Monday, August 8, 2016

Troon Charity Supporting Playlist For LIfe

An  Ayrshire music festival is helping a pioneering project which aims to help sufferers from dementia to counter some of its worst effects,

Live@Troon has already paid for care homes in the town to train their staff to provide Playlists for Life for residents.

The playlists contain each resident's favourite music, tunes which hold particular significance and bring back important memories.

The Playlists for Life project was launched by TVs presenter and journalist Sally Magnusson in 2013, after she had been impressed by the effect of personally meaningful music on her late mother’s dementia.

Her experiences with her mother encouraged her to write the memoir Where Memories Go: Why dementia changes everything.

Since then hundreds of families have seen for themselves how significant songs and pieces of music can help them stay connected to their loved ones, who are often able to protect some of their most cherished memories from the ravages of dementia.

Live@Troon have already raised money for Playlist for Life training courses, which they offered to care homes in the town. All four accepted the offer.

This year the festival, which runs from Thursday, September 8 until Sunday, September 11, is holding a special Playlist for Life tea dance on its final day.

Live@Troon chairman Alan Clayton said: "It seemed only right that a festival which celebrates the sheer joy of music should support a project which harnesses that joy to help people protect part of their identity from the terrible effects of that most devastating of conditions, dementia.

"Anyone who has seen for themselves how a specially selected playlist of music can improve the quality of life for families of dementia sufferers cannot fail to have been convinced of the benefits of this project."

Live@Troon's lineup this year is an eclectic one, encompassing the huge hits of tribute band Abbamania, the cutting edge hip-hop of Scotland's own Hektor Bizerk and the best Hollywood movie themes performed by the Glasgow Studio Orchestra.

For full line-up and ticket details go to or buy your tickets for the Tea Dance here

Friday, July 1, 2016

Hector Bizerk to play penultimate show in Troon

Live@Troon headliners Hector Bizerk have posted in social media this week that they are going to split up. The Hip Hop band will be performing their second last gig at Troon Concert Hall on Saturday 10th of September.

Live@Troon chair, Alan Clayton, said,

"It's a real shame that the band are splitting up as their stage persona is something else but with this being their penultimate gig we know that Troon Concert Hall is going to be jammed full on the night. We're sure Ayrshire will turn out in their droves to send them off well."

The band posted: “Over the past six months I have tried my damnedest to make it work, but personal issues have defeated us and it is time to move on.”

The post which was written by band frontman Louie said

“I have dedicated everything to this band. I wanted to create something that could change perspectives. I feel like we have achieved that together. Eternal gratitude to Jennifer, Fraser, David, Paul, Tom, Pearl, Ibrahim and Audrey. You are incredible artists and beautiful people. It was a pleasure to share all of this with you.

Special thanks to Adrian and Cara for all your endeavour and guidance, and to our spiritual home Paul’s Halls Studios. It’s nothing but hip-hop.”

Declaring that the band are set to announce one final Glasgow headline show in the near future, Hector Bizerk will play their penultimate gig as headliners for the Saturday night at Live@Troon 2016 on September 10th.

There is absolutely no doubt that this show is going to pull a big audience now and with the full line up including Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five, Crash Club and Soldier On, it may be best not waiting to get your ticket on the night as you may find SOLD OUT on the doors!

Buy your tickets online now for only £15.00 each

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Sneaks at Harbour Bar

Great gig ahead for the weekend at The Harbour Bar with The Sneaks returning to Troon

The Sneaks are a live and recording band based in Glasgow. They are out there play carefully chosen rock and blues covers from the ’60s to present blended with original material at venues across the country and they will be guaranteed to blow you away on Saturday from around 9pm at The Harbour Bar.

The pub at the top of Troon's Templehill are offering live music every weekend til the end of October and beyond. Find out more on their Live@Troon page.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Harbour Bar Publish Autumn Line Up

Live@Troon has the strapline Building a Sound Legacy for a reason - it exists to promote the benefits of live music to the community and business alike.

It's great to see that the charity has perhaps given some businesses the confidence to book more live music than they otherwise have done and our hats go off to The Harbour Bar for taking it on full tilt.

They are committed to developing a year round live music programme and as we approach the L@T weekend a bog shout out to Jonny and his team for the following dates.
  • Sat 19th Sept - The Sneaks 
  • Sat 26th Sept - Crowfest Acoustic Session 
  • Sat 3rd Oct - TBC 
  • Sat 10th Oct - Sonny Daze & The Restless Knights 
  • Sat 17th Oct - Downtown Loft 
  • Sat 24th Oct - TBC 
  • Sat 31st Oct - The Skunnered

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tom Morton Homecoming

We are delighted to have it confirmed that for Saturday's South Beach Sessions, Mr Tom Morton will be in the building...

He sent us this wee note.

Back to where I had my first pint!

Tom Morton returns to the South Beach Hotel after 43 years

One minute you’re looking forward to talking nonsense and playing some tunes on the radio, the next there’s a helicopter hovering overhead and not one, but two earthbound ambulances on their way to your house.

Heart attack. Mild, or as I prefer to call it, The Incident. Runs in the family, so hardly unexpected. So it’s hospitals, more ambulances (road and air), another hospital, something called a stent, and a lifetime cocktail of drugs and moderate cheese consumption. Plus red wine in small quantities.

Broadcasting, though, is out, and so is public speechifying, performance, gigs and other things calculated to send adrenalin thumping around my bedraggled and somewhat narrowed arteries. At least until early September.

After all, the Live At Troon South Beach Hotel gig on Saturday night is one I personally chose the lineup for. It’s been billed ‘Tom Morton’s Homecoming Not Having Another Heartattack Session’ or somesuch. And it would be a shame to miss out. Especially as the South Beach features heavily in my memory banks as the first place I ever had a pint. Of, err...shandy. After the Marr College Drama Club performance of something called A Filthy Story, if I’m not mistaken.

Who’s playing? JJ Gilmour, former Silencer, is an excellent raconteur and songwriter who’s appeared several times on my radio programmes over the years. He’ll be accompanied by my old pal and sometime bandmate Graeme Duffin, he of Wet Wet Wet fame. Ashton Lane features his daughter Esther as well as Graeme himself. And Nicky Murray is one of the young up and coming stars of Scottish acoustic music, with a world-weary voice that belies his years.

I’m looking forward to it - my first public appearance since The Incident. And the organisers have promised to have an ambulance standing by outside. Just in case.

There are a few tickets remaining for the gig online - book here

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Seaside Sons join the line up

The latest addition confirmed this morning for Live@Troon is the Ayr band Seaside Sons.

The guys who have been making waves ('scuse the overused pun!) all over Scotland this year will be playing an acoustic set as part of the Opening Parade on the Friday evening from 6.30pm and then will be dashing a couple of hundred yards to the South Beach Sessions where they will open for the Sinnerboy and Backwater tribute night.

(Tickets Here)

The guys will be doing a couple of acoustic sets and perhaps we'll even see them in one of the pubs later that night too.

To get the list of what's and where visit the site and find our more about Seaside Sons here

Great to have them on board!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jo Jingles FREE event @ Marine Hotel Troon

Live @ Troon are delighted to announce that a Jo Jingles workshop will be held on Saturday 5th September at the Marine Hotel Troon between 10am - 12pm.

Jo Jingles provides the fun and educational music, singing and movement experience for babies and young children. With the help of our Jo Jingles doll, trained and experienced presenters run the UK's most popular music and movement classes.

Workshop is FREE to attend so why not join us for a morning of fun for all the family!

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