Lost Map's Howlin' Fling

Lost Map's Howlin' Fling

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Alternative island weekender is far from a regular music festival

Lost Map's alternative island weekender is less of a fling and rather a full-blown love affair between the DIY label and the picturesque Isle of Eigg. Head honcho Johnny Lynch lives on the isle which is due to celebrate its community buyout's 20th anniversary. An off-kilter, off-mainland occasion hosted previously in 2014 and 2016, Howlin' Fling pitches up somewhere between music festival and island bolthole for Scotland's DIY music community, with touring acts and the label's own roster playing throughout.

Unlike your regular music festival scenario, sunburn and mud stains are traded in for ferry crossings and the rugged, beautiful landscape of the Western Isles. Taking place in and around the Eigg Ceilidh Hall, the label is putting on live music and DJs from the opening Friday evening until the early hours of Sunday, with organisers holding the setlists close to their chest and keeping schtum on the acts before tickets have sold out.

Previous artists include Django Django, Kathryn Joseph, Jon Hopkins, cult rockers British Sea Power and glum indie heartthrobs the Twilight Sad. Given the usual appearances from the Lost Map roster, the smart money is on sets from label newcomers Manuela as well as usual suspects like Kid Canaveral and Pictish Trail.

However, you'll need to beg, borrow or steal a ticket. 2016's festival may have sold out in only seven minutes but that year's got nothing on 2017. Back in February, Howlin' Fling 2017 tickets sold out in just five.

Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Jul.

The Howlin' Fling

Micro-label Lost Map host their semi-regular festival on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg. Ticket holders are ferried over from the mainland for a weekend of live music and DJs.