Plans to make Bon Fest bigger than ever

Hundreds of Rock fans decsend on the village of Kirriemuir which hosts a small Rock festival every year in a tribute to AC/DC.''Photograph � James Williamson.

Hundreds of Rock fans decsend on the village of Kirriemuir which hosts a small Rock festival every year in a tribute to AC/DC.''Photograph � James Williamson.

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The increasingly popular Bon Fest music event run by DD8 Music in Kirriemuir is set to move from May to August for next year.

Since the event began in 2006 it has been held in May but the decision has been made to change it to the weekend of the 15th, 16th and 17th of August for next year.

And DD8 Music are also planning to make the event even bigger and better than ever in 2014.

Some of the ideas mooted for next year have included making use of the Kirrie Show field as a potential camp site to allow for even more accommodation for festival goers.

The town hall would still be used as the main event stage and there would still be entertainment in the local pubs. The idea of bringing a street festival to the centre of town has also been suggested.

Or, there is the potential to fully utilise the Kirrie Show site and have a marquee set up for the bands to perform in as well as shuttle buses to and from the town where there will be the usual pub entertainment and the potential street festival.

The plans are in the consultation stage at the moment with members of the public sharing their views on Facebook.

Festival goer Carol Ross said: “Personally I prefer the pubs and Town Hall as the atmosphere is great.

“I fear that may be lost if you move to a bigger venue outside Kirrie.”

Gavin Blair added: “I’ve been for the last two years and I think the atmosphere in the pubs and town hall is amazing.

“It’s a big part of what makes Bon Fest so unique and would be a shame to tamper with it.

On the other side of the fence Kieran McQuire said: “Going for the Kirrie Show field would be a good call if the demand is there for it.

“With the lack of hotels in Kirrie etc, offering that area for camping as well seems a good move to me. But also have to make sure the town still retains the same atmosphere it has in previous years.”