Oban Live shortlisted for Best Cultural Event/Festival award

Oban Live is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for Best Cultural Event / Festival!

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Inverness on Friday 3rd November. Winners from each category will automatically be put forward as a regional finalist in the National Scottish Thistle Awards scheme.

Congratulations to all finalists and best of luck to everyone.

BID4Oban returns as Oban Live’s main local partner with bumper support package

Picture from left to right: Neil Mackay – Oban Live Event Director; Martin Gillespie – Oban Live Finance Director; Pauline Clifford – Oban Live Head of Communications; Andrew Spence – BID4Oban Chief Executive; Yvonne MacLean – BID4Oban Administrator; Daniel Gillespie – Oban Live Managing Director.

Oban’s Business Improvement District, BID4Oban has announced it will return as Oban Live’s primary local 2018 event partner.  The two organisationsare set to work together on a new hands-on partnership that will bring benefits to the local economy.

Not only is BID4Oban’s investment and commitment to Oban Live bringing a generous financial grant for the 2018 event, but also a whole range of supporting activities: resources and administration, joint communication campaigns and collaborative working with the town’s business community, use of office facilities and forward-thinking plans for a new and improved Fringe programme.

Held at Oban’s famous shinty ground, Mossfield Stadium, Oban Live is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll & Bute. Their 2018 event will take place on June 8 and 9.  2017 was the event’s 2nd year running. It attracted 8,000 attendees, bringing people to Oban from all over Scotland, the UK and the world and injecting an estimated £1.1million economic boost for the town and businesses.

Andrew Spence, who was recently appointed as the new Chief Executive for BID4Oban, said: “In anticipation of a successful BID4Oban ballot on October 5, we are delighted to return as key partners of Oban Live 2018.  We have worked closely with Oban Live since the very beginning and so we understand the event’s popularity and what’s involved in staging such a major concert in the town.

He added: “Improving economic opportunities for businesses in the town, promoting business to business relationships and increasing local and visitor footfall is high on the list of our objectives. It therefore makes perfect sense to continue our support for Oban Live 2018, an event that not only brings thousands of customers through the doors of our local businesses, but also has such a positive social impact on the community.

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live said: “We are incredibly grateful to BID4Oban and Oban’s business community for awarding Oban Live this financial grant and resource package. Oban Live is a spectacular two-day event with a worldwide audience. This award will help us to promote the event globally with the aim of attracting more visitors to Oban as well as supporting the role of our locally based Head of Communications. To ensure the event’s successful delivery, working collaboratively and gaining financial and in-kind support as great as this from BID4Oban is critical.

He added: “We look forward to working closely with BID4Oban to ensure that Oban businesses can maximise the economic and social opportunities available from the thousands of attendees visiting the town for the event.

Dates and details for early bird Oban Live 2018 tickets will be announced soon on Oban Live’s social media channels.


ScotRail confirmed as major national sponsor of Oban Live


The ScotRail Alliance has been confirmed as the major national sponsor of Oban Live, Argyll’s biggest live music event June 2 and 3. The rail service provider is providing the event with key funding and additional marketing support.

The West Highland Line, a three hour journey which runs from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and costs just under £40 for a return trip, has previously been voted the most scenic train route in the world. This is highlighted in the event’s series of films called “Oban Live: Choose your journey” which features the spectacular ways to travel to Oban from Glasgow and the isles. The full film, just over three minutes long and featuring the West Highland Line, went live on the event’s Facebook page on Thursday May 25 and is fast becoming an online hit. Three film shorts have followed, one for rail (going live tonight May 30), sail and road. The digital marketing project was supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Event Directorate.

Oban station is at Station Square, right in the heart of Oban’s town centre. The square marks the start of the Oban Live Trail, a short walking route that guide visitors to the event. Travelling by train is expected to be a top travel choice for those going to Oban Live this year as visitors can quite simply get off the train and walk to the event.

Held at Oban’s famous shinty ground, Mossfield Stadium, Oban Live is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll & Bute and takes place on June 2 and 3. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 7,800 people to Oban, bringing in a £1.1million economic boost for the pretty coastal town. The line-up this year includes legendary household names Hue And Cry and Toploader as well as a number of Scottish and Irish traditional music stars and Celtic rockers such as Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Tide Lines, We Banjo 3, Trail West and more.

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live said: “We are delighted to announce ScotRail as our major national sponsors of the event this year. The funding and marketing support they will, and have already, provided is critical to the successful delivery of the event.  To have an operations establishment as big as ScotRail join us this year as sponsors is an asset to the event and we thank them for their support.”

He added: “The Glasgow to Oban train journey is spectacular so for anyone that has not yet planned their journey to Oban or is thinking of joining us last minute, you are only 3 hours away from attending Argyll’s biggest music event!”

Alasdair Smart, the ScotRail Alliance’s tourism manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Oban Live, which combines and celebrates the very best of local music and culture.

“Events and festivals such as this not only attract local residents, but also encourage visitors from all over Scotland and further afield to get out and about to enjoy our incredible country. We’ve no doubt that Oban will welcome them with their usual inimitable hospitality.”

High spirits for Oban Live’s VIPs as Jose Cuervo confirmed as VIP sponsors


Jose Cuervo tequila, the number one tequila in the world, as well as the oldest, most-recognised and most-awarded, are sponsors of this year’s VIP area at Oban Live.

Especial Tequila Reposado is rested in American oak for up to six months to add caramel notes and soften the full finish, creating a smoother spirit with oak notes and a golden colour.

And it’s not just tequila on offer. Thanks to the company’s brand Proximo Spirits UK, Bushmills Malt and Kraken Rum will also be served behind the event bars too.

Kraken Rum will be the key ingredient in the event’s chosen cocktail – The Kraken Perfect Storm: Kraken black spiced rum, lime and ginger beer! All VIP ticket holders receive a complimentary cocktail as part of their exclusive package.

The drinks brand said: “The line-up at Oban Live looks fantastic this year and Proximo Spirits UK are proud to be sponsoring 2017. We look forward to serving up Cuervo Margaritas, Bushmills & Apple and The Kraken Perfect Storms.”

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director of Oban Live added: “What a treat for our VIPs to have a taste of the Carribean in their complimentary cocktail this year! With thanks to Jose Cuervo for their kind sponsorship.”

Limited VIP tickets are left. Don’t miss out visit www.obanlive.com/tickets. Join the party, June 2 & 3.

Moët & Chandon return to Oban Live as sponsors

Oban Live has announced that the world-renowned luxury brand Moët & Chandon will return to Oban Live for a second year as event sponsors.

Visitors can celebrate the event in style as Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial and Moët Ice Impérial will be on offer at Argyll’s biggest open-air live music event.

And here is how it tastes:

Moët Ice Impérial has been specially created for serving on ice. Accordingly, it has a characteristic fruity intensity, richness in the mouth and fresh finish. 

The flagship of Moët & Chandon since 1869, Brut Impérial is the most accomplished  and universal expression of its style.  It reflects the diversity and complementarities of the three champagne grapes and the richness of the region’s best vineyards to reveal the magic of the world’s most loved champagne.

Lively and generous, Brut Imperial distinguishes itself by a bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and an elegant maturity, that continually seduce and delight.

Daniel Gillepsie, Managing Director at Oban Live said: “To have such a luxury brand as Moët & Chandon not only support the event but also return for a second year is a huge honour. As a request from the audience in our pilot year of Decade,  the champagne bar last year, unsurprisingly, was a real hit with our audience. It gives us great pleasure to offer the audience the option to really celebrate in style with this little taste of luxury!”

Gemma Leisegang, account manager at MoëtHennessy said: “Moet & Chandon are delighted to be supporting the second year at the Oban Live festival.  Moet & Chandon is the worlds most loved champagne. It embodies the true spirit of generosity, grandeur and pioneering spirit. Every second a bottle of Moet & Chandon Pops and we invite you “celebrate the now” at our exclusive champagne bar.”

Oban Live 2017. Join the party June 2 & 3. Tickets on sale now HERE

Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruit announced as drinks partners for Oban Live

Oban Live is set to be a fruitful occasion after the event team has officially announced that Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruit are drinks partners for Oban Live.

The refreshing ciders will be a hit with the Oban Live audience, providing the perfect refreshment as they enjoy live music performed by an impressive line-up.

Held at Oban’s famous shinty ground, Mossfield Stadium, Oban Live is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll & Bute and takes place on June 2 and 3. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 7,800 people to Oban, a pretty coastal town in the West Coast of Scotland. The line-up this year includes legendary household names Hue And Cry and Toploader as well as a number of Scottish and Irish traditional music stars and Celtic rockers such as Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Tide Lines, We Banjo 3, Trail West and more.

On tap behind the bar will be Strongbow Original, a blend of bittersweet cider apples, grown and pressed in Herefordshire, plus Strongbow Dark Fruit, a crisp apple cider combined with a refreshing blend of Dark Fruit, delivering Strongbow’s signature cut-through refreshment.


Also, with thanks to Strongbow, beer on tap this year will include Foster’s lager and Caledonian Coast-to-Coast Pale Ale.

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live said: “Oban Live is delighted to have Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruit on board with the event this year and we thank them for their support. Having such a high quality, globally recognised brand on offer all adds to the visitor experience. Our audiences this past two years have been amazing and are always really up for it during the live performances – between all that jumping and dancing, Strongbow cider will be the perfect solution for our thirsty crowds!”

Good News!

The remaining tickets for OBANLIVE 2017 will go on sale on Saturday 28th Jan at 3pm…..

PLUS….over the next week we will be announcing LIVE on Facebook another THREE exciting new additions to the lineup. The first announcement comes tomorrow evening (friday) at 8pm….

Make sure you stay tuned to the OBANLIVE Facebook page to find out who it’s going to be!!!!!

First acts revealed for Oban Live 2017

(special collaboration for Oban Live)


Argyll’s biggest live music concert, Oban Live, has today announced the first six acts confirmed for the event on June 2 and 3 next year.

Glasgow’s Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire will take to the stage to perform tracks from their newly released album Swithering, an album co-produced by admired Scottish producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Emma Pollock, Admiral Fallow). Since releasing their eponymous album in late 2013, the band has been named International Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Scottish Variety Awards and also played a five-night residency on The Late Late Show in the US which reached over 12 million viewers.

Also on the line-up is Admiral Fallow, a band formed in 2007 by five Glasgow-based students of music. They released their adored debut album, Boots Met My Face, in 2011 and its widely-acclaimed successor, Tree Bursts In Snow, the following year. Their extraordinary third record, Tiny Rewards, has received many plaudits since its release in May 2015.

Tiree born Skipinnish and Irish quartet We Banjo 3 are back by popular demand. Feedback from the 2016 Oban Live survey revealed the two bands as the audiences’ top favourites. It’s been a big year for We Banjo 3. Their latest record String Theory went straight to Billboard World number 1. They also played for President Obama on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, last year’s Friday night headliners, Skipinnish, have been busy working on their new album due for release next year. The band is well known for their combination of traditional Highland and contemporary sounds.

Skerryvore return to get the audience jumping to their unique fusion of traditional music and urban sounds of rock, pop and funk. The band has become an international sensation since forming in Tiree in 2005, selling over 54,000 albums to date. The audience will be treated to tracks from the group’s new album, due for release in 2017.

Oban locals Ceol an Aire and The Argyll Ceilidh Trail will join forces to open the show on Friday June 2, 2017. Ceol an Aire was formed seven years ago following the success of the first Argyll Ceilidh Trail. This one-off team are currently getting to work on some new songs and sets that are sure to kick Oban Live off with a blast.

Early bird tickets, with a 25% discount off regular ticket prices, go on sale to the general public at 12pm, Saturday December 3 for a limited time only. Those hoping to buy early bird tickets are advised to get in early as the offer is whilst tickets last.

The remaining headline acts and dates for the full ticket release will be announced early next year.