Top music as the sun puts his hat on at ForfarFest

20160605- Forfarfest the acoustic lounge in Troopers. 
Mark Preston and six year old daughter Honey performing. 

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20160605- Forfarfest the acoustic lounge in Troopers. Mark Preston and six year old daughter Honey performing. � Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

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Live music was to the fore in Forfar over the weekend as the fifth annual ForfarFest played out to an appreciative audience.

A dozen venues hosted an eclectic mix of music, with the three day event kicking off in spectacular fashion courtesy of former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro at the Reid Hall.

He took part in the new event run by Ewan Phillip of EPL Events Ltd.

Prior to the opening night Ewan explained: “We have booked a stellar lineup of top level Scottish musicians from the western isles in a hope of bringing both high quality musicians and bands to Forfar to complement the amazing local talent we have, and to bring a variety of Scottish flavour to the music festival.”

The ‘Island Gathering’ also featured music from Skipinnish founded on the isle of Tiree, and Sketch, a band from Skye. Also on the lineup was well-known local musician Eddie McNaughton.

A number of locals pubs and clubs hosted a variety of acts from Friday through to Sunday, with the Royal British Legion Forfar Branch forced to issue an apology to patrons after they under-estimated the number of visitors.

In a statement Margaret Brown, branch chairman said: “Friday night saw an amazing amount of people attend the Forfar Branch in support of the Cherry Bombs. Unfortunately, we did not prepare ourselves adequately in respect of having enough bar staff on. We were totally overwhelmed. I can only apologise unreservedly for the lack of preparation on our part to those people who decided not to stay and to those who did stay but had to wait an inordinate amount of time to get served. It did eventually calm down and our bar staff coped admirably and worked extremely hard.”

The Forfar Indoor Sports Centre made its debut as a ForfarFest venue, which proved to be a popular choice for many who enjoyed the glorious sunshine. They posted on their Facebook page: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped, worked and supported our first ForfarFest. The sun put its hat on, the bands played brilliant music, staff worked their socks off, the stalls raised a bit of money for their causes and everyone had fun in the sun. Learned a lot and already working on next year’s event to make it bigger and better. Thank you and spread the word for next year. “