Montrose “busier than ever” during MoFest 2016

Thousands of people headed to Montrose for MoFest.'Photo by: Brian Smith
Thousands of people headed to Montrose for MoFest.'Photo by: Brian Smith

Music fans came in their thousands to Montrose at the weekend to soak up another bumper feast of good music and good weather.

Last year saw an impressive 12,000 revellers flocking to the burgh for Montrose Music Festival (MoFest), and organisers have said they believe the turnout for this year’s event was even bigger than 2015.

The High Street was a hub of activity on Saturday and Sunday with live music, stalls and food and drink on offer. Pubs, golf clubs and hotels were packed as 70-plus acts performed more than 120 gigs across 26 venues in the town.

MoFest chairman David Paton said: “The town was busier than ever on Saturday and Sunday and we had record numbers for both days.

“We were lucky once again with the weather which helped pull people in from all around Scotland.

“We think that the weekend figure exceeded 15,000.”

The event has made a name for itself as one of the best free music festivals in Scotland and the MoFest word has spread not just across Scotland and the UK but across the globe with revellers jetting in from Europe to catch a little piece of the music magic.

David said: “We had a group from Sweden in who had an absolute ball at MoFest.

“We had a story from a taxi firm of a pick up from Edinburgh Airport of a guy who came in from Turkey for the weekend, no luggage, just himself.”

This year there were several new features - Burnside Brewery and Arbikie Distillery were serving up their signature drinks in the MoFest Tavern on the High Street, Burnside also hosted the Rhythm and Brews stage at Montrose Town Hall on Saturday night and The Pavilion Café and St Mary’s & St Peter’s Church joined as new venues.

David said the new elements “worked well”.

“There has been some great feedback about the Pavilion Café, which was a fantastic new venue outside on the old bowling green. Rosie and her staff were run off their feet tending to the music fans and created a stunning relaxed outdoor venue for MoFest.

“The Rhythm and Brews Stage was also fantastic and well attended and after some initial issues at the bar the place was jumping for The Holy Ghosts and The Revolutionaries.

“The MoFest Tavern also was a nice addition, although perhaps not utilised by the public as well as we had thought, but that was because of the weather - everyone was basking in the sun with their Arbikie cocktails or Burnside beers,” he added.

David thanked everyone who makes MoFest happen: “I would like to thank my team for their efforts over the weekend and the run up, without them this wouldn’t happen and they deserve a lot more than just a thank you from me.

“Also thanks go to the bands, publicans, sound engineers, photographers, security, police, volunteers and everyone else that makes MoFest one of the biggest free festivals in Scotland.”

MoFest will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year and David said the committee has big plans to mark the event’s milestone: “Operation MoFest10 begins now and we are planning something huge to celebrate the festival and its overwhelming success over the past years.”