The Rock’ndaal Band Line Up
17:15 Tide Lines, headlining exclusive to Fèis Ìle 2022
Captivating lyrics and beefed-up folk tunes. This folk-rock-pop quartet from the Scottish Highlands pack a punch with big guitar sounds overlaid with electronica and alt-rock. Lead singer Robert gave us a set for our Laddie Lockdown digital Fèis in 2020 which you can see on our IGTV. The band are increasingly well known – they’ll support Deacon Blue playing Edinburgh Castle in July.
16:10 Trail West
Six-piece ensemble Trail West have been blasting out the sounds of the Western Isles with a modern twist for the past decade. Guitars and drums join pipes, accordions and whistles for a rocking ‘West Coast’ fusion of a ceilidh.
15:05 Rhythm and Booze Project
This eclectic duo blend roots, folk and blues in a gritty mix of hypnotic grooves and raucous energy. These showmen are huge whisky fans; the band was originally conceived on Islay.
Vocals, fiddles, drums, pipes, accordion and guitars, these six young guns from Argyll have plenty of energy to deliver traditional Scottish music as well as crowd-pleasing classics.
12:30 Rock and Reel
Guaranteed to get the party started, this will be an Islay festival debut for the Oban outfit. Trad tunes, smoking hot banjo, and a rocking rhythm section to get everyone dancing.
Other attractions at the distillery.
Bruichladdich Distillery’s legendary festival day always starts with our Head Distiller, Adam Hannett’s, Masterclass. It is a tasting of six drams, held in the warehouse where we do all our vattings before bringing the whisky down to the bottling hall. With an audience of only 250 people in the warehouse, we will be streaming the full 90 minutes to our global community tuning in from home, as part of our virtual festival proceedings.
The main gates to the distillery open after the masterclass finishes, at 12:30. We’re delighted that the Islay Pipe Band will have a presence again this year, giving us a few tunes after lunch. Then there’ll be a performance from Ella Edgar’s highland dancers at 14:35. There are some proud parents among our staff! Our CEO, Douglas Taylor will host a Charity Auction at 14:50, in add of Ukraine. Local traders will provide the food – from cakes to fresh oysters – and talented makers and small businesses from the island will have stalls in warehouse behind the stage. Tours will run through the day from the Laddie Shop – Duncan “Budgie” MacFadyen will be manning the stills and Neil Gillies will be putting in the mash.
10:30 Virtual venue opens.
10:45 Welcome, with anchor hosts, Frazer and Katie
11:00 Masterclass live stream from Warehouse 12
12:50 Rock and Reel streams from main stage
13:20 Masterclass Afterparty. A chance to ask Adam any “always wanted to know” questions, and get a quick reaction to this year’s masterclass drams.
13:45 Rhuvaal streams from main stage
14:10 Martini Time. Brand Ambassador Abi Clephane instructs members of our team on how to make the perfect Botanist Martini in front of a small studio audience. The Botanist bar will be serving some of Abi’s original creations and gin and tonics all day, as in previous years. You’ll find it positioned in the small courtyard behind the millhouse building.
14:35 Distillery News. Ask CEO Douglas Taylor and Production and Operations Director Allan Logan about what’s been happening on site and future plans.
15:20 Rhythm and Booze Project streams from main stage
15:45 The Malts Bar – the hotly anticipated follow-up to last year’s malts bar, in which our co-founder Simon Coughlin and Global Marketing Manager Lynne McEwan plunder the archive and discuss your all-time Bruichladdich Distillery favourites.
16:35 Trail West streams from the main stage Tide Lines
17:05 Thank you Rock’ndaal!
17:15 Full Tide Lines set streams from the main stage
We have pre-recorded a tour and have other video content for you to browse within the virtual venue.
You can also interact with each other and with us all day through the virtual venue chat – we will try and answer any questions and gather some opinions – Helen Weeks and Megan Croall, from our digital team, will be behind that, from within the loft studio. You might have chatted to Helen during last year’s digital festival, but this is Megan’s festival debut.
To get to the distillery on Sunday 29th, we are laying on buses from Port Ellen (09:00, returning 15:15 or 18:45) and from Bowmore (09:30, returning 15:00 or 18:30). There is also plenty of parking at Uiskentuie strand, with a free shuttle bus running to and from the distillery all day. There aren’t many taxi operators on Islay; if you know you need a pick up then it’s best to book in advance. There is a public bus service during the day from Monday to Saturday. Transport, transfer, and public transport information can all be found on this excellent page of Islayinfo.com