lomas.
From Community Director Stewart MacLennan: “Our annual visitor survey is crucial to our planning for each festival and some of the key feedback from last year was to have more activities for children and families. The Singing Kettle has been the premier family show in Scotland for decades so to have the exciting new show Funbox at TMF2015 is a fantastic addition to our family activities and shows throughout the weekend.”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall adds “As a regular visitor to Tiree I am looking forward to collaborating with one of Tiree’s best known caterers, Sian Milne of Beachcomber Cafe, to create a “pop-up” cafe and take away at the Festival. With chef Sam Lomas (our first Rising Star graduate of the River Cottage apprenticeship scheme) at the helm, we plan to offer a simple but delicious menu based around the finest Tiree and Argyll produce.”
The Island is as appealing as the music – nicknamed ‘The Hawaii of the North’ due to its beautiful beaches and picturesque surroundings, the festival takes place next to the white sands of Crossapol Bay. Getting to the gorgeous island is easy with Flybe flying directly from Glasgow, or you can enjoy the train to Oban and then catch one of the regular Caledonian MacBrayne ferries.