Thousands soak the sun at Oban Live day one!

Argyll’s biggest outdoor music concert kicked off yesterday, Friday June 8, in the glorious sunshine under bright blue skies. Just under 8,000 attendees are expected to make their way to Mossfield Stadium in the rural coastal town of Oban in the west coast of Scotland.

The incredible spectacle, which transforms a shinty sports field into a major concert arena for two days, entertains thousands with a mix of Scots ‘Trad”, pop and rock music. The two-day concert finishes tonight, Saturday June 9. The small rural town of Oban, with a population of around 8,000, has welcomed thousands of visitors who have headed to the town from all over the UK and the world to join the locals for one massive cultural party in the truly authentic Scottish location.

Friday’s line-up included a stream of incredible acts including Blazin’ Fiddles, Hermitage Green, Tide Lines and headliners Skipinnish. 19 year old solo/singer writer Kathleen Robertson, winner of the local Oban Unsigned competition, opened the show with a stunning set.

An impressive all-star line-up of 24 top names in the Scottish traditional music industry also came together yesterday, exclusively for Oban Live, in a collaboration named ‘Sons of Argyll’. The project paid homage to late inspirational figures from the region that played a key role in the lives and music of the performers involved. Musicians from Tide Lines, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Blazin’ Fiddles, Trail West and Gunna Sound, as well as this year’s Mòd Gold Medallists, Rachel Walker and Alasdair Currie, members of Oban Gaelic Choir and world class pipers were included in the project line-up. Also involved were Marie Fielding, Phil Cunningham, Craig & Hector MacFadyen, Sileas Sinclair, Mary Catherine MacNeil and Archie & Alex McAllister.

Sons of Argyll, which is founded and co-ordinated by Trail West’s Ian Smith, paid particular tribute to the recently passed Norman MacLean (Tiree/Uist), Ian’s father Bernie Smith (Tiree), Murdo MacLeod (Lochgilphead), Angus MacColl (Mull), Nonny MacInnes (Oban), Colin Campbell (Oban), Calum MacLean (Tobermory) and many more.

The event continues today with gates opening at 4pm, and welcomes on stage Rhuvaal, local band Chunks, Heron Valley, Sharon Shannon with Michael McGoldrick and Susan O’Neill, Peatbog Faeries and ends with a spectacular finale from headliners and festival founders Skerryvore.

Some tickets are available at the door. Online ticket sales are now closed.

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