Monday, 21 July 2014
Stage is set for a bandstand bonanza!
Last summer, thousands of local residents and visitors to Ayr were able to enjoy much more than just sun, sea and sand as a series of hugely popular and impromptu live music ‘pop-up’ concerts kept people entertained on the shorefront.
The concerts were piloted by the Safe Ayr Shore Initiative and the public feedback was so positive it led to calls from some to revamp the old concrete bandstand on the seafront to make the concerts a more permanent attraction – and that’s exactly what has happened for this summer!
[Pictured with Councillors Rita Miller (centre), Bill Grant (right) and Allan Dorans (left) are artists Nicole Sharp, Tyler McCluskie, Alexandra Thomson, Lauren Smith, Chelsea MacPherson and Community Safety Officer Paul Scully.]
The project was supported by partners including South Ayrshire Arts Partnership, Community Safety Partnership, and Community Payback team.
A number of young people from the Council’s Skills Towards Employment Project (STEP) worked up designs, building on the superb mural artworks that had been undertaken at Rozelle House in Ayr
Once the surface had been prepared thanks to the hard work from the Community Payback Scheme, the young artists spent three days working with artist Merlin Currie to complete the mural.
[Pictured: Artists Nicole Sharp, Tyler McCluskie, Alexandra Thomson, Lauren Smith and Chelsea MacPherson.]
The results are stunning and commenting on the new look bandstand, Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership said: “What a transformation! The designs are fresh and the art amazing – the young people have done a brilliant job in turning the old bandstand into a bright, cheery and attractive focal point at the shore and I’m delighted with it – well done!”
Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure added: “The bandstand looks great and the superb design and artwork really bring it to life.
“The pop-up concerts were popular last year and it’s fantastic that we now have a permanent, vibrant venue for vocalists and musicians to really strut their stuff!
“Full marks to the young people from STEP – who can take centre stage and blow their own trumpet for this magical musical make-over!”
Like the pop-up concerts last year, the refreshed bandstand will also host concerts at short notice, offering a condensed festival experience and bringing more live musical entertainment to Ayr's shorefront.
A bank of registered performers are in place and, when the weather and numbers on the beach are right, a call is made to them – the first six to respond end up on the bill with a slot of 30 minutes and the full concert line-up can be up and running in as little as an hour!
Last year, performers included: Little Fire, Scott Nicol, Marsail Hood, The Busking Sharks, Alan Frew, Aileen Campbell, Nic Morgan, Gemma Kate, Experience and Kate Cassidy and with the ‘first come, first on stage’ concept, it’s proved extremely popular with the performers too!
For the latest news and an up to date note on who’s performing, follow the Council on Twitter @southayrshire or keep an eye out next time you're visiting the beach!
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