Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins and The Pretenders are among the acts headed for the Outer Hebrides for the first incarnation of a brand new music festival.
Public Service Broadcasting, Honeyblood, Spiritualized, and Ocean Colour Scene are also on the bill for the three-day Midnight Sun event which takes place from May 25th – 27th, at Lews Castle, near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
There are many acts still to be announced, but appearances from Addo Matheson, The Choir, The Joshua Hotel, and Issie Yardley are also confirmed.
The Midnight Sun Weekender is the brainchild of Charlie Clark – of Astrid fame – and Ian MacArthur, who has worked with Virgin Records as well as a stint as worldwide group Chief Executive of The Big Issue. The two have recently set up Outer Hebrides-based indie label No Big Deal Music.
Speaking about what to expect from the first ever Midnight Sun Weekender, co-founder Charlie Clark said: “The Midnight Sun Weekender will be the first ever major pop and rock Festival to be held in the Western Isles. It will be held, annually, on Lews Castle Green, the iconic setting in front of Lews Castle and overlooking Stornoway Harbour.”
The event will also be making strides to address many of the other ethical imbalances of the wider festival industry. Eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable, it will be completely powered by hydrogen produced on the Isle of Lewis, while the comon issue of festival gender balance will also be addressed with a guarantee of a 45% to 55% female to male ratio of performers across the weekend.
Tickets are priced at £79 (Thursday), £99 (Friday), and £129 (Saturday), with a limited number of weekend tickets will also be available, priced at £270 – all on sale via Skiddle.