Last Updated : 10th Mar 2020

Refuge Island Press Kit

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Band Biography

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

REFUGE ISLAND consists of 4 human beings that play musical instruments to create a fast and furious sound that makes you want to throw yourself against other humans in a kind and loving manner. Whatever brings you to one of their shows they’re guaranteed to give you some sexy moves whilst giving your ears a good clean out.

They released their third single "Vulgarism" on the 8th March 2020, along with a video (video released 13th March 2020), and is available in all major online stores, and has been lined up to be played by many radio stations across the UK and abroad.
They have supported many bands such as False Heads, The Black Delta Movement, Our Fold, Satyr Play, Two Tone Television and Brownbear, and have played Liverpool, Manchester, Live at Troon, Butefest, Bolton's Albert Hall, King Tuts and St Lukes, Stereo, PJ Molloys, Broadcast to name a few.

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 2020.

Vulgarism out now

"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

Vulgarism - Released March 8th 2020
Public Spotify link -
Fighting In The Disco - Released 29th March 2019
Public Spotify Link -
Above Board - Released 12th Feb 2018
In love with a liar - UNRELEASED


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

7th March 2020, Stereo, Glasgow

22nd March 2020, The Bungalow, Paisley

Previous gigs

6th December 2019, Sneaky Pete's, Ediburgh (Headline show)

28th November 2019, Broadcast, Glasgow

17th November 2019, AATMA, Manchester

16th November 2019,The Jacaranda, Liverpool

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