• Kaitlyn Chatwood

Skye Live Festival brings the world to the Isle of Skye with its online music performances

This year, Skye Live Festival, a Scottish music festival, offers a unique opportunity to watch live online several performances by Scottish artists in stunning locations around the Isle of Skye.

Skye Live Festival has gone online this year to bring four exclusive performances to the comfort of your home. You will fall in love again with Scottish music and our beautiful isles as each performance was filmed at a different beautiful location on the Isle of Skye. On Thursday 8th July 2021 at 8pm, the performances will be available to view and enjoy for free around the world.

The Skye Live Festival was first established in 2015 and has since grown due to its vision for celebrating Scotland’s traditional and contemporary twists with music. It is one of the most unique festival experiences Scotland has to offer not just for the music but in part to the idyllic location of Portree bay. Scotland has dramatic, fairytale landscapes which Skye Festival has utilised this year – since they cannot host large crowds, they have decided take their artists to perform in stunning, dramatic locations around the isle for the wider public to watch, listen, enjoy and understand the importance of Scottish heritage.

Event Scotland have given their support towards helping to create this event, along with additional help from Innis & Gunn and Rock Rose Gin – both are Scottish brewed and distilled drinks.

Watch the trailer here for a sneak peek of the spectacular music and views.

SIAN will kickstart the festival at Coire Lagan where this beautiful trio brings the power and harmonies of Gaelic. Their voices will resonate around the south side of the Cuillin Ridge where the small lochan is located. The second act of the night is Brighde Chaimbeul, an award-winning smallpiper, and Aidan O’Rourke, a fiddler from Lau-fame, who will perform at Sligachan. This stunning duo are sure to bring the feeling of Scotland back to our humble homes with traditional instruments and a backdrop of the Black Cuillin Mountains. Next up is a very special performance from Lord Of The Isles and Ellen Renton. Lord Of The Isles will play a bespoke piece of electronic music they created and this will feature Ellen Renton’s poetry who is based in Edinburgh; this second duo have created an audio-visual piece to take place in one of Scotland’s most photographed locations, the Old Man of Storr. They have revamped the area to create a light show which transforms the landscape into an ethereal dreamscape. Finally, Niteworks, who will be performing at the Quiraing, is the Skye Live’s resident band and Gaelic electronica pioneers.

Michael Pellegrotti is the Co-Director of Skye Live Festival. He says;[w]ith 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. We’d also like to express our gratitude to EventScotland for their support in bringing it to reality, it’s been a dream of ours for some time and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

The festival will return in person on the 13-14 May 2022 in Portree where it has been held in previous years.

For those who love either traditional Scottish music and countryside, or those who love Scottish contemporary music, there is a performance for everyone. This event is unmissable as it is free and you can enjoy from the quiet of your own home, whilst you soak in the sights and sounds of Scotland. Be sure to sign up here for further information regarding the live stream.