Anstruther Haarfest going like a fair

Kenny Anderson
Kenny Anderson

There’s a special atmosphere in and around Anstruther where musicians and artists from Fence Records have come together for their summer festival.

The second annual HaarFest event, which started on Thursday the 11th, is running until Sunday, August 14, across a wide range of venues including the Hew Scott Hall and Cellardyke Town Hall.

On the musical side, King Creosote is performing live just weeks after he was nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize.

Also playing are local band Kid Canaveral who are being tipped for big things following the release of their album Shouting At Wildlife.

Other artistes confirmed to play over the four days are Geese, Jonnie Common, Dan Lyth, King Creosote, Pictish Trail, James Yorkston, Seamus Fogarty, Adrian Crowley, Onthefly, Wilmacakebread, FOUND, Kid Canaveral, Jon Hopkins (DJ), Withered Hand, Gummi Bako, Docken Leaf, the Billy Anderson Dance Band, Cynthia Gentle & the Truetones, Fence DJs

HaarFest started last year and incorporated four evenings of music from various members of The Fence Collective, as well as some special guests. During the afternoons there was some non-musical activities to take part in – both indoor workshops, and outdoor walks.

It’s all happening again this year, with afternoon events being organised around the Hew Scott Hall in Anstruther, and evening concerts in the Cellardyke Town Hall.

Day tickets are also on sale right now from the Fence website, and from East Neuk Books on Rodger Street in Anstruther. Season tickets permit entry to all four days of music, including a special dinner on the 14th.

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