Music festival set to be bigger and better

MONTROSE Music Festival committee is in the final stages of planning for what is set to be an even bigger and more exciting weekend than before.

With the run-up to the fourth annual festival started in April by Dr Feelgood, supported by festival favourites The Fortunate Sons, this year’s event will start with a gig from outstanding Scottish band Skerryvore who have enjoyed international acclaim with their albums and performances in venues as diverse as Chicago, Shanghai and Beijing. They will play the town hall on Friday, May 27.

With at least 64 acts and 111 free gigs confirmed for the weekend, May 28 and 29 looks set to be a weekend to be remembered for all music lovers. Further details about some of the new acts appearing will be released over the next two weeks along with details of where to find the acts that have proved popular with the audiences in previous years.

Details will also be available on the festival webpage at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk which features all the current information about acts, venues and other weekend highlights.

The Saturday will start off with a High Street event from 10am opened by the Carnoustie Pipe Band prior to a day of music, dance and other acts that will entertain the whole family. As in previous years, there will be lots of stalls with food, activities, MMF merchandise and other attractions with new stalls added from previous years.

The High Street offers visitors the chance to catch local artists and those from further afield in what will be a packed and entertaining day. Finishing at 5.30pm with a great band – Midnight Blues – the audience will then be able to go off to some of the other venues across the town at their leisure.

The festival offers free music gigs across the town’s venues with something for everyone. The committee has attracted some new bands to the town with all sorts of music genres represented: rock, alternative, indie, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, pop and cajun.

Gigs will be staged in the Anchor Bar, @Bar, Black Abbot, Black Horse, George Hotel, Golf Inn, Links Hotel, Lochside Bar, Market Arms, Neptune Bar, Northern Vaults, Park Hotel, Picture House, Rock Star Bar, Sharky’s and The Yard. The programme and the website information will allow festival goers to plan their day so they can catch as many of the acts that they want to see as possible. Programmes will go on sale in the week before the festival.

Saturday and Sunday will be packed and the committee is expecting another record-breaking crowd in the town as in previous years. On Sunday, as well as the free gigs, the town hall will host its second youth gig where local youngsters will be show off their talents to what is expected to be an enthusiastic audience.

A committee spokeswoman said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the festival in the last three years and have built on our success so that we can bring another weekend of fantastic music and entertainment to Montrose.

“We are also pleased to announce that the Average White Band are making a welcome return to the town on September 3 when we anticipate a sell-out gig in the town hall.” Programmes, costing £2, and laminate guides costing £4, or £5 for both, will be available from Henry Hogg’s and Montrose Rope and Sail from next Monday, May 16. Tickets for Skerryvore’s headlining gig are available now from Hogg’s and at www.ticketweb.co.uk with further details available on the festival website.