Final countdown to top festival weekend

Dundee rockers The Peski Kings will play at The Yard on Sunday.

Dundee rockers The Peski Kings will play at The Yard on Sunday.

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ANTICIPATION is mounting ahead of this weekend’s Montrose Music Festival with further details about Sunday’s line-up of live acts released.

Venues across the town will again welcome a huge range of talent from across the country to the free gigs taking place from midday until late.

Playing in Sharky’s, The Gorman Band’s fierce yet fragile sound gives them an edge, and with an album (Kairo) that is garnering critical acclaim, they are not to be missed. Most recently they had a solid week of headline performances at Japan Music Week 2010 and with festival dates lined up for this year and a new album in the pipeline, it’s exciting times for the band.

Joni Fuller, a major festival favourite, is making a welcome return for her fourth successive year and will perform at the Links Hotel. Regular MMF goers will be familiar with this award-winning songwriter and rock violinist/multi-instrumentalist. She has captured the eyes and ears of music industry icons (Chris Martin, Tony Visconti) and has captured the heart of Montrose.

The festival is delighted that local man, Bob Paton (Dylanism), has chosen to perform a one-off gig at the Neptune Bar in honour of Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. Bob has been playing guitar since his early teens and is a huge fan of Dylan – this will be quite a show for fans of both Bobs.

Also performing at the Links Hotel is Man at the Window who have a long history of great shows and media appearances having shared stages with greats such as The Human League, The Zutons, Steel Pulse and Bad Manners. Bursting with bass-driven harmonic melodies, defined dance synth overtones and instinctively performed guitar led solos, they have a fantastic stage show to wow audiences.

The Yard is showing off a talented five-piece from Dundee – The Peski Kings. Having supported Athlete in 2010, they are warming up to take the festival scene by storm in 2011. Their eclectic mix of three-part harmonies and catchy melodies will have you humming away to yourself long after their performance is over.

Redstate Blues, performing in the George Hotel, serves up good honest guaranteed to blow your mind gut-wrenching blues. Their passionate and energetic contemporary performances are not to be missed by blues fans, and others alike.

As well as these acts, Sunday will find Endeavour, Lost in Audio, The Moonzie Allstars, Willie Logan, Gary Anderson and many many more performing in the venues across Montrose.

The MMF committee members are pleased that last year’s inaugural youth gig was such a success and that they have been able to present local youths with another opportunity to showcase their talents in the town hall. It is anticipated that the youth gig will be even busier than it was last year as members of the local community have been working hard to get the event organised.

A committee spokeswoman said: “As we get closer and closer to the festival, the committee members are feeling more and more excited at the prospect of bringing thousands of people into the town to enjoy another weekend of free live music and entertainment.

“The feedback we have had following last year’s festival motivates the seven volunteers to work hard all year so that we can showcase some of the best music around. We know that people have had this year’s festival dates in their diaries since last year. We hope that everyone will have a special time and that it will be a weekend to remember.”

The MMF website at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk provides festival-goers with all the information needed for a fantastic music-filled weekend.

Programmes and lanyards are also available on the day and in the run-up to the festival showing where the acts are performing, their biographies, and a map to keep audiences on the right track for the day.

The weekend promises to live up to the expectations of loyal festival-goers. With Skerryvore opening the festival on Friday at Montrose Town Hall, audiences will be ready to rock and enjoy all the music over the weekend.

Tickets for Skerryvore are available at www.ticketweb.co.uk and at Henry Hogg’s on the High Street (see the MMF website for details). The programmes, costing £2 and laminate guides costing £4 with a deal for both of £5 are also available now from Hogg’s, Montrose Rope and Sail, the Montrose Review Office and outlets throughout the town.