The site has been prepared, visitors are arriving and the bands are tuning up as Bute gets ready to host the latest addition to Scotland’s blossoming live music festival scene in the shape of ButeFest this weekend.
The festival, taking place at the Meadows in Rothesay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, features a line-up including the Peatbog Faeries, Skerryvore, Stanley Odd, Federation of the Disco Pimp, The John Langan Band, We Banjo 3, Merryhell, Woodenbox and local acts including Anabrese & Jordan and Rothesay Academy pupil Beth Swan.
Preparation of the site, bordering the Public Park and the Lade (with the main access point being next to Bute Shinty Club at the end of Meadows Road), began last Thursday, when the organisers also received confirmation that the alcohol, public entertainment and market trader licences they require for the weekend had been granted.
Caledonian MacBrayne is a lead sponsor of the festival, while VisitScotland has contributed financial support as part of its celebration of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.
ButeFest chair Melanie Dalton said: “Butefest has been a dream of ours for a number of years and that we are able to make it a reality is really special.
“Considering this is a new venture, to have such a high calibre of acts such as Peatbog Fairies, Treacherous Orchestra and Skerryvore preform over the weekend is simply amazing and were thrilled to have them supporting us.
“ButeFest would not be happening without the local community being one hundred per cent behind us and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s help and enthusiasm.
“Bute has such a lot to offer visitors, we hope this festival will be the perfect reason for people to come and enjoy all this stunning island has to offer and make a real break of it.”
Peter Griffiths of CalMac Ferries, which is also sponsoring the CalMac Culture Introducing Stage, said: “We are delighted to get involved with this new and exciting festival that is looking to showcase new talent alongside some of Scotland’s top bands.
”We are especially excited about how family friendly the festival is, reflecting CalMac’s intention to highlight family events and holidays in the Scottish isles.
“CalMac is proud to play a tangible supporting role in cultural events across our network and, this year alone, that will see us lending help to more than one hundred events. We are delighted to add ButeFest to this and I am sure that it will become a firm favourite.”
* See www.buteman.co.uk and next week’s issue for full coverage of ButeFest.