• Magnum 2nd October

    Hotel California

    Following the success of their show in November last year, the UK's top Eagles tribute act return to the Magnum Theatre with their acclaimed 2 hour show comprising all the Eagles' big tracks and a selection of solo Eagles' material.

    Not a show to be missed.

    Following the success of ...
  • HAC 9th October

    Losing Ground/Proud Honey/ The Unwanted

    Local band night! Three hot local bands under one roof, all for a fiver.

    Losing Ground are a raggle taggle ramalama, a punky, folkish tour de force. Joe Strummer after 10 pints of cider.

    Proud Honey bring to mind the best bits of anthemic indie rock - think Editors, Manics, fist-clenching, air-punching slabs of concrete rock.

    The Unwanted are 4 local lads who fair pack a punch.

    Local band night! Three ...
  • Grand Hall, Kilmarnock 15th October

    Johnny Marr

    Johnny Marr

    plus support

    Grand Hall, Kilmarnock

    Thursday 15th October

    Doors 7.30pm

    Freckfest are delighted to announce that Johnny Marr will be playing in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Thursday 15th October.

    Johnny Marr is the anti-rock guitar hero. His instantly recognisable riffs were responsible for creating the sound of The Smiths, one of British music's truly great original bands.

    Following their demise, Johnny formed Electronic with New Order's Bernard Sumner and found himself the most-wanted guitar player for hire, adding his unique mark to recordings by Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry and Billy Bragg among many others.

    After completing stints as a full time member of both The Cribs and Modest Mouse, he set out on a successful solo career.

    With 2 critically-acclaimed albums in as many years and a burgeoning reputation for celebratory live performances liberally peppered with Smiths' material, his stock has never been higher.

    Johnny Marr's autumn tour brings him to Kilmarnock for what will be his only west of Scotland date.

    Tickets for Johnny Marr go on sale Tuesday 8th September - details to follow.

    Johnny Marr plus support Grand Hall, ...
  • HAC 6th November

    James Grant

    Since originally parting the ways with his band Love and Money in the early 1990s, singer, songwriter and guitarist James Grant has

    released five acclaimed solo albums, most recently 2010’s Strange Flowers, with his first best-of collection released in spring 2012.

    Drawing from a broad palette of pop, folk, soul, country and blues influences, and interweaving his solo compositions with Love and Money

    favourites, James twins darkly literate, melodically lush songcraft with his richly potent vocals and virtuoso guitar work, leavening his

    performances with dashes of wickedly acerbic humour.


    With Love and Money also back on the road and in the studio, Grant sounds like an artist now in his prime.


    'Get down to the HAC and see this wonderful artist in the most intimate of settings'



    A ballsier Gram Parsons but with whisky-tinged Scottish poetry for lyrics

    The Word


    One of Scotland’s most gifted songwriters...and what a marvellous singer he is, too,

    spanning darkly burnished baritone depths and searing soulful intensity


    Since originally parting the ...

Sean C Kennedy - You Don't Have To Feel Lonely

  • 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.

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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