Fence Records' Away Game festival in Eigg - photo gallery
Line-up included Meursault, King Creosote, Massacre Cave, The Pictish Trail
Greeted onto the island by Fence head honcho Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail), revellers saw the festival launched on the Friday night with a merry fire outside Eigg’s community hall. A delightful mix of music collectives and genres ensued, with Meursault tearing up the dance floor with a feet-flinging ceilidh and unsigned trio Radials popping their (and the audience’s) socks off with poptastic punchiness. Local metal act Massacre Cave mixed up proceedings with some serious head-thrashing (again, a huge achievement considering the 100-strong Eigg population), with François and the Atlas Mountain spilling addictive dance melodies across the islet from the marquee tent.
And the music wasn't the only draw to the intimate, joyous three days - blazing sunshine, straggling sheep plumped across the landscape and startling Hebridean sunsets could only add to the dream-like festival experience. Lynch wooed audiences with his “sad wee record”, before bidding farewell to his merry revellers in person who, stunned and elated, slipped back across the Sheerwater to the mainland.