Dance the demons away at Mac Arts

Local reggae ska sensations Urang Matang will play the Mac Arts Centre, Galashiels, as part of a Hallowean party that organisers are labelling The Caribbean Halloween.

The popular band wil play an extended, spooktacular set, and for Ben Douglas, one of the organisers, it’s an exciting prospect.

“When they played a gig at the Mac Arts last October I have never witnessed such a high proportion of an audience dancing and smiling,” he told The Southern.

Many of the reggae enthusiasts in the Borders may have seen Urang Matang recently playing the top support slot to the Beat at Skalashiels, or headlining the Saturday night main stage of 100 bands in the Borders.

Their smooth style, whether playing covers or their own original songs, has an amazingly broad, age defying appeal.

The Mac Arts, a former church beside the police station in Galashiels, has recently been undergoing extensive renovations under the direction of sound engineer Davy Angus.

A very special venue, with excellent acoustics and atmosphere has been created, which it is hoped will become a leading light for preforming arts in the region for many years to come.

All revenue from the Caribbean Hallowean will go towards supporting the Mac Arts.

Ben says: “I would urge any fans of a night out to who may or may not be familiar with Urang Matang and the Mac Arts to come along on Saturday and support this great endeavour. For those wishing to dress up, there will be a fancy dress contest, first prize, a voodoo doll, victim of the victor’s choice!”

Doors from 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 students). See, or call 01896 756852. Some tickets may be available on the door.