• HAC 4th August 2017

    Into The Ark

    We are delighted to be bringing The Voice UK finalists Into The Ark to the cozy confines of the HAC.

    Using this date as a warm-up ahead of their massive Glasgow show with friend and mentor Sir Tom Jones, Into The Ark will bring their own brand of close-knit harmonies and acoustic guitars to the most intimate of venues. Come and see for yourself why they're so highly regarded within the music industry....and catch them before they're selling out arenas the length and breadth of the country.

    This is as 'all-ages' show, although under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets available direct from the HAC or via here.

    We are delighted to ...
  • Grand Hall, Kilmarnock Friday 11th August 2017



    Grahame Skinner is no stranger to the Freckfest stage. A couple of years ago he made a rare appearance at the HAC, playing an acoustic show packed full of Hipsway and solo material.

    Fast forward a year or so and Hipsway have reformed. They played a celebratory, sold out show at Glasgow's ABC late last year and.following yet another sold-out show this coming summer at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand, have announced they'll play under the Freckfest banner in Kilmarnock's Grand Hall.

    Think of this as a warm-up for their outdoor show, or think of it as a second chance for all those unlucky enough to miss out on the hottest ticket in town. Either way, act fast. This is one show you can't afford to miss!

    Tickets available from here.

    Hipsway Grahame Skinner is no ...
  • HAC 8th September 2017

    Miles Hunt & Erika Nockalls

    Back in the late 80s/early 90s, The Attic was the best place on the planet. Above the King’s Arms, it was Irvine’s ‘anti disco’. Not for The Attic the thudding sounds of chart-orientated dance music. Instead, The Attic focused on indie music and sound-tracked many a weekend for a whole generation of live music-loving Irvinites. One of the most popular bands regularly played was The Wonderstuff, who themselves made a beeline for Irvine in August 1992 and played a memorable big show at The Magnum.


    It’s a great honour therefore to say we’re delighted to be bringing main ‘Stuffie Miles Hunt back to Irvine, a mere 25 years later.  Miles will appear at the HAC on September 8th accompanied by violinist Erica Nockalls. Essentially they’re touring in support of their upcoming third album, although Miles has promised to dust off some of his old classics for the gig.


    The plan,” explained Miles, “is for us to play the newer material in the earlier part of our set and work towards the better-known songs by the end of the evening. It would be churlish not to, right?


    So, if you fancy hearing what Miles has been up to in the years since his Wonderstuff glory days as well as some of your old Wonderstuff favourites in a unique and intimate venue, you’d better get your skates on and get a ticket quick. We’re expecting this one to sell out quickly, so Go! Go! Go! Tickets are here!

    Back in the late ...
  • HAC 7th October

    Yorkston, Drever and Withered Hand

    James Yorkston, Kris Drever and Withered Hand

    Now, this'll be a gig 'n a half! Three raconteurs with a splendid back catalogue of alternative folk/acoustic indie will play as a songwriters' circle, sharing the stage and playing on one another's songs throughout. It's a unique concept and follows on from James and Withered's show at the HAC in January 2016 when they performed a similar show with Pictish Trail. This time round, the aclaimed Kris Drever completes the trio. It's bound to be another cracker....and another sell-out.

    Act fast - tickets on sale now, via here.


    James Yorkston, Kris Drever ...

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  • 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.

Made in Irvine. For Ayrshire.

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 raucous night of ska in Troon Concert Hall or a big gig with a superstar name at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, we aim to put on something for everyone. You really should get along to one of our gigs...

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Freckfest is a registered Scottish charity: SC044712