Published: 23/07/2014 16:32 - Updated: 23/07/2014 12:40

Moray gears up for Speyfest 2014

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers feature on the Speyfest 2014 line-up.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers feature on the Speyfest 2014 line-up.

SPEYSIDE is about to welcome some of the best traditional and contemporary Celtic artists from around the world.

Speyfest 2014 kicks off at Fochabers this Friday (July 25) and spans the weekend, offering three days packed with music.

Thousands are expected at the festival, which is now in its 19th year and has again attracted a bumper line-up.

The Friday Night Cabaret at the tented village features a line-up that includes a mixture of traditional music and ceilidh dancing. Among those playing are: Local Pipers, Jim Malcolm, Craig Paton Band, Karine Polwart and Fred Morrison.

The floor is then cleared in preparation for the Friday Late Night Ceilidh Stomp, featuring The Stormchasers, Skippinish and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Starting off the Saturday All Night event is local favourite Tour Bus Fortune, bringing their energetic and upbeat music that is a mix of well known songs fused with a Celtic edge. Jim Malcolm, Grouse Beater Sound System, Davy and the Hosebeast, Mauvais Sort will also perform in the lead up to the Saturday night finale, with Hayseed Dixie.

The Sunday Fun event gets underway at 1pm, offering festival-goers a real mix of world class talent over the course of a day. Included are: Mckenzie Sessions, Fishwives Favourites, Lorelei, Box o’ Bananas, Tour Bus Fortune, Bombskare, Sons O’ the Soil, and ending on a final high with Mauvais Sort.

Over the weekend, there are a number of music workshops and the popular Speyfest Craft Fayre will again run on the Saturday, from 10am.

Online sales are now closed, but tickets can still be purchased at the event itself, subject to availability.

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