“It’s the love of performing that kept the group going for over 45 years,” says Rory Macdonald, founding member of Scots supergroup Runrig.
“Our farewell performance brought all this to a close – a shared, visceral experience that will stay with me forever.
“In many ways, our bond with the fans has been our success and the film illustrates this throughout.”
It captured the last days of the band who many hail as not only the inspiration for their own careers, but a movement in music, once seared in passion for the Gaelic way of life, language and political choice.
Through the 1970’s and 80’s and they toured town halls and small festivals before becoming one of Scotland’ biggest and best loved exports, eventually brining the curtain own on a 45 year journey at Stirling Castle.
‘The Last Dance’ film captures Runrig’s farewell concerts performed live on the massive open-air stage in front of 50,000 fans at Stirling Castle in August 2018.
This film, captured by Glasgow-based Blazing Griffin, the Bafta award winning digital entertainment company, has become something for Runrig fans and those who simply appreciate their music, to treasure.
This weekend it gets its first free to air showing, on the Sky Arts channel, further demonstrating their enduring legacy, at 9pm on Saturday.
“We are excited to work with Sky Arts to bring this uplifting film and stunning performance by Runrig to a wider audience.”Steven Little, Producer, Blazing Griffin
In April 2019, Runrig reached out to fans and live-streamed free the 180-minute version of ‘The Last Dance’ to help ease the ennui of lockdown.
A worldwide audience of over 90,000 fans tuned in from the Highlands to Nova Scotia.
A full version of The Last Dance – all 180-minutes long – remains is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated arts channel and is available free for everyone to watch in the UK on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147.