Away Game: Blog One
Isle Of Eigg
After a chance encounter at a Silver Columns gig in Glasgow, The Fly managed to get invited to Fence Records’ latest musical adventure – their first ever Away Game. Taking place on the Isle Of Eigg, it marks a significant change from their annual Home Game gathering in their home town of Anstruther, Fife, but, from the hand-picked musical entertainment to the plentiful cheap booze and good food, it has all the makings of a typical Fence event.
Friday starts with a five hour trip from Glasgow to Arisaig, arriving in the suspiciously sunny west coast town around 2pm. We soon board the precariously packed boat ‘Sheerwater’, ready to take us to the Island. Crammed in tight it takes about 15 minutes of the hour-and-a-bit journey for each soft swell to turn into thick, stomach-churning twists and turns as everyone grits their teeth trying to ignore the inevitable action of spewing in a very open place. It only gets worse before the spray turns into soaking sheets of water too, but for the most part we all arrive unscathed.
After battling with tents in the wind, it was up the road to the Marquee/Ceildh Hall stages for the music to help us forget our earlier toils. Beginning with a smooth, soulful electro set from James Mathe, it worked. From the dance-party insanity of Silver Columns in the Marquee to the beautifully heart-wrenching acoustic balladry of Withered Hand (and let’s not forget the fantastic Francois And The Atlas Mountains), it was all, undoubtedly worth the trek. As DJs bleed long into the night, the drinking continues as we all huddle around the fire or simply get pissed in a hall, before taking the most beautiful drunken walk in one bastard of a cold night to sleep it all off.
In at 4.30am, day starts at 2pm tomorrow, easy.