CalMac Culture at ButeFest 2016

Bella Gaffney will be performing at this year's ButeFest.
Bella Gaffney will be performing at this year's ButeFest.

ButeFest organisers have teamed up with CalMac Culture to make this year’s festival bigger and better.

ButeFest will be featuring four of the CalMac Culture finalists this year, who are chosen from across the UK in CalMac’s nationwide search for unsigned up-and-coming talent.

The four artists who will be playing at ButeFest later this month, were chosen out of ten finalists who competed at King Tuts earlier this year to be chosen by one of Scotland’s top music festivals, including ButeFest, for the opportunity to perform at their festival.

The four artists chosen by ButeFest – The Begbies, Kat Healy, Bella Gaffney and Tom Vevers - will be taking to one of ButeFest’s three stages this year along with over fifty other acts performing across the three days, including Idlewild, The Magic Numbers, Skerryvore and The Rezillos.

ButeFest Chair Hazel Mulholland said “CalMac’s sponsorship of the event has enabled us to bring festival-goers an even better line-up than we could have predicted. Bringing artists of such a high calibre to Bute is a real coup. The chance for festival-goers to discover some of the highest rated newer artists alongside those headlining acts is the icing on the cake.

“We’d also like to thank the CalMac staff on the ferry and at the piers for their hard work during the event. To this end, we have arranged a staff discount for tickets on the gate and donated a few free tickets for staff.”

CalMac’s marketing manager, Peter Griffiths said: “We are delighted to be supporting ButeFest this year and are very excited about the quality of the lineup. It really is a family event and we look forward to welcoming visitors over the course of the weekend.

“We are particularly looking forward to seeing our CalMac Culture finalists Kat Healy and The Begbies performing.

“Last year the Butefest weekend was around 35 per cent busier than the average summer carrying figures and with it bigger than ever this year we expect services to be very busy. We would urge festival goers to arrive in plenty of time to be assured of getting on the sailing they want.”

The festival is also supported by EventScotland, Bute Family Charitable Trust, Argyll & Bute Council, NHS Scotland, Awards for All this year.