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  • Soldier On

    HAC 3rd July - SOLD OUT!

    Where do we begin with Irvine's heaviest-hitting export since Rab Affleck?

    Suffice to say, Freckfest and Soldier On go back a long way.

    Soldier On inhabit a world where the 7″ is king. A world of Dansettes and desert boots. A world of black and white telly, half-day closing and an “‘Allo Mrs Jones, ‘ow’s your Bert’s lumbago?” over the garden wall. A world where the beat group reigns supreme, where R’n B means rhythm and blues, not Rihanna and Beyonce. Forward-thinking retro-revisionists, Soldier On are mod, mod, mod, and they mean it, maaaaan.

    Soldier On look like stars already. Every ace face about town knows that looking the part is more than half the battle. You could write the catchiest, riffiest songs since Beatles For Sale, but if you look like a posse of Pennyburn plumbers, you’ll not get very far. A brouhaha of well-cut trousers, feather cuts and paisley pattern, they channel the combined image of Jeff Beck, Rod the Mod and The Yardbirds and make it their own. Coming across like a proper gang, I wouldn’t be surprised if I learned that Soldier On lived in one big house with 5 front doors, like The Monkees or The Beatles in Help!

    Recently, they've been toughening up their sound. The tracks on new EP 'Between The Bricks' take the glam boogie of T-Rex and the swagger of a mid-70's Stones, add a dollop of Quadrophenia-era Who horns and weld on a series of backing vocals and choruses more melodic than those pesky Gallagher brothers in 1995.

    With local rockers Culann playing a sold-out gig next door in The Ship, there's the potential for all sorts of mods v rockers shenanigans doon the beach afterwards. Cccccccaaaalllll the Cccccccops!

    It's only a fiver to get in. I'm sure we'll see you there....

    Where do we begin
  • Twin Heart

    HAC 7th August

    Blistering alt.rock formed from the ashes of Mechanical Smile.

    Drummer Murray is one of the Ayrshire music scene's good guys. Get down and show him some love.

    For fans of guitars, loudness and guitars played loudly.

    This is a Freckfest Fiver event!

    Blistering alt.rock formed from
  • Sean C. Kennedy

    Magnum 14th August

    Hometown show for one of Scotland's brightest stars.

    Fresh from an appearance on STV Glasgow and with a debut album creeping ever-closer to completion, Irvine's Sean C. Kennedy brings his blend of country-tinged, melody-soaked songs to the Magnum Theatre.

    Not to be missed.

    Tickets (£10) available drect from the HAC or via ticketweb here.

    Hometown show for one
  • Atom Tree

    HAC 18th September

    New Date! New Date! New Date! Due to circumstances beyond our control (the band are recording with legendary producer Trevor Horn for one), this gig has been moved from Friday June 4th to Friday September 18th. Original tickets remain valid.

    Atom Tree are a terrific ambient electronica act, fresh, exciting and the sound of NOW! Hotly tipped and pencilled-in to play all this summer's major festivals, we've landed a bit of a coup by getting them for the HAC.

    They have the tunes, the looks and the potential to be massively popular - you should probably invest a fiver in the price of a ticket for this gig. We can gurantee you'll be telling your mates in years to come that you were there.


    Support on the night comes from Into the Ark



    New Date! New Date!

Soldier On - No Man's Land

From the band's new 'Between The Bricks' EP

  • 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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