Live@Troon 2018 // Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
Patchchord News correspondents Kevin McGinn and Kerrin Carr attended Ayrshire’s Live@Troon 2018 Saturday and Sunday events at Troon’s Concert Hall.
8th & 9th September 2018
Kevin: Saturday brought a star-studded evening of live music to the picturesque town of Troon, with two stages packed with an eclectic line-up of talented musicians from near and far…
First up on The Futures Stage was punk-indie four-piece “Refuge Island” who instantly brought energy and enthusiasm with a foray of songs that didn’t drop below a tempo 120bpm. Strong vocals, pounding drums and outstanding guitars seen them own the stage with a confidence and a belief in what they are doing.
Next up was Ayr’s “Seaside Sons”, opening up with crowd pleaser “Weekend Rockstar”; the indie four-piece went down a storm with their catchy choruses, strong vocal harmonies and big guitars. Covers from The Jam and The Beatles went down well with the large crowd watching and there was even some audience participation during “Let Me Be”. These boys are always a live favourite wherever they play.
Onto the Main Stage and the unique “Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5″; no other band offers the type of show in which these guys put on. The band, as always, had the crowd in the palm of their hand and no doubt the Yellow Movement will have more road safety conscious members after this evening’s show. If you haven’t been to one of their shows I urge you to get along and see them play.
On the main stage were Liverpudlian rockers “Space” and the packed Concert Hall were taken for a trip down memory lane. Not being content with owning the stage, singer Tommy Scott decided to scale the speakers to join the watching fans on the balcony- making this performance memorable for all in attendance. It was clear to see that the band love what they do and being able to go to a back catalogue of hits such as the” Female of the Species” and “The Ballad of Tom Jones” make Space a must-see for any gig goer.
Next, I was back at The Futures Stage for the tremendous “Apache Darling” who produced a set full of uplifting songs with catchy choruses and superb musicianship. With songs like “Bubblegum” and “Don’t” they are destined to be playing to larger audiences in the not too distant future.
For me, the final band of the evening were Eastbourne four-piece “Toploader” and they didn’t disappoint. By this point the large crowd were ready for a sing-a-long, and with songs like “Just Hold On” and “Dancing in the Moonlight” they got their wish! A cameo from “The Xcerts” bass player Jordan Smith added a strong backbone and outstanding vocal harmonies to the show. Singer Joseph Washbourn and guitarist Dan Hipgrave were on top form throughout as they brought the evening to a close. It was clear the capacity crowd had taken part in a memorable evening of music.
All in all, Live@Troon was a well organised and thoroughly entertaining evening and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is looking forward to next year.
Kerrin: Live@Troon 2018 was a great weekend of live music….
On The Future Stage were Dark Webs. Dark Webs are a three-piece Ayrshire alt-rock band; they are Paul Mooney on Lead Guitar/Vocals, Robbie MacMillan on Bass/Vocals and Jason Campbell on Drums/Vocals and their heavy guitar sounds just keep getting better and better.
The Ronains, a 4-piece new wave rock band from Glasgow, and they played, as usual, a rockin’ set. The Ronains are Debi Ronain (lead vocals), Shaun Scott (guitar & vocals), Jim Reid (bass & vocals) and Linzi Ronain (drums & vocals). Debi is a fabulous lead vocalist; passionate and powerful. It’s not only her gorgeous red hair that’s on fire- she is too- what a woman! The Ronains look good (I love their style) and they sound brilliant too. Linzi Ronain, on drums, was also a sight to behold-she looked smokin’ hot! You can tell these guys are hard working- they play fast and tight!
I watched Deadman Fall on the Main Stage. Deadman Fall are an electro/indie four-piece from Glasgow. Frontman Des McCabe pounded out tracks “Bang Your Drum” and “Suwarrow” with energy. Dead Man Fall are playing alongside Bombskare & Mickey 9s at Alan McGee’s Musicians Against Homelessness gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on the 29th September. Check them out!
Republica took us right back to the 90s with hits such “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. Still as gorgeous, Saffron kicked out the party technopop beats with a punk atttitude- great set.
To top off a fantastic weekend of music Gary Mullen & The Works showed Live@Troon why they have the best Queen tribute in the world. Heading the Sunday night, Gary pranced around the stage like an actual gazelle; he was uncanny in his resemblance to the Queen hero. Sunday night’s crowd started off quite reserved but by the end of the show, after takes on hits such as “I Want to Break Free”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Under Pressure”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You” (the list could go on…and on…), they were roaring in delight!
For me, Live@Troon 2018 was a great wee music festival. My only fault, was that I was spoiled for choice. I’m not sure how well the second stage worked; I felt like I was pulled in two (or three if you take into account the pub fringe events) directions. Of course, that in itself is not a negative, after all variety is good. However, The Future Stage had some brilliant bands playing- Apache Darling for one- at the same time as headline acts on the main stage…leaving them with a ‘smaller than deserved’ crowd. Having said that, The Future Stage was a treat and I’m glad it was there to showcase some amazing live acts. I’m looking forward to the delights Colin and his team at Live@Troon have in store for us in 2019. Live@Troon is an asset to the Ayrshire music scene and long may it continue.