Noth­ing but the Fynest beer, food and mu­sic.

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

The buzz in the air was less due to the fa­mous High­land Midge at the head of Loch Fyne and more about sim­ple an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment.

One of the most ‘chilled’ and fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­vals around, Fyne Fest, was held over the week­end of June 1 to 3. More than 2,500 peo­ple de­scended on Cairn­dow to leave their day-to-day cares be­hind and re­lax with a beer and some de­li­cious food while en­joy­ing crack­ing live mu­sic.

Colour­ful trucks of­fered qual­ity food, from Mex­i­can snacks and cur­ries to cakes and stovies. Chil­dren were well catered for, and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment al­lowed the adults to re­lax in the knowl­edge they were wear­ing them­selves out be­fore bed-time.

The sound of mu­sic min­gled with the aroma of food, and some top-notch bands were on show.

Head­lin­ing on the Fri­day night were Colonel Mus­tard and The Di­jon 5, with a show de­scribed as ‘Pri­mal Scream and Happy Mon­days ge­net­i­cally fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Mar­ley, James Brown and Neil Di­a­mond’.

Satur­day’s head­lin­ers were New­cas­tle’s own Holy Moly and The Crack­ers, full of rock and roll en­ergy.

In be­tween the head­lin­ers, mu­sic lovers could en­joy bands like the Coal­town Daisies, Dr Hip and The Blues Op­er­a­tion, The Ten­nessee Hot­shots and Argyll favourites the Lush Pup­pies and the Ca­mans.

So much for the food and mu­sic but what of the beer?

There was some­thing for ev­ery­one at Fyne Fest, with a mix of cask and keg of­fer­ings from the elite of the UK and Europe’s brew­ing scenes.

Two ded­i­cated mini-bars, one serv­ing over 25 ciders on draft, and the other serv­ing soft drinks, wines and spir­its, made sure ev­ery taste was catered for.

Iain Smith, Fyne Ales mar­ket­ing man­ager, said: ‘It was great see­ing so many smil­ing faces around the fes­ti­val site.

‘For us, Fyne Fest isn’t just a show­case for Fyne Ales, it’s also a show­case for Argyll.

With our Food From Argyll friends serv­ing the best qual­ity lo­cal pro­duce and lots of lo­cal bands on the mu­sic line-up, it’s a real cel­e­bra­tion of the amaz­ing tal­ent and pro­duce com­ing out of our home re­gion.’

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Dr Ali­son MacFadyen from Oban and Dr Nick Tucker of Glas­gow en­joy a beer with one-year-old cocker spaniel Tarka.

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Con­nor Robert­son and Paul Mont­gomery of Babu Bom­bay Kitchen serv­ing a de­li­cious roast chicken Masala nan­wich.

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Robin Miller and Andy Crossan per­form pop­u­lar retro roots, rock and blues as Miller Crossan.

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Four-year-old Ruar­idh Turner from Bish­op­ton gives a poly­styrene glider some welly.

Singer Sheila MacGre­gor of Oban band the Lush Pup­pies.

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Christie Mid­dle­ton from Camp­bel­town gives a wee lift to Greek-born Zack the dog, one of many ca­nine there.

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Kirsten Black with Ca­tri­ona and Gemma Black get­ting all colour­ful at Fyne Fest.

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En­joy­ing the fes­ti­val were (back) Fiona and Gary McLauch­lan from Dunoon and (fore­ground) Shan Frost and Steve Austin, all the way from Banff.

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En­ter­tain­ing the chil­dren was a lion who an­swered to the name ‘Gr­rrrrr’.

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Keep­ing rev­ellers safe were se­cu­rity staff mem­bers PJ, left, and John Meaney.

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