The unexpected island phenomenon that is Peat & Diesel struck again yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 17th) with youngsters shut outside a venue which was too full for safety.
The island trio has been building a storm of support, especially amongst very young fans, with a mixture of rousing tunes and off-the-wall, very sing-able lyrics penned by guitarist and songwriter Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod.
Yesterday a free ‘meet and greet’ event for young fans had been scheduled by organisers of Hebridean Celtic Festival at Stornoway Town Hall at 2pm, to give the new generation audience a chance to meet their new idols ahead of their arena performance tomorrow night.
But Peatlemania struck again, just as at The Gathering in Inverness in June, with too many fans turning up for the venue to safely accommodate.
In a statement on social media today, the band said: “Peat & Diesel can’t apologise enough for the amount of poor kids that didn’t get to see us and were left outside at the Stornoway Town Hall, for safety reasons, in the pouring rain. The venue was rammed to maximum capacity.
“We really don’t know what is going on any more or why you keep coming. You kids should all be thrown in the jail as you are all responsible for causing #peatlemania.”
Meanwhile the older generation were also getting a chance to meet a heartthrob, with lead singer Robert Robertson of Tide Lines staging a surprise drop-in concert at Trust Housing on Matheson Road.
The special invitation event had been organised secretly by Trust Housing manager Carol Ferguson, who is a regular volunteer with HebCelt. She said: “Robert, we can't thank you enough for doing this for our tenants and taking the time out of your very busy schedule. It was very special to see them singing along to both Gaelic and Tide Lines songs. A night that won't be forgotten for a long time.”
Peat & Diesel are playing on the acoustic stage at HebCelt on Friday, while Tidelines are tonight’s headliners on the mainstage.
There’s also an appearance by Peat & Diesel at Stramash in Lews Castle grounds on 10th August, where they will be be available for any kids to come and say hello and get a photo, if it helps with the disappointment of not getting in yesterday.
The pictures show Peat & Diesel at a packed Stornoway Town Hall yesterday afternoon, and Tidelines’ Robert Robertson with superfans Mairi Smith and her granny Peggy at Trust Housing yesterday.