Montrose is alive to sound of music

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WITH at least 64 acts and 111 free gigs, the fourth annual Montrose Music Festival looks set to be a weekend to remember for all music lovers.

Running from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29 the weekend fires up on the Friday with Skerryvore in the Town Hall.

On Saturday the music starts at 10 am in the high street with the Carnoustie Pipe Band prior to a day of music, dance and other acts that will entertain the whole family.

As always there will be lots of stalls, with food, activities, MMF merchandise, and other attractions.

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 be ready to go off to some of the other venues across the town at their leisure.

The committee has attracted some great new bands with all sorts of music genres represented: rock, alternative, indie, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, pop and cajun. You’ll find gigs 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 that they can catch as many of the acts that they want to see as possible.

Saturday and Sunday will be packed and on Sunday, as well as the free gigs, the Town Hall will be hosting its second youth gig where local youngsters will be showing off their talents.

A 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.”

Opening Saturday’s entertainment, the High Street event will host a variety of acts such as local band Peyton Place and the F’n’3Gs. Sanctuary is a versatile five-piece covering a broad spectrum of guitar rock and will be performing in the Anchor Bar.

The Revolutionaires are back by popular demand in the Park Hotel, having been the highlight of many people’s festival last year.

The Occupationists (@Bar) is a young alternative indie/pop ban who formed in 2009 winning the Forth Valley Battle of the Bands soon after forming.

The Market Arms is welcoming The Convulsions – a four-piece comprising bass, drums, guitar, punk vocals and frenzied harmonica and organ making for an explosive stage show whilst audiences who want to chill a little will enjoy Stanton at the Black Horse, who offer a mixture of original acoustic material alongside cleverly arranged classic and modern cover songs.

Another highlight for Saturday will be Linda Jaxon who is performing at the Picture House alongside Glasgow-based musicians to bring Montrose audiences a blues performance ‘on the edge and telling it how it is’.

If rock is more your style, The Rock Star Bar is presenting Idle Asylum, a Montrose-based rock band who play original material as well as crowd-pleasing covers.

Other acts in Saturday’s line-up include: Nosmo King, Lefty and Friends, Independence, Wolftrain, Doc Brown and the Groovecats, Emerald Sunday and many many more. Budding and aspiring performers are welcome to open session in the Black Abbot and The Yard (VIP lounge).

The committee have put together a programme (cost £2) and laminate guides (cost £4) and a deal for both at a bargain of £5 – available from Henry Hoggs and Montrose Rope and Saile from Monday, May 16.

Full details from www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk