17.000 personer kom för att se Runrig i de skotska högländerna. Konserten, som var helt slutsåld, innehöll mycket glädje, proffsig scenshow och framförallt en fantastisk  musikupplevelse.

Både dagen innan och dagen efter konserten bjöds det på solsken vid Loch Ness. Men under själva lördagen strilade regnet ned konstant, vilket förvandlade gräsfältet till en enda stor lerpöl. Men tack vare väl utvalda supportband, som Great Big Sea, Wolfstone med flera, hölls humöret ändå uppe och det dansades och sjöngs i gyttjan trots kylan. När sedan Runrig äntrade scen nådde jublet inga gränser och de flesta glömde nog bort regnet helt. Under två timmar fick vi uppleva Runrig i bästa form. Och att både de och publiken hade en riktigt kul kväll, gick inte att ta miste på.   

Vi vet inte exakt hur många svenskar som var på plats, men i folkhavet syntes glädjande ett par svenska flaggor.

Var du där?
Dela gärna med dig av din upplevelse genom att skriva om dem i gästboken. Vi lägger sedan ut dem på denna sida. Om du dessutom har tagit kort som du vill dela med dig, tar vi mycket tacksamt emot dem på

Kvällens setlist, signerad av Brian Hurren

Missade du konserten? Då missade du verkligen något, men i december kommer den ut på dvd. Köp den och njut. 
Banden som spelade innan Runrig:
Vatersay Boys
Julie Fowlis
Great Big Sea
Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Notera att...

Julie Fowlis invigde Göteborgskalaset 2005. Hon har även haft tre konserter i Sverige nu i år i början av augusti.
Wolfstone har uppträtt på bl.a. Storsjöyran, Falun folkmusikfestival

Arenan låg vackert omgiven av grönskande berg vid Loch Ness.


Från Runrigs officiella hemsida:

Now that the war is over and the last of the refugees has safely made it back home, we would like to thank each and every one of you for staying with us, sharing with us and surviving with us on Saturday night.

It was a concert like no other we have ever done in our 34 years, and never were the opening lines from the opening song Year of the Flood more appropriate. We sincerely hope we never have to go to these extremes again to share the joy of music. You were amazing, and we thank you for staying there right to the bitter end – we have no idea how you managed to sing, dance, applaud and get into the spirit of the occasion, after the day that you suffered. From all of us, a huge heartfelt thank you.

With all the best advance weather forecasting possible, and with all contingency plans in place, we still never imagined it would have been quite as severe as it was. Because of the conditions, the game plan for the day had to be thrown away and everyone on the organisational side of things just had to get on with things as best as possible - and by and large, they did a fantastic job. We apologise for all the inevitable extra queuing for food, toilets, exits etc – the inevitable chaos that ensued at the car parking and all the other hundreds of problems that people had to face - all a knock on effect of the weather.

We would like to thank the people and the whole community of Drumnadrochit, for giving us a part of their village for the day. We thank them for their understanding, kindness and good humour. We thank the many local people that selflessly gave of their time to help out. Typified by Bruce Wynne, who spent hours pulling cars out of the car park mud. We only hope that in all the upheaval, we have left the village with something positive and enduring from ourselves.

In time, we will all look back on the occasion with different eyes - once the dust has settled, or rather, once the mud has dried – and I know we will be glad to say that we were there.

It really was quite special. Moran taing a’ rithist.

Big thank you to everyone at Beat The Drum


Despite the rain and the mud, the band were delighted and touched by the fans dedication to stay around in the rain and mud to make the Beat The Drum event a great success.
Although the band were disappointed with the extreme weather and the problems that it caused, it was heart warming to see everyone making the most of the event and staying to the end.

The band would also like to thank the local community of Drumnadrochit for hosting the event and all the people involved in making it happen. Over 17,000 people attended the event and the day was a great success. Look out for photographs being added in the gallery and a full report in the next edition of the wire magazine.

A souvenir disc containing interviews, images and footage of the event is also available in the shop.

Fans beat the mud to see heroes

Raymond Buchanan
BBC Scotland
Runrig's Beat the Drum Festival will be remembered not so much for the music but the weather.
Forecasters predicted a blanket of rain would smother most of Scotland on Saturday and Drumnadrochit took its share of the punishment.
The doors opened at 1400 BST and for the next nine hours it drizzled on the 17,000 people who came along to listen to the show.
With the main act not due on stage until after 2000 BST the sodden crowd were entertained by a host of Scotland's rising and established performers.
One of the earliest on stage were the Vatersay Boys.
If you haven't heard of them, they play what the marketing people call traditional music with passion.
Essentially this is a blend of old fashioned ceilidh tunes and newly composed material which focuses on the fun side to the Hebridean character.
They went down well with the crowd - even managing to get them to sing along with their signature tune Oidhche mhath, ma tha! (Good night, then) in the middle of the afternoon.

Next should have been the award-winning Gaelic vocalist Julie Fowlis but traffic held up some of her band and so a quick re-gig of the line up saw Edinburgh band Aberfeldy take the stage.
The group have toured with the likes of Scissor Sisters and Blondie as well as gaining critical acclaim for their two albums.
They are currently working on their third, as yet, unnamed album.
Lead singer Riley Briggs said they were delighted to take part in this Runrig outdoor special.
He said: "We thought it would be a good gig, its good to play the Highlands.
"Especially to a crowd the size of this, there are supposed to have been seventeen thousand tickets sold. It was an honour to be asked."
Riley also revealed the band are struggling to finish their latest record.
Complaints from their Edinburgh neighbours have hampered preparations for the new album.
Warm reception
But they do hope to have it completed in time for the South by South West festival in Texas in March of 2008.
By the time Aberfeldy had finished their set, Julie Fowlis and her band had all arrived.
The BBC Radio 2's Folk Singer of the Year award got a warm reception.
So warm, she asked how many of her cousins were in the crowd? By the enthusiastic response she received, plenty.
Fowlis was followed by the Canadian group, the Great Big Sea.
Again, they have a traditional music core from their Newfoundland origins but with a look that suggests they share the same stylists as the Foo Fighters.
For those who had never heard them before it quickly became clear why they have already picked up a Juno award - the Canadian version of a Brit.
Next were the Scottish rock band Wolfstone.

Hailing from just over the hills from Drumnadrochit - this was a welcome local gig for a group that spends much of its time in the United States.
They are veterans of Runrig outdoor specials having supported them before when they played Loch Lomond.
A brief set from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers warmed the drenched crowd up for the main attraction.
But before Runrig emerged an announcement went out asking people to please drop their umbrellas so that the set could be recorded for a DVD.
This seemed a little cruel, but then having spent so many hours getting soaked and muddy another couple of hours didn't do much more harm.
When Runrig did begin, the whole place lit up and the thousands who had flocked to the north of Loch Ness responded.
Borrowed muscle
A mixture of old and newer tracks kept most people jumping. The rest probably had their feet stuck in the mud.
When the night ended, many found a mixture of the rain and the grass car park left them stranded.
But a tractor was on hand to help out some of the worst affected. For the rest, the old fashioned combination of borrowed muscle and gentle acceleration saved them from a night in a field.
All in all a good gig. Runrig are now in their fourth decade as a band. Their longevity is partly due to the commitment of their fans.
The fact so many stuck it out till the end demonstrates just how committed they are.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/08/20 11:06:53 GMT


The Press and Journal (Skottland)

08:50 - 20 August 2007
Ceilidh band Torridon opened at the sellout Runrig gig at Drumnadrochit on Saturday - and so did the heavens.

One of the Wester Ross band's numbers was prophetic as it contained the words "A rare bog, a rattlin' bog".

For, very quickly, that was what the field at Drumnadrochit became as the rain lashed down and the turf at Borlum Farm was turned to Glenurquhart glaur by 17,000 pairs of jigging feet.

But the hardy fans of Scotland's most famous Celtic rockers were not going to let the weather beat them and organisers declared that, despite the rain and wind, Beat the Drum was a big success.

The band's big Scandinavian and German fan base also turned out in scores.

Many of the crowd praised the lively Celtic rockers The Vatersay Boys as the stars of the first half who really lifted spirits in the wet.

One visitor from Fraserburgh was heard to remark from the relative shelter of the beer tent "The place is fairly filling up", to which her sodden partner replied "Aye, and so are my wellies."

The weather and traffic did have an effect on proceedings though, and some bands, including the Julie Fowlis musicians and The Great Big Sea, were delayed reaching the stage.

At one point in the second half of the concert the management were so concerned at the strengthening wind that they opened some of the side panels on the stage to let the wind out. This in turn resulted in the Red Hot Chilli Pipers being unable to get a drum kit on stage.

The weather also led to the exiting arrangements being altered by police and Highland Council when the River Errick rose and threatened to swamp the narrow footbridge used to access the field.

A section of the A82 Inverness to Fort William road was coned off and traffic lights installed to provide a safer alternative exit route.

Some of the more youthful and exuberant fans staged bouts of mud wrestling to the entertainment of the crowd, but some later had to be treated for mild hypothermia by first aiders who wrapped them in foil blankets until they thawed out.

Ruth MacMillan of the organisers, Page 6 Music Services, said: "It would take more than a bit of rain and mud to put off the ardent Runrig fans, and they came in their thousands. There were even scores of people lining the main road to Urquhart Castle to get a free view of what was going on.

"The exit arrangements were changed. I think the council thought it might by safer given the weather and the fact that a few might have indulged in alcohol."

Oban Runrig fan Neil Campbell said: "The boys again were brilliant, and it was a great piece of organising to have the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on for 20 minutes to fire up the crowd for the big event.

"The final number Book of Golden Stories was heart-moving."


The Inverness courier

Runrig fans are making a bee-line for Loch Ness

By Calum Macleod
Published:  17 August, 2007
RUNRIG fans are beating a path to Drumnadrochit for the Celtic band's biggest ever Highland show.
Beat the Drum, a title taken from the Runrig song "Pride of the Summer", will see a day-long programme of largely Highland talent performing at Borlum Farm on the outskirts of the village before the popular Celtic rock band take to the stage for the first live Scottish outing of songs from their latest album "Everything You See", recorded in the Highlands at Cromarty.

Preparations are already well under way for tomorrow's show, with workers not only assembling the 20-metre long stage and performance area, but putting together a temporary Bailey bridge which will link the village centre campsite with the concert venue itself.

Willie Cameron, of Loch Ness Marketing, a long-standing friend of Runrig who helped the band set up the Drumnadrochit concert, described the event as a "no brainer" in terms of the economic spin-offs to the area.

"It's undoubtedly a tremendous economic boost," he said.

"If you look at the other events in the area, the Elton John concert or RockNess, the hotels were full, the restaurants ran out of food, and the audiences were amazing."

Though the 15,000 fans who have bought tickets for the sell-out show were yet to start arriving, Mr Cameron said the village was already feeling the benefits.

"You have already got the employees assembling the stage and the security staff up there and they are coming into the village," he added. "Some of the restaurants last night had 140 covers, which is way above average."

Runrig's most famous lochside concert at Loch Lomond in 1991 led the way for other major acts, with Oasis and REM among the international names who have also performed at Loch Lomond and the first Live at Loch Lomond festival featuring Paul Oakenfield, Feeder, Supergrass and Calvin Harris earlier this month.

The beat the Drum stage at Drumnadrochit is already taking shape. Northern Exposures

Mr Cameron agreed there was potential for other music events to follow in Runrig's wake, though the band themselves have made clear they do not intend Beat the Drum to become an annual event.

"The same as RockNess, Belladrum or Loopallu, you have got to get the first one under your belt and see if it is successful," he cautioned, but added that Loch Ness should have no difficulty in attracting international calibre artists.

"Loch Ness is an iconic location and I think it would attract any big name wanting to play there just to add it to their catalogue, either here or at RockNess," he said.

* For more information about the line-up and an interview with the band, see today's C2 section.

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Highland news
New horizons for Runrig
By Margaret Chrystall
Published:  18 August, 2007
WHEN Runrig take the stage for their Loch Ness gig on Saturday, it will be anything but another gig as they play songs from new, 13th album Everything You See.
For a start, the 17,000 people going to the sell-out event might be able to take the night home with them on a ground-breaking DVD which will feature one of the songs they have just heard, concert photos and footage from the day, as a unique souvenir, with 2000 copies to be pressed on the night.

Drummer Iain Bayne explained: “We think we’re the first band to do this. We were thinking what we could do and originally thought about putting together a special programme for the event, but a programme is just a programme, and we wondered what else would be memorable. So we decided this idea would be totally unique.

“There will be two photographers work. It will all go ahead, notwithstanding a power cut! But hopefully it will all go without a hitch. Of course, the song will come from the early part of the show and we’re not sure yet which one it will be – that will be up to the sound engineer.”

Iain who is a whisky fan also offered his services to help with another first for the band – creating a specially-selected, premium malt Runrig whisky.

“I had a few different ones put in front of me and in the end we chose a 20-year-old Macallan. There will be 500 bottles with certificates signed by the band for whisky collectors, just to give people something a wee bit different.”

But the Loch Ness show at Borlum is special for the band: “We have wanted to do a big outdoor show in the Highlands for a while and with this being the Highland Year of Culture it seemed an ideal way to showcase the album which was recorded in the Highlands.”

The bill includes everyone from Wolfstone and fast-rising traditional artist Julie Fowlis to Nova Scotians Great Big Sea.

“We wanted to make it as diverse a cross-section of Highland and Scottish music as we could,” said Iain. “We’ve also got The Vatersay Boys, Aberfeldy and on just before us, The Red Hot Chili Pipers. The connection with Wolfstone goes back to when they supported us at Loch Lomond in 1991. They have had their journey and we have had ours, but we’re both still here!”

The event can only be licensed for 17,000 which is well short of what Iain recalls as their largest audience so far, 180,000 at a festival. It means that many fans may have missed out.

Iain said: “We just wish we had been given a licence for more.”

There has been a lot to do to get the site ready: “The promoters have done a brilliant job, building gates and a bridge that will come down after the show, to make sure people are not having to cross the road to get to us.”

But those who miss the show might want to pop into the Runrig exhibition currently open on North Uist, but set to tour. It recalls the history of the band and features the Runrig CD that survived the space shuttle disaster.


It’s 10 years since Bruce Guthro joined the band to replace singer Donnie Munro who left to seek a new career in politics. Pete Wishart left a few years later to become an SNP MP.

Iain laughed: “We’ve got it written into the contracts now that no-one can leave to go into politics.

“When Donnie left, people thought it was the end for Runrig. But we’re now in a strong position – maybe even stronger than before. Bruce was an absolute find. The chemistry is there. Nobody can stand still and we all enjoy new ideas and new challenges.”

Iain admitted that in the UK older band members can get a tough time in the music business: “The core thing is that we all still love the music and we still like to be challenged. There are people who have the attitude 'Isn’t it time to get the baffies on?’. But you wouldn’t say that to a plumber in his 40s, 'It’s time you stopped fitting kitchen sinks”. And I think it can be a problem in the UK. We’re still pulling 17,000 to a field near Loch Ness!”

But Iain who is a keen golfer perhaps put his rock career second when he headed out last week to play golf, one of his favourite hobbies.

“I was playing on the 15th the other day and these two boys were watching and shouted to me 'You’re all ready for the 18th?’

“And I said 'Yes, I’m looking forward to getting there!’.

“But they went 'No, the 18th, next week.’ They meant the Loch Ness date!”

* Beat The Drum on Saturday is sold out.

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