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Arts / Yell gig aims to give community a boost

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham and Eddi Reader will also perform at Mareel later this month

ONE of Shetland’s foremost ‘party’ bands is preparing to play an outdoor gig in Yell later this month.

Rack & Ruin will perform outside the Cullivoe Hall on Saturday 21 August, supported by Yell youngsters Oot o Tune.

Bar facilities will be available, the gig is free entry and takeaway suppers will be on offer between 5pm and 7pm.

After the last year and a half this will be music to the ears of many who have been deprived of live events.

Track and trace protocols will be in place at the Yell gig, and people are encouraged to take a lateral flow test two days prior and on the day of the event.

Like many other music outfits, the concert will be Rack & Ruin’s first gig in a very long time – 560 days in fact.

The band’s Barry Nisbet said the hope is to give the community something to cheer about after a tough year and a half.

“We’ll be playing outdoors, through a PA system – the plan is to create a large sheltered area to the east of the Cullivoe Hall where folk can attend in safety and with plenty of space,” he explained.

“They’ll be able to distance from each other outdoors so masks won’t be necessary.

“We’ve all missed playing music together so much, we’re making it a free gig and we hope we can really give ourselves and the community something to enjoy after the tough time we’ve all been through.”

With social distancing no longer a legal requirement from Monday onwards, more music events are now being announced.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham will perform at Mareel on 21 August, while Eddi Reader will take to the same stage on 25 August.

The events are rescheduled gigs, and both are seated in the assumption that no physical distancing will be required.

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