Tiree Music Festival (TMF) has released figures that show its contribution to the island economy over the last 10 years has been £6.4 million. The festival has attracted upwards of 20,000 people to the island, whose permanent population is just over 650, to enjoy the annual celebration of Hebridean music and culture. The additional economic impact of visitor spend as a result of the 2019 edition alone was almost £1.2 million, according to the festival.
Since its inaugural year, when it welcomed a capacity crowd of 600, the festival has seen performances from acts like The Fratellis, Dougie MacLean, Sharon Shannon, The Levellers, Capercaillie, Sandi Thom and Eddi Reader. Nowadays, it can host over 2000 festival-goers.
Early bird tickets for the 2020 festival sold out in 40 minutes when they went on sale last week, and glamping tickets have sold out too. Weekend tickets are still available, priced £75 for under-18s, £85 concessions and £95 for adults.
The island has been nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the North’ for its white sands and (sometimes) sunshine and 2020’s event is being promoted under the tagline ‘Where the music meets the ocean’ as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.
Daniel Gillespie, Artistic Director for Tiree Music Festival, said, ‘The 10th edition of TMF, held earlier this year, was a significant milestone for our event as we celebrated a decade of delivering this much-loved island festival.
‘As well as the brilliant performances from some of Scotland’s favourite acts, activities for kids and great food and drink, people keep coming back to Tiree for a real island adventure in a very special part of the world.
‘To see the positive impact the event has had on the island over the years, while still maintaining a sustainable capacity and community atmosphere, gives us a real sense of pride. Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters next year presents a unique opportunity to celebrate life and the fun to be had on Tiree.’
Stewart MacLennan, Festival Director, added, ‘We have seen our small island festival go from strength to strength since 2010 and every year we look to create the best possible environment and atmosphere for everyone who attends the festival, from our artists and suppliers to staff, volunteers and customers.
‘There’s something magic about Tiree and we feel lucky to have shared a little bit of our home with so many people over the years. We can’t wait to welcome returning and new visitors to Tiree for the eleventh edition of TMF in July 2020. No doubt the island will use Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Water to shine once again.’