• Gun

    HAC 7th March

    Well, well, well…

    One of Freckfest’s big aims was to get the touring bands back to Irvine. We’ve only gone and done it! We are delighted and thrilled to announce that Glasgow rockers GUN will be hosting an exclusive playback of their new album Frantic at the Harbour Arts Centre on Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm.

    This promises to be a very unique, one-off event and given that GUN are normally to be found on some of the biggest stages on the planet (they’ve supported the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard) it’s one that the band is especially looking forward to.

    Ahead of the release of their 7th studio LP and upcoming UK tour including dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Gun have chosen to promote their album for Freckfest in the intimate surroundings of the best wee venue in Ayrshire.

    Ahead of its release on March 23rd, fans will have an opportunity to hear tracks from Frantic, played loud and accompanied by film footage.  Following the playback, those lucky enough to be there will get to hear some acoustic tracks played live by the band. And as if this wasn’t already enough, the band will also meet their fans at the end.

    This is the sort of event that only happens in the trendy music hot spots of swinging London, the sort of thing you read about after the event and certainly never before it. It’s a money-can’t-buy opportunity and indeed, no tickets will be made available for this.

    For your chance to be included on the guest-list for this exciting event, please email to express your interest.  Places are extremely limited and only 2 places can be allocated per person.

    The team at the Harbour Arts Centre will respond if you are successful with a unique reference code.  Emails received before 9am on Friday 27th February will not be considered.

    On your marks, get set and go! Go! Go!

    Well, well, well… One of
  • MacFloyd

    13th March Magnum Theatre



    MacFloyd are an eight-piece Pink Floyd tribute band who perform at venues across Scotland.

    2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece “Wish you were here”. Mac Floyd are preparing a tour that will celebrate this and will be visiting Irvine as part of this tour.

    The set that contains this iconic album performed in its entirety.

    The show will also feature classic Floyd tracks from the Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals and many more albums, including the recent 2014 release “The Endless River” – Keep in touch for tour dates via this website or our social media

    Magnum Theatre
    13 Mar 2015
    Fri 19:30

        MacFloyd are an eight-piece
  • Them Beatles

    3rd April Magnum Theatre



    Them Beatles


    If it’s authentic tribute acts you’re after, look no further than Them Beatles. Squint from afar through your Lennon granny glasses and you can almost imagine they’re the real deal. Close your eyes, however, and it gets even better. One Rickenbacker clang in and you’ll find yourself back in The Cavern Club, shaking your bowl cut and tapping your Beatle boots in time to the floorshaking Merseybeat backbeat.



    Them Beatles have the suits, the instruments and the stage patter down to a tee. Beatle bores like me will spot all sorts of references to actual Beatles shows of the 60s. ‘Ringo’ does those wee hair shakes of his after the drum rolls, ‘George’ sings out of the side of his mouth just like the real one, ‘John’ has that whole nasal Mersey twang going on and even holds his guitar in that slightly-too-high way of his, and ‘Paul’ is as close to the real McCartney as possible – he’s clearly studied the footage and practised those head bobs in the mirror. Even the way he plucks his bass (left-handed as well) is uncanny.  


    Them Beatles take you on a musical journey, from the Beatles’ original beginnings in Hamburg right up to the messy end on the rooftop of the Apple headquarters in London’s Saville Row. A show packed full of The Beatles greatest hits, accompanied by numerous era-defining costume changes (and facial hair add-ons!) makes Them Beatles the perfect night out. Yeah, yeah, yeah!


    Them Beatles play the Magnum Theatre on Friday 3rd April at 7.30pm. Goo goo g’joob.


        Them Beatles   If it’s authentic
  • JJ Gilmour

    HAC 10th April


    JJ 'Jinky' Gilmour makes a welcome return to the HAC - a venue that is fast-becoming his spiritual home. A genius singer/songwriter with the fast-paced wit of a stand-up comedian, Jinky is sure to sell out.

    Buy your tickets here.

    Then pop on over to Plain Or Pan and read all about Jinky's favourite records.



      JJ 'Jinky' Gilmour makes

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    Freckfest is run by a group of dedicated music enthusiasts who aim to bring back a thriving music scene to
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    Freckfest tickets can be purchased at the Harbour Arts Centre box office in Irvine or through the Ticketweb website.

Bringing Music Back To Irvine And Beyond

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 night of feel-good music in the Magnum Theatre with the top tribute bands around or a raucous night of ska in Troon Concert Hall, we aim to put on something for everyone. You really should get along to one of our gigs...

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