Aug 31 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
THIS weekend sees the third annual Live@Troon Festival coming to town.
From Thursday until Sunday, we will see a wealth of events taking place all over Troon and I can’t wait!
It has to my mind been at the forefront of the most engaging, diverse and progressive arts and music festivals within Ayrshire.
With live music, comedy and even film nights it’s looking great and has something for everyone.
It’s a community-run event drawing on members of the local community working together to create something very positive, welcoming and of a very high quality for those who attend the events and experience it.
It really is superb and I can’t recommend it more highly for it’s inclusive nature and it’s diverse line up.
There are a huge amount of listings for the festival at www.liveattroon.com.
Please have a look, there are so many events on but here are a few of them:
Thursday 30th August – South Beach Hotel – Martin Stephenson, Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward, John Duffy and The Slim Panatellas plus special guests Alan Frew and Mark Rafferty.
Friday 31st: 7pm – Troon Concert Hall – The Bluebells, Brown Bear and The Bandits, Fatherson, The Stagger Rats
The Harbour Bar 9pm – Xavier Aubad, Mark Hogg, Mikey Gilchrist, Alex Duncan, Los Perros, Kate Cassidy Band and More.
Tower Hotel 9pm- Troon’s punk poet Alan Petrie, Jimmy Wolfe ft Stuart Farquharson and more.
Fullartons 9pm – Gareth Icke, Jono, Andy Bargh.
Saturday 1st September – Troon Concert Hall – The View, The Imagineers, Melisa Kelly
Su Casa Beach Tent; noon till 7pm – Rose Parade, Craig Ward, Colin Hunter+Calum Muir, Kate Cassidy, Pauline Alexander, Anna Sweeney, Sonic Templars, The Holy Ghosts, Esperi and more.
Sunday 2nd September –
Su Casa Beach Tent; noon till 7pm – Paul McGranaghan, The Merrylees, Dorec-a-belle, Jiezuberband, Megan Blythe, Seed, Ukreign and more.
The Walker Hall 7pm – The La Fontaines, Tommy Reilly, Mechanical Smile, Proud Honey, Delgetti, Little Fire.
Stephen Vallance, chairman of the Live@Troon festival, said: “It takes a lot of hard work from a lot of people to make something like Live@Troon come about.
“Yet again, the Live committee have been fab! This year in almost every conceivable way, the event is bigger and better than ever.
“It’s now up to the good people of Ayrshire and Scotland to vote with their feet.
“I hope they come along in their droves and enjoy the Concerts, Su Casa Beach tent, street entertainers, workshops, comedy and fringe.
“It is only by their attendance can the event truly be judged and two of the gigs have already been sold out.”
A quick word on KA Radio station, which is run by Cheryl Scott.
Since its inception in October 2011, KA Radio has sought to restore community pride through the promotion of local musicians and artists in Ayrshire and throughout Scotland.
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, KA Radio devotes half its programming to up and coming acts, mining Scotland’s ample talent pool for the stars of tomorrow.
KA Radio’s recent nomination for a Scottish New Music Award secures its reputation as a legitimate and expanding enterprise.
Such an acknowledgement provides validation for the tremendous effort put in by the station’s staff and supporters.
They have also been nominated in the Radio Station of The Year category in their first year of operation.
To sum up, I’m really looking forward to the next few days ahead.
It’s going to be great to gig with Hurray for the Riff Raff at Pivo Pivo with Matt Scott and The Dirt on Thursday 30th.
Then with such a cracking weekend at Live@Troon ahead it’s going to be such a brilliant experience! Hope to see you all in Troon!