• 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
  • Grahame Skinner

    HAC 8th May

    The year is 1983 and teenage vocalist Grahame Skinner came to prominence when he joined the Jazzateers, who had just left Postcard Records to sign to Rough Trade. A debut single was recorded (Show Me the Door) which received the thumbs up by the NME, this was swiftly followed by the eponymously titled ‘Jazzateers’, which also received considerable critical acclaim. Contrary to the last, the Jazzateers abruptly stopped proceedings and reconfigured as Bourgie Bourgie (with Paul Quinn on vocals).

    Skinner then joined Hipsway, and they duly signed a major record deal with Mercury. This proved to be an intoxicating experience, one that would see their debut album become a big international hit, selling over 500,000 copies. The album contained the US / UK hit single,  ‘Honeythief’ and the group toured internationally in support of the album.

    Upon the demise of Hipsway, Skinner licked his wounds vowing to return to working with an independent to recapture the artistic freedom he enjoyed with the Jazzateers on Rough Trade. He signed to Hamburg based independent label Marina Records and made a couple of low-key downbeat albums ‘Life as a Dog’ (1995) and ‘Love is Dead’ (1996), under the moniker Cowboy Mouth.  Despite these albums receiving favourable reviews, Skinner ‘retired’ from the music industry shortly afterwards.   

    However, he was asked if he’d be interested in appearing as special guest of the Phantom Band at a small music festival in Ayrshire, and duly assembled a group of former Postcard period musicians and appeared at the Darvel Music Festival in May 2011. Enjoying the experience, Skinner started writing and recording operating under the project name THE SKINNER GROUP. An album has now been recorded (Back On The Horse) available digitally on iTunes Amazon etc…and in CD form from

    The year is 1983
  • Howard Jones

    Magnum Theatre 4th June

    It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’ where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts. Along with, ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.


    Howard’s Synthesiser driven debut influenced a new generation of electronic and dance musicians. Widely regarded as a pioneer of synths such as the Roland Juno 60, Jupiter 8 and Moog Prodigy he has worked with contemporary electronic artists such as Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and most recently Cedric Gervais. Howard enjoyed 14 weeks in the billboard dance chart top 40 in 2013 with his collaboration with Cedric on a new version of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’.


    Howard continues to operate at the forefront of music technology in both his live shows and productions. Howard Jones has earned a reputation within the music industry for pioneering the ‘independent artist DIY’ approach, developing the essential connection between artist and fans. Howard was the first artist to make a recording of that nights gig available on CD to purchase. The CD would even feature digital artwork of photos taken during the gig.


    Howard continues to tour across the world every year performing to many hundreds of thousands of music fans. 2015 will see Howard perform his new multi media show ‘Engage’ at The indigo at the 02 in London and The Saban Theatre in LA. The show incorporates specially commissioned  visuals, projected both in front and behind the band and invites the audience to participate through smart phone apps, customised clothing, and  fluorescent makeup. Howard follows the ENGAGE shows with a US tour and then festival appearances in the UK Summer 2015 but has made time for two very special ‘Audience with’ shows in Scotland at Airdrie Town Hall (nr Glasgow) and The Magnum Theatre in Irvine.

    It was in 1983

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Supporting JJ Gilmour HAC 10th April

  • 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.

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