Skye Live is taking things online this year with four exclusive performance pieces filmed at some of the island’s most iconic locations. The annual festival, which usually takes place over two days on the Isle of Skye, will be hosting a free stream on Thursday 8th of July and features a handpicked line-up of the most breathtaking Scottish acts and artists around.The awe-inspiring harmonies of Gaelic trio SIAN will kick the festival off with a performance streamed from Coire Lagan, a small lochan on the south side of the Cuillin Ridge with spectacular views over the island of Barra. Next, fans will be transported across the Cuillin Ridge to Sligachan. There, award-winning smallpiper Brìghde Chaimbeul is teaming up with fiddler Aidan O’Rourke of Lau-fame for a mesmerising performance in front of the Black Cuillin mountains.
For the third act, Skye Live is going North for one of the most unique performances ever hosted by the festival. Electronic artist Lord Of The Isles has created a bespoke piece of music featuring poetry by fellow Edinburgh-based artist Ellen Renton. Inspired by, and set at, the Old Man of Storr, this audio-visual piece showcases one of Skye’s most photographed locations like it has never been seen before with a light show to transform the landscape into an ethereal dreamscape. Closing the festival is the Skye Live’s resident band and Gaelic electronica pioneers Niteworks, who will be performing at the Quiraing.
Michael Pellegrotti, Co-Director of Skye Live Festival, said: “With nearly two years since our last event we wanted to try and recreate the real Skye Live experience as much as possible – presenting our favourite artists in beautiful surroundings. Lucky for us we’re not short of mesmerising locations on Skye and the artists came through with the music to match. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it, and can’t wait to see you all in person in 2022. We’d also like to express our gratitude to EventScotland for their support in bringing it to reality, it’s been a dream of ours for some time and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Established in 2015, Skye Live Festival has carved out a reputation as one of the most unique festival experiences Scotland has to offer. With its forward-thinking curation, featuring some of the finest contemporary folk and electronic music Scotland has to offer, and its beautiful setting in the heart of Portree bay with the world-famous Cuillin Ridge – it truly has to be seen to be believed. The festival will return in person, 13-14 May 2022.
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