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Returning to Oban for the first time since their 10th anniversary celebrations in May, folk-rockers Skerryvore announced plans to launch a new event that will build on the sell out success of the Decade concert.

OBAN LIVE will be a 2 day open air concert that will again take place at Mossfield Stadium in the heart of Oban’s town on the 13th & 14th of May. The event will again showcase international acts and attract visitors from all over the world. The decision to follow up the Decade event was based significantly on the feedback in the visitor survey and independent economic impact report, with 98.7% of attendees stating they would like an annual event like Decade to be held in Oban. 

Daniel Gillespie, Skerryvore band member and director of Decade confirmed the band were blown away by the response, “Decade will be a concert we will never forget and we were all completely overwhelmed by the turnout and support of the event. What we didn’t expect is for 99% of attendees to want to do it all again! We have been very busy touring since Decade but it also gave us some time to assess the event and the feedback from those attending. Following much discussion and thought, we are delighted to launch OBAN LIVE – an event to celebrate the town, community and incredible atmosphere of Oban.”

The independent economic impact report, conducted by Stirling based MKA Economics also stated that the Decade event generated an estimated £1.1million for Oban and the surrounding area. Oban Live is estimated to double that figure with the introduction of a second day and additional capacity.

Argyll & Bute Councillor Roddy McCuish was delighted with the confirmation of a new event for the town. “There are very few locations on the West Coast that have the infrastructure for an event of this size and the potential for it to grow. Skerryvore’s Decade event proved that it was possible in Oban and we are delighted that they are committed to helping build on that initial success. There are tremendous opportunities and possibilities to develop OBAN LIVE to be a continuing success with fringe events and incorporating all the aspects of the economic benefits for the area especially with the expertly chosen dates”

Where Decade was an event to celebrate the ten years of Skerryvore, the band are now keen to explore more ways to integrate the town, the community and the area with the new event.  Discussions are currently underway with the council and other partners around the best way forward that will see any profits from the event re-invested in Oban and the Argyll & Bute region. By naming this event OBAN LIVE, Skerryvore are showing a commitment to its success and an acknowledgement of the support received from the community and the region for the Decade event.

Said Skerryvore fiddler Craig Espie, “Oban as a town and community were incredible hosts and supporters of Decade. The amount of people that travelled from all over the world could not speak highly enough of Oban and the people of Argyll. Oban gave us the best 10th birthday party possible, so in return we want to give back an event that will bring a huge economic boost to the town as well as a unique open-air concert showcasing world class musicians and bands.”

Early bird tickets and first acts of OBAN LIVE will be announced in the coming weeks, until then people can keep up to date with the latest information on the new website www.obanlive.com as well as all the social media platforms.

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