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!

Community Events

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Strictly Dance Confirmed for Live@Troon

Strictly Dance will take place at Troon Concert Hall Sunday 6th September with the Dave Anderson Big Band featuring vocalist Eddie Toal.

Doors Open 2pm til 5pm

£10.00 Tickets Available Online | Gaiety Theatre or Saturday mornings at Old Troon Church Coffee Morning


Sean Kennedy to perform at Troon FC

We are delighted to announce that singer/songwriter Sean Kennedy will be performing at Troon FC as part of the Live@Troon festival weekend.

Sunday 6th September 2 pm - 5 pm

Tickets are £5 and available direct from the football club.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Whisky Tasting Event

The Jar is a malt whisky specialist based in Troon, which have an outstanding selection of amazing whiskies from some of the worlds greatest distilleries. 

They have decided to join the Live@Troon fringe events and host a whisky tasting night with a difference!

Whisky tasting will take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September at The Anchorage Hotel, Troon at 19.30pm.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tickets on their way!

If you've bought your tickets online through you should be receiving them in the post in the next couple of days.

The L@T Street Team worked hard over a couple of bottles of wine last night to get them labelled packed and mailed out!

If you haven't got your yet - and we keep hearing people telling us that they'll get round to it! - then you can buy them from the website, from the Gaiety Theatre and from Saturday the 25th of July you'll be able to buy them from Old Troon Church at their weekly coffee morning between 10am and noon.

This service is being manned by the Troon Ladies Circle and we are as ever grateful for their support and sponsorship of Live@Troon.

We are getting really excited about the line up for 2015 and with good news in the offing about changes of ownership and re openings in the offing we are looking forward to added momentum with the Fringe venues too.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Comedy @ The Clubs - the latest addition to Live@Troon line up

Featuring some of the UK’s most sought after stand up acts, are you ready for an evening of hysterical entertainment??

Friday 4th September

Comedy @ Marr Rugby Club 

Friday promises a night of laughs - and probably a few insults - at Marr Rugby Club with great acts including Craig Johnstone, Allan Lindsay and headliner Scott Gibson with compere Billy Kirkwood.
More Info

Saturday 5th September

Comedy @ Troon Football Club 
Prepare yourself for some slide splitting humour at Troon Juniors Football Club with great comedians including Des Mclean, Viv Gee, Liam Withnail, Bill Dewar with compere Billy Kirkwood.
More Info

Live@Troon are delighted to announce that tickets are on sale

Tickets are available to purchase from Live@Troon website or through our new ticketing partner the Gaiety box office. Also watch out for pop up ticket office in Troon ahead of the weekend festival.

Live@Troon 2015 promises some great musical and comedy talent throughout the weekend so don’t hesitate  - purchase your tickets

Friday 4th September
Sinnerboy / Backwater @ South Beach Hotel
Skerryvore / Donnie Munro Band / Amy Baillie @ Troon Concert Hall
Comedy @ the Clubs - Scott Gibson / Craig Johnstone / Allan Lindsay @ Marr Rugby Club

Saturday 5th September
JJ Gilmour / Ashton Lane / Nick & Chloe Murray @ South Beach Hotel
Gun / The Amorettes / Huxtable @ Troon Concert Hall
Comedy @ the Clubs - Des Mclean / Liam Withnail / Bill Dewar / Viv Gee @ Troon FC,

Saturday 6th September
The Chaplins / Alan Frew band / Kittlinclapperdin @ South Beach Hotel

*Limited seating tickets are available for each gig
*Tickets are normally mailed 4 weeks prior to event

Friday, May 29, 2015

Volunteers Meeting Monday 1st of June

There is a new Volunteers Meeting sceduled for Monday 1st of June at 7pm at The Anchorage Hotel, Troon. More than ever the event needs new blood, creative minds (young and old) and some good old fashioned community spirit!

Live@Troon survives on its volunteer task force and the 2015 events needs a wide range of volunteers. The L@T Street Team is looking for Troon and area locals to help in the lead up to the weekend of the 4th – 6th of September, during the weekend itself and in the longer term in helping develop the range of activities and charitable support.

We’re not looking to take over your life but if you have an interest in music and would like to get involved for a few hours here and there in helping us with this year’s Live@Troon Festival please join us at the The Anchorage Hotel on Monday 1st of June from 7pm.

Event Organisation

We are looking for individuals with experience of or an interest in helping improve all of our events for the visitor. These roles have a little more responsibility and involve more of your time in planning and pulling together all of the elements for the following programmed events

  • Core Events
  • Fringe Bands and Venues
  • Church and Classical Programme
  • Club Events
  • New event development

Street Team Vacancies

The Live@Troon street team are at the heart of the festival weekend helping get the message out on the ground and volunteering time to marshal and help control the events over the 4th to 6th of September.

We are looking for as many folks as possible to help give a few hours between now and September with the following:

  • Leaflet distribution at key events and to businesses throughout Ayrshire throughout the year
  • Assistance with mailshots and ticketing
  • Support for venues and events during the festival weekend of September 4th, 5th and 6th.

Marketing Team

We are looking for a mix of qualified and beginner to help build the marketing message. Anyone with experience of sponsorship and fundraising is more than welcome as are students who may be interested in finding a bit more about how online marketing of events comes together. We need to work on the following areas:
  • Securing business support and involvement from local businesses.
  • Helping with online marketing including writing copy for website, social media and press 
  • Managing online ticket sales
  • Helping with printed materials
Interested in finding out more?

Drop us an email to or download the information and Application Form

Thursday, May 21, 2015

More Live Music For Troon

It's good to see more live music coming on stream at so many different venues. We got information on some upcoming dates at The Harbour Bar and confirmation of the regular music slots at Lido and Scotts.

Add in the stuff that's happening at South beach Sessions and we are turning into a right little music town aren't we!

Here's a wee summary but keep an eye on the Live@Troon site and Facebook pages for updates.

Harbour Bar

  • Saturday 27th June - The George Lindsay Blues Band 
  • Saturday 28th July - The Skunnered 
  • Friday 28th Aug - The Last Resort


Every Thursday : 9.30pm-Late

“Lido Live”- Lido’s weekly open mic music night. With hosts Kim Wheeler and Marc Evans.

Offer: Pizza and pint of Tennents for £3.95.


Every Friday and Saturday : 9.30pm-Late

Scott's Sessions - Live music from Sean Kennedy, Scott Nicol and Marc Evans every Friday and Saturday. Dining and drinking music from our fantastic resident performers.

South Beach Sessions

  • Saturday 5th June - Colin Kennedy Band with support from Sean Kennedy. £5 ticket price with all monies going to Live@Troon
  • Sunday 27th September - Bernie Marsden & Support
  • Friday 23rd October - Bernie Torme & Rusty G's
  • Fri 13th November - Classic Clapton

Monday, May 18, 2015

Seaside Sons on STV

We were delighted that Seaside Sons were one of the bands on the Live@Troon Futures line up at Girvans a few weeks back.

I just caught their live performance over the weekend from back in February on STV Riverside Sessions and thought we should share the link in case you missed it.

They were great live in Troon and we look forward to welcoming them back later in the year again.

Check out the video of their TV performance.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Limited Edition Weekender Ticket Now on Sale

For a lucky few revellers we have a fantastic three night ticket now on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The ticket priced at a ridiculously cracking price of £40 is limited to only 25 people and cover the three events featuring Donnie Munro Band and Skerryvore on the Friday at Troon Concert Hall and Saturday and Sunday evenings at The South Beach Hotel in the company of Radio Scotland's Tom Morton hosting JJ Gilmour and The Chaplins plus support.

There will only be 25 tickets sold due to the size of the South Beach and half are sold already!

Buy yours here

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Live@Troon Futures at Girvans

The line up for the second of our monthly Live@Troon Futures has been confirmed today for Good Friday 3rd April at Girvans in Troon.

The Futures gigs gives local unsigned artistes the opportunity to play live and get paid for the privilege. The cost of the bands are covered by Live@Troon and the events are part of the commitment of the charity to Build a Sound Legacy and provide encourage live music in the town throughout the year.

The timings of the bands are as alwayts subject to change but each will play a 45 minute set.

  • 8.30pm - Seaside Sons (indie rock & roll)
  • 9.30pm - The Kleptocrats (blues rock)
  • 10.30pm - Meanbone (hard rock)

Seaside Sons:

Seaside Sons started with friends Jason Skimming & Craig McGinn getting together in 2012. It wasn't long before they started to build a following. In October of 2013, experienced guitarist Pav Cathcart and seasoned drummer Campbell Sproat both formerly of Nelson Gem, joined the band.
Little over a month later, Seaside Sons played the well renowned King Tuts in Glasgow, playing to a sell-out crowd. Since then the band have gone on from strength to strength, making plans for a U.K. tour and festival appearances in 2015.

The band released their debut album “Out of Time” on February 21st 2015 available to download on iTunes.

Description of themselves:  "Gritty Rock driven sounds that tear into your soul"

The Kleptocrats:

The Kleptocrats have been gigging for about 5 years, from playing local gigs in Ayr to headlining Glasgow ABC and last year brought themselves one step closer to becoming household names by having a fantastic time with memorable performances supporting established bands among them the highly acclaimed "Kill it Kid" at top class career launching venues such as King Tuts.

Description of themselves:  "Dark blues music with heavy face melting guitar parts"


Meanbone are a band with their roots planted firmly in the 90's alternative grunge rock scene but with an up to date twist. Starting with a raw and powerful set list and adding the natural energy of the band members makes the perfect recipe for a rocking night ... their motto is "All gigs louder and better than the last!" The band have made a lasting impact all over Ayrshire and Glasgow (notably at the Clutha Appeal) and anticipation is growing for upcoming events.

Description of themselves:  "Meanbone .... Louder, faster, harder!"

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hillhouse Continue Sponsorship of Live@Troon

Live@Troon is a charitable organisation and manned wholly by volunteers and it is therefore superb when local companies recognise what the organisation is trying to achieve by supporting with a donation.

Hillhouse Quarry are the first local company to come on board for 2015 with a renewal of their sponsorship. If you wish to support Live@Troon drop us a private message on here and we'll get back to you.

Find out More

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ashton Lane confirmed for Live@Troon Weekend

Saturday 5th of September at South Beach Hotel

Live@Troon are delighted to add Glasgow band Ashton lane to the growing list of acts confirmed for the 2015 weekend of music in the Ayrshire town. Ashton Lane have been added to the roster for Tom Morton's Homecoming Sessions on Saturday 5th at the South Beach Hotel in Troon alongside JJ Gilmour and others.

Armed with an album full of catchy radio hits and uplifting soulful melodies. They have had well over of 4 million views on youtube of their 'Kitchen Sessions' a band used to touring the UK and Europe, Ashton Lane are Scotland's answer to Lady Antebellum…

Past performances include Celtic Connections, V Festival, T in the Park, 12th and Porter (Nashville),
plus many small- mid size festivals, music clubs and regular gigs

The Sunday Express (five stars) ***** It’s  clear from the title track that you are listening to something special…This should launch a new Scottish star into the charts. ’’

The Herald (four stars) **** ''Esther has one of the best voices heard in some time, and a set of fine songs to show it off.''

The List (four stars) **** She flits effortlessly between, husky poppiness to soulful stripped down and spine tingling. ’’

Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2) ''Fresh, self-assured and original - Esther's music just makes you happy to be alive. What a great talent.''

(Tom Morton, BBC Radio Scotland) “Neil Young Meets Beyonce Round at Joni Mitchell's house”

Read More about Ashton Lane Here

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Main Events Line Up Ready to Roll

The main events line up for Live@Troon 2015 will be unveiled on Friday evening at The Harbour bar in Troon before the live bands go on stage for the first Futures Gig.

The main stage and session music venue acts are all now and place and tickets will be made available to mailing list members over the weekend with some great but very limited joint ticket offers for paired gigs.

The main line up will be unveiled on the new website which will go live on Friday evening.

Live@Troon Futures Launched

One of the aims of Live@Troon is to bring more Live Music into Troon throughout the year and the first sign of this kicks off on Friday 6th of March with the first ever Live@Troon Futures gig.

The Harbour Bar in Troon will play host to the first of a series of monthly gigs on the First Friday of every month in venues and pubs that support the Live@Troon weekend.

It's a free gig and early entry is recommended. Two acts confirmed are The Ranzas and Orthodox both playing acoustic sets; replacement third band to be confirmed. Support Live Music in Troon and come along to the Harbour Bar this Friday 6th March.


Orthodox are a 4 piece, Alternative Rock band from Ayr situated on the South West Coast of Scotland. With influences from Biffy Clyro, The View, The Libertines, The Courteeners and The Stone Roses the band enjoy writing their own songs. The band came together in the summer of 2010 when 3 school mates began messing around with guitars, drums and vocals. The messing around soon disappeared and the band came under the name Vortex for a full year until the name was changed to Orthodox in 2011.

The Ranzas

The Ranzas are an Ayrshire based indi rock band formerly known as The Shires and play a broad range of music with the singer "having a Paulo Nutini tone and accent."

Band Members: Lyle Kennedy - Vocals Connor Adam - Guitar James Mulholland - Guitar Calum Aitken - Drums

They Wur Here - Have Mercy Las Vegas

Great to see some of the acts that performed at Live@Troon in tiny little venues getting great coverage and moving up in the world. In this week's They Wur Here is Have Mercy Las Vegas who have graced several Live@Troon stages over the past few years.

I remember them all crammed into a corner of The Harbour Bar a couple of years back and they had the place rocking.

Great wee video from the main stage at Troon Concert Hall 2014 when they supported The Red Hot Chilli Pipers