Malt and music festival is latest event cancelled

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Sub-heading: But Arran whisky features in lockdown event at weekend

The latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak is the Arran Malt and Music Festival which was not due to be held until the end of June.

This would have been the 11th staging of the event by Arran Distillers at the Lochranza Distillery but they say that in light of the recent developments and restrictions due to COVID-19 we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event due to be held from June 26 to 28.

A company spokesman said: ‘We will be in touch with everyone who has purchased tickets to arrange refunds in due course. These are tough, unprecedented times but our top priority must remain our amazing whisky friends and employees. We hope you are all keeping safe and well and we look forward to sharing a dram with you all sometime in the near future.’

However, it may be some consolation that Arran whisky will be part of the world’s first Lockdown Whisky Festival this weekend.

Hosted by Tomatin single malt it will feature an array of whisky brands including Arran, Glen Moray and BenRiach, with a view to bringing enjoyment to the general public and the whisky industry which, like many others, has faced event cancellations and postponements in recent weeks.

The festival will be live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel on Saturday, 4 April, from 2pm to 5pm and will be hosted by independent whisky influencer, Aqvavitae.

The virtual whisky festival will see brand ambassadors from multiple international producers unite to engage with the global audience.

Scott Adamson, global brands ambassador at Tomatin Distillery said: ‘The greatest benefit to organising the Lockdown Whisky Festival is that it’s virtual, so we can bring the community together to enjoy and learn from some of the best distilleries in the industry, all from the comfort of home at a time when staying in and staying safe has never been more important.

‘It’s exciting to be the first distillery to host a virtual whisky festival and we’re thankful for the other distilleries who have chosen to get involved and support it. We will be encouraging viewers to use #LockdownWhiskyFestival on social when they raise a dram with us next week.’

Aqvavitae, an independent whisky influencer, will be hosting the entirety of the livestream, asking questions and hosting the festival as we virtually explore the expressions on offer during each brand’s mini showcase.

A spokesman for Aqvavitae said: ‘Following weeks of unfortunate postponements and cancellations, it’s really refreshing to be part of the world’s first virtual whisky festival.

‘Spearheaded by Tomatin, what we lose in not sharing the same space we gain in global reach and inclusion. It’s great to see so many distilleries and producers coming together in the spirit of sharing to realise this. Can’t wait!’


Serving up whisky cocktails at a previous Arran Malt and Music Festival. NO_B28malt04