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Ayrshire seaside town to host brand new summer music festival for up to 3,000 people

Irvine will come alive with music this summer with the launch of a brand new festival.

The Making Waves Festival will take place at the Harbor and City Beach Park on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, featuring top quality live music and outdoor activities on and off the water.

Up to 3,000 people can enjoy performances by popular bands throughout the weekend on an outdoor stage.

The main musical event will take place on Saturday afternoon at the beach park. On Sunday afternoon, family musical performances where tribute acts will dominate the stage.

The event is organized by the North Ayrshire Council in partnership with local groups and organisations.

The volunteer group Freckfest, which has performed more than 120 shows in the area over the past nine years, has been tasked with curating the lineup to be announced shortly.



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Away from the music, a highlight of the weekend will be a spectacular aerobatic show by the Red Arrows on Saturday afternoon.

There will also be free entry to the Scottish Maritime Museum, with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities, a family funfair and a ‘maker’s market’.

The Harbor Arts Center will offer a range of arts, crafts and theatrical activities while Courtyard Studios will host an Open Studio Weekend – a chance to tour the facility and see work produced by local artists.



Les Flèches Rouges will present a performance at the festival
Les Flèches Rouges will present a performance at the festival

Stalls and displays will be dotted along the harbour, providing additional activities, opportunities to join in the wildlife viewing and the chance to find out more about North Ayrshire’s many clubs and organisations.

There will also be initiation sessions to nautical activities such as paddle.

Announcements on the music lineup, event schedule and ticket sales will be made soon.

Keep an eye on www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/MakingWaves for more information.

The event – which received funding from Event Scotland and the Scottish Government – was originally scheduled for July 2020 as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, but was canceled due to Covid.

Karen Yeomans, Director of Growth and Investment for the council, said, “We are thrilled to finally bring the Making Waves Festival to Irvine Harbor and Beach Park. It offers residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a fantastic range of activities after a few extremely difficult years.

“Many residents will have fond memories of live music at the Port of Irvine from years past. The festival aims to bring music lovers back to Irvine and showcase the beauty and potential of the beach park which will hopefully inspire commercial event promoters to consider using the facilities in the future. .

“If you’re interested in a weekend of fun in a beautiful location, we encourage you to start planning now with your friends and family.”

Residents and visitors alike will be encouraged to enjoy the promenade along the Maritime Mile, with its range of bars, restaurants and cafes.

People can also explore the many trails and routes in the area with an emphasis on being outdoors, being healthy and enjoying the beautiful backdrop of Arran.

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