This Friday night is all about our home town of Irvine for us, and judging by the sold out gig we’re not the only ones. Tickets sold out so swiftly they’ve booked us to come back in March next year for a bigger gig. We’re taking to the stage in front of a busy crowd at the Harbour Arts Centre on Friday night and it’s going to be an absolute belter.
Playing to the home crowd is always the bee’s knees but there’s a growing buzz around the Ayrshire music scene at the moment too, making this Summer’s gig full of promise.
Alongside the regular events hosted by Freckfest some of Ayrshire’s bright young musicians beside ourselves are making some noise in the wider world.
This Friday we’ll be supported by Seaside Sons, another local band who will be bringing their own Ayrshire Indie rock to the evening, fresh from their début album Out of Time.
Also hailing from Ayrshire is one half of the electro pop duo Apache Darling, Stefanie Lawrence. They will be tearing up the T Break stage at this Summer’s T in the Park in the latest of some great gigs from the duo. This stage has hosted sets from this year’s headliners Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol and The LaFontaines so it’s an incredibly exciting place to see a local band.
Apache Darling are no strangers to the crowd in Irvine having played in June. The eclectic and talented mix of acts playing Irvine gigs is great to see and all thanks to Freckfest. As musicians living and working in the town it’s great to share a vibrant creative scene with such a mixed bunch.
Freckfest is run for the love of music and it shows. The enthusiasts who run it do so with the aim of reviving the Irvine music scene and pride themselves on providing something for every musical taste. The support that we have from them is a great boost. It’s great to know the locals are behind you.
Freckfest events are hosted at three venues including the Harbour Arts Centre where we’ll be on Friday, Magnum Centre which we’re looking forward to playing in March and Troon Concert Hall.
The organisation’s named in honour of former Magnum Leisure Centre Entertainment Officer, Willie Freckleton, Irvine’s very own Mr Entertainment and the legendary founder of the Butterfly Disco. He was also the man responsible for bringing Oasis to Irvine shortly before they shot to fame and recent gigs have captured the essence of that.
As a band we’ve enjoyed our start to the year exploring our new sound and playing to some new crowds. We’re excited to be part of the vibrant scene in Ayrshire and look forward to everything that this Friday brings!