The Gathering Festival is set to return to The Northern Meeting Park in Inverness for its second outing on Saturday 30th May 2020 with a line-up showcasing the very best traditional music, food & drink and crafts from the Highlands and across Scotland.
The family friendly one day festival will feature a line-up including legendary Scottish trailblazers PEATBOG FAERIES who have created a glorious mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that have been embraced worldwide. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from jigs and reels through Dance Music, Jazz, African, and more, they will bring the sound of Scotland fresh-faced and breathless to The Gathering.
Also joining the bill and making a very overdue return to Inverness are a Celtic rock band who need no introduction, the one and only WOLFSTONE. 2020 sees the band celebrate 30 years in the music business. What began as a traditional dance band playing the village halls of the Highlands evolved into a Folk Rock extravaganza, crossing musical, cultural and age boundaries.
In their 30 years on the road Wolfstone have taken their living, breathing, adrenalin induced version of the evolving folk tradition throughout the World, winning fans and headlining major festivals across Europe and the USA.
Other acts appearing on the main stage include the world’s most famous bagpipe band THE RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS; a standout act from the 2019 festival TORRIDON make a very welcome return; one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups and ‘The Led Zeppelin of the folk world’ BLAZIN’ FIDDLES; TRAIL WEST who are leading the thriving scene of Gaels in the city of Glasgow, RHYTHMNREEL a band who are guaranteed to get any festival in full swing and final act for the moment THE CITY OF INVERNESS YOUTH PIPES & DRUMS.
A full range of Highlands & Islands and Scottish craft food and drink suppliers will be announced in the coming months along with a programme including meet the makers sessions, a full stage 2 line up and a packed line-up of children’s entertainment. But, rest assured as with the 2019 event there will no run of the mill generic products, with everything being of the highest quality and exclusively sourced from The Highlands and across Scotland.
We will also be unveiling an expanded fringe programme of entertainment across numerous bars and venues in Inverness in the lead up to the main event at The Northern Meeting Park, with some very special and exciting events in the pipeline.
‘We are delighted to unveil the line-up for The Gathering 2020. We were completely blown away by the response to the first outing of The Gathering last June and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Inverness next summer for round two! We have an incredible array of talent in the Highlands and Scotland, from musicians to food & drink suppliers and crafters and it is wonderful to bring them all together and celebrate the very best we have to offer.’ Dougie Brown - Promoter
The inaugural Gathering Festival took place on Saturday 1st June 2019 and sold out over 6 weeks ahead of the event. The line-up featured The Vatersay Boys, Tidelines, Elephant Sessions, Ho-Ro amongst many others.
Published on 28 September 2019 by Ben Robinson