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The farewell concert film is out on August 16


By Margaret Chrystall


TICKETS went on sale today for the world premiere of the film of Runrig's last live concert The Last Dance – Farewell Concert in Glasgow on Saturday, August 17.

Members of the band will appear on stage at the Royal Concert Hall for an informal chat with Scottish broadcaster Roddy Hart before the film.

And tickets are now on sale from the venue.

The day before, the film will be available on Blu-ray, 2DVD, 2CD, limited 3CD digipak, limited collector’s edition (2DVDs, 3CDs & numbered print inside a coffee table book), and digitally.

In 2018, on the weekend of August 17-18, Runrig, played two legendary concerts . The final concerts were sold out in minutes. Fifty thousand fans from all over the world descended on Stirling to take part in The Last Dance with the six musicians.

Surrounded by rugged volcanic rocks and rich green hills, the heart of Scotland has in the background, the imposing Stirling Castle.

Former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro was a special guest at the concerts
Former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro was a special guest at the concerts

A massive open-air stage was set up in the middle of Stirling City Park with its 25,000-crowd capacity. Not a single room was available within a 100km radius of Stirling, all flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh were sold out and the pubs and restaurants were packed and buzzing.

Produced by Scotland’s premier digital entertainment company Blazing Griffin, and directed by life-long Runrig fan Marcus Viner (David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Mercury Music Prize), the Highlanders' farewell concert was captured by over 30 cameras and state of the art audio recorders to create a fully immersive film .

The compelling nature of The Last Dance gives fans that were unable to grab one of the 50,000 tickets the opportunity to participate in the emotional end-of-an-era gig and say their goodbyes to one of Scotland's most important bands. And for those fans who were lucky enough to go to the gig, there is the chance to relive the magic of the moment.

From the very first chord of The Years We Shared the band went all out, expending all their energy for the three-hour concert, rocking themselves and the crowd to the verge of exhaustion.

Something special was in the air that night: an almost spiritual atmosphere that transformed the open-air venue into a wave of shared emotion and camaraderie. Runrig played the soundtrack of their lives as fans sang, danced, laughed and cried the night away. Every note and chord was played with the utmost conviction and resonated in the hearts of everyone in attendance.

This is what Runrig live for, and why they’ve done what they have done so well for so many years.

“When we began with Runrig, we performed as a dance band at town halls all along the Scottish west coast,” songwriter and bassist Rory Macdonald recalled.

“In many ways, those halls were the training grounds – we learned a lot for our career there. There are two things we’ve held onto over all these years. The first thing is our never-ending appreciation for our fans. And the second thing is: we love seeing you dance.”

Julie Fowlis sang a duet with Bruce Guthro.
Julie Fowlis sang a duet with Bruce Guthro.

And that’s exactly what happened when the band started playing the beat to an acoustic version of their folk-rock classic The Place Where The Rivers Run and 25,000 delirious fans made the ground shake.

The three-hour long concert include hits,fan-favourites and gems from the archive, with a few guest artists adding to it. Dave Towers enriches the folk pop song Onar with his saxophone and Laura McGhee further emphasised the bands Gaelic roots with her fiddle on Proterra.

A true highlight is the return of one of the original band members, Donnie Munro, as he performs a song in Gaelic, supported by the Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir. And there is amajestic performance by Julie Fowlis in her duet Somewhere with Bruce Guthro.

Shortly before the encores begin Stirling Castle is illuminated to witness the final act of the concert with Gary Innes reaching for his accordion to play Clash Of The Ash. And then the moment has arrived, the true farewell to the band in the only way they know how: Loch Lomond, religiously chanted by the crowd, and the unashamedly sentimental a cappella version of Heart Of Olden Glory.

Fireworks light up the sky above the castle as Runrig finally close the most awe-inspiring, emotionally driven concert of their lives, and say goodbye to the people that mean the most to them; their fans.

Watch the trailer for the film here:



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