• HAC 12th May 2017

    Martin Metcalfe & The Fornicators

    Martin Metcalfe & The Fornicators

    A year on from his last sold-out show at the HAC, former Goodbye Mr Mackenzie frontman Martin Metcalfe makes a welcome return to the best wee venue around.

    Promising a heady mix of original new material and a healthy smattering of Mackenzie's classics, this is another not-to-be-missed show.


    Tickets on sale now, via here.

    Martin Metcalfe & The ...
  • HAC 16th June 2017

    JJ Gilmour

    JJ Gilmour

    Jinky's back! With a new album! Which he'll play in its entirety!


    One of our country's best-kept secrets, JJ Gilmour writes brilliantly-crafted, super-melodic songs.

    In another world he'd be as influential as a McCartney or a Costello. To those of us in the know, he already is.

    Jinky loves playing the HAC. Get along and see a great talent in a great venue - the perfect match.

    JJ Gilmour Jinky's back! With ...
  • Grand Hall, Kilmarnock Friday 11th August 2017



    Grahame Skinner is no stranger to the Freckfest stage. A couple of years ago he made a rare appearance at the HAC, playing an acoustic show packed full of Hipsway and solo material.

    Fast forward a year or so and Hipsway have reformed. They played a celebratory, sold out show at Glasgow's ABC late last year and.following yet another sold-out show this coming summer at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand, have announced they'll play under the Freckfest banner in Kilmarnock's Grand Hall.

    Think of this as a warm-up for their outdoor show, or think of it as a second chance for all those unlucky enough to miss out on the hottest ticket in town. Either way, act fast. This is one show you can't afford to miss!

    Tickets available from here.

    Hipsway Grahame Skinner is no ...
  • HAC 7th October

    Yorkston, Drever and Withered Hand

    James Yorkston, Kris Drever and Withered Hand

    Now, this'll be a gig 'n a half! Three raconteurs with a splendid back catalogue of alternative folk/acoustic indie will play as a songwriters' circle, sharing the stage and playing on one another's songs throughout. It's a unique concept and follows on from James and Withered's show at the HAC in January 2016 when they performed a similar show with Pictish Trail. This time round, the aclaimed Kris Drever completes the trio. It's bound to be another cracker....and another sell-out.

    Act fast - tickets on sale now, via here.


    James Yorkston, Kris Drever ...

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  • How to Support

    Freckfest is run by a group of dedicated music enthusiasts who aim to bring back a thriving music scene to ...
  • Tickets

    Freckfest tickets can be purchased at the Harbour Arts Centre box office in Irvine or through the Ticketweb website.

Made in Irvine. For Ayrshire.

Freckfest is a charitable organisation, voluntarily run by a small group of music enthusiasts. Named in honour of Willie Freckleton (browse these pages to find out all about him) our main aim is to revive a flagging local music scene.

Whether it's one of our monthly Freckfest Fridays in the intimate settings of the Harbour Arts Centre, a raucous night of ska in Troon Concert Hall or a big gig with a superstar name at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, we aim to put on something for everyone. You really should get along to one of our gigs...

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