Countdown on to Tee in the Port

The Racketeers will headline Tee in the Port at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on June 25.
The Racketeers will headline Tee in the Port at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on June 25.

THE countdown is on, and there’s not much more than a week to go until one of the major highlights of Bute’s musical year – Tee In The Port.

The inaugural event, on the slopes of Port Bannatyne Golf Club, was such a success last year that the organisers – the golf club themselves – had no hesitation in setting the wheels in motion for a repeat in 2011.

And the programme for this year’s event, taking place on Saturday, June 25, will pack in even more quality music than in 2010, in a specially-extended programme which will begin at 1pm and run all the way through to 10pm.

This year’s festival will be headlined by The Racketeers, a Glasgow-based covers band who play a mix of music spanning five decades, from the Rolling Stones to The Killers and Stereophonics via The Beatles, Joy Division, The Clash, David Bowie, Primal Scream and many more.

The 2011 Tee in the Port bill also includes...

Martin Stephenson, who has played several intimate gigs on Bute in recent years, always to great acclaim, and who still tours regularly with the Daintees, the band he formed in 1980;

Stan, who emerged from the live music scene in the north-east of England and have supported Brian May, of Queen fame, at Newcastle City Hall as well as playing many gigs in London and throughout the UK, releasing four critically-acclaimed albums along the way;

Rise, the well-known Bute band comprising Gerry Geoghegan, Elaine McCombe and Debbie Dawson, whose ecletic, original, inventive, very musical and highly evocative sound always attracts big crowds to their local performances, and has attracted fans from far beyond Bute;

Dark Stanley, back by popular demand after a superb set at last year’s Tee in the Port, and with a better time slot as a reward for the reception they received in 2010.

The bill is completed this year by Fluff and the Voodoo Wah and by the winners of Saturday’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition at Rothesay Academy.

The complete running order for the day is as follows.

Battle of the Bands winners 1-1.20pm, Fluff and the Voodoo Wah 1.45-2.30pm, Rise 2.55-3.55pm, Martin Stephenson 4.20-5.20pm, Dark Stanley 5.55-6.40pm, Stan 7.05-8.05pm, The Racketeers 8.30-9.45pm.

If you’re planning to go to Tee in the Port, please remember there is no car parking at the event itself. Taxis will be allowed to drop off and pick up, and a shuttle bus will run between the quay in the centre of the village and the golf club from noon until 7pm.

Tickets, priced £10 (concessions available for accompanied children under 14) are available in advance from the post offices in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne, from Isle of Bute Jewellery, Rothesay Music, wegottickets.com and from members of the golf club committee.

No tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event; any remaining unsold tickets will be available at Port Bannatyne post office on the day.

Please remember also that no glass or cans will be permitted at the venue – and that since this is an outdoor event on a golf course, suitable footwear should be worn.

More info at www.portbannatynegolf.co.uk.