GET ready for the first ever West Harris Trust Beach Festival this summer as the new two day event begins to take shape.
Headliners Face the West will take to the stage at the Friday night ‘Tunes in the Dunes’ music festival on May 24th and on Saturday, 25th May, the Beach Fest’ will kick off with activities including Surfing, Kayaking, Beach Sailing, treasure hunts, guided walks and more live music.
The festival is the brain child of Cait Wooll, Business Development Officer at the West Harris Trust who hopes it will become a regular yearly event.
Cait explained: “A lot of locals talk about how community gatherings and ceilidhs used to happen regularly but over the years have become few and far between.
“Obviously depopulation plays a part in that, but I want to try and combat that sort of increasing isolation, so hopefully the festival will do that – just bring everyone together for a celebration.”
She continued: “I started organising it before Christmas, now it’s all coming to a head.
“There didn’t seem to be anything like that in West Harris and all the beaches are so nice.”
Transport to and from Seilebost for the Friday open air dance will be available. Tickets will go on sale soon priced £10 and will be available to anyone aged 16 and over.
Meanwhile the Saturday festival is open to everyone with lots of events in the offing for kids, families and adults alike. Tickets priced £2 will be available on the day at the gate.
“We really want it to appeal to everybody,” Cait explained. “On the Friday will be bands and music and on Saturday there will be a lot of stuff for kids and families as well.”
She also hopes that people from all over the islands and from further afield will attend, with nearby facilities at Horgabost campsite open as normal for people wishing to stay overnight
Cait added: “If it goes well this year we’re hoping it will be an annual event and we hope it could be expanded to two whole days next year.”
It will also be the first time that headliners Face the West have played on a beach – something that they are keen to try out as frontman Keith Morrison explained: “We always love to do gigs at home anyway so that was a given. The people organising it were ever so nice as well.
“It’s a quirky gig, a new experience it was a no-brainer really.”
He added: “I think they’re onto a winner with this. The beach site itself is beautiful and it’s something different. It’s going to be big.”
There is still lots more to revealed about the festival, so to keep up to date with who will be playing, what will be going on and how to get tickets by visiting the West Harris Trust Beach Festival 2013 Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/532263743490701/