Music plays on at first Forfar fest


FORFAR can now boast its own music fest following the success of last weekend’s debut event in the town.

For three days venues played host to over 50 live acts at the Forfarfest - and the organisers and those who supported the event were not left disappointed. There was everything from acoustic sets and ceilidhs to rock and blues bands.

The concept was put together during regular meetings of Forfar’s publicans for the Pubwatch initiative; they approached the cream of local musicians and bands from further afield to bring together the major festival.

They recognised the success of similar festivals in neighbouring Kirriemuir and Montrose, and wanted to provide the Forfar public, as well as visitors, with a musicfest of their own. The event was co-ordinated by Ian Whyte of The Plough, a former chairman of the large-scale, similar styled Dundee Blues Bonanza.

Speaking on Monday he told the “Dispatch”: “Going by the Facebook feedback, it was all good and the town was buzzing.

“This has been a long time coming and it will now be an annual event. We will now need to form a small committee, which will include local musicians, to develop the Forfarfest properly.

“Through the Pubwatch scheme we work to give the public a safe environment but we can now grow our business through good music.”