ButeFest, the much-loved boutique west coast music festival, has announced the first acts topping the bill for its seventh edition between Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July 2023.
A raft of pop, indie and folk acts are set to take to the stage across the weekend, with Scottish rock greats Big Country, folk-pop festival powerhouses Skerryvore and bringing the party, Motherwell’s own The LaFontaines.
Festival fans are in for a treat as the trio of acts, renowned for their live show and stage presence, will have the whole of ButeFest bouncing all weekend long. For Tiree’s Skerryvore, ButeFest 2023 sees the band return for the first time since the inaugural event, while Big Country and The LaFontaines will make their festival debuts.
Held in the beautiful scenic setting of Ettrick Bay on the west side of the island, ButeFest offers the perfect island festival experience – without the long journey – and boasts unrivalled views across to Arran and beyond.
Famed for its family-friendly atmosphere, this year will see the festival expand its programme of activities for children, bringing more interactive entertainment to the island than ever before.
The festival made a jubilant return last year following a two-year pause due to the pandemic and with tickets for 2023 on sale now, this year’s event is yet again expected to attract thousands of visitors to the island, which is known as the Jewel of the Clyde.
First held in 2015, ButeFest has grown from a local event attracting 600 people to a 2000-capacity festival, attracting people from all over the UK to make the 35-minute crossing over the firth of Clyde.
Having generated hundreds of thousands of pounds for the local economy and with two stages set to be bursting with talent across the three days, the event’s calendar highlight is raring to return once again.
ButeFest Chair Greg Pegg said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to be welcoming three Scottish giants of live performance onto the bill for ButeFest 2023 and announce them as our very first acts for this year. We know each of them will bring that feel-good party atmosphere that our audiences love and we can’t wait to welcome them to our wee island in the Clyde. As a community-driven grassroots festival, we’re so proud to put on a special event each year for visitors and locals alike, and 2023 is set to be no different as we ramp up plans ahead of July.”
At ButeFest, people of all ages can soak up the festival atmosphere, with day and weekend tickets available, and a campsite within walking distance of the main festival arena.
The festival offers a musical experience for the whole family, alongside craft workshops and stalls with local and Scottish produce, and many choose to make the most of their weekend with visits to local tourist attractions and scenic spots.
A strong volunteer programme is also at the centre of the festival’s ethos, with around 100 volunteers involved in bringing ButeFest to life each year.
ButeFest 2023 tickets are on sale now at: www.butefest.co.uk.