Fence Records’ annual Anstruther-based shindig Home Game is approaching once again, offering three days of intimate musical adventures for anyone who was lucky enough to get their hands on one of the 400 highly-coveted tickets.
‘Our first Home Game event took place in 2004; we sold 115 tickets for a 2-day event, that took place in a small hall in the middle of Anstruther,' says Fence head honcho Johnny Lynch (pictured), who also performs under the name Pictish Trail.
'Given its reputation, you'd have thought that after 8 years the event would have developed into some burgeoning Glastonbury-sized juggernaut. But it hasn't. And that's probably what makes it so great.’
The mini-fest, which takes place from Fri 6–Sun 8 May, features ‘performances from 60 different acts, scattered across various small halls and back rooms of pubs, throughout the towns of Anstruther and Cellardyke,’ says Lynch. ‘For the most part, afternoons are the domain of singer-songwriters, evenings are for bands, and night-time is when it gets really loud and dancey.’
The festival has a wider remit than just gigs this year, though. ‘Josie Long is curating three comedy sessions with her favourite comedians; Heavenly Records are curating an afternoon of music, as well as bringing a spoken word element to mirror their ‘Caught By The River’ blog; and there’ll be secret shows galore. Plus, there’s a whole beautiful seaside town to discover — boat trips out to the Isle of May, the best fish ‘n’ chips in Scotland, the lovable local drunks. Bliss.’
For the exclusive, almost-full line-up, check out the list below. For more from Johnny, check out his article in the next issue of The List, out Wednesday 27 April.
HOME GAME 2011 LINE-UP
Andrew Greig, Babe, Burnt Island, Cancel The Astronauts, Cate Le Bon, Conquering Animal Sound, Colorama, David Thomas Broughton, Delifinger, eagleowl, FOUND, François & The Atlas Mountains, Geese, Gummi Bako, Hardsparrow, Indian Red Lopez, Iona Marshall, Jack Joseph, James Mathé, Jamie Harrison, Jo Mango, Jon Hopkins, Josh T Pearson, Josie Long (& Friends!), Kathryn Williams, Khartoum Heroes, Kid Canaveral, King Creosote & The Earlies, The Last Battle, Liz Green, Lomond Campbell, Martin John Henry, The Massacre Cave, Meursault, MonogAnon, Mystery Juice, Nathan Fake, OnTheFly, Over The Wall, The Pictish Trail, Player Piano, Rachel Sermanni, Randolph’s Leap, Rich Amino, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Slow Club, Sweet Baboo, This Is The Kit, Tommy Reilly, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou, Viva Stereo, Will Burns, Withered Hand + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED. . .