Top drawer act for Mo Fest

Headliners: The band will kick-start this year's Mo Fest on May 24.
Headliners: The band will kick-start this year's Mo Fest on May 24.

BRITPOP favourites ‘Toploader’ have this week been revealed as the headlining act for Mo Fest 2013.

The band, which enjoyed global success with their cover of King Harvest’s song ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’, will set the ball rolling for this year’s music festival with their gig in Montrose Town Hall on Friday, May 24.

Formed in 1997, ‘Toploader’ have sold more than two million albums and had a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad. Their 1999 debut album, ‘Onka’s Big Moka’, sold more than one million copies and remained in the UK album chart’s top 5 for more than six months.

Their live career began playing with ‘Coldplay’ and ‘Muse’ in small venues across the UK and they went on to support Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and ‘Bon Jovi’, becoming the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium.

Returning in 2011 after an eight-year hiatus with their third studio album, ‘Only Human’, the band are still pulling crowds.

Their live set re-visits all of their singles including ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, ‘Achilles Heel’ and ‘Time Of My Life’ as well as introducing fans to new material.

Support will be provided by festival favourites ‘The Holy Ghosts’, from Edinburgh, and Montrose band ‘Peyton Place’. David Paton, Mo Fest committee chairman, said the gig, which follows last year’s sell-out concert by Eddi Reader, will be “a night not to be missed.”

He continued: “The committee is delighted to bring another top-class act to the town. ‘Toploader’ have a superb selection of songs to their name and fans will especially look forward to hearing the world-wide hit single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ on the town hall stage.

“Having the added bonus of two superb young bands, ‘The Holy Ghosts’ and ‘Peyton Place’ supporting them will only add to this great night of live music to kickstart another amazing festival weekend.”

Tickets, costing £15, go on sale this Friday, March 22 and will be available from www.ticketweb.co.uk and from @Bar on Hume Street.