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EDF 2024 will feature some of the best Dance and Ceilidh acts that Scotland has to offer.

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Scotland's TOP DJ George Bowie's GBX Anthems show has stood the test of time — by spanning the generations and become ingrained in Scottish culture. George will be returning to EDF once again to entertain the crowds.

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With accumulated sales reaching millions in singles and albums and tracks on over 100million compilations worldwide, we can say our prodigious dj/producer truly has made his mark on the world of dance music. Born Christophe Chantzis, a classically trained pianist, DJ and multi genre producer, Christoph is the mastermind behind a multitude of projects. He´s not only the creator of IAN VAN DAHL but also the brains behind projects like DEE DEE, ABSOLOM & ASTROLINE. Some of his international achievements are: • A dozen UK top20´s (5 UK top10´s) • Best sold dance album of the year UK • Best sold dance single of the year UK • Belgian´s most successful producer in the UK ever • Numerous European, UK & German dance #1´s • Winner TOP OF THE POPS Award (beating Moby, Basement Jaxx and Scooter) • Winner MTV Dance Star Award • Winner International Dance Music Award, Miami, USA • iTunes USA #1 downloaded album • 54 consecutive weeks in the US BILLBOARD charts As a producer and songwriter, he was able to collaborate with artists like DJ Tiësto, LeAnn Rimes, Praga Khan, Daddy DJ, Lasgo, Kelly Llorenna, Ace of Base, Shaggy, Milk Inc, Puldriver, Conjure One, Lumidee, Michael Mind, MIKE, Fiocco, Jes, 2 Vibez,,… When not behind the decks, somewhere around the world, you can find him in his studio working on new music, collaborations or sync music. Christophe has over 4000 music placements in films, TV series, commercials and computer games. Some examples are: Ugly Betty, NBA, National Lampoon, Neighbours, Traffic Cops, Pimp my ride, MTV, Dragons Den, Seconds from Disaster, Skins (Netflix), Miss Universe, Konami Dance Dance Revolution and many many more. We are proud to bring him to Benbecula to play at EDF.

QFX band members include Kirk Turnbull (Song writer & Producer), Heather Allan Finnie (vocals) Debbie Hudspeth Duncan (Stage Performer/vocals), Paul Giff (MC), David Goonery (Dancer). The band are joined on stage by Amy Davies, Lauren Black, Niceie Macgowan. In December 1994, they released their first album, entitled Freedom. It reached number 5 in the UK Indie Chart. Freedom stayed on that Top 20 list for fourteen weeks. In January 1996, QFX covered the Moby track, "Everytime You Touch Me", which propelled QFX into the UK Singles Chart at number 22 and Scottish Singles Chart at number 2. This led to an appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops. In July 1996, the band released "You Got The Power", which reached #33 in the same UK chart. QFX also remixed songs for other musicians, including Gala with "Freed from Desire which reached no 2 in the uk in 1997" Nakatomi Children of the Night UK top 40 Tiny Tots Discoland UK Top 40 QFX released Seven albums, and had 8 UK Top 40 hit singles Including a Scottish Singles Chart #1 single with "Freedom 2" in January 1997. They were featured on over 30 compilation albums world wide. ALBUMS Freedom Alien Child Voyage High On Life Freedom 2002 In early 2010 they released. The Anthems 1995-2010, which included all their hits, plus their remixes and featured special guest remixes, producers, and vocalists. QFX launched Dance Anthems in March 2013 and have spent the last few years touring the UK with their brand new stage show. The concept of the show incorporates QFX covers of the best dance tracks in the club scene from the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as updated mixes of QFX tracks and originals. An album entitled "Dance Anthems" was released later in that year. In 2022, QFX are still doing a Live PA, with original members Kirk Turnbull, Heather Allan Finnie, David Goonery, with their new MC Paul Giff (Joined 2018). The band are currently touring the UK, celebrating over 30 years since they formed, including headlining many music and dance festivals. In 2022 QFX were proud to announce 25million streams of their music and look like hitting 30million early in 2023.

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Valtos, comprised of Skye natives Daniel Docherty and Martyn MacDonald, have taken the Trad and Electronic music worlds by storm. Since their debut shows in December 2021, they have captivated audiences at festivals and sold-out venues nationwide. Their music has been described by Folk Radio UK as "like nothing you've heard before," blending influences from electronic and folk music. Inspired by artists like Martyn Bennet, Peatbog Faeries, Odesza, Madeon, and Bicep, Valtos creates a unique and genre-defying sound.Valtos draws inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of their home, infusing their recordings and live performances with a profound sense of place. Joined onstage by a full live band, including Lana Pheutan, Eilidh Cormack, Ali Levack, and Euan McLaughlin, Valtos delivers energetic and unforgettable live experiences. Valtos' musical innovations have garnered recognition, earning them the Up and Coming Artist of the Year award at The Scots Trad Awards 2022 and a nomination for Best Live Act in 2023. Their dedication and boundary-pushing artistry continue to impress critics and fans alike.

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Back by popular demand is DJ Sparkos. One of the many highlights of 2023 was the set from Sparkos, so much so the people demanded he return! We are only too happy to fulfill your request! We're sure the 2024 set will have you bouncing as much as the 2023 one did!

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Only a select few in the music industry have become a master of a genre they represent. Ian Redman is one of those gifted few. Rising to earn his place on music the wall of fame in the Dance scene from the early years of the last decade, Ian Redman has been a household name in numerous countries ever since the Number 2 hit - Ultrabeat's "Pretty Green Eyes". From there, he continued to work alongside Mick Di Scala and Chris Henry to become the foundation of the UK's Dance music export machine. Producing a number of follow up UK top 40 chart hits such as "Feelin' Fine" , "Better than Life" and "Elysium (I Go Crazy)". Finally, after their huge success in the charts along with unprecedented response from a world tour, they had built a stellar back catalogue of work. Enough to release their first album "Ultrabeat - The Album" which went straight to number 8 in the UK album charts. Since then, Ian has continued to keep the Dance flame alive, relentlessly touring Europe. After building such a huge following and with a torrent of successful musical endeavours under his belt, he was chosen to be one of the view ambassadors of Vestax. An honour, which he feels proud to have achieved to this day. To accompany this great honour, Ian was also handed the privileged role to be a BCM resident DJ, giving him the passport to per-form in some of the most famous dance music venues across the globe. With this amount of dance music experience, Ian has enabled himself to become a master of keeping up with current trends in the music scene. A chameleon behind the decks, Ian has adapted his sets to suit every venue he performs for. From Melbourne Bounce, Clubland classics, to Bounce and commercial house anthems . Making his sets unique and genre defying. A crowd will always be kept on their toes and he never fails to entertain. Giving the masses 110% of his energy from start to finish.

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A brotherly bond drives the music of SAINT PHNX. The Glasgow duo of Stevie and Alan Jukes feel everything twice as hard together. Those mutual feelings inform the pair’s skyscraping alternative pop uplifted by towering hooks, eloquent songcraft, and energetic instrumentation - amassing over 150+ million streams, peaking at #39 in the Official UK Top 40 and #1 in the Scotttish Album Chart with their Happy Place EP. After gathering tens of millions of streams, touring with Imagine Dragons, Lewis Capaldi, Yungblud, and receiving acclaim from Clash, BBC Radio 1, Alternative Press, and more, the group are gearing up for an exciting 2023 with the release of their new album.

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Born in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, Cammy Barnes has had success with multiple singles charting in the UK Top 20 and #1 entries on the Singer/Songwriter & Country/Alt iTunes Charts. He has supported Brit award winning artist Tom Walker and played several sell out shows / festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Recently Cammy did a stunt to celebrate 26 nights at the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo and was a Semi Finalist on Britains Got Talent getting knocked out by a Japanese guy in his pants - go figure! 😂 Stay tuned for more show announcements and be sure to follow Cammy’s Journey

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Scottish pop duo ‘The Eves’ are Marissa Keltie and Caroline Gilmour, one of the UK’s most promising emerging pop acts in recent years with their stand - out brand of uplifting, melodic pop. Recent single releases ‘Big Love’ and ‘Brand New Day’ commanded attention from mainstream national radio stations, with both tracks making appearances on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland. The tracks have also featured heavily on regional radio and worldwide. ‘Big Love’ was the official anthem for Scottish Women’s Football for the 2022/2023 League Season . ‘Brand New Day’ spent a stunning 5 weeks on BBC Radio 2, was ‘single of the week’ on BBC Radio Scotland, reached No. 6 and No. 15 in the iTunes pop charts and main download chart, as well as making an impressive debut in the UK Official Charts Company download single charts in the top 65. The track also features on an episode of ‘The Kardashians’ on Disney Plus and Hulu across America. In terms of live performances, 2023 has started with a bang, performing at the Guinness Six Nations rugby for Scotland v Wales at BT Murrayfield and opening for top Scottish band Skerryvore on all their tour dates across England in May. The pair have also performed at Moonbeams Festival and opened for Sister Sledge at Fringe by the Sea. Notable past performances include opening for pop icon Belinda Carlisle at a sold - out Kelvingrove Bandstand, a live session on BBC Scotland’s ‘The Quay Sessions’, TRNSMT Festival, Tiree Festival, Country to Country at the OVO Hydro, opening for The Shires, Wet Wet Wet, Tony Hadley , Skerryvore and Horse. The duo has also made several TV appearances on BBC Scotland’s ‘The Edit’ on national TV and BBC i - Player. Highly versatile and accomplished musicians, songwriters and performers, Marissa and Caroline are both number one artists in their own right. Caroline made the top spot in the UK Official Charts Company Vinyl Singles Chart with her EP Electric Waterfalls in 2016, while Marissa achieved a number one in the iTunes Classical Music Charts with a stunning piano track, River and Reign in 2022. Away from their music the duo also set up and run the U.K side of dog rescue organisation Pico’s Pack , fundraising to care for abandoned and abused dogs in Serbia.

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Ali Mcfly is a Dj/Producer/Promoter from Benbecula who has been Djing and Promoting Gigs on Skye, The Highlands and Glasgow since 1999. Ali is behind Skye's most established club-night non-stop which has hosted djs such as Slam, Weatherall, Alfos, Ralph Lawson, Justin Robertson and many others since 1999. Ali is co promoter of Skye's festival Skyelive which has attracted many large name djs such as Jackmaster, Denis Sulta, Erol Alkin, Ame, Bicep, Patrice Bamuel, Joy Orbison amongst others. Ali has played many venues like Subclub, Berkley Suite, Alaska, Soundhaus, Cake, Iron works etc. Ali's style is varied from disco to deephouse and techhouse and is now in to music production hoping to release his first tracks later this year. Playing a set of classic tracks from the 80's and 90's Ali is sure to get the festival off with a bang. His newly opened club Dannsa is Glasgow is sure to be a huge success among the Dance Ravers out there.

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The band's first studio album Dreams We Never Lost was released in June 2017 following the release of their first single Far Side Of The World some months earlier. The album is a mix of English and Gaelic songs as well as the Piob Mhor Pipe set. Two further singles Fortunes of the Fearless and The Young and The Restless were also released as singles from this album. In October 2018 the band released a six track EP entitled Lets Make Tonight. Two singles, Heroes and Running at the Dark were released prior to the EP. Heroes won Video of the Year at the 2018 Na Trad Awards. The EP also contained a live version of Far Side of the World recorded at the HebCelt Music Festival in 2018. In November, the band sold out the Scottish music venue Barrowlands in Glasgow. Their second album, Eye of the Storm, was released in May 2020 and debuted at #12 in the Official UK Album Charts. Eye of the Storm also topped both the Scottish and independent album charts on the week of its release. In December 2020, the band issued a small scale release through their own website called the Lockdown Mix Tape consisting of three cover songs and the song This Christmas Time which was re-released as a single in 2022 as a duet with musician NatiDreddd. Rivers in the Light was released in July 2022 as new material from the planned third studio album, again self-produced and recorded at the group's own studio. Written in the Scars was released in September 2022. In March 2023, the band released their third studio album An Ocean Full of Islands and announced a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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What are Skerryvore? They’re like no one else. Epic of melody, intimate of feeling and plugged into the roots of Scotland but blasting out to the world. Three time winners of Scotland’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ award, Skerryvore have evolved from their humble beginnings to become one of the country’s leading forces in a thriving live music scene. At the forefront of a movement that has reinvented and reignited a traditional Scottish scene for a modern, multicultural audience, the band have brought their high energy performances to audiences across the globe. From their early days in Scottish West Coast halls and bars, to festival crowds in the USA, Canada, Australia and throughout the UK and Europe, Skerryvore’s wide range of influences and talent produce a musically expansive, immersive yet intimate set that excites and captivates audiences. With a mix of bagpipes, fiddles, accordions, and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by driving bass, drums and keys, Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music. Their now 7 studio albums demonstrate the wide range of influences the individual musicians bring to the mix – a unique fusion of folk, trad, pop and rock. Three singles from the latest album ‘Tempus’, released in April 2023, all featured on the BBC Radio 2 new music playlist, and the album went to number 1 in both the Official Scottish Album and UK Folk Albums charts, and entered the top 40 in the Official UK Charts. Skerryvore took their Tempus Tour to audiences across the UK, Europe and USA, with their unique fusion appealing to a wider mix of age groups and tastes. “Skerryvore have crafted a world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.” – Folk Radio UK “A spectacular mix of traditional Scottish folk music and the most diverse rock elements.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung, GERMANY “The highest rated show we have ever had on our post-concert surveys… people LOVED the show.” – Anchorage Concert Association, ALASKA “Such a fresh, real, new sound… I love it” – Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 UK “Skerryvore have evolved to become one of Scotland’s greatest musical exports.” – Wickham Festival, ENGLAND “See them now before they rocket up into the same musical orbit as the mighty Mumford & Sons.” – Falkirk Herald, SCOTLAND

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Multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran have spent over 10 years at the heart of the Scottish traditional music scene. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands on the road today, the seven-piece show no signs of slowing down as they continue to push boundaries and explore new musical and geographical territory each year, bringing their uplifting and unique live performances to stages across the world. With three hugely successful studio albums already under their belt, Mànran launched their new album 0rar ('fresh' or 'flourishing') in late 2021, revealing a rejuvenated and exciting sound that has thrilled fans and critics alike. Buoyed by this new music, the band kicked-off 2022 with a joyous return to Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival and a packed year of live shows . .. Tha Mànran air an guth a lorg / Mànran have found their voice" oana Mag. Having played in over 30 countries covering North America, Asia and Australia (where they were awarded "International Artist of the Year" at the Australian Celtic Music Awards), the multifaceted musical powerhouse have amassed a loyal fanbase worldwide for their oustanding tunes performed on a mixture of traditional and modern instruments, alongside their powerful songs in Gaelic and English.

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An explosive six-piece line-up with strong links to the Western Highlands and Islands, Trail West are a band who continue to rise in popularity from their modest roots as a four-piece West Coast Ceilidh Band to a formidable Live Act worthy of any festival stage.

 After their long anticipated celebratory 10th year as a band – which saw the release of their fourth album and a sell-out show at Glasgow’s famous Barrowland Ballroom – Trail West have continued to flourish throughout 2023 with a third consecutive sell-out Barrowlands show following on from a performance at Scotland’s biggest entertainment venue – the OVO Hydro – and a nomination as Live Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2022. Trail West are... Alain Campbell: Guitar/ Whistles Allan Nairn: Electric Guitar Andrew Findlater/ Drums Ian Smith: Accordion Jonathan Gillespie: Keyboard Seonaidh MacIntyre: Whistles/ Pipes/ Vocals & Guitar

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Beinn Lee are a six-piece band from Uist in the Outer Hebrides. 2018 saw the band release their debut album OSGARRA and 2021 saw their much anticipated second album, DEÒ. Described by renowned piper Fred Morrison as “a breath of fresh air”: “the feel of the Uist music runs beautifully throughout the album and the sensitive vocals and top drawer musicianship add up to one of the most exciting musical prospects I have heard in a long time." Formed in 2013, the band are rooted in the west coast style of traditional music. The collective inheritance of Gaelic song and west coast pipe music of members Micheal Steele, Pàdruig Morrison, Mairi Therese Gilfedder, James Stewart, Anna Black, and Seoras Lewis provide a very strong Gaelic traditional backbone to their music, but their music of contemporary and self-penned tunes and songs are infused with diverse modern influences. The band have performed at festivals across Scotland, as well as in Belgium, and supporting Skipinnish at the Barrowland Ballroom in October 2021 is a particular highlight.

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Project Smok is the neo-trad trio of Ali Levack, Ewan Baird and Pablo Lafuente, whose nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music has set them apart since their formation in 2017. Known for their ability to effortlessly blend trad music with contemporary new-age pop influences, Project Smok are at their most comfortable pushing boundaries, making listeners stop and re-evaluate their musical expectations. They do away with any perceived limits of genre from the first note. The close-knit group meld naturally between the innovative, explosive and emotive, drawing outside inspiration from indie pop acts like The 1975, LANY and Bon Iver, to more time-honoured, West Coast styles of playing. With tunes built around the distinctive piping of BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020 Ali Levack, paired with Ewan Baird’s skilled bodhran playing and Pablo Lafuente’s nuanced guitar, electric guitar and production, the trio manage to naturally bring together an array of musical aspects. Throw in instrumental virtuosity, blistering drive, infectious rhythm and a delicate sensitivity and you have Project Smok’s thirst-quenching sound. It’s little wonder they have fast become a recognised and household name in the traditional music scene.

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El Sartel are an exciting new band hailing from Skye and Lochalsh who hope to get their Scottish indie/pop/rock ear-worms stuck in your head.

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