Fans late to book air tickets for the last ever gigs by Runrig will have to look for other options, according to Loganair.
Air tickets to reach the mainland cfrom Stornoway for the weekend of August 17th and 18th are almost completely sold out, and Loganair say there will be no more services laid on once they are gone.
Western Isles fans plan to travel in force to the mainland for the Last Dance, billed as the final concert ever by the Gaelic supergroup. The two farewell concerts at Stirling’s City Park sold out within minutes of going on sale.
Loganair responded to overwhelming demand for flights by adding extra Glasgow flights outbound from Stornoway during the week and returning from Sunday 19th August. But now they say there will be no more flights, and late-booking concert-goers face dwindling options.
A Loganair spokesman said: “It is unlikely we’ll add further services. We introduced more flights as the extra tickets for the Runrig event went on sale and we anticipate that the vast majority of people attending will already have their event tickets and travel arrangements sorted.”
Flights on Thursday evening (August 16th) from Stornoway to Glasgow, four out of five flights on Friday and morning flights on Saturday are sold out, while just a handful of seats remain on other flights. The afternoon flight from Stornoway to Edinburgh on Friday August 17th is also sold out.
Return demand is just as high, with three of Sunday’s five flights from Glasgow sold out, and even early Monday tickets snapped up.
Travelling by ferry is still an option, but Stornoway’s CalMac manager Iain Don Maciver warned that advance booking also needs to be made for those who want to use the ferry.
He said: “The morning ferry on Friday 17th is fully booked for vehicles, as we would expect at this time of year, but there is still room for foot passengers across all the sailings that weekend. We expect a lot of bookings coming in and our advice is to make sure that you get booked early. Runrig has a huge fanbase in the islands and a large number of people will be travelling that weekend.”
The band yesterday (Monday July 23rd) posted showtimes for both performances, with gates opening at 3pm, Donnie Munro and band on stage at 5.30pm, Julie Fowlis at 6.20pm and Runrig themselves taking the stage at 7.30pm. The shows will finish at about 11pm.