Now in its fifth year, Tee in the Port is attracting lots of bands, all wanting to perform at the open-air music festival on June 21. In fact, the committee has had such a big response from musicians they’ve had to start a waiting list for future festivals!
This year’s line up has been extended from seven live bands to eight on the main stage, and boasts a fantastic variety of bands, with some of the bands familiar to TITP crowds, having played in previous years.
Opening this year’s festival at 1pm will be the winners of the Battle of the Bands competition which will be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on Monday, June 9.
The second band, hitting the stage at 1.40pm, is a very well known group from just over the water in Largs. ‘Crisis’ is what can only be described as a classic rock band playing music from the likes of AC/DC, CCWR, Black Crows, Jet, and Faces.
The third band taking to the stage are ‘The Shards’, a very talented covers band from Glasgow. The band is comprised of former members of tragically overlooked and critically acclaimed Glasgow-based bands ‘Parker’ and ‘Pure Red Iguanas’. The guys look to provide the audience with an unforgettable set of simply great music with their set, which starts at 2.50pm.
Fourth on the main stage is Frank Hewitt, lead singer with the ‘Raggle Taggle Gypsies’. Frank is using Tee In The Port to showcase his new solo album and will be performing a few songs from ‘Ordinary World’ on the stage at 3.50pm. Never to be tied to one particular musical genre, his recordings and live shows offer up a rich mix of different styles, covering everything from roots reggae to street-style folk with a Dylan-esque twist. His songs are well constructed, marrying strong melodies with passionate cutting edge lyrics, many of them politically challenging, in the tradition of the finest acoustic singer songwriters.
Fifth band taking to the stage at 4.30pm will be ‘Hypermusic’ who play cult rock and indie classics with an edge, an accuracy and a power which dwarves most bands. They have recently taken Glasgow by storm, and it’s no wonder with songs from the Foo Fighters, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Chili Peppers,, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead, Nirvana, Kings of Leon, G’n’R, Rage against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kasabian.
The next band to take to the stage appeared at last year’s festival and were instantly asked back for 2014, due to their fantastic set. ‘Wired’ - whose set starts at 5.50pm - have a fantastic stage presence with a wide musical diversity covering music styles from the 60s to current chart hits. They have a very good following and perform regularly in Glasgow.
‘Deep Joy’ are second last to take to the stage - at 7.10pm - and are a band with members from across Argyll, playing covers in a style which hasn’t really been experienced yet at TITP. ‘Deep Joy’ play soul and disco classics, and they are really looking forward to treating the crowd to a slightly different experience.
The final band to entertain the crowd is ‘The Racketeers’, bringing a breath of fresh air to the live music scene and playing a mix of music that spans five decades from The Rolling Stones to The Killers, and The Stereophonics. Their set, which starts at 8.30pm - is energetic and exciting, and strives to capture the feeling contained in the original recordings that are covered.
A first for Tee in the Port will be a second smaller stage which will be known as the Busking stage where five very talented young solo performers will entertain the crowd during the main stage changeovers. The line-up for the busking stage is still being arranged by Fee McKenzie of Feevents Presents who organises open mic sessions for under 18s in various venues.
Tickets are on sale from all three post offices on the island, and online by clicking here.
Ticket prices are £10.00 for 14 years and over, £5.00 for children aged 5-13, with under fives going free.
Family tickets are available £25.00 for two adults and up to three children (5-13). For further information regarding the venue please follow TITP on facebook or on the offical website available by clicking here.