Homegame (5 stars)


After the tragic own-goal of that ‘We’re For Fife’ tourist video, Homegame – micro-label Fence’s annual takeover of fishing town, Anstruther – was a triumph for the Kingdom. The skies were blue, the fish & chips, outstanding, and the music, well, with so much goodness squeezed into three days, let’s whittle it down to a ‘greatest hits’, shall we?

King Creosote’s intimate performances of his crowd-recorded album were a reminder of the pink-raw talent that first got the Fence ball rolling, while Most Improved Player Johnny Lynch acted as jovial, administrative and creative man-of-the-match. Label-runner Lynch, aka the Pictish Trail, had queues almost to Pittenweem when he played in his folk-troubadour guise, charming the crowd with stand-up patter and gentle balladeering.

At night, the spine-tingling unveiling of he and Adem’s secret duo – Silver Columns – was a spectacular jolt of whispery Jimmy Somerville techno-pop, pulsing through Legends nightclub. FOUND upped their game with a crowd-pleasing, rockier set of quirky, electro-folk-pop, having joined eagleowl onstage the night before for a playful set, topped by a showstopper cover of R-Kelly’s ‘Ignition’. Fourtet and Pantha du Prince brought colourful laptoppery and purring minimal techno, and there were excellently itchy beats from Django Django and Findo Gask. Homegame; the festival that makes you never want to go home.

Various venues, Anstruther, Fri 12–Sun 14 Mar

Silver Columns - Interview & Live Footage from Homegame 2010

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