Winky Fest to be held on the 23rd and 24th of August at The Winking Owl, Aviemore.

The free event spanning Friday and Saturday will see Glasgow based Scarlet Shift who according to their description provide “ A potent mix of signature riffs and harmonies pushes the boundaries of indie rock”.

From nearby Paisley come pop rockers Free Speech whose seven year career has seen them play the likes of The Garage and The ABC One. The acoustic popster Tammy Miller is no stranger to Aviemore have played three dates at the MV Festival earlier this year, her debut Ep is due out later in the year so keep your eyes open.

The Oxides at Belladrum 2013

There is a strong local contingent, with Toby Michaels Rolling Damned bringing their evolving line-up and reliable rock ‘n’roll tunes to the party. More rock comes in the form of Chris Fox and co’s Last Summer Effect. James Mackenzie, makes that well trodden trip up the A9 to emphasise why the likes of Ricky Fulton have supported the form Inverness based singer-songwriter. Another well travelled singer-songwriter, Jemma Tweedie adds to her impressive array of festival appearances and gigs this year. Other local boys include indie rockers Searching for Donkeys and The Oxides both fresh from Belladrum 2013 gigs.

The full currently announced line-up  (updates will be posted here):

Scarlet Shift
Toby Michaels Rolling Damned
Jemma’s secret music page
James Mackenzie
Tammy Miller
Last Summer Effect
Searching For Donkeys
FreeSpeech
The Azure Pillars
The Oxides

The festival coincides with Thunder in the Glens, the annual invasion of Harley Davidson enthusiasts, with Winky Fest being  run in association with the MV Festival.