Films look to strike a chord with UK visitors

VisitScotland support Oban concert’s latest campaign

Argyll’s biggest open-air live music event has launched a brand new marketing campaign to raise the profile of itself and Oban with the support of VisitScotland.

OBANLIVE, taking place on 8th and 9th June this year, has launched two new films targeting people out with Argyll, as well as maritime visitors, following an award of £11,250 from EventScotland, part of the national tourism organisation’s Events Directorate.

The videos have been distributed via social media, targeting high populated Scottish cities and UK sailing and marine tourism markets respectively. It is hoped the campaign will see the event enjoy a record attendance this year, and promote Oban as an accessible, attractive and marine tourism destination for visitors across Britain.

The first film, entitled “The last train to Oban” is a beautiful short film about a grandfather who shares his affection for Oban and Oban Live music concert with his granddaughter Emma. Images of the event and the town’s scenery and culture are shown whilst the grandfather recites his poem “Lovely Oban”. Viewers can also enjoy stunning shots of the train journey to Oban.

The second video, “Sail to Oban Live” follows three very different yachts making their way to the event – sailing in and around Oban Marina, the new North Pier Pontoons and Dunstaffnage Marina. The video is supported by a webpage on with information on local facilities for marine visitors.

OBANLIVE, now in its third year, features a mix of traditional Scottish artists and international superstars and entertains around 8,000 music lovers at the famous Mossfield Stadium. It was created following the success of Skerryvore’s tenth anniversary concert DECADE and is still run by two of the band members and brothers, Daniel and Martin Gillespie.

This year’s line-up includes Skipinnish, Irish rock band Hermitage Green and festival favourites Skerryvore. The event experience is also enhanced with Fringe events in the town, VIP packages, well-stocked bars, amazing food vendors and unique merchandise.

This is the concert’s third year of funding through EventScotland’s National Programme Fund and is one of 12 events from across ten local authorities in Scotland which have benefited from nearly £100,000 of funding in the programme’s 37th round. The National Programme Fund plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland by helping grow the country’s diverse events portfolio.

Daniel Gillespie, Director of Oban Live, said: “When visitors come to Oban Live, not only do they get to experience an impressive, authentic Scottish music concert, but they also get to experience all that is on offer in the unique and cultural location of Oban. This funding from EventScotland has allowed us to create high quality, engaging content that combines and showcases both the event and the town as one package, which in turn will bring a significant boost to the local economy. A massive thank you to EventScotland for the support.”  

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “I am delighted to see that OBANLIVE was one of the 12 events across the country to be supported by EventScotland. These two short films showcase Oban’s wonderful tourism offering and I hope the concert will enjoy a record year as a result.

“The visitors this event attracts represent a massive benefit for the local economy. Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is integral to sustaining communities across Scotland by generating income, creating jobs and stimulating social change.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: EventScotland is delighted to be supporting OBANLIVE through our National Programme, for the third consecutive year. Over the last few years the popular festival has gone from strength-to-strength, demonstrating why Scotland is the perfect stage for music events.” 

“Our funding support of the two digital films will enable OBANLIVE to further grow; attracting new audiences from outwith the area, and in turn delivering economic benefits for Oban and the region.” 

Enabling existing events to expand what they offer visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of the ways that National Funding Programme support is used to help regional events continue to flourish and grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s overall events portfolio – a major contributor to our national economy.

To view “The last train to Oban” go to

To view “Sail to Oban” go to

For more information about OBANLIVE go to

For more information about VisitScotland’s Event’s Directorate go to

The full list of events receiving support from Round 37 of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund are:

Event Date Funding Local Authority Website
Bonfest 4 – 6 May £9,332 Angus Council
Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival 4 – 6 May £6,680 Argyll and Bute Council
Etape Caledonia 19- 20 May £8,500 Perth and Kinross Council
Oban Live 8 – 9 June £11,250 Argyll and Bute Council
BEMBA British Enduro Mountain Bike Championships 9 – 10 June £10,000 Scottish Borders
St Kilda Challenge & Festival 14 – 16 June £5,750 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Cream O’ the Croft 15 – 17 June £5,000 Perth and Kinross Council
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 11 – 15 July £10,500 Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council
Run the Blades 20 – 21 July £4,000 East Renfrewshire Council
Dundee Summer Streets Festival 21 – 22 July £7,400 Dundee City Council
Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival 31 August – 2 September £5,000 Fife Council
Findhorn Bay Festival 26 September – 1 October £15,760 Moray Council


Top ‘trad’ musicians pay tribute at Oban Live 2018

Additional acts confirmed for the 2018 line-up:

  • “Sons of Argyll” (All-star line-up paying tribute to Argyll lives lost) 
  • Sharon Shannon ft Michael McGoldrick and Susan O’Neill
  • Hudson Taylor 
  • Chunks (20th anniversary) 

An impressive all-star line-up of 24 top names in the Scottish traditional music industry will come together at Oban Live 2018 in an exclusive collaboration named ‘Sons of Argyll’. Performing on Friday June 8 at the two-day festival, the project will pay homage to late inspirational figures from the region that played a key role in the lives and music of the performers involved.

Musicians from Tide Lines, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Blazin’ Fiddles, Trail West and Gunna Sound, as well as this year’s Mòd Gold Medallists, Rachel Walker and Alasdair Currie, members of Oban Gaelic Choir and world class pipers, Angus MacColl, Angus J MacColl and Stuart Liddell, are included in the project line-up. Also involved are Marie Fielding, Phil Cunningham, Craig & Hector MacFadyen, Sileas Sinclair, Mary Catherine MacNeil and Archie & Alex McAllister.

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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.