Montrose Music Festival

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Montrose Music Festival
DatesLate May - Early June
Location(s)Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
Years active2008 - 2018

Montrose Music Festival is an annual event, taking place at the end of May in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. The festival first took place in 2008 and is organised by volunteers on a non-profit basis. It won the "Pride of Angus Award" in 2008.

The festival takes place over a three-day period. It is run by a group of volunteers as a non-profit organization and a registered charity. The aim is to promote free, live music of all styles and genres. The festival promotes local artists at various venues, and hosts musicians from across the UK.[citation needed]



The first Montrose Music Festival took place Friday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 2008[1] and was considered a success,[2][3] bringing thousands of visitors and an estimated £500,000 boost to the local economy.[4][failed verification] The main attraction was the opening concert by Average White Band, leveraging Montrose's connection with original AWB saxophonist Malcolm Duncan.[citation needed]

On Saturday and Sunday, the music moved into pubs and hotels with over 60 free-entry gigs over the two days. The event included musical acts of varying genres, performing for thousands of attendees. Among these acts were harmonica player Fraser Speirs, Scottish folk band Malinky, English Singer/songwriter Joni Fuller and Oxford-based alt-rock band Lights Action.[citation needed]


The 2009 festival took place from Thursday to Sunday, 28–31 May. Scottish band Deacon Blue headlined.[5][failed verification] Tickets sold out within 20 minutes.[6][failed verification] The band then added a second night of playing on the 28th.[citation needed]


2010 saw the team pull in The Fortunate Sons (Now Big Figure) supported by The Worry Beads. Later in the year the Proclaimers came to town .[citation needed]


In 2011, MoFest hosted Skerryvore with support from Dr. Feelgood.


May - Eddi Reader

Ian "H" Watkins played but the festival was abandoned after several missiles were thrown from the crowd after confusion about the line up where fans were expecting welsh rock band Lostprophets


Toploader performed in May, followed in November by Eddi Reader.


The headliner was Status Quo, supported by The Holy Ghosts. In November, Amelia Lily, Stooshe & The Loveable Rogues performed.[citation needed]


In its 8th Year, Mofest brought ASH to the Town Hall, supported by The Amorettes, a 3-piece female rock band from Glasgow, and local group If All Else Fails, all from 22 to 24 May.[citation needed]

Additions included The Market Area, supported by Event Scotland for the promotion of local Scottish food and drink. A structure called The MoDome was set up as a chillout zone and for hosting acoustic sets after the main stage had finished.[citation needed]


Jools Holland headlined in May, followed in August by Bryan Adams.


Pearl Jam headlined with Nirvana, who had The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan filling the void of Kurt Cobain


The Fishwife of Wishaw performed with The East Kilbride cabbage munchers supporting The Waterboys on the Saturday with Sauchiebaw Street Pilgrims supporting Slipknot on the Sunday.


Event was cancelled due to someone buying a Fillet’O’Fish from the local McDonalds for the first time since 1996. 3 local councillors resigned and the festival was put on hold until further notice.


  1. ^ "UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Stage is set for music festival". BBC News. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ Dowie, Mark. "Article - First Montrose Music Festival turns out to be big hit". Press and Journal. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Festival boosts economy". Montrose Review. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Deacon Blue for Montrose". Montrose Review. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Tickets sell in 20 minutes". Montrose Review. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2013.

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