ButeFest ‘could put island on festival map’

Simon Kay says ButeFest could put Bute on Scotland's music festival map.
Simon Kay says ButeFest could put Bute on Scotland's music festival map.

ButeFest has the potential to put Bute on the festival map, according to the man lending his expertise to the organisation of the event.

Simon Kay, the creative force behind the SolFest music and arts festival in Cumbria, which now attracts said the inaugural ButeFest, taking place in Rothesay from July 17 to 19, could make a significant contribution to the island’s economy.

Speaking at this week’s AGM of VisitBute, the island’s tourism and marketing organisation, Mr Kay said: “The event, we think, will put Bute on the festival map.

“When people mention Glastonbury, they don’t think of the town, or the Tor - they think of the gigantic music festival. The same is true of Woodstock, and even of Leeds and Reading when they’re mentioned together. We want to do the same for Bute.”