Dancing in the ‘Dale as festival fever returns

Festival-goers were in good spirits all weekend.
Festival-goers were in good spirits all weekend.

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The hills and glens of East Kintyre were alive with the sound of music last weekend as Carradale Music Festival roared back into action.

After missing out on live festivals over the last two years, during the Covid pandemic, revellers made the most of being back round the Carradale Village Hall stage last Friday and Saturday nights.

And this year, a float in the carpark outside the hall provided the family-friendly festival with a second stage.

An eclectic mix of festival-goers – Carradale residents and visitors to the village of all ages – enjoyed a fantastic line-up of mostly traditional Scottish music.

Ceol an Aire headlined Friday night’s entertainment while Skerryvore was the main act on Saturday.

They were supported by an array of acts from near and far including Trail West, Rhuvaal, Chunks, Atlantic Reel, Culla and The Democrats, who kept revellers’ spirits up throughout the festival.

‘What a well-run event,’ said one festival-goer afterwards. ‘For such a small village to host such an impressive event is admirable.

‘The festival’s young organisers should be very proud of themselves.’

Event director Raymond Gosling said: ‘Wow, Carradale Music Festival 2022 did not disappoint; what a weekend that was!

‘No words can explain how proud I am of everyone who is involved with Carradale Music Festival; from everyone who has helped in the background of planning and running the event, to everyone who attended the festival over the weekend, I cannot thank you enough.

‘After such uncertain times over the past two years due to Covid-19, we were unsure if the festival would return in 2022 – but it did, and I have never felt so happy to see live music taking place again in front of a sell-out crowd.

‘We would just like to take the time to thank Sound Acoustic Productions, Louie and Fergie on Lighting, 113 Sound, Platinum Bar Hire, Robert Strang, and also Stephen Lawson and Kenny Craig for managing to catch everything on camera throughout the weekend.

‘A massive thank you goes to all our wonderful Carradale Musical Festival 2022 sponsors: Kilkerran Single Malt, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers, East Kintyre Windfarm Trust, L Black & Co, Graeme’s Waste Solutions, Argyll and Bute Council, Peter McKerral & Co, Ashbank Hotel, Ifferdale Bunkhouse, Co-op Campbeltown and Campbeltown Motor Company.

‘An announcement regarding dates for Carradale Music Festival 2023 will be released soon so make sure to keep eyes pealed.

‘See you all next year!’