Day-long music event gives back to Ayrshire artists and aims to put the region on the map

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A one-day musical event hopes to put Ayr on the map of the Scottish music scene – joining major cities across the country.

Gavin McMulkin is organizing the whole day at Venue38 on the city’s Carrick Street this Saturday to give back to musicians and artists who lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will showcase a wide range of talent from across the region from 2:00 p.m. until closing time at 2:30 a.m.

On the program, acoustic performances by Toastie, Adam Scott, Queen of Spades, Kevin McGinn and many others, as well as bands such as The Peas, Lost Dogs and Royal Bloom.



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Gavin, a former session and touring guitarist who played the Glasgow King Tuts and The O2, says the program will include “a bit of everything”.

He said, “It’s a music community, so you want to grab everyone and not just nestle the market right down to rock or indie.

“I don’t want this to be that ‘classic rock pub’ night you get anywhere, because the type of bands that perform maybe don’t get the chance sometimes.

“He’s here to raise funds for musicians who have missed the opportunity for the past 18 months.

“All the money that is taken at the door goes straight to action.”

Gavin says Venue38, formerly Madison’s nightclub which was taken over by Tracy McGregor and James Bunten last year, is a great space for artists.

“It doesn’t have the prestige of King Tuts but it’s a much better setup,” Gavin said.

“There’s nothing to say that we can’t have a good musical interest in Ayr; it’s a pretty big place, we have the college and the university there, there are enough people coming and going.

“There has never been a [music] scene when I was younger. I think having him here would be absolutely ideal and ideal for the area, especially with music lessons in college.

“It’s not just music, it’s also comedy, etc. For me, it’s about entertainment.

“If I had managed to find an actor, they would have been showing.

“There is a lot in the area and there is a lot to offer.

Tickets are £ 10 for the full day. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult and must be out before 10 p.m.

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