Tiree Music Festival sells out for ninth year in a row

Tiree 2018 FREE FIRST USE OF PICS PC Graeme Greenlaw joins in with the flashdance at the Tiree Music Festival 2018 photographs Alan Peebles

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Sand in your Eyes sculpture on Crossapol beach. Photo by Dee Christensen. 
Sand in your Eyes sculpture on Crossapol beach. Photo by Dee Christensen.

Tiree Music Festival began in spectacular style with a sunshine-filled day of music and fun.

Thousands of festival goers descended on the island for what was a fantastic weekend of live music, amazing food and fringe activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Paul McKenna Band opened the main arena of the festival, with other headliners across the weekend including Scottish singer-songwriter Be Charlotte, pop and rock band The Hoosiers, Wolfstone, Ho-ro, Trail West, Skipinnish, Rura, Elephant Sessions and Skerryvore.

PC Graeme Greenlaw joins in with the flashdance at the Tiree Music Festival 2018.  Photograph: Alan Peebles
PC Graeme Greenlaw joins in with the flashdance at the Tiree Music Festival 2018. Photograph: Alan Peebles

Tiree Music Festival prides itself on being a family friendly festival and TMF 2018 introduced a new creative programme entitled Elements. This strand explored the four core elements that are a key part of life on Tiree: sun, sand, wind and water.

Also new to TMF 2018 was the Elevate stage, an outdoor platform supported by the Year of Young People 2018 fund showcasing the best talent on the Scottish music scene with its line-up over the weekend focusing on up-and-coming Scottish artists.

As well as opportunities for young musicians performing on the stage, the festival also appointed a youth artistic programmer, Jamie MacDonald, who is from Tiree.

Daniel Gillespie, festival director of Tiree Music Festival, said: ‘The gates are open and the sun is shining. It’s been brilliant to see all of the visitors arriving onto the island ready for a weekend of great fun and good music.

‘The campsites were the fullest they’ve ever been and all of the festival go-ers were getting to see the island in all its glory – it really lived up to its appellation as the “Hawaii of the North”.’

Follow all the highlights of TMF 2018 on Facebook @TireeMusicFestival, Twitter @TireeMusicFest, Instagram @TireeMusicFestival.