Argyll Gathering festival to take place in Helensburgh
- Arusa Qureshi
- 17 April 2017
Headliners for the new festival include Donnie Munro, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Treacherous Orchestra
Scotland really does seem to be killing it as far as festival announcements go. With TRNSMT on the horizon and the BBC 6 Music Festival having just had its successful run in Glasgow, there's much to be excited about. And now, fans of contemporary Scottish trad music will also have something to look forward to with the announcement of Argyll Gathering, a brand new event on the Scottish cultural calendar.
Taking place in Helensburgh on 19 and 20 Aug, Argyll Gathering will be a celebration of all things Scotland, from music to local food and drink, showcasing the best of arts and culture as well as drawing attention to the community that makes Scotland such a special place for creativity.
Acts that have been confirmed to perform so far include Runrig's Donnie Munro, the always entertaining Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Scottish supergroup Treacherous Orchestra, who will all take on headlining duties. Bwani Junction will also be making an appearance, performing Paul Simon's Graceland, along with Elephant Sessions, Manran, Federation of the Disco Pimp, Jarlath Henderson Band, Blue Rose Code, Daimh, Fat-Suit, Pronto Mama and finally Nae Plans (Adam Sutherland and Hamish Napier). As well as the great music on offer, the festival will have a community workshop tent, food courtesy of Food From Argyll, a beer, ale and spirits bar and entertainment for the wee ones too.
Festival organiser James Windebank said: 'The one thing that I always wanted my hometown to have was a spectacular event that focussed on bringing people together to listen to great music, have a dram and really enjoy themselves as a community of people!
We believe that an event such as this should enhance its home turf, and really bring something to the table. That could be a great music line up that speaks to its patrons, showcasing the gorgeous larder of Scotland, or exposing people to the rich creative culture that exists all around us.'
Tickets available at argyllgathering.com.