Virtual music festival a resounding success

The Officers Mess at MACC Business Park was transformed into a temporary recording studio so sets could be specially recorded for the virtual festival. Photograph: MOK Fest.
The Officers Mess at MACC Business Park was transformed into a temporary recording studio so sets could be specially recorded for the virtual festival. Photograph: MOK Fest.

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The organisers of the 2020 Virtual Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival (MOK Fest) are ‘delighted’ by the unique online event’s success.

All five nights of the festival, which saw specially recorded sets and previous festival performances streamed on the MOK Fest Facebook page, reached a huge audience of more than 150,000, with the viewing figures for the five concerts and promotional videos well in excess of 50,000.

Held in place of the regular scheduled festival which had to be cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions, the virtual festival was held last week, from Wednesday August 19 to Sunday August 23 and included five virtual concerts – the Beinn an Tuirc Gaelic Night, the Young Folk Night, the Kilkerran Ceilidh Night, the Glen Scotia West Coast Rocks Concert, and Survivors Night.

Event manager Iain Johnston, of JIG Events, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the way the event went and with the amount of people who viewed each night. We can’t thank everyone enough for all the help we received, from our sponsors, technicians, musicians and bands, to those who logged in each night to watch each concert.

‘You can view the concerts on our Facebook page, listen to music from past MOK Fest artists on Spotify and we plan to create our own YouTube channel where we can upload all the concerts and promos for a new audience to view.

‘We are already making plans for next year and many of the bands who were booked for this year will perform across the event which will be held from August 18 to August 22 2021.’