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Refuge Island Press Kit

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Band Biography

Refuge Island is a four-piece Indie Punk band, from Kilwinning, Scotland.

On a dark grim night in November 2017, four guys in Ayrshire decided to take refuge in an Indie punk sound. The rain was lashing but the sound was bold and electric, and the Refuge Island sparks were started.

With big raspy vocals and deep lyrics from Wullie RI, booming tones from John Martin on the bass guitar, power chord changes from Darren and a fast tempo from Steven, the Refuge Island concept is raw and will make your ears prick up to listen.

They released their second single "Fighting In The Disco" on the 29th March, along with a video, and is available in all major online stores, and has been played by many radio stations across the UK and abroad.
More recordings are in production and these will be released during 2019.

They have supported many bands such as False Heads, The Black Delta Movement, Our Fold and Brownbear, and have played Butefest festival, Bolton's Albert Hall, King Tuts and St Lukes


Influenced by the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Libertines, The Stooges, False Heads, Trampoline and Slaves to name a few, the band is working hard on new music and will be touring across the UK in 2019.

"Fighting in the Disco - The explosive sound of Refuge Island" - Jim Gellatly, Amazing Radio

Band members are :

Willie RI - Vocals

Darren Mitchell - Guitar

John Martin - Bass Guitar

Stephen Andrews - Drums and Percussion

Contact details and online presence

Email :
Manager : Dave Locock

Tel : 07928673542 - please leave message and number, we will call you back
You can also contact us through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, links to our online sites are :
Website :
Facebook :
Twitter :
Youtube :
Instagram :


Our Soundcloud is a private account and contains unreleased and non public material - public links are shown for released tracks

Fighting In The Disco - Released 29th March 2019
Public Spotify Link -
Above Board - Released 12th Feb 2018
In love with a liar - UNRELEASED - Scheduled for release in 2019


Fighting In The Disco - Released 29th March 2019
Above Board - Released 12th Feb 2018

Our debut single -


PurCulture : "Fighting In The Disco"

"Jesus, this song is good. It has electrifying power chords changing before your very ears of comprehension."

Original article here :

Gig.Mouth : "Fighting In The Disco"

"Ayrshire’s Refuge Island now bring their own high-energy brand of punk rock to the table"

Original article here :

Mockit Music : "Fighting In The Disco"

"More frantic, fearless punk from these Ayrshire tearaways. After a recent string of chaotic Glasgow gigs at the infamous Priory, they are fast becoming the ones to watch amongst the scene"

Original article here :

Small Music Scene: King Tuts New Years Revolution Festival

"would dish out a batch of other pungent, aggressive punky numbers"

Full review here :

Patchchord News: Live at Troon Festival

"Noisy and in your face, Refuge Island are full of brashy punk attitude- love it"

Full review here :

Gigslutz :
"Above Board - single review"

"The track emits a captivating rage with singer/songwriter Wullie O reflective of a man possessed. The expulsion of energy clocks in at just over two minutes and with the discharge of frantic guitar playing ensuring the debut offering penetrates the airwaves in a manner that slaps any dreamy listener awake."


Third Class Ticket radio show :
"There is no need to take REFUGE from this band. It’s in your face Indie Punk of the highest standard."

Full review here


The Glasgowist : Above Board Review

"the debut single Above Board is a modern love story with an edgy perspective"

Full review here :

Tech Spec and stage plot

Tech Specification - Click here to download

Typical stage plot - Click here to download

Upcoming gigs

17th November, AATMA, Manchester

6th December 2019, Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh (Headline show)

Previous gigs

7th September 2019, Bowling Club, Kilwinning (Headline show)

24th August 2019, Stereo, Glasgow

18th August 2019, Broadcast, Glasgow w/ Two Tone TV

4th August 2019, Gig in the Carpark Festival, Leslie

26th July 2019, Butefest Festival, Isle of Bute

6thJune 2019, Broadcast, Glasgow

1st June 2019, The Greenside, Leslie w/Paris St Rebels

31st May 2019, Albert Hall, Bolton w/Our Fold

18th May, Teardrop Alldayer, The Bungalow, Paisley

29th April 2019, Garage, Glasgow w/Bilk

20th April 2019, PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

9th March 2019, Broadcast, Glasgow

23rd February 2019, The Priory,Glasgow

16th February 2019, PJ Molloys, Dunfermline w/Kieren Webster

10th January 2019, King Tuts, Glasgow

14th December 2018, Montys Rock Bar, Dunfermline

6th December 2018, Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

26th October 2018, The Record Factory, Glasgow

16th September 2018, Classic Grand, Glasgow w/Falseheads

8th September 2018, Live at Troon Festival, Futures Stage

8th September 2018, Live at Troon Festival, Cheeky Charlie's Stage

21st August 2018, The Record Factory, Glasgow

22nd June 2018, The Record Factory, Glasgow

5th May 2018, Bakers, Kilmarnock w/Brownbear

30th March 2018, Henrys Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

24th March 2018, Saint Lukes, Glasgow

16th Feb 2018, Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow w/Black Delta Movement