Eddi Reader to open music festival

Eddi Reader Press / Promo. Photograph by Enda Casey.
Eddi Reader Press / Promo. Photograph by Enda Casey.

SCOTTISH singer-songwriter Eddi Reader will kick off this year’s Montrose Music Festival in style as its headlining act, it was revealed this week.

Multi-Brit Award winner Reader is best known for her work with Fairground Attraction and as a successful solo artist, as well as her passionate performances of both traditional and contemporary music.

Supported by State of the Union, fronted by long-time collaborator Boo Hewerdine, she will get the festival under way at Montrose Town Hall on Friday, May 25. As well as working with Reader, Hewerdine’s musical credentials include writing for and producing many well-known artists including Natalie Imbruglia, Mel C and Alex Parks.

‘Mo Fest’ chairman David Paton said arrangements for this year’s festival are well in hand and that Eddi Reader’s performance is in keeping with previous festivals, which have attracted such major acts as The Average White Band, The Proclaimers and Deacon Blue.

He said: “The Montrose Music Festival has grown each year, so this committee has felt the need to come up with a line-up to meet the expectations of the festival-goers. We are very excited to announce Eddi Reader as our headline performer. She is a class act and her eclectic range of styles sums up the festival beautifully.

“We have a few surprises in store this year so look out for more announcements very soon.”

Organisers have said that this year’s festival will be the biggest ever and, as in previous years, the focal point on Saturday will be the open-air stage at the High Street piazza. Showcasing the best of the festival, and an eclectic mix of local music and dance acts, the High Street has become an essential element of the festival experience. Running from 10.30am to 5.30pm, a fun-filled day of music is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

Pop, rock, blues, reggae, folk and metal are all represented and, boasting more 20 official venues around the town, there will be more gigs covering more genres than ever before. As well as welcoming back many previous festival favourites like the Mandrakes, Heidrum and the Coaltown Daisies, the organisers are thrilled with the range and quality of new acts that will be coming to Montrose this year.

On Sunday, May 27, the Youth Festival will once again take place from 1 to 5pm at the town hall offering an opportunity to see the young stars of tomorrow performing on stage. Highlights this year will include the high-octane Rock Challenge productions of local schools as well as young bands and solo artists.

As with previous events, the only ticketed event is the Friday night gig in the town hall, the rest of the weekend’s entertainment is completely free of charge. Mr Paton added: “Every member of the committee is interrogated on a daily basis, which tells me that there is a huge amount of anticipation for Mo Fest, which has quickly become the highlight of the year for music fans in Angus and beyond.”

Doors open for the headlining gig at 7pm on May 25 and tickets, costing £15, will be available from Henry Hogg’s and Johnson’s Newsagents in Montrose or online from Ticketweb (www.ticketweb.co.uk) from this Friday, March 30. Full details about the festival are also available from its website at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk.