Bon Fest a big hit in Kirriemuir

KIRRIEMUIR was a hub of activity on Saturday as AC/DC fans from around the world arrived to take part in Bon Fest.

The festival allowed hundreds of fans to pay homage to their hero Bon Scott in his home town on what would have been his 65th birthday.

Since 2006, DD8 Music have organised the festival to celebrate one of Kirriemuir’s most famous sons.

Around 60 fans arrived by bus from Germany and Austria to the sounds of AC/DC’s music after a 36-hour trip, including a detour to Overhill Road in East Dulwich, London where Bon Scott was found dead on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33.

Before the gigs started fans crowded into the Gateway to the Glens Museum to see a special Bon Scott exhibition full of memorabilia owned by Neil McDonald who has the biggest collection in the country.

Exhibits included a Let There Be Rock 1977 UK LP which may just be the only one in existence and 12 Of The Best - a rare Australian cassette album which was due to be released in 1978 before being scrapped at the last minute.

Pubs across town hosted a number of gigs before the main Town Hall concert headlined by Bon’s Balls - one of the leading AC/DC tribute bands.

Demand was so high that some people had even camped out overnight just to snap up the final few precious tickets.

Steve Gibbons of DD8 Music was thrilled with the success of the festival. He said: “We’ve had people from all over the world in Kirriemuir this weekend to celebrate his life. You just have to take a wander about to see all the different accents. We’ve got 61 people over from Berlin.

“Bon Scott was the best singer AC/DC ever had and he had a magnetic quality when he was on stage and really embodied the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.

“Good music stands the test of time and these songs defined an era.”

Stefan Kornfeld, who maintains the Austrian AC/DC website, was just one of the many people who travelled from Berlin. He said: “I’ve been a fan for over 30 years after getting the album If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) when I was eight years old.

“On the last tour I went to see 16 shows.

“I have always wanted to come to Kirriemuir to see where Bon Scott grew up.”