Falkirk music firm expands into The Doghouse

DJ and promoter John MacLean is the man behind 20 Rocks.
DJ and promoter John MacLean is the man behind 20 Rocks.

A Falkirk music business is hitting the right notes as it prepares to re-open a renowned Scottish live venue.

The Doghouse, the Dundee club that gained fame for its association with indie pop stars The View before its closure last year, is the latest addition to the growing portfolio of 20 Rocks.

Owned by John MacLean, the business began in 2010 when it took over the former Argyll Bar in Falkirk’s Princes Street.

The 33-year-old from Hallglen began his career in music as a DJ when still in his teens, and later ran a DJ booking agency.

He opened a second bar and venue in Stirling in November last year when he took control of the former Sportsters in King Street.

And now a third 20 Rocks will open in the City of Discovery on Friday, March 29.

John said: “I’m currently in Dundee with my team hard at work on the venue - there’s a lot to be done to bring it up to 20 Rocks standards.

“I’m delighted that we’re expanding the brand and bringing a famous club - one that many music fans love - back to life.”

The latest 20 Rocks will be located in the city’s Ward Road, and John admits that it was a venue he and his team had kept an eye on for a while.

“The aim has always been to have a 20 Rocks in every major Scottish town and city. When we opened in Falkirk in 2010, we seemed to stumble on a market that had been waiting for something like this. It was a similar story in Stirling, where it was popular from the start.”

To mark the opening of the Dundee club, a ‘20 Rocks Road Trip’ festival will take place on the weekend of March 29. More than 100 bands and 20 DJs will perform at the three 20 Rocks venues.

The full line-up isn’t announced till later today (Thursday) but local favourites the Vigo Thieves have already been confirmed to headline in Stirling.

A number of well-artists have already performed at 20 Rocks in Princes Street since its opening, such as former Oasis guitarist Bonehead and Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, and John is confident he’ll be able to continue attracting top names, as well as supporting local up-and-coming talent, in the future.

However, he remains tight-lipped when it comes to the prospect of The View making a return to their spiritual Dundee home once it re-opens.

“All I’ll say is - watch this space,” he added.