Jools Holland to bring boogie woogie sound to Montrose Music Festival

Jools Holland is to headline MoFest
Jools Holland is to headline MoFest

Piano maestro Jools Holland will bring his boogie woogie big band sound to Angus when he headlines Montrose Music Festival next year.

The renowned pianist, singer, composer, broadcaster and television entertainer will take centre stage along with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, for an open air performance at the ninth Montrose Music Festival, kicking off the three-day annual event.

Jools is set to dazzle the audience with his eclectic mix of music on Montrose’s East Links on Friday, May 27 next year.

Montrose is one of the shows that he is performing as part of his summer tour.

The concert is being organised by concert promoter LCC Live and MoFest.

Jools will follow hot on the heels of hugely popular Madness, who played in the town this year, as well as Ash who headlined this year’s festival, and Status Quo, who headlined last year’s musical event.

MoFest’s chairman, David Paton, said: “The Montrose Music Festival is back for its ninth year and is shaping up to be even bigger and better than previous years.

“We’re thrilled to have secured Jools Holland as the headline act and to be opening the weekend of live music in Montrose.

“Jools Holland is a legendary musician and is simply superb live and will entertain music lovers of all ages.”

David added: “The calibre of headline acts we’ve had at the Montrose Music Festival is breath taking and is beyond our wildest dreams, but is testament to the success of the Montrose Music Festival.

“Last year’s MoFest attracted over 12,000 music fans, contributing approximately £750,000 to the local economy.”

Over the years Jools Holland has worked with many artists, including Eric Clapton, Sting, Bono, Tom Jones and George Harrison.

He recognised for single ‘Boogie Woogie’.

In 1987, he formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

His latest album, ‘Jools & Ruby’, will be released on December 4 and is collaboration with soul singer Ruby Turner.

The 22-track release will feature a selection of the duo’s favourite songs performed together - in addition to a number of newly recorded tracks.

He is also a well-recognised television and radio presenter and presents ‘Later with Jools Holland’ on BBC 2 and ‘Jools Holland’ on BBC Radio 2.

Tickets for his headline concert in Montrose go on sale at 9am on Friday. They are priced from £35 and are available online at or by phone on 0844 888 9991.