The first acts have been announced for Argyll’s biggest outdoor music event next year.
Oban Live will be the only place in Scotland in 2019 to see multi-award winning Irish quartet We Banjo 3.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Lucy Spraggan, Elephant Sessions, Talisk and JigJam are also amongst the first confirmed acts to join headliners Skerryvore at their signature event in June.
Mossfield Stadium in Oban will once again host the concert on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8.
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As well as performing their own energetic set of Irish, bluegrass and old-time sounds on the Friday, We Banjo 3, described as one of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, will also reunite with international trad-fusion Scots band Skerryvore for a special collaboration on the Saturday.
The two bands caused a comedy storm on social media during their joint American tour earlier this year as they fought for votes in their widely popular Bagpipes versus Banjo campaign.
The band We Banjo 3 released a statement saying: “We had an amazing time with our good friends Skerryvore on our North America Celtic Brotherhood tour this year so to bring our battle of Bagpipes versus Banjos back to the Celtic homeland will be something truly special. We last played at Oban Live in 2017 and it was incredible. The audience were out of this world so we can’t wait to see you all again for some banjo madness!”
Red Hot Chilli Pipers play their first Oban Live on Friday June 7. The multi-award winning band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock-pop anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”.
Hitting the stage on Saturday, Lucy Spraggan will perform her trademark sound of rap dropped into sing-along folk style numbers. Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012 and her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She netted her fourth top 40 album in January last year and her fifth album is due for release in early 2019.
Described as one of Scotland’s finest musical exports with their spectacular trademark fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana, Skerryvore, Saturday’s headliners, are a multi award-winning eight piece male line-up and firm favourites on the festival scene. The band created Oban Live in 2016 after 6,000 people came to their 10th anniversary Oban concert Decade the previous year.
More acts for Oban Live 2019 are expected to be announced in the coming months.