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Organisers of Benbecula’s Eilean Dorcha Festival pulled off a storming first night last night (Thursday 21 July) despite what must have seemed like odds stacked against them.

Ferry disruption caused by a suspect package aboard the MV Hebrides left some would-be festival-goers stranded on the wrong side of the Minch last night and, even once the ferry sailed, some foot passengers were left behind.

There’ll be further transport issues for some festival-goers with confusion about the availability of buses to and from the festival from South Uist, before or after the event.

And that’s come after another crisis a week ago, when EDF’s tent suppliers cancelled their agreement to provide tents due to a shortage of specialist crew.

Organisers described that news as ‘devastating …. but completely out of our hands’ and said they were massively disappointed, but were extremely grateful to Tiree Music Festival and Nevis Range, who came to the rescue with a stage to ensure EDF2022 could go ahead.

The tent shortage means that this year’s 5th birthday EDF is a completely open-air event, but despite the headaches, festival photographer Andrew King captured what he described as ‘a fabulous opening night’ last night, with a rousing start from DJ Trevor Reilly at 6.45pm.

Today the music starts at 2.30pm with Jericho Hill, Coldplace and Beinn Lee rounding off tonight’s programme and festival favourites in the running order tomorrow include Tumbling Souls, Mànran, Skerryvore and Trail West.

Picture by Andrew King.