For those about to rock, Kirriemuir was certainly the place to be at the weekend when DD8 Music held its eighth Bon Fest.
For the first time it was held over three days, making this year’s event the biggest and best to date.
The town was buzzing with visitors from all over Europe. There was a visitor from Moscow and one made the pilgrimage to Bon Scott’s home town from Freemantle, Australia, where the lead singer of AC/DC also spent a part of his life.
The event was organised by community group DD8 Music, and chairman Graham Galloway was delighted with how well the 2014 festival had gone.
The group now intends to build on the weekend’s success and forge ahead with its plans to have a specially commissioned statue of Bon Scott erected in his home town.
Graham said: “This was our eighth Bon Fest; it just gets bigger and better every year.
“It was great walking about the town, soaking up the atmosphere and hearing all the different languages. This was the first time we have gone for a three day festival. We were testing the water and it was a fantastic success.”
Hundreds of AC/DC fans jumped on the ‘Rock ‘n’roll Train’ to Kirrie with the opening act Back:n: Black, an all-female AC/DC tribute band, performing to a sell-out crowd in the town hall.
They were supported by the Guttergodz from Aberdeen and Rocker from Orkney.
The ‘sold out’ signs were also up on Saturday for Live Wire, one of the best AC/DC tribute bands in the UK with special guest, ex AC/DC drummer ‘Mr Thunderstruck’ himself, Chris Slade, closing the weekend.
Other attractions during the weekend were a visit to the Gateway to the Glens Museum by Neil McDonald, one of the UK’s leading collectors of rare AC/DC memorabilia, who met up with fans, whilst Colin McIlraith of Kirrie Ales micro-brewery proved a real hit with the crowds.
He was selling his range of special ales - ‘Fruity Wee Blonde’, ‘Bon’s Best’ and ‘Big Rosie Lager’ - which also went down a treat with the crowds.
Building on the weekend success Graham continued: “Bon Fest is a very important part of what we do. We are a not for profit organisation so we do this for the youth work in the town.
“We also want to bring people to Kirriemuir to let them know what a great wee town it is. We have found that people who come to Bon Fest also come back to visit throughout the year.
“We are now going to engage with the local community about the placing of the Bon Scott statue. We are going to do our own poll to find out the best site. We have already spoken to local businesses and they are one hundred per cent behind it. The support is there in the town.”