Monday, 3 May 2010

Fence Records announces first Away Game

After seven years of hosting the Home Game event in our home town of Anstruther, Fife, we at Fence Records are proud to announce details of our very first Away Game!

The Away Game will be taking place over the 24th – 26th of September 2010, on the beautifully remote isle of Eigg, located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

With a population of just 70 people (plus a lot of sheep, some cows, and a big bastard bull called Dougald), the isle of Eigg has a strong sense of community – and all the islanders have a real thirst for a good party – the ideal location, then, for a Fence Records event!

Hosted by King Creosote and The Pictish Trail, the weekend will feature a bevvy of great music from the Fence Collective and special guests, as well as a chance to explore the island, meet old friends, and make new pals too.

The Pictish Trail: “Our first Away Game is gonna be a proper adventure! We wanted to capture the spirit of Home Game, and take it somewhere a bit bonkers. Since our very first Home Game, people have asked us to put on an Away Game in their hometown … but we’ve been secretly wanting to do something on Eigg for years. The scenery over there is absolutely gobsmacking – and the atmosphere is perfect for a party. I was over on the island recently, and everyone I met there is really excited about meeting you Fencers! I can’t reveal the line-up just yet … but ticketholders are in for a real treat”.

What makes this event different from the Home Game is that ticket holders will have the opportunity to camp, instead of having to fork out for B’n’B’s or other accommodation. So, expect campfire sing-a-longs, and amazing views out to sea.

As this is our first official Fence event of this type, we’re making it extremely limited – selling just 150 camping tickets.


Tickets for The Fence Records’ Away Game will go on sale on Monday 24th May, at 12 noon – on the Fence Records website, www.fencerecords.com .

Tickets are priced at £90.00 each, and are inclusive of camping and arranged ferries to and from the island.

We’re chartering a couple of ferries from the coastal town of Arisaig on Friday afternoon (24th September), and some ferries returning to the mainland on the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning (26th/27th September). There’s a thrice-daily train service between Arisaig and Glasgow Queen Street – and we’ve timed all the ferries so that they synchronise with these.

Music is going to take place on the Friday night, from around 8/9pm, until very late … and then will start again from mid-afternoon until late on the Saturday. The Sunday will be a day to recover/sleep – and there’ll be a ferry to take some folk back home in the afternoon, and another on the Monday morning.

As with most Fence events, we’re not going to reveal the line-up for a wee while yet … but, rest assured, there’ll be a good mix of all your usual Fence Collective favourites … and some very special guests. To give you an idea of the type of music, here’s whom we’ve had play at previous Fence events …

FOUR TET MALCOLM MIDDLETON KT TUNSTALL MARINA & THE DIAMONDS THE WHIP JON HOPKINS ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT ALEXIS TAYLOR (HOT CHIP) GREEN GARTSIDE (SCRITTI POLITTI) THE UNTHANKS DJANGO DJANGO ADRIAN CROWLEY THE BLUEBELLS EMMA POLLOCK THE CONCRETES SPARE SNARE EAGLEOWL ADEM KARINE POLWART JOHN MACLEAN (THE ALIENS / BETA BAND) THE PHANTOM BAND DE ROSA DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON STUART BRAITHWAITE (MOGWAI) MARY HAMPTON THE CHEEK JOSIE LONG SLOW CLUB THE SKYGREEN LEOPARDS ALASDAIR ROBERTS KING BISCUIT TIME (STEVE MASON) VIKING MOSES PANTHA DU PRINCE WITHERED HAND BITMAP FRANCES MCKEE (THE VASELINES) AIDAN SMITH FONDA 500 BALLBOY RAY RUMOURS JOHNNY FLYNN EUGENE MCGUINNESS CHRIST. BLOOD MUSIC to name but a few … !

Keep your eyes peeled to the Fence Records site over the next few weeks for more info on the weekend – including travel information, line-up etc. There’s also a thread on our messageboard (the Beef Board), where you can ask questions – you can visit it by clicking HERE.

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