Virtual festival to replace cancelled MOK Fest

Heron Valley, with Campbeltown's Darren Brown on drums, were a hit in the Victoria Hall on Saturday night.
Heron Valley play at the next fundraiser for the Mòd Ghlaschu which is fast approaching.

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With ‘a very heavy heart’ organisers of the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (MOKFest) confirmed this week that the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was hoped that the festival would go ahead but with the impact of the pandemic on travel and the uncertainty around government restrictions on gatherings and events, organisers say it would be ‘impossible’ to run an event such as this.

A spokesperson added: ‘It is paramount to the MOK Fest that it is a safe, family-friendly event and sadly this can’t be guaranteed under the current restrictions.

‘While we understand the decision is disappointing, we feel it is the right one to protect the safety of visitors and artists who travel from around the world to Campbeltown and Kintyre.’

Despite the cancellation, MOK Fest organisers would like to continue to offer the festival’s fans a chance to share in what they all enjoy – listening to and taking part in music and live performances.

‘Join us in Campbeltown and Kintyre’s first ever online music festival,’ the spokesperson said. ‘We are extending an invite to musicians, performers and sponsors to take part in our virtual event which will run from August 19 to 23.

‘MOK Fest is traditionally a time to catch up with ‘well kent’ faces, family and to make new friends. That won’t change for next year as MOK Fest looks forward to welcoming you back to Campbeltown and Kintyre from August 18 to 22, 2021.

‘Please stay safe and well and look after each other.’

In the meantime, fans can still listen to the MOK Fest Through the Years playlist on Spotify.