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Half of tickets already snapped up for Tunes By the Dunes music festival at Dunnet


By Alan Hendry

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Uist band Beinn Lee will be entertaining the festival crowd at Tunes By the Dunes. Picture: Ian Duncan
Uist band Beinn Lee will be entertaining the festival crowd at Tunes By the Dunes. Picture: Ian Duncan

Organisers of the Tunes By the Dunes music event in Dunnet are looking forward to bringing the festival atmosphere back to Caithness after having their plans thwarted by Covid-19 over the past two years.

Approximately half the 1000 tickets have already been snapped up for the two-day festival being run by North Coast Entertainments at Ham Park on September 2 and 3. It will feature Tide Lines, Skerryvore, Peat and Diesel, Trail West, Hò-rò, Rhythmnreel, Calum Jones, Brandon McPhee, Whisky, The Jacks and Beinn Lee.

The first Tunes By the Dunes went ahead successfully in 2019, with a large marquee set up at the village football pitch. However, the pandemic meant that the festival couldn't take place in either 2020 or 2021.

Event co-ordinator Iain Mackay is hopeful that Tunes By the Dunes will be able to proceed this year, treating music fans to a memorable weekend of live entertainment and giving a boost to the local economy at the same time.

Skerryvore on stage at the first Tunes By the Dunes event in 2019. Picture: DGS
Skerryvore on stage at the first Tunes By the Dunes event in 2019. Picture: DGS

"It really is a top line-up and we feel really lucky that we can attract that calibre of bands up here and to have them play," he said.

"That's the feedback that we're getting from people – 'We can't believe the line-up that you've managed to secure.'

"I think people are desperate to get back out there and enjoy live music again and a festival atmosphere."

People from as far away as the Netherlands have been buying tickets.

"There are 1000 tickets available and at the moment we've sold about 50 per cent," Mr Mackay said.

"A big part of our ticket sales are not only outwith Caithness but outwith the Highlands. People travel from all over for these festivals.

"This brings a lot of money into Caithness as well, with accommodation and the caravan parks, particularly the Dunnet one."

Tickets can be booked through the festival website, www.tunesbythedunes.co.uk

Highland-based Rhythmnreel will be on the bill at Ham Park this September. Picture: Nicky Murray
Highland-based Rhythmnreel will be on the bill at Ham Park this September. Picture: Nicky Murray

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