Live@Troon | 09.09.17 | Troon Concert Hall
Now in its eighth year and spread over three days, love for Ayrshire music festival Live@Troon is growing strong. Troon Concert Hall played host to bands Seaside Sons, Dogtooth, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 and tribute act, The UK Foofighters.
Class act Seaside Sons, Ayrshire’s finest indie rock’n’roll band, opened the festival event in style. With cool confidence Seaside Sons perfomed a blinder of a set; packed with original music, this band are tight. Roll on (Little Lady), Let Me Be, Weekend Rockstar and new single, Into My World were crowd pleasers. With the only cover, Reverend & The Makers’ Heavyweight Champion of the World, going down a treat; Seaside Sons are a brilliant live music act.
Next on were the incredibe three-piece band Dogtooth. This young but experienced band are beyond their years; channelling heroes of music past, Dogtooth’s style nods to MOD, rock n roll and punk genres. Singer and guitarist John Hewitson, bassist Craig Morrison and drummer/backing vocalist Robert Lang (almost definitely love children of Paul Weller, John Squire and Sid Vicious) belted out songs such as You Could Be Mine and, new single Rebel with glorious adolescent moodiness. Maybe next time, I might see a smile, but then again that wouldn’t be Dogtooth’s style.
Following on from the brilliant but intense Dogtooth, Have Mercy Las Vegas energetic and folksy violin plucking, tambourine tapping and guitar strumming helped lighten the mood and loosen up the crowd: with hips swinging and the dancing shoes tapping, this impressive and uplifting Scottish band’s lovely harmonies and powerful soulful vocals postively warmed up the crowd.
By the time Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 took to the stage the crowd were ready for a party and the Colonel did not disappoint. Writing this review, I’m still smiling: this band radiate electric vibes and pump out a happy atmosphere; tonight everyone in Troon Concert Hall was a member of The Dijon. Crowd dance offs, breakdancing, crossing the ‘road’ and hugging your neighbour are now a famous staple of a Colonel Mustard led party: a party to spread the love! Infact, I vote that every human should have a ‘Mustard Experience’; perhaps if Jong-un, Putin and Trump were part of the Yellow Movement the world would be a more mellow and joyful place.
With the crowd on a high, headliners- tribute act- The UK Foo Fighters ripped up the hall and nailed hits such as The Pretender, Times Like These and Breakout. Established in 2007, this act sound and feel like the real deal. Frontman, Jay Apperley has even experienced the ultimate tribute act fantasy by performing with the man himself- Dave Grohl. Take note organisers: if we have to go down the headliner tribute act route – I suggest Pirate Radiohead with special guest Tom Yorke for Live @ Troon 2018.
The 2017 Live@Troon Saturday main concert was an entertaining event; it was amazing to see Troon Concert Hall being used for its original purpose- to host live music. Live@Troon is a great wee Ayrshire Music Festival and with Troon playing host to various fringe events, it puts the town on the music event map. Definitely one for next year – roll on September 2018.