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  • Neon Waltz

    HAC 25th May

    Neon Waltz are just about the hottest band in the land right now. 

    Name checked by all those who matter, they've been tipped for massive success.

    Newly signed to Atlantic Records and just ahead of the summer festival season, they bring their blend of woozy psychedelia and CSNY-meet-Fleet Foxes vocals to the intimate surroundings of the HAC.

    Tickets available here. Only a fiver!


    Neon Waltz,

    Harbour Arts Centre


    Monday 25th May

    Neon Waltz are just
  • 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
  • Soldier On

    HAC 3rd July

    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

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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