Plans progressing well for music fest

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Plans for Brechin’s first ever music festival are ramping up, with at least ten acts booked and confirmed to play at the event - including the Complete Stone Roses.

Organisers behind the event have arranged for a 60s, 70s and 80s rewind style karaoke disco night on March 30 at the Nova Suite. The evening, which is billed as a warm-up for the Brechin Music Fest in August, will start at 8 p.m., with ticket sales going toward the running of the Music Fest.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and are available from The Old Bolag, The Eastend and Brechin Arms. Organisers have thanked City Press, who have kindly donated the tickets. Only 150 tickets are available for the event.

The committee behind the festival has also revealed that the Brechin Music Fest will now start a day earlier, with events kicking off on Thursday, August 29.

Brechin High School will be the venue to launch the weekend of music, with the school hosting a battle of the bands / school concert evening.

Speaking about the event, Graeme Strachan, a member of the organising committee, said: “As far as we are concerned as a committee it’s coming on great.

“The serious stuff is nearly all done – like setting up our constitution and booking the City hall and security and so on.

“The response we have been getting is unreal. Everybody is working hard and giving it 100 per cent.”

A few weeks ago, organisers announced that The Complete Stone Roses and The Trade, who are a Forfar-based band, would be performing at the City Hall on Friday, August 30.

Tickets for The Complete Stone Roses are priced at £16.50 with ticket outlets to be announced as soon as they have all been confirmed.

Discussing the number bands attending the festival, Graeme commented: “There are now 10 bands booked now. We’ve booked some really good bands.

“Obviously we have booked The Complete Stone Roses. They will be playing in the City Hall on the Friday night [August 30].”

Over 350 people will be able to see The Complete Stone Roses when they come to Brechin, with the festival organisers being able to secure the use of the balcony at City Hall by Angus Council.

Organisers have also confirmed that there will be security on the night as a precaution.

The Music Fest has seen a great level of interest from acts enquiring about taking part at the event.

Graeme said: “We’ve had about 73 band enquiries. We are still looking for bands, but we are looking for bands that do cover versions.

“Once the festival is up and going that is something we will be looking at.”

Acts who are interested in participating in the event should contact organisers by emailing info@brechinmusicfest.com.

Those attending the rewind karaoke night in March, will be in for a sneak peak at the schedule of bands due to perform.

Graeme revealed: “The band schedule is coming together really well. We will have a taster of the timetable up at the event in the Nova.”

To keep up to date with the latest news on the Brechin Music Fest, you can go to their official facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrechinMusicFest or keep up to date with them on twitter by following the @brechinmusicfest account.