Live music lovers in Helensburgh have a choice of not one but two gigs to kick off this weekend as the sounds of Motown, disco, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and rhythm and blues come to town.

For disco fans, the place to be on Friday, July 12 is the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, where the Motown Brothers tribute band promise to get everyone up dancing to the greatest hits of the era.

And a short distance away, The Vintage Explosion, described by none other than Rod Stewart as “an unbelievable band” will take to the stage at the Victoria Halls on the same night.

The Motown Brothers, Wayne and Morgan, reached the semi-finals of The Voice UK in 2021 and promise an unforgettable night with their versions of September and Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered and more.

The Vintage Explosion, described by Sir Rod as “the best white soul singer I’ve heard”, can boast four number one albums on the worldwide iTunes blues album chart and number three on the worldwide iTunes album chart, as well as reaching the top 10 of the US Billboard blues album chart.

They were featured as the house band on the BBC’s Big Birthday Bash, celebrating 100 years of BBC Scotland, last year, having made their live national TV debut on ITV’s This Morning show.

The Vintage Explosion’s Victoria Halls gig has already sold out, but tickets are still available for The Motown Brothers’ show at the Civic Centre, where the doors open at 7pm – see

Before the gig begins, Coyote Cook House will be at the Civic Centre selling their delicious street food from 5-8.30pm - perfect Friday night fare whether you're going to the gig or not!