The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Libertine launch set to enliven Ayr’s nightlife

THE launch this month of Libertine, a new bar and casual dining venue on Ayr’s River Street, is set to enliven Ayr’s nightlife with a string of established and emerging music artists booked to appear over the next few months alongside the start of a bi-weekly Songwriters Club on 19 November and a monthly Stand Up Poets night on 26 November.

With a distinctive bohemian and edgy vibe, Libertine’s upstairs performance room will offer a diverse range of performances, from acoustic music sets to stand-up comic slots and small theatre productions.

Libertine is the latest venture from lifestyle entrepreneur Gordon Richardson (pictured above), founder of coffee and music house chain Beanscene, the result of a pioneering alliance between his onebiggroove umbrella group and Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.

Richardson said, “Libertine is a bar and casual dining facility and is very much performance based through its extension of the ‘house gig’ concept. There’s no doubt that the musicians and other performance artists we’re bringing to the venue will deliver a refreshing new dynamic to Ayr’s nightlife.

“It’s not just about evenings though, Libertine is an all-day affair. Opening from 10am and offering an outstanding range of coffees, deli sandwiches and pastries, soft and ice blended drinks, Libertine also offers a tempting selection of hot and cold tapas, stone baked pizza, burgers, quesidillas, nachos, beers and wines throughout the day and into the evening.”

Artists already scheduled to perform at Libertine include two time Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter Jon Vezner (3 November), legendary folk singer/songwriter Dick Gaughan (5 November), Boo Hewerdine (18 November), formerly of The Bible and writer of the number one hit ‘Patience of Angels’, hotly tipped emerging Glaswegian Roddy Hart, who’s opened for the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Teddy Thompson and Ray Lamontagne (22 November) and acclaimed performer and former Daintees main man Martin Stephenson (3 December) – tickets for all shows are available now from Tickets Scotland on 0141 204 5151 or online at

Featuring original poetry, verse, rhyme and comedy from the country’s best exponents of the spoken word, ‘Stand Up Poets at Libertine’ takes place on the last Thursday of every month. Commencing 26 November renowned performance poet and resident MC Robin Cairns introduces, New Cumnock native, the hilarious Rab Wilson with fellow Ayrshire homey Sheila Templeton and the endearingly caustic Andy Fleming. There will also be three open mic slots promoting new and emerging talent each month.

‘Libertine Songwriters’, meanwhile, is a bi-weekly platform for new talent anchored each week by an emerging artist. Commencing December 10 host John Alexander will perform two sets and MC four open mic slots. A winning artist will be determined by audience vote and that artist will be invited to host the evening at a future date.

Libertine Songwriters will be recorded and will yield the release of periodic ‘Libertine Sessions’ compilations in both CD and digital formats. New artists interested in performing at Libertine Songwriters should submit demos to Ross McKenzie, Libertine, 7 River Street, Ayr, KA8 0AX.

Libertine is part of - a digital lifestyle, entertainment and media business model encompassing; music retail, recording and distribution, broad and narrowcasting, publishing, TV and film, artist management/promotion and lifestyle/retail products, goods and services.

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