Cupar Arts Festival @ Various Venues, 10-26 Oct
Fife's miniature answer to SXSW? Find out at the inaugural Cupar Arts Festival this October.
Fife has always been on the map. It's that little bit between the Central Belt and the Highlands, and was once, as Fifers never tire of pointing out, the site of ancient Scotland's capital. On the musical map, however, it took a bit longer to make its mark, unless you remember Nazareth (or the mighty Skids! - ed).
In recent times, however, the Kingdom has woken up to the talent it has been incubating within. As proof of the new pride the county has in its home-grown musicians, the Cupar Arts Festival launches this year between the 10th and 26th of October, showcasing some of the best in local talent along with a few carefully selected international acts.
When talking about music in Fife, it is actually illegal now not to use the words "King Creosote" and "Fence Collective", so naturally they are well represented with a show at the Cupar Corn Exchange. Other Scottish acts include bluesman Tam White, Cajun ceilidh king Robbie Mack, and harpist Savourna Stevenson. Giving the festival a more worldly feel are the bossa beat outfit Zuba, and Los Trios Gringos with their rock blues. Not just for Fifers, the CAF is an impressive new event in Scotland's burgeoning festival scene.