Due to all live events being cancelled due to Covid in 2020, the festival organisers decided that they still wanted to hold some over the weekend of the music festival so they created a 5 concert virtual event.
To do this, we created a temporary recording studio at MACC Base (thanks for their in-kind hospitality and use of the Officers Mess) where we recorded over 10 live performances. We also made a special recording of Rhuvaal on Davaar Island plus received lots of new footage recorded by musicians to use.
To help publicise the event we linked with CalMac’s media team at Clarion to record and broadcast a “Scottish version” of David Bowie’s Space Oddity to the International Space Station ISS). Thanks for Clarion we made direct contact with the Head of the ISS, and he made sure that the recording was received by the astronauts on the Station. You can find out more about this story which was published in over 170 media outlets at COAST.
You can view the broadcast on the MOKFEST YouTube Channel
With the help of members of our committee, local technicians, mc’s and lots of musicians as well as past festival footage, we created 5 unique concerts:
- Beinn an Tuirc Festival Gaelic Night
- Festival Young Folk Night
- Kilkerran Ceilidh Night
- Glen Scotia West Rocks Concert
- Virtual Survivors Night
We also like to thank our sponsors for their financial assistance to cover the running costs and expenses to create the event.