Kirrie gets ready to rock at Bonfest

AC/DC tribute band Back:n: Black.
AC/DC tribute band Back:n: Black.

This weekend sees the return of the annual Bonfest in Kirriemuir which guarantees to bring hundreds of avid AC/DC fans flocking to the town.

Building on the outstanding success of 2013, DD8 Music, with assistance from Angus Council’s community grant scheme, will bring an extra night of rocking live music to Kirrie.

DD8 Music has selected three excellent but very different bands for this year’s event. Friday night sees Back:n:Black, an all-female AC/DC tribute band from Switzerland, open Bonfest with a bang.

The girls have played gigs all over Europe and have added their own female twist to their electrifying AC/DC set. They are supported by the Guttergodz from Aberdeen and Rocker from Orkney.

John Crawford, DD8 Music’s spokesman, said: “Saturday has been the fastest ever selling night, with all tickets gone in a matter of days. Tickets have not just sold locally but to Norway, Germany, Austria and Russia, to name a few.

“It’s becoming a truly international festival, which puts Kirriemuir in the world-wide spotlight.”

Saturday’s headliners are Live Wire, one of the best AC/DC tribute bands in the UK. They have been touring the UK and Europe and descend on Kirriemuir with a set that is a first for Bonfest.

Live Wire have two front men who perform as Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. Their set will consist of mainly the Bon era but will also have a cameo appearance by Brian. This unique show is supported locally by Toke from Montrose and Forfar-based young rockers Around7.

Closing the weekend this year will be a special guest show by ex AC/DC drummer ‘Mr Thunderstruck’ himself, Chris Slade.

Slade has over 50 years’ experience as a rock drummer and will bring his time line tour to Kirriemuir.

Although his set will be AC/DC biased, it will also contain hits from other bands that Slade has played with including Asia, Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earthband.

John continued: “In 1991 Slade, whilst drumming with AC/DC, played for 1.6 million people during the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow making this one of the world’s biggest gigs.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Slade to Kirrie. He is supported by Jokers Highway from Fraserburgh and the winners of the Angus Cultural Ambassadors Award, pipe and drum rock outfit Gleadraich.”

The weekend also includes live music in the local pubs. With a wide range of musical genres, there is something for everyone.

There is a limited number of Friday and Sunday tickets available from The Kirriemuir Art Gallery and Sharp Music in Forfar.

DD8 Music would like to thank the local people of Kirriemuir for their support and the fans who travel far and wide.