MoFest set to see record numbers

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With only a matter of days to go until the ninth annual Montrose Music Festival, organisers say they are once again set to see record numbers attend the event.

The team behind the festival are encouraging everyone to go along to and get involved in what they promise will be “another fun packed weekend with something for everyone”.

The three-day event kicks off on Friday night on the East Links as Jools Holland takes to the stage.

Over Saturday and Sunday there will be more than 120 gigs across 26 venues in Montrose, as well as a High Street main stage showcase event.

This year will see the return of the ‘Market Street’ on the High Street that featured quirky Scottish produce at last year’s event.

The 2016 vendors include: Highland Hog roast; Lov Sushi; Lov Mexican; Woodburn Pizzas; The Buffalo Farm; The Crepe Shack; Tempo Tea Bar; and a new addition to this year is Artichoke & Thistle, who will be serving up some Caribbean inspired street food.

Burnside Brewery and Arbikie Distillery will again be serving up their signature cocktails and craft beers in the MoFest Tavern this year, located on the High Street.

Back for one night only, following on from the success of the first Rhythm & Brews Beer Festival back in March, Burnside Brewery will play host to the Rhythm & Brews stage at Montrose Town Hall on Saturday from 6 to 11pm.

Anne Jenkins, MoFest vice-chairperson, said: “The beer festival was such a success earlier this year in March and we wanted to bring that magic to the festival weekend and with the town hall being a large venue, The Holy Ghosts and The Revoluntionares were the perfect choices to headline this stage for us.”

The Holy Ghosts supported Status Quo at the rock legends’ MoFest headline concert in 2014.

This year also sees the Pavilion café join as a venue and on Saturday will see local favourites Sandy Tweedale and Rhona Macfarlane entertain, followed by Kirsty McFarlane and Union Chapel on Sunday.

St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church will also open its doors as a new venue this year, hosting a more chilled out atmosphere with a selection of choral and choir music.

And, back again by popular demand is the fundraising shop window where some of the weekend’s artists play short slots to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

There have been a few changes to the MoFest 2016 schedule - newcomers Miami Vince have been added to the line up as a last minute replacement for Lynda Jackson and will be playing in the George Hotel on Sunday 2 to 4pm; also new to the festival, Better Enemies will play upstairs at The Rock Star Bar from 6 to 7pm on Saturday; and Raoul Duke will now be playing from 4.30 to 5.30pm on Saturday upstairs at the Rock Star Bar and 2.30 to 3.30pm on Sunday at The Neptune Bar.