Mo Fest 2012 will be the biggest and the best!

Montrose singer-songwriter Ian Birchall, who will play at the High Street concert on Saturday.
Montrose singer-songwriter Ian Birchall, who will play at the High Street concert on Saturday.

MONTROSE Music Festival 2012 is finally here! The full schedule has now been released and it is shaping up to be the biggest and best Mo Fest yet. Whether you are a fan of acoustic folk or full-on heavy metal, there is something for everyone. The following pages will help you get the most out of your Mo Fest experience.

Proceedings get under way with the highly anticipated headline gig by Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader at the Town Hall on Friday. Reader’s back-catalogue is a treasure trove of musical gems, from the number one hit ‘Perfect’ with Fairground Attraction to solo success with songs like ‘Patience of Angels’ and the sublime ‘Songs of Robert Burns’ album.

Festival favourites Lost in Audio will be making a welcome return.

Festival favourites Lost in Audio will be making a welcome return.

Support act State of the Union are fronted by long-time Eddi Reader collaborator Boo Hewerdine, so there may be some surprises in store for the audience. Tickets are selling fast so festival-goers are advised to get their tickets from Henry Hogg’s newsagent or www.ticketweb.co.uk quickly before they sell out.

The High Street event will once again be the focal point of Saturday’s proceedings. Starting with the traditional kick-off by the Carnoustie Pipe Band the High Street will showcase the wealth of local talent including dance groups (Evolution Dance Co., Gordon School of Dance and Esk Academy of Dance) and Citizen of the Year Fraser McGlyn’s youth singing group, Song Shop.

Featuring an all-new professional stage, the High Street also features a host of musicians who will appearing at other venues across the weekend. Local acts like pop/rock band Peyton Place (featuring well-known Tomlinson brothers Chris, Nick and Matthew), blues guitarist Ian Birchall and popular rock covers band F’N’3Gs will be joined by one of last year’s hits, acoustic duo the Coaltown Daisies.

Also appearing are Charlie, who recently won a talent show in Dundee where one of the prizes was the opportunity to appear at Mo Fest. Closing the show will be Edinburgh-based Lost in Audio, who have been a Mo Fest favourite since their first appearance back in 2009. Compere duties have once again been taken by Mo Fest stalwarts Tom Murray and Joe Wishart, who are certain to pass their infectious enthusiasm on to the audience.

Eddi Reader, this year's headlining act.

Eddi Reader, this year's headlining act.

On Sunday, the Youth Festival makes a welcome return. A highly successful addition to the festival programme in 2010, the Youth Festival once again shows off a wide range of younger musical groups and solo musicians, some of whom will no doubt move up to the main festival in the near future.

Among the acts appearing are Amber Lamps, who have recently recorded a track for the ‘Doss: Music From Montrose’ album, which has been produced to support the YM music group and will be on sale at the Mo Fest stall. Another highly anticipated act appearing at the Youth Festival will be the Montrose Academy Rock Challenge team. This year’s performance is as controversial and evocative as ever, and is not to be missed.

In the pubs, clubs and hotels across the town, more than 120 gigs will be taking place over the weekend. All gigs are free of charge. The culmination of the festival will be the legendary Survivors’ Night. Relocated to B@r in Hume Street this year, the Survivors’ Night is a melting pot of talent. The dedicated festival-goers who make it to the end will find themselves rubbing shoulders with many of the artists who have performed during the course of the festival.

Survivors’ Night is a no-holds-barred, ultimate open-mic night, so while it is impossible to predict who will be performing, it is safe to say it will be an unforgettable evening.

There are many ways to plan your Montrose Music Festival weekend. Programmes are now available from various retailers around the town, priced £2. Lanyards, priced £3, will also be available on the Mo Fest stall and from committee members during the festival.

The official website (www.montrosemusic festival.co.uk) also contains details of all the weekend’s performances, and the Mo Fest Twitter and Facebook pages will be kept up to date leading up to and over the weekend. Alternatively, download the Mi Dundee app on your smartphone, which has full listings for the weekend.

The Mo Fest committee is indebted to a huge number of people who have given their time and support to the organisation of this event. Of particular note are Mike Knowles and Pat Yacamini, who have very generously donated a full drum kit and bass guitar amp respectively, for the High Street and Youth Festival performances.

Ten Top Tips for Making the Most of the Festival

1. Get with the programme – as well as the full schedule for the weekend, the official programme contains short biographies of the bands who will be appearing during the festival to help you plan your weekend, plus lots of other useful information.

2. Check out the High Street stage – with a family-friendly vibe there is something for everyone. But don’t be fooled into thinking it is not for the “serious” music fan – the High Street stage will be showcasing some of the best acts that will be appearing across the weekend.

3. Drinking – if you are out for a full day, remember to drink plenty of soft drinks. You’ll want to remember what you’ve done and who you’ve seen! Try to drink a soft drink for every alcoholic drink.

4. Dress for the weather – check the weather forecast before heading out, bearing in mind that the weather of late has been very changeable. Waterproof ponchos will be on sale at the Mo Fest stall on the High Street.

5. Eating – remember to factor in some time to eat. Montrose has some great eating establishments, from the various takeaways to the numerous hotels and restaurants, and of course the hogroast on the High Street on Saturday.

6. Get to the Youth Fest – from 1pm to 5pm a full programme will be showing the local up-and-coming talent. Catch them here first!

7. Accommodation – there are many hotels and B&Bs in Montrose, and the exclusive Mo Fest campsite at Roselea football club.

8. Transport – if some of the venues seem a little off the beaten track, don’t forget that Montrose has a great taxi service that will be fully active over the weekend. Check the Mo Fest programme for phone numbers.

9. Twitter - follow the Mo Fest feed (@MoFest2012) all weekend, which will be kept up to date with what is going on and where.

10. Survivors’ Night – come along to the official end of the festival at B@r from 9pm on Sunday night. It will be full of musicians and is open-mic, so anything can happen!

STOP PRESS...

The following changes have been made to the schedule since publication:

Saturday

Majestic Dandelion, Lochside Bar, 7.30pm–9pm.

NEW ACT Naledi Herman, Lochside Bar, 10pm–12.am instead of the Cash Band.

Naledi Herman, Park Hotel, 6.pm – 8pm.

NEW ACT The Boston Tea Party, The Yard (main venue), 6.30pm–8.30pm.

Sunday

NEW ACT Cherry Bombz, Black Abbott, 1pm–3pm instead of Lost in Audio.

NEW ACT Hercules Mandarin, Black Horse, 6.30pm–7.30pm.

Ian Birchall, Links Hotel, 6pm–7pm instead of Liza Finn.

Baby Isaac, Market Arms, 5pm–7pm instead of The Midden.

Millsyeck, Sharkys, 12noon–2pm instead of Gorman.

Lost in Audio, The Yard (Main Venue), 9pm–11am instead of Baby Isaac.

Hercules Mandarin, The Yard (VIP Lounge), 4.30pm–5.30pm.

For the very latest details, follow Mo Fest on Twitter (@MoFest2012), Facebook (Montrose Music Festival) and the Mi Dundee smartphone app.