Some pictures to set the scene for those who have never been to Tiree.
Tiree Music Festival (TMF), known for its beautiful scenery, iconic beachfront and world-class line-ups, will return for its 12th edition between Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2023.
This year’s roster of local, Scottish and international talent will see the legendary Scottish rock group Wet Wet Wet headline the multi-award winning festival, thrilling Tiree crowds for the first time.
The revered band, formed of original members Graeme Clark, and Graeme Duffin and new vocalist Kevin Simm (winner of ‘The Voice UK’ and former member of Liberty X), have a busy summer of shows planned across Europe, and will make their TMF debut this July.
Graeme Clark, Wet Wet Wet founding member and bass player, said: “There’s been talk for a while now about performing at the Tiree Music Festival so we’re very happy that it’s all been figured out. It’s always special when the band plays in Scotland and it will be even more so when we bring the show onto the doorstep of the Tiree community for the first ever time.”
Frontman Kevin Simm added: “Not being from the west of Scotland, I’ll have to admit to getting the map out for this (sorry!). I know that there’s a lot of logistics involved in getting us there however that will make it even more of an incredible event and we can’t wait to perform the hits at the festival. Tiree, here we come!”
Homegrown talent Trail West and Skerryvore will return to the festival’s big top on the opening and closing night, with Highland sensations Tide Lines returning to the home of their first ever gig on the Saturday.
The festival’s Elevate Stage will once again showcase the very best emerging talent in Scotland with sets from Scottish-electronic duo Valtos, all-female power house The Laurettes, TikTok singing star Nati Dreddd and, hot off the heels of his success on Britain’s Got Talent, singer-songwriter and TMF enthusiast Cammy Barnes.
Cammy Barnes said: “I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Tiree Music Festival in July for what is sure to be an incredible weekend of music, craic and beautiful chaos. Last year was my TMF debut and I had an unbelievable time soaking up the epic scenery and unrivalled atmosphere. There is a palpable community spirit at this festival, which makes it all the more special to play at. TMF 2023 will be one to remember!”
This year’s line up will also pay special tribute to Gordon Connell, a driving force of musical talent on the island and dear friend of Tiree Music Festival, who sadly passed away in April this year.
TMF continues to attract thousands of visitors to the island annually, helping to significantly boost the island’s local economy. More than 2,100 people attended Tiree Music Festival 2022 – the maximum capacity of the festival – and the event was supported by 80 volunteers, 50 staff, contractors and crew and 100 artists.
According to the TMF 2022: Visitor Survey and Economic Impact Report carried out by MKA Economics, the economic impact of the festival increased by 20% since 2019 to £1.5 million, with the total average spend per visitor during festival weekend estimated to be in the region of more than £486. Over TMF’s 11 editions to date, the economic value of the festival to the island now tops £8 million.
The continued success of the event often sees repeat visitors, with the economic impact report signifying that over half of those attending the festival in 2022 had been before. Last year’s TMF also saw a marked increase in customers attending from outside Scotland, highlighting the festival’s UK-wide reach and international appeal.
The report also found that over half of 2022 audiences extended their trip to Tiree past the duration of the festival itself, highlighting attendees’ desire to make an extended holiday out of their trip to the island.
As always, TMF 2023 will include a vast array of activities and workshops to allow festival-goers to get the most of their time on Tiree, often dubbed as “the Hawaii of the North”, and fully appreciate their beautiful surroundings.
This year, the TMF Fringe programme events include tours and tastings at Tyree Gin’s open day and Beach Yoga. Fergie’s Fun Club will return to the festival with a host of activities for youngsters with a special carnival theme.
Taking advantage of the white beaches on the festival’s doorstep, ARB Sand Art will hold workshops over the weekend and create a giant TMF graphic on Crossapol beach, roping in the help of around 120 volunteers to help create the image.
TEUD – The Hebridean Fiddle Project will also put on an incredible performance after a string of sold-out shows across the Hebrides. TEUD – meaning string in English – grew out of a conversation regarding the differing Hebridean fiddle styles and music throughout the islands. A collaboration between fiddlers Claire Frances MacNeil, Shona Masson and Jamie MacDonald, the project draws on the musical and cultural heritage of each musician’s home island, culminating in a performance of Gaelic music and songs showcasing the ‘Hebridean fiddle style’.
Having joined Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative last year, TMF 2023 will once again have a laser focus on sustainability. All waste will be taken off the island to be recycled and additional bike racks will also be installed to encourage people to use cycling as their main method of transportation around the island.
Daniel Gillespie, Artistic Director for Tiree Music Festival, said: “With the 12th edition of TMF fast approaching, we’re thrilled to announce some of the fantastic acts we have joining us for 2023. One of our main objectives when starting TMF was to bring world-renowned acts to the island so we are extremely excited to welcome a legendary act like Wet Wet Wet to Tiree for the first time. Being such a small and remote festival creates significant obstacles to make performances like this possible so we need to thank all our sponsors and travel partners who have helped facilitate this, as well as thanking the band for their enthusiasm to visit the festival and island for the first time.
“As always, we’re so grateful to each and every person who has bought a ticket, and we’re sure this incredible line up will have everyone singing, jumping and dancing non-stop across the festival weekend.”
TMF 2023 takes place on the island of TIree between Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2023. Anyone looking for the latest festival info should sign up to the festival’s mailing list at https://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/mailing-list/.
Tiree Music Festival
Tiree Music Festival runs from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2022. For more information on the festival please go to: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk
Partners Tiree Music Festival’s travel partners are Calmac and Loganair who are putting on additional services over the weekend of the event to support the festival. TMF received funding from EventScotland National Events Programme and is supported by Tyree Gin and West Beer.