Three young business brains, seven high octane bands and one massive venue – it must be Live:Loud.
The ambitious music event, which takes place on Friday, July 22, at Grangemouth Town Hall, has been organised by the ridiculously young promotion gurus of Falkirk-based J.R.S. Productions.
Comprising former Braes High School pupils Jamie Lockhart (18), Ross Gardner (19) and Ryan Wells (18), J.R.S. have put their heart and soul into the forthcoming show – scouring their contacts book and the web to land a magnificent seven bands.
Jamie said: “We have organised a charity event and a talent show, but this is the first rock concert we have done.”
J.R.S. are a real A-Team when it comes to putting on a show – Jamie’s speciality is figures and he watches over the accounts, while Ross looks after the talent and technical wizard Ryan deals with the actual production of the event.
Ross said: “We felt there wasn’t a lot going on musically for young people aged 17 to 25 in the Falkirk area – that’s why we decided to do this gig locally.”
The lads hope to fill the 450-capacity venue and put on a damn fine – non alcoholic – show for young and old alike.
Jamie said: “We’ve been working on this for a while, meeting with each one of the bands. We’ve got a bit of an incentive thing going where the band that sells the most tickets will have the chance to headline the gig.”
The guys have even drafted in old pal Andrew Morrison, a.k.a. Mikey Ratings, to compere the evening, keeping things ticking over during band changeovers and introducing each new act in turn.
Here is a rundown of the bands who will play seven storming 30 minute sets at Live:Loud:
The Broken: James Mawdsley (vocals/bass), Kyle Martoin (guitar) and Kyle Grieve (drums/vocals) – formed two years ago, this trio of Nick Cave fans are veterans of Big in Falkirk.
Central Belt: Charlotte Fraser (vocals), Jade (vocals), Liam Girvan (guitar), Morgan Jordan (bass) and Megan Rae (drums) – formed in May by a group of pals, they are currently working on their first EP ‘Never Fade Away’.
Kung Fu Academy: Bobby Osborne (vocals/guitar), Laurence Murray (guitar), Duncan Robertson (bass/sythn/vocals) and Fraser Debanzie (drums) – post funk group from the nation’s capital have new EP ‘Dirty Honey’ and a singer from Falkirk.
No Need for Idols: Oliver Kitchen (vocals), Ben Macdonald (guitar/vocals), Conor Matheson (guitar/vocals) Callum Waddell (bass) and Adam Kerry (drums) -– classic rockers have played the ABC2 in Glasgow, but say it isn’t as “grand” as Grangemouth Town Hall.
Room 23: Chloe Poole (vocals), Daniel Murray (guitar), Ryan Erskine (guitar), Kirstie Stewart (bass) and Harry Simpson (drums) – named after the room they rehearse in, this Falkirk rock band have only been playing with this line up for a few months.
Sunset Stereo: Connor Devlin (vocals/guitar), Andrew Malcolm (guitar), Ross McDonald (bass/vocals) and Jamie McDonald (drums/vocals) – these catchy punk pop princes have played the O2 in Glasgow.
This Way Down: Shawn Johnston (vocals/guitar), Stuart Laing (guitar/vocals) Raymond McArthur (bass/vocals) and Ryan Neish (drums) -– poppy punks and Stirling Rock Fest veterans have been playing together for a year-and-a-half and usually make up their set list on the night.
Live:Loud plugs in and blasts off just after 7 p.m.
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