Review: Butefest - opening day packed with great music

Rain Town at Butefest 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)
Rain Town at Butefest 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)

The organisers couldn’t have wished for a better start to Butefest – golden sunshine and great music all day (and night) long.

The 2016 festival featured some fantastic performances across both main stages and the acoustic side tent.

The Begbies at Butefest 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)

The Begbies at Butefest 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)

After the deluge that forced the closure of the site 12 months ago, this was exactly what Butefest needed, and it can now look forward to a weekend of great music.

This year the organisers have added more colour to the site by the way of artwork, and they have curated a genuinely relaxed, chilled out feel to it.

The roofs of the marquees are decorated with ribbons and fish, while a glitter ball hangs atop a triangle of tree trunks, and there’s a door in the middle of the field ... and why not?

Outside one of the tents, kids spent the day perfecting juggling skills galore, while everyone kicked back and simply enjoyed the music.

Monticule at Butefest (Pic: Cath Ruane)

Monticule at Butefest (Pic: Cath Ruane)

As with all festivals, each day builds to the headliner’s set, but there was so much to enjoy across the day which began with opening performances from the Red Hearted Vibes and Kay Healy.

Monticule, the Edinburgh based soul/blues band, delivered a smashing set on the Cal Mac stage – one of several early on which deserved a bigger audience.

Rain Town and The Begbies performed back to back on the main stages - both were simply top notch.

On the main stage, Rain Town’s country style delighted the crowd. Named after Deacon Blue’s famous album, the Glasgow band have a glorious country sound, and the male/female vocals bring to mind Lady Antebellum.

As for The Begbies, a six-piece outfit from Livingston, well they simply got the party started with their infectious indie-ska music - the sort of music that goes straight to your feet and gets them moving.

I’m a huge fan of Tom McCrae and it was a pleasure to hear his set and watch him gently coax the crowd into the very heart of it, bringing them to the stage and teasing some choruses out of them.

Highlights? A sublime ‘Walking To Hawaii’ and the joy of hearing old favourites such as ‘End Of The World News’ and ‘Fore The Restless.’

As the sun set, the main stage really came alive thanks to Bahookie and then Baghdaddies who injected endless fun, enthusiasm and great, great music to the proceedings.

>> Saturday’s line up includes The Cut Throat Razors, and Recreations with headliners The Magic Numbers.

>> On Sunday Butefest features Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 plus The Rezillos and headliners Idlewild.