Loganair says thank you for the music by supporting Island festivals

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Super Trouper airline, Loganair, is officially backing the Western Isles’ newest music festival this summer, by transporting an ABBA tribute act, Abba-A-Rival.

Loganair, a Flybe franchise partner, is lending support to Benbecula’s Eilean Dorcha Festival, transporting four members of the world-famous group and their instruments on a pro-bono basis.

Abba-A-Rival is Scottish based but has toured all over the world including Russia, Israel, Canada and Europe.

The group contains a team of West End standard singers and musicians, including founder member Leona Marie, who has had three top-40 hits and sang with many famous names.

Assistance is also being provided to Stornoway’s HebCelt festival, as the carrier is offering complimentary seats to headline act, Eddi Reader and her band.

Roy Bogle, Loganair’s director of revenue and scheduling said: “We’re very much looking forward to both of these major events for the Outer Hebrides.

“The islands play host to a wealth of culture and these festivals will showcase their vibrancy.

“Loganair is firmly committed to supporting the communities where it operates and we’re keen to help festivals throughout the Highlands and Islands.

The first Eilean Dorcha Festival is planned for July 29 and 30 and will take place on the Isle of Benbecula at Liniclete Machair.

EDF is a two-day event which includes live performances from top level artists, workshops, open stage sessions, family activities, dancing, food, drink and merchandise sales.

This year’s acts include Donnie Munro & Friends, Skipinnish, The Vatersay Boys, Abba-A-Rival, Stop The Clocks, Resurrection, Trail West, The Tailormade, Chunks and Soladale.

Roddy Mackay, Eilean Dorcha Festival organiser said: “I’d like to thank Loganair for offering this assistance to help with the festival’s inaugural year. Support from businesses working in the community play an important part in establishing a major event.”

To find out more about the festival and ticket availability go to: website