With Barcaldine Castle being nestled in a breath taking and picturesque landscape just 9 miles north of Oban, we thought we’d share ten reasons why you should add Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June to your summer calendar so you don’t miss the biggest music festival in the Argyll and Bute region!
1) Popularity – The music event was first founded in 2016 when 98% of the 6000 people from all over the world who attended the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ – a 10th anniversary celebration of the trad-fusion band Skerryvore – the previous year called for it to become an annual event. All those people must have been on to something good!
2) Atmosphere – ‘An t-Oban’ may translate to ‘The Little Bay’ in Scottish Gaelic but Oban is still the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During tourism season the humble town can expect up to 25,000 visitors – and ObanLIVE is bound to attract scores of music and culture fans – wouldn’t you like to be part of such an infectiously fun atmosphere?!
3) Venue – Not only has Mossfield Stadium served as an ideal venue for ObanLIVE 2016 and 2017, it also has some great history behind it, earning itself a reputation for being a famous Shinty ground. (Similar to hockey but with taller goal posts, Shinty is a Scottish twelve-a-side game originating from the Irish sport, ‘Hurling’).
4) Line Up – As diverse and talented line up awaits you! From contemporary Celtic band, Skipinnish, who have enjoyed a brilliant year in 2017 headlining some of Britain’s biggest festivals, to gifted guitar, harmonica and trumpet player, Susan O’Neill, the line-up for Oban LIVE 2018 is guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s musical palette.
5) Fringe Events & Sightseeing – With the gates to ObanLIVE not opening until 4pm each day, it’s not all nightlife. There are great opportunities to explore the beautiful bay of Firth of Lorn and even the Island of Kerrera (be sure to check out the ruins of Gylen Castle) and mountains walks up Morvern and Ardgour.
If you’re a fan of malt whisky you could pay a visit to Oban Distillery. If you appreciate iconic landmarks you could also visit McCaig’s Tower, a prominent fixture on the Oban horizon. To embrace your inner dare devil and sea life lover you could embark on a Basking Shark Scotland day tour!
6) Local Cuisine – Known universally as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, if you’re a fan of fish food you’re sure to be in your element when you visit Oban with many fresh fish and shellfish making an appearance on restaurant menus and the mussels and oysters from Argyll considered to be among the best in Scotland.
A variety of food vendors and a bar will be inside the festival venue.
7) Open to Everyone – ObanLIVE is a wheelchair accessible event (though caution should be taken if conditions get muddy) and children are welcome if accompanied by a ticket holding adult (a maximum of 4 children per adult) – so everyone can enjoy the fun that the festival promises!
8) Convenient – Whilst there is no parking at the venue or on nearby roads, there is parking available in Oban town. It is recommended that you walk the ObanLIVE trail and take the short walk to Mossfield Stadium. A special late-night bus service will operate at 00:15am over both festival nights for people travelling home to Glasgow after the music festival.
9) Summer Fun – A festival is always a great way to let your hair down and enjoy being outdoors, especially when it’s a Scottish festival boasting all the great bands, artists, food and sightseeing already mentioned!
10) A Memorable Stay – If you choose to book a stay at Barcaldine Castle – which dates back to 1609 – we’ll ensure you’ll enjoy a luxurious and unforgettable stay.