Wild Fire – Set MacArts ablaze!

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Support from – Big Iron and Honey Badgerz

MacArts, Galashiels

13th April, 2024

Review and Photographs by Linda McDermott

MacArt is a great venue nestled in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. It puts on great live performances from varying arts, but it’s the way it embraces rock music that makes it a venue I love to go to.

Honey Badgerz

Starting the night off are the Honey Badgerz, who have released a self-named EP and five singles; the latest single ‘Maze’ was released just last week. Their songwriting is influenced by a wide range of genres, and that’s what gives them their unique style.

With the room filling up nicely they opened the night with their six-song set to a great reception which was well deserved. Having seen the Honey Badgerz play in a local pub I feel their confidence comes across more in a larger venue with a professional sound engineer giving them the platform they deserve.

Set List

On The Inside

Better Man


Fire And Rain

Maybe Lately

Sin Generator

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thehoneybadgershawick

Big Iron

I first saw Big Iron when they supported She Burns Red at their album launch in Glasgow last September and I knew then that they were brilliant! This band, comprised of five uniquely talented members, are carving a path in the heavy rock scene with their powerful tracks.

The guys are going from strength to strength and steadily gaining a devoted following, drawing listeners in with their energetic performances and raw energy. With influences coming from the likes of Alter Bridge, The Darkness, and Faith No More, they have a great melting pot to produce their creative music.

Set List

Tiny Little Pieces

Miles Away


River Runs Dry

The Mask


Gay Bar


Even though Ollie announced he had hurt his chest through coughing and was finding it a bit difficult, the crowd would never have known that he was struggling as he danced about the stage singing, I hope he didn’t do himself any further damage! The rest of the band, Jack, Aaron, James and Kieran musically just seem to bounce off each other and they all bring something to the table.

Playing all the songs from their EP ‘It Gets Bigger’ and then their new single ‘Daiquiri’ which is due for release next month they were rewarded by loud cheers from the audience. Then they launched into their rendition of Electric Six’s ‘Gay Bar’, which went down a storm with the crowd who were having the best time.

Their set was over way to quickly, but they ended on a high singing their debut single ‘Denizens’.

They’ve got a few dates in the diary so get yourself along to a gig and experience Big Iron for yourself.


Denizens https://youtu.be/ASlWxtvzkMY?si=bA3IH6x_IWgPGC95

River Runs Dry https://youtu.be/JTe3aUAu1VU?si=263BJl2vCoZO02GO

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bigironisbig

Instagram https://instagram.com/bigironisbig?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Wild Fire

Playing to a packed room on home turf, Wild Fire had the audience eating out of their hands as they were treated to a set of old and new songs and a few covers thrown in for good measure. With their latest single ‘Scattered’ just released they are developing a slightly heavier sound that builds on their previous singles and EP and I think it suits them.

The band have a way of telling an emotive story through their lyrics and music, one of my favourites being ‘Buried Deep’ that takes you on a journey of love, hate, jealousy and murder, what’s not to like about that?

Set List

Against the Tide

Buried Deep

Blackened Heart

Gimme a Kiss

Truffle Shuffle




War Pigs

Blood for Blood



Hell bent for Leather.

The bands’ ability to fuse Mikey’s distinctive vocals with the intricate musical skills of Liam, Keir and Lewis is what makes them stand out. With around two hundred people in the room, the gig had a great atmosphere. Wild Fire had the room jumping and singing back the lyrics to Black Sabbath’s ’War Pigs’ which was a sight to see from where I was now standing at the back of the room. As the night came to an end, we were treated to another couple of covers this time from Judas Priest which the band skilfully performed to an audience that just didn’t want to leave.

What a great way to spend the night, it was full of exciting heavy rock music from three bands that just wanted to entertain, and that’s exactly what they did.

Website for gigs and info: https://wildfirescotland.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WildFireScot

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wildfirescotland_?igsh=bWtubmdrNmk4dXI1

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