KIRRIEMUIR'S Live in the Den music festival will return on Saturday, August 16 with the event's strongest line-up to date.

The free, open air festival is organised by DD8 Music and will feature some of Scotland's best unsigned bands alongside fantastic local talent.

Opening act Big Big Sound are an eight piece Dundee based band who play a mash up of drum 'n' bass, hip-hop, reggae and ska. They return to Live in the Den after their outstanding closing slot two years ago which had the whole crowd jumping.

In the last 18 months they have been supported by Dundee rockers The View, attracted major label interest and recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1.

The first of the young local acts are Sinclair's Happy Hour. Formed at the start of the year after having previously all played together at some point in various different bands, they created their own original electro-pop-punk sound and have been gigging regularly in the local area.

Aberdeenshire rock/blues band, Estrella, are back in Kirriemuir on the back of their afternoon set at the Bon Scott Festival which really deserved a bigger audience.

Their 70's vintage rock inspired sound and image has won them a large following, and earned them regular radio airplay, and TV and Media coverage.

The band has also been actively supporting Aberdeen based charity, UCAN, to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of urological cancer by carrying out lunch time gigs in secondary schools, throughout the North East and Highland regions of Scotland, the band has assisted UCAN to get their message across to these young men and women in a positive way.

The Trade

Popular Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee based five piece The Trade are about as committed a band as there is.

They make the sound of a band doing exactly what they love and their driving rock sound is bound to get the Den crowd stomping their feet and punching the air.

They recorded their album "Empire" after only four months together, and have taken their songs all over the UK to great success. Currently the band are working on their new EP, due for release in September.

Fresh from their blinding set at T in the Park, State of Affairs are up next to woo the crowds. The hotly tipped Edinburgh based alternative rockers have been featured on Vic Galloway's BBC Radio One show, toured the UK, and are supporting Idlewild in September.

They have been winning over crowds everywhere they have played over the last seven years with their punky sound, catchy vocals and excellent song writing. Simply unmissable.

Local indie rockers Emerald Sunday formed recently in April 2008, but have already gelled superbly and have gone down a storm in their first few gigs, impressing crowds from Meigle to Kircaldy.

The band are just completing their demo EP including songs such as the well received anthem "Always Forever And A Day".

The Algarves are an alternative indie band based in Kirriemuir, Dundee and Aberdeen. They have played all over Scotland in the last two years, and have made themselves many fans with their jumpy rocky sound and energetic delivery.

Sonnet 65

Kirriemuir's favourite fiddle embellished mesmerising epic emotional pop-rock outfit Sonnet65 have been gigging solidly this summer and are in festival mode after playing a strong set at Alyth's Jam in the Den.

They have played literally thousands of gigs in the last eight years, and impressed audiences from Aberdeen to Glasgow, Edinburgh to Carlisle, Cambridge to Co. Mayo, Dundee to China, and back to Kirrie.

Recently they have been waking the Tayside region thanks to airplay on the Tay FM breakfast show.

Up next is Forfar cover act Fingerprint. They opened the afternoon concert at the Bon Scott Rock day in May and were another act who deserved a far bigger crowd.

Their strong musicianship and brilliant choice of timeless classic anthems will most certainly please the festival goers.

Next up, Montrose band F 'n' 3Gs will be belting out their set of classic singalong songs. The band play classic and modern rock covers band by the likes of Bad Company, The Who, Greenday and Deep Purple.

The Longest Line are a three piece ska punk band from Kirriemuir. They have been busy writing recording and gigging locally since forming around January.

The band take inspiration from the likes of Me First And the Gimme Gimmies, NoFx and Rancid.

Since Taking Chase formed in 2006, they have achieved considerable success. The Edinburgh band, who's vocalist/keyboard player originates from Kirriemuir, were featured on MTV's "Get Seen Get Heard", have recorded a session for MTV, had their music played on Radio One, Radio Scotland and XFM Scotland, toured the UK twice, and released their debut EP on Wasted State Records. Not bad for a band who have only been going a couple of years!

Unfortunately, Cole Appleyard will no longer be appearing due to singer/guitarist Dave moving to Oxford. A replacement act will be announced shortly and the last chance to catch the band before they split up will be Saturday, August 9 at Cage in Dundee.

Assassin8 from Dundee are a four piece rock act who are all about getting up on stage, enjoying what they do, and delivering their favourite tunes brilliantly.

Covering classic songs from Stealers Wheel right through to Snow Patrol, they are sure to get the crowd moving.

The White Light are an indie rock 'n' roll band from Forfar who've been together for about four years. Their music is fast and dirty, and sure to get you moving.

The band recorded their new demo, "Take what you want and leave", at Hastie Retreat recording studios in Dundee, and will be playing around Scotland in the coming months and north of England in the new year.

The White Light were recently one of only two bands chosen by the judges to compete in the final of the Scottish Sun's "Winadeal" competition.

The full line up and times are as follows:-

12pm - Big Big Sound; 12.30pm - Sinclair's Happy Hour; 1pm - Estrella; 1.30pm - The Trade; 2pm - State of Affairs; 2.30pm - Emerald Sunday; 3pm - The Algarves; 3.30pm - Sonnet65; 4pm - Fingerprint; 4.30pm - F 'n' 3 G'S; 5pm - The Longest Line; 5.30pm - Taking Chase; 6pm - To Be Confirmed; 6.30pm - Assassin8; 7pm - The White Light.