Sun shines on Mo Fest

Lost in Audio lead singer Joe Hendry whips up the crowd at the close of the High Stree concert.'Chris Simpson Photography
Lost in Audio lead singer Joe Hendry whips up the crowd at the close of the High Stree concert.'Chris Simpson Photography

THE FEEDBACK from this year’s Mo Fest has been overwhelmingly positive and the committee has thanked the public for helping to make the festival a success.

A spokesman this week said: “We, the Mo Fest 2012 committee, have been overwhelmed by the support of a large number of people who generously gave up their time, donated equipment or otherwise made a significant contribution to the running of the festival.

Fun in the sun: These lads got into the festival spirit in their own unique way.'Steve Perks

Fun in the sun: These lads got into the festival spirit in their own unique way.'Steve Perks

“The whole enterprise is run by a small number of volunteers so without this additional support, we simply would not have a Montrose Music Festival. Special thanks must also go the The Convulsions, who got us out of a bit of an emergency by very kindly allowing us to use their PA all day on Saturday.

“And of course, thank you to all the festival-goers for coming along, having fun and supporting live music. Whether you were going along to see old favourites, watching friends performing or checking out new artists to Mo Fest, you are what really makes the festival the success it is today. See you in 2013!”

The party atmosphere that prevailed over the weekend was also hailed this week as a huge boost to Montrose’s reputation and economy, helping to draw in to the town the thousands of visitors who packed local hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Councillor David May, who worked at the High Street concert on Saturday, said everyone involved should be congratulated for organising and supporting an “absolutely superb” event.

Festival headliner Eddi Reader played to a capacity audience in Montrose Town Hall on Friday night.'Gable End Photograpy

Festival headliner Eddi Reader played to a capacity audience in Montrose Town Hall on Friday night.'Gable End Photograpy

He said: “The committee managed to not only continue what Lynda Paton and her committee started but built on it. The closing off of a section of the High Street was a great idea as it mean there was more room for people to take part and for them to come and listen.

“The High Street event was excellent and the rage of music and dancing couldn’t have been better. It was a fantastic atmosphere and was a huge boost to the town. One of the strengths was that although there were a lot of young people there, there were people of all ages and I saw some who are in their 70s and 80s who obviously had a very enjoyable time.

“It’s also a welcome economic boost to the hotels, pubs and eating establishments which, as far as I saw, were snowed under. David Paton and his committee should be congratulated for running such a well organised and popular event.”

Rock band Independence went down a storm at their gig in the Market Arms on Sunday night.'Steve Perks

Rock band Independence went down a storm at their gig in the Market Arms on Sunday night.'Steve Perks

The Gordon School of Dancing was one of the local acts during the High Street concert on Saturday.'Wendy Adie Photography

The Gordon School of Dancing was one of the local acts during the High Street concert on Saturday.'Wendy Adie Photography

Aberdeenshire singer/songwriter Lucy Zambers staged an intimate gig in the Albert Bar on Saturday.'Wendy Adie Photography

Aberdeenshire singer/songwriter Lucy Zambers staged an intimate gig in the Albert Bar on Saturday.'Wendy Adie Photography