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Skye Live Festival Film Takes To The Mountains

An island music festival has taken performers to some of its most spectacular landscapes to create a virtual version of the event this year.

The West Highland Free Press reports that ahead of its return in 2022, the Skye Live Festival is to host a special online event, and has created a groundbreaking film featuring musicians appearing against iconic mountain ranges and locations.

Proudly centre stage in the showcase for the event are electronica acts Niteworks and Lord of the Isles, Gaelic song trio Sian, piper Brìghde Chaimbeul and fiddler Aidan O’Rourkewhich.

The film has used locations all around the Skye Munros, including the Quiraing and Cuillin mountain ranges and the Old Man of Storr.

The two-day Portree-based festival, which launched in 2015, aims to reunite audiences and performers again at its Am Meall site in May 2022, and festival organisers have released a teaser trailer to promote the film, which has the support of EventScotland.

The full streamed event was launched on 8 July and can be seen on the Skye Live YouTube Channel.

An official announcement from the festival said: “We’re taking things online this year with four exclusive performances 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 8 July featuring a handpicked line-up of the most breathtaking Scottish acts and artists around.”

The announcement says that Gaelic trio Sian will start proceedings with their ‘awe-inspiring harmonies’ live-streamed from Coire Lagan, a small lochan on the south side of the Cuillin Ridge with spectacular views over the island of Barra.

Next on the schedule, award-winning smallpiper Brìghde Chaimbeul teams up with fiddler Aidan O'Rourke of Lau-fame for a mesmerising performance in front of the Black Cuillin mountains, transporting viewers across the Cullin Ridge to Sligachan.

The third act promises to be one of the most unique performances ever held at the festival, as electronic artist Lord of the Isles performs a composition that features poetry by Edinburgh-based artist Ellen Renton.

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 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.”

Pellegrotti added that the festival organisers wanted to thank EventScotland for their support, and for helping them bring their dream to life.

If you’re planning on visiting the festival next year, or heading to Skye at any time and looking for a Skye Munros guide, visit our website today.

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