Bon Fest close to sell out

SPECIAL BREW:  John Crawford, one of the Bonfest organisers, is pictured here with the special AC/DC beer sent from a German brewery.
SPECIAL BREW: John Crawford, one of the Bonfest organisers, is pictured here with the special AC/DC beer sent from a German brewery.

BON FEST is set to be a sell-out once again this year.

One of Kirriemuir’s most famous sons, former AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, died in 1980 aged just 33 and Bon Fest aims to commemorate his memory with two days of live music and events throughout the town.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, sees hundreds of fans from the UK and worldwide flock to Kirriemuir to celebrate their idol.

And this year’s Bon Fest is due to start with a bang, with Italian band Buon Scotch recreating the famous AC/DC video to “Long Way to the Top” on the back of an open top lorry on the streets of Kirriemuir.

There will be a fantastic selection of local rock bands playing for free on both the Saturday and Sunday and the cream of European cover bands from Germany and Italy on Saturday and Sunday.

Graham Galloway of organisers DD8 Music is thrilled with the response so far and says even though the event has sold out before it has never sold out quite so quickly. He said: “Saturday has all sold out locally though there are still some weekend tickets available online. And Sunday tickets can still be bought.

“We have four pubs involved where local bands will be performing and we will also be using the weekend to launch the fundraising of the Bon Scott statue.

“We are really wanting to start building up the profile of the project and it’s going well so far with almost 2,000 people from all over the planet signed up to the statue’s Facebook page.”

The artist chosen to design and make the Bon Scott statue, John McKenna, will also be paying a visit to Kirriemuir on the Sunday of the festival to give a talk about his work.

As a special extra this year, organisers DD8 Music have just taken a shipment of AC/DC Beer from the German brewer Karlsberg.

It was the band themselves who teamed up with the brewer to release their own official beer and DD8 Music took a delivery of pint-sized tins and 10 five-litre kegs.

Graham added: “One of the organisers, John Crawford, was over at a German AC/DC conference back in October and the beer was being sold there. So, he made some contacts and they very kindly donated some beer to us for Bon Fest this year.”

There are a handful of weekend tickets left on, but once they are gone the Saturday, May 4 will be completely sold out.

Tickets for Sunday, May 5 are also selling fast and people are encouraged to buy now to avoid disappointment. Sunday tickets are also available through Ticketweb, or locally from the Kirriemuir Art Gallery on Reform Street.