Bonfest poster competition

Visitors to the Gateway to the Glens Museum in the month of June will have the opportunity to see their artwork used by the upcoming Bonfest exhibition in August.

A competition at the Kirriemuir museum invites people to submit their entries that could go on to be chosen as the official poster for the forthcoming exhibition in memory of former AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott, who was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir for a number of years.

Scott was born in Forfar in 1946 and lived in Kirrie until he was six years old, when his family moved to Australia.

He joined AC/DC in 1974 when the band parted ways with their original vocalist Dave Evans, with whom the other band members had several personal clashes.

Bon was recommended to the band by Vince Lovegrace.

During his tenure with the band he provided vocals for their first six albums - ‘High Voltage’, ‘T.N.T.’, ‘Dirty Deeds Done Cheap’, ‘Let There Be Rock’, ‘Powerage’ and ‘Highway to Hell’.

Scott died in 1980, reportedly from alcohol poisoning.

The museum’s exhibition will run alongside the Bonfest music festival, which is organised by DD8 Music and will run for three days in August from Friday 15 to Sunday 17.

That weekend is one of the busiest for the Gateway to the Glens, with the greatest number of museum visitors ever recorded on a single day occurring during 2011’s event.

Headlining the music festival on Friday 15 will be Back:N:Black, the ultimate all-girl tribute to AC/DC.

Finishing on Saturday will be Spain’s greatest AC/DC tribute band, The Bon Scott Revival Show.

Closing out the festival on Sunday night is former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade.

Organisers DD8 Music are also hoping to raise enough money to fund a statue to Bon Scott for Kirriemuir next year.

To donate to the campaign, and to find out more about it and the support it has received, visit the group’s page at