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Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan and Elephant Sessions to headline Black Isle Calling Festival

By Philip Murray

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Huey Morgan is one of the festival's headline acts.
Huey Morgan is one of the festival's headline acts.

The Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Huey Morgan, Elephant Sessions, The LaFontaines and more are set to delight music fans when the inaugural Black Isle Calling Festival rocks out at the Black Isle Brewery this September

Having sold over 10 million records, The former Fun Lovin Criminal frontman is set to perform a mixture of those old classics such as The Fun Lovin Criminals, Scooby Snacks, King of New York, Big Night Out, Love Unlimited, Loco, Couldn’t Get it Right, along with the promise of new music, when he headlines the opening Friday night. Organisers say it promises to be a night of funk, soul, hip-hop and memories.

Multi-award winning Elephant Sessions meanwhile will be the headliners to close the festival on the Saturday evening. The band have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect, making live appearances at some of the most notable venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and Australia. And now it is time for them to bring their very own festival to a close for the first time!

“We’re buzzing to finally release the line-up for Black Isle Calling! It’s set to be a huge party with an incredible selection of artists, we cannot wait!” said the band’s Euan.

Also joining the bill are the musical project by wildlife cinematographer Andrew O’Donnell - Beluga Lagoon - Motherwell’s rap-rock trio The LaFontaines, Scots Trad Awards 2022 ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ winners the trad electronic band Valtos; Glasgow singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid, six-piece funk band Bohemian Monk Machine, and indie-electronic three piece The Joshua Hotel.

Other acts to feature over the weekend are Lusa, the new project from Niteworks’ Innes Strachan, Thurso indie-rock band Forgetting the Future, emerging Highland/Glasgow act Low Light Listening Lounge, alt-pop singer-songwriter Keir GIbson, ‘Sound of New Scotland’ 2022 SAY Award winners No Windows, and the Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail.

The Black Isle Brewery.
The Black Isle Brewery.

The festival will also feature a local DJ line-up to be announced in the coming months alongside a line-up of craft Scottish food and drink suppliers.

Tickets are on sale now and available from https://linktr.ee/blackislecalling or in person from the Black Isle Bar, Church Street, Inverness

Black Isle Calling is also delighted to announce that their official charity partner for 2024 is the RNLI Kessock lifeboat.

Shane Warde, lifeboat press officer for North Kessock, said: “We are truly grateful for every one of our supporters, whether done through donations, giving time to fundraise or through sharing our message and helping us to save lives at sea.

“To be chosen as the official charity partner for The Black Isle Calling Festival is unbelievable and we can’t thank the team enough. Having a few of the crew who are serious Elephant Session fans makes this partnership even more special - we won’t however be asking if they can join the band on stage just yet!“

The Ironworks Venue and Black Isle Brewery are also involved in the organisation of the festival.

“I cannot wait to continue the Ironworks Venue story alongside the Elephant Sessions who we have had a very long and special relationship with over the years and our good friends at The Black Isle Brewery,” said Caroline Campbell of the Ironworks Venue.

Lawrie Wotherspoon, of the Black Isle Brewery, added: “We can’t wait to host Black Isle Calling on the farm. We look forward to a weekend with lots of brewery followers, old and new, and enjoying the very best of music, food and most importantly, delicious beer.”

The festival will take place at the Black Isle Brewery farm on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 15.. The event will also feature “limited camping” onsite.

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