Thursday, 30 July 2015
The main stage at Butefest
On July 17th at 5.00am Anna, Jan and I travelled up to play at the first ever Butefest on the lovely Island of Bute near Glasgow. Sadly Gareth couldn't be with us which was very sad but we tried to make the best of it :O(.
The day started pretty well but the weather got worse the further north we ravelled and we had some terrible weather on the first night on site. It was so bad that Stornoway to cancel their set and one of the stages needed some re-roofing the following morning. Saturday dawned, tea was drunk, we surveyed the damage and prepared to play our set.
The festival site opened a little late to allow for things to be fixed and made safe and so at around 1.40pm (only ten minutes later than schedule) we took to the stage. We followed Chris Carter on the main stage. the sound crew and P.A were fantastic. The site itself was still pretty empty when we started, however, I'm pleased to say that as we played we drew more and more people ending up with a crowd as big as the one Merry Hell drew. The crowd were great and even very graciously joined us on 'Caladonia'. We finished the set with Luca and Mena providing extra backing vocals on a rousing version of Sister Albion that even the loss of a string couldn't dampen.
We had a great time and Butefest, we met some great people and i'm absolutely sure it's an event none of us will ever forget. Here's to Butefest 2016!