Andy Kershaw – Friday 15th August

Posted on Friday 1st August 2014 07:00 by FreckFest

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw – Friday 15th August

Tickets £10

A departure from the norm, this is not your usual live music show. We have secured the services of Andy Kershaw, one of the giants of modern-day music and cultural broadcasting, and he’s stopping off in Irvine for what will be the only Scottish show of his critically-acclaimed tour.

Movies rarely imitate real life. If you’ve seen Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, you’ll appreciate that. Through the course of his life, the film charts Forrest as he unwittingly teaches Elvis how to dance from the hips down, rubs shoulders with American Presidents, survives being shot in Vietnam and inspires John Lennon to write ‘Imagine’. Every decade is sound-tracked by some of the best music ever released and Forrest somehow manages to find himself in the right place at the right time, bearing witness to many milestones of the 20th century. 

Andy Kershaw is the Forrest Gump of broadcasting journalism. 

You may know him these days as the guy in the checked shirt who turns up now and again on BBC1’s The One Show. Perhaps best known for his thick Yorkshire brogue, Andy has graced Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. His sizeable mantelpiece groans under the weight of more Sony Radio Awards than any other broadcaster in the UK. 

Andy has an even heavier record collection. It weighs seven tons.

Andy was Billy Bragg’s tour manager and roadie. He famously helped Billy secure a John Peel session and subsequent record deal by suggesting they personally deliver a curry to the on-air Peel.

He has worked for both Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Andy secured Bob Dylan’s first UK TV interview by offering Bob a jar of jam.

Thrust wide-eyed in front of a TV camera, Andy presented Live Aid to an audience of a billion, at one point successfully interviewing internationally-acclaimed actor John Hurt without ever knowing who he was. 

In a lifetime of working in music Andy has done it all, but it’s the other stuff that’s happened to and around him that make Andy’s story all the more remarkable.

Andy has visited 97 of the world’s 194 countries.

Andy was the first white journalist to shake Nelson Mandela’s hand on his release from prison, even asking the great man to pose for a photograph whilst an irate official demanded to know how he’d gained access.

Andy fearlessly reported from the burning oil well-heads in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War.

Andy owes his life to a gang of boy soldiers who kept him on the right tracks (literally) when he was reporting from the genocide in Rwanda.

Amongst many other things, he’s been banned from entering Malawi, seen his own intestines and turned down £50,000 to appear on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

Andy Kershaw has written his autobiography. It’s a terrific read. In a unique event, Andy comes to the Harbour Arts Centre to read from it and talk about his life in music broadcasting and journalism. Andy will also be selling and signing copies of his book after the show. 

Andy will present a two hour stand-up audio-visual experience, sound-tracked, Forrest Gump-style, by some of the best music ever recorded. He’ll treat the audience to recollections from a life spent on the front lines of rock and roll, and on the front lines of some of the world’s most extreme and dangerous countries. You wouldn’t want to miss it.

Andy Kershaw performs at The HAC
Friday 15th August 2014
Tickets £10
Available from the HAC box office (no booking fee) or via


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