MoFest promise ‘another show stopping year’ and highlight cost of festival

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The team that bring Montrose Music Festival to the town promise ‘‘another show stopping year” and have highlighted the cost of putting on the annual event.

MoFest is in its ninth year in 2016, with many old favourites returning, alongside fresh acts and some new aspects.

MoFest kicks off on Friday, May 27 with Jools Holland’s headline show on the East Links. Venues across the burgh will then host live music by acts from all over the UK on the Saturday and Sunday.

Bryan Adams will take centre stage on the East Links in August for a special concert.

With not one but two outdoor arena gigs this year, alongside the main festival, organisers have been quick to point out the escalating cost of putting on large scale events.

MoFest chairman David Paton said: “We would ask people to view a programme as their ‘ticket’ to the festival.

“Programme, lanyard and merchandise sales are our biggest source of income so we would urge people to support the festival by buying these.

“Contrary to popular belief, we don’t make massive profits from these large arena gigs, we rely on fundraising constantly throughout the year. The harsh reality is, it costs a significant amount to put MoFest on - the security and police need to be paid for, the rubbish needs to be collected, the stage needs to be hired, and all of that needs money.”

MoFest is also introducing the Mo100 Club - a scheme which sees members of the public pledge a monthly sum in return for the chance to win a percentage of the prize pot.

In March, MoFest and Burnside Brewery hosted the Rhythm & Brews Beer Festival and Burnside will once again take over Montrose Town Hall with their distinctive craft beers and an exciting line-up of music on the Saturday evening.

The ‘market street’ area on the High Street introduced in 2015 will be returning and this year also sees the introduction of the MoFest Tavern and a beer garden hosted by Arbikie Distillery and Burnisde Brewery.

Two new venues taking part this year are The Pavillion Café and St Marys & St Peters Church with a choral and choir line up.

In the lead up to the festival, MoFest HQ, New Wynd, will become a venue itself and will see local acts Sorella, Kith & Kin, Ronan Lang and Late Landing performing acoustic sets over the next three Saturdays. The shop will be open daily (excluding Sundays) from 10am to 3pm from May 14 onwards for the sale of Jools Holland and Bryan Adams tickets and MoFest merchandise, including this year’s new t-shirt design.

This year’s line-up will also be available from May 14 with programmes and lanyards available from MoFest HQ.