Montrose Music Festival

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

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.


Events are spread across a three day period.

The festival is run by a small group of volunteers and is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity. The aim of the MoFest team is to promote free, live music of all styles and genres to people of all ages, and at all levels, in Montrose and the surrounding area. This is achieved by actively promoting local artists at a large host of venues, as well as hosting musicians from across the UK.

Inaugural festival[edit]

The first Montrose Music Festival took place over the weekend of Friday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 2008[1] and was an overwhelming success,[2][3] bringing thousands of visitors and an estimated £500,000 boost to the local economy.[4] The main attraction of the inaugural festival was the Friday night opening concert by the legendary Average White Band, regarded by many as the perfect band to open the first festival because of Montrose's connection with original AWB saxophonist's Malcolm Duncan (musician).

During the Saturday and Sunday, the music moved into the pubs and hotels with over 60 free entry gigs over the two days, with acts of varying genres entertaining thousands of music fans. Amongst these acts were: Highly respected harmonica player Fraser Speirs, Award winning Scottish folk band Malinky, Young English Singer/songwriter Joni Fuller and upcoming Oxford based alt-rock band Lights Action.


The 2009 festival took place over the weekend from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 May. Building on the success of the 2008 festival, organisers booked Scottish band, Deacon Blue to headline the 2009 festival.[5] Demand for the opening concert was so high that the tickets were sold out within 20 minutes.[6] The band then added a second night of playing on the 28th, giving Montrosians and traveling fans two nights of outstanding music.


2010 saw the team pull in The Fortunate Sons (Now Big Figure) supported by The Worry Beads.


In 2011, MoFest continued its successful streak of music by playing host to Skerryvore with support from Dr Feelgood. 2010 also saw the proactive MoFest team bring the Proclaimers to town later in the year. Both acts proved to be a huge success.


May - Eddi Reader


May - Toploader

Nov - Eddi Reader


Headline act on East Links Area - Status Quo, supported by The Holy Ghosts

Nov – Amelia Lily, Stooshe & The Loveable Rogues


22-24 May Now in its 8th Year, Mofest bring ASH to the Town Hall for a capacity crowd. Supporting ASH, were, The Amorettes - a 3 piece Female rock band from Glasgow, and local group If All Else Fails.

Additions this year include 'The Market Area', supported by Event Scotland for the promotion of local Scottish food and drink. And 'The MoDome', a fantastic structure brought up from way down south to be used as a chillout zone during the weekend, but also for hosting some acoustics sets from amazing artists after the main stage had finished.

The Madness Grandslam Tour comes to the East Links Arena in July.

Cast are set to join us in Montrose Town Hall in October


May - Jools Holland

August - Bryan Adams


  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. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  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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