Oban Live is delighted to launch our competition for any young budding designers to win the chance for their design to feature on our official 2018 merchandise!

For ages 18 and under, from P1 all the way up to S6.

The winner will also receive an Oban Live hamper including weekend tickets and merchandise.

CLICK HERE for more information and details on how to enter.

Good luck everyone!

Acts confirmed as part of Oban Live’s 10DAYS of announcements

Skerryvore, Hermitage Green and Heron Valley to play Oban Live 2018

A campaign titled #10DAYS, organised by Argyll’s biggest live music event Oban Live, is well underway. The 10-day campaign, which began Dec 1 and runs until Dec 10, includes an announcement each day on the event’s social media channels and a 10% ticket discount on tickets which are now on sale.

Skerryvore, Heron Valley and Irish band Hermitage Green have all been announced so far for the 2018 line-up with more act and event news to be announced during the campaign.

Signed to Sony Music Ireland, Hermitage Green are one of Ireland’s hottest bands right now and have played sold out shows around the country and the UK. Following the release of singles ‘Jenny’ and ‘Quicksand’ came Save Your Soul, an album that was also steered by the production talents of Philip Magee (The Academic, Kodaline, The Script and Declan O’Rourke).

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Oban Live’s economic impact rises 27% to £1.39 million for 2017

Survey results from rural music festival Oban Live have revealed the 2017 event brought in £1.39 million to the local economy, a 27% increase from the previous year.

The two year-old event has immediately become the biggest open-air live music concert in rural Argyll, Scotland, entertaining just under 8,000 attendees each year with traditional Scottish and Celtic rock music. It has also attracted international superstars such as KT Tunstall (2016) and Toploader (2017) to the line-up. Held over an off-season, non-holiday weekend, the survey results confirm the June event’s growing popularity and positive impact on the local economy.

It’s attracting more visitors from further afield too. A rise in the number of festival visitors travelling to Oban from outwith Scotland was identified. 10% (7% in 2016 and 6% in 2015) of the survey sample were from outside Scotland and trips from outside the UK accounted for 4% (2% in 2016 and 2015) of the sample. Meanwhile, 38% were visiting from other areas of mainland Scotland, outwith the local area and the Highlands and Islands.

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Discounted early bird tickets for ‘Argyll’s largest live music event’ have sold out in record breaking time. We are absolutely delighted at the incredible response from ticket buyers ranging from Oban and surrounding areas, to as far afield as Europe and America and can’t wait for you all to join the party next June!
Details on the next batch of ticket sales will be released very soon. Stay tuned for this and exciting announcements about Oban Live 2018 artists!!!

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.

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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.

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