KIRRIE READY TO ROCK IN TRIBUTE TO BON SCOTT:
April 29, 2009
Event in memory of AC/DC frontman who was born in town
Mark Dowie of www.pressandjournal.co.uk reports that an angus town will be the venue at the weekend for a musical tribute to rock legend Bon Scott.
The AC/DC frontman and lyricist was born at Kirriemuir but moved to Australia with his family when he was six.
Since 2006, Kirriemuir has hosted a music festival as a tribute to the musician, who died in 1980 at the age of 33.
The event was started in 2006 by local community group DD8 Music to coincide with the unveiling of a commemorative stone to Scott in the town centre.
The festival has been held every May Day weekend since and has attracted hundreds of rock fans from across the country.
DD8 Music chairman Steven Gibbons said this year’s festival had been expanded to include more live music during the day, as well as the evening concert by headliners the AC/DC tribute band High Vol-tage.
He said: “The first year we held the festival, it brought about 500 people to the town and it’s brought around the same number since.
“It’s quite a big and well-supported event and some people travel a long way for it. This year there are people coming from Dublin and Newcastle, and the headlining band is coming from East Anglia.
“We’ve sold a lot of tickets and some outlets are running out.”
All the events will take place on Saturday, with the main concert in the town hall at 7pm.
Two local pubs, the Ogilvy Bar and the Gairie Inn, are also hosting performances by local bands, which have turned out in force to support the festival.
The free gigs will begin at both pubs at 1pm and continue throughout the afternoon.
Some tickets are still available for the main event and can be bought from the Star Rock Shop in the Roods, Kirriemuir, and the Toy Castle in Castle Street, Forfar, or at the town hall on the day.