Freckfest has wrapped up all gig activity for 2014. There’s no time to rest though. We’ve been hard at work planning and preparing some exciting shows for next year.
Our first gig of 2015 isn’t until February (everyone’s skint in January, right?), but we’ve lined up an absolute cracker. On Friday 6th February, we are holding a ska night in Troon Concert Hall.
This is something that has been in the pipeline for a few months now. We have been keen to organise a concert where the audience can get off their seats and jump around a bit. The Harbour Arts Centre is a brilliant wee venue. When it’s packed full it is perhaps the best wee venue in the country, but it lends itself to a particular kind of gig. After looking around a number of local venues we settled on Troon Concert Hall. It’s a good sized venue, there’ll be a bar and there’s ample space for an energetic audience to get up and dance.
‘Seaside Ska’ will feature three terrific bands, a DJ playing original ska and bluebeat and will finish in time for everyone to catch the last train home. What could be better than that?
Big Fat Panda hail from the capital city and play a mixture of ska, rocksteady and reggae, a balance of self-penned songs and recognisable cover versions. An energy-packed live act, you won’t want to miss them.
Glasgow’s Amphetameanies barely need an introduction. A healthy alliance of scooter boys, punk girls and indie kids, they’ve been a fixture on the live scene for over a decade and have played all over the UK and Europe, often supporting well-known acts to appreciative crowds.
Esperanza are perhaps the best known of the acts, but for the saddest of reasons. The 9 piece from Glasgow were playing in the Clutha Bar last November when a police helicopter fell from the sky and through the roof of the pub, killing 10 people. Esperanza’s shows are famous for the audience’s non-stop dancing to the band’s ‘superskanking party noise’