MoFest 2014 was incredible!

MoFest revellers having a good time
MoFest revellers having a good time

Montrose High Street was buzzing this weekend as thousands of people flocked to the town for three days of music.

The town centre was closed off on Saturday and Sunday and turned into an outdoor extravaganza with live music, dancers, performers and stalls.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and even local sports clubs turned into music venues as 100 acts took to the stage across the burgh.

In the evening performances continued in packed out venues across Montrose, including ex-Seahorses frontman Chris Helme, another coup for the MoFest team on top of headliners Status Quo, who sang at Sharky’s Bar and the Park Hotel.

The High Street turned into a youth festival on Sunday, which was unfortunately was delayed due to the rain on the morning.

But the rain didn’t dampen revellers’ spirits and instead of performing on the main stage, the youngsters performed in front of it with smaller amps until the power to the main stage was restored in the afternoon.

MoFest chairman David Paton said: “MoFest 2014 was incredible! An electric atmosphere all weekend and everyone seemed to be having a superb time.

“We had a few glitches over the weekend but I think most went unnoticed by the public and all were dealt with quickly. I am extremely proud of all the committee and all the teams and groups involved this year.

“Our numbers were well up on last year again. All the venues were packed on Saturday again which was great to see.

“Sunday was a bit quieter I think due to the showery weather in the morning but late afternoon into the evening it picked up and the venues started to fill again.

“I would like to think we must have surpassed the 10,000 mark for attendees this year for the entire weekend.

“From our brief chats with some of the venues the band went down a treat. The new venues looked like they had a great first year and am sure are already thinking about next year. I managed to get down to a few gigs over the weekend and was so impressed with the quality of music on show.

“I would like to thanks everyone for coming to MoFest and making it another huge success.

“To the bands, I would like to thank everyone of them for entertaining us for another amazing weekend of music, and finally thanks to my teams who without none of this would happen, including the photographers, the High Street team and of course the main committee. These people work tirelessly and in their own time and are absolutely incredible. Thanks to you all.”

Local band Ferus Cane closed the High Street event on Sunday.

Ryan Thain, rhythm guitarist for Ferus Cain, told the Review: “A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported us at MoFest 2014. We had such an amazing weekend.

“The three gigs we played were electric. The crowds we fantastic! It was good to see people following us throughout the weekend. We hope everyone else had as much fun as we did. Although, I don’t think that is possible! A very busy year ahead for Ferus Cane so keep an eye on our Facebook page, twitter feed and our website for all updates. Thank you all!”

Thomas Messer, lead guitarist for the band, commented: “A huge thank you for everyone’s support for the band. We had an awesome time and will hopefully be able to rock at MoFest 2015!”