Great line-up for debut fest

Local band The Trade are among the 51 acts lined up for the first Forfarfest which takes place this weekend.
Local band The Trade are among the 51 acts lined up for the first Forfarfest which takes place this weekend.

FORFAR is gearing up for its first major music festival this weekend - and with a cracking line up in ten venues it promises to make the market town the place to be.

A total of 51 live acts are lined up to entertain from Friday through to Sunday, offering something for everyone.

The event has come together from the regular meetings of Forfar’s publicans for the Pubwatch initiative and has been co-ordinated by Ian Whyte of The Plough, a former chairman of the large-scale, similar style Dundee Blues Bonanza.

It is being brought together by work from all the venues and musicians of the town.

The ten venues participating are Bar Central, Chapter & Verse, D8 NightClub and Bar, Masons, Osnaburg, The Plough, Queen Street, Thistle, Troopers and Vine & Monkey.

There’s everything from original rock, Scottish/folk, blues, rock covers, acoustic original and acoustic covers.

The farthest travelled band is top blues band Dr. Bendix who are flying in from Norway to play at D8 Club & Bar on Friday from 9pm to midnight.

Kirriemuir festival favourites, folk duo Bill Carr and Peter Dick, are playing Queen Street on Friday from 8-11pm and on Saturday the Cherry Bombz hard rocking with female vocalist are at the Osnaburg from 2-5pm.

London-based funk rock band The Council are at Bar Central on Saturday from 7-9pm and the youngest band at the festival, after their excellent debut at Kirrie’s Bonfest, are Around7 at the Thistle Bar on Saturday at 8pm. .

U.S. based Dolalay, originally from Arbroath, are at Troopers on Saturday at 5pm. and the full-on double bill of The Trade/Buck Rogers are at The Plough on Saturday from 10pm-1am for Bobo’s last gig.

The Perth all-girl trio Mama’s Baby are at the Vine & Monkey on Sunday from 4-7pm and there will be hard rocking guitar riffs from Snappin Turtles at the Mason’s on Sunday from 7-10pm..

The Boston Tea Party at Chapter & Verse on Sunday from 8.30-11.30pm promises Blues ‘n rock and featuring Pete McGlone on saxophone.

With the final 51 acts confirmed, Ian said the line-up is probably as large as any debut festival.

He said: “We have deliberately chosen a bit of something for everyone, from folk to afternoon ceilidhs, original acts to cover music. All the gigs are free. We are hoping the town will be buzzing. Kirrie has three festivals a year, the Montrose Music Festival is in its fifth year, Arbroath has two - why not Forfar?”

The Friday night programme is: Bar Central - Midnight Blues; Chapter & Verse -Stealer; D8 Nightclub & Bar - Dr Bendix; Masons - Danni; Osnaburg - C-Red; The Plough - Bygones; Queen Street - Bill Carr & Peter Dick; Vine & Monkey - White Light; Saturday - Bar Central - Lil Ms Debbie/The Scumbags, The Council, Snapping Turtles; Chapter & Verse - Eddie McNaughton, Gav Hedge, Laura & Graham; Headroom, Emerald Sunday; Masons - Moonzie Allstars, Lil Ms Debbie/The Scumbags; Osnaburg - Cherry Bombz, Ronnie; The Plough - Din Raisin Ceilidh Band, We Are The Support Act, Trade/Buck Rogers; Queen Street - Eddie McNaughton; Thistle - Around 7; Troopers - Bygones, Dolalay, MC, Smokehouse; Vine & Monkey - Bygones, Gail Melville, Tonight Matthew, Bobby Stickah and Headroom.; Sunday - Bar Central - Moonzie Allstars, Tonight Matthew and We Are The Support Act; Chapter & Verse - Eddie McNaughton & Kev Skelly, Gail Melville, Boston Tea Party; Osnaburg - Outsiders; Masons - Lochnagar, Snapping Turtles; The Plough - Dolalay; Queen Street - MC; Troopers - Bygones Jam Session; Vine & Monkey - Laura and Graham, Mama’s Baby and Headroom Jam Session.