Deacon Blue are making a return to the MoFest stage to celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary.
The Glasgow band will headline the popular North East festival, opening the weekend of live music with an outdoor show on the East Links, Montrose on Friday 26th May 2017.
The band, which next year will celebrate 30 years since the release of Raintown, previously headlined the festival back in 2009, and is making a return for this special, milestone weekend.
Lead singer, Ricky Ross, said:
“We’re having great fun touring right now, and are really looking forward to returning to MoFest next year. We're going to make it a big show and with a lot of favourites, old and new! Don't expect to go home too early!"
Singer Lorraine McIntosh, said:
“We remember our show at MoFest 2009 with great fondness. We’re really excited to be heading back to Montrose and being part of its special tenth anniversary celebrations. We promise a great show and hope to see lots of our fans there.”
Deacon Blue headlined the Montrose Music Festival in 2009. Other artists that have followed in their footsteps include: Bryan Adams; Status Quo; Jools Holland; and Madness.
David Paton, Chairman of the Montrose Music Festival, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome back Deacon Blue as headliners for MoFest 2017. They were absolutely superb when they performed at MoFest in 2009, and we were keen to bring back one of our original headliners for this special weekend.
“MoFest 2017 promises to be a special, memorable weekend and we hope that music lovers from across Scotland will come and join us for a weekend of great live music. In addition to the headline shows on Friday and Sunday, there will be around 200 bands performing over the course of the weekend, in various locations around the town. There will be a varied genre of music available, so there really is something for everyone.”
The Montrose Music Festival takes place between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th May. Deacon Blue will headline the festival, kicking off proceedings with a concert on the East Links on Friday 26th May. The Beach Boys will bring the festival to an end on the Sunday night.
Beach Boys - 28th May 2017
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, have toured as the Beach Boys regularly since 1998 when Carl Wilson passed away.
The Beach Boys are an American pop and rock band, widely considered one of the most influential groups of the ‘60s. Known as “America’s Band”, they are easily recognized by their complex vocal harmonies. Initially recording music that focused on Californian youth culture, halfway through the decade they shifted their attention towards melancholy orchestral pop, and continued to experiment with other genres. With the release of 1974’s Endless Summer they became a more popular touring act, playing their greatest hits. They have recorded 36 Billboard Top 40 hits (including four number-one singles), have had over 100 million sales, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, the original group comprised singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, his brothers Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friends Al Jardine and David Marks. South African musicians Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar played and sang with the band on three key albums during the early 1970s. Many changes in both musical style and personnel have occurred in their sometimes-stormy career: Brian Wilson’s mental illness, drug addiction and eventual withdrawal from the group; the deaths of Dennis Wilson in 1983 and Carl Wilson in 1998; and continuing legal battles among surviving members of the group.
In December 2011, five of the group’s surviving members - Brian, Mike, Al, Bruce and David (But not Blondie or Ricky) - reformed in celebration of their 50th anniversary, announcing that a new album and a 50-date international tour had been planned for 2012. The tour begun on April 24, 2012 with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Songfacts reports that the first single from the album, That‘s Why God Made the Radio, made it’s national radio debut on April 25, 2012 on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
In 2013, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are continuing to tour under the Beach Boys name. Brian Wilson has been in the studio, it is not known whether the sessions are for the Beach Boys, or for Brian solo material. Brian Wilson also plans to play two shows with Al Jardine and David Marks, one show in Ohio, and the other at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. A live album and/or DVD, and a career-spanning box set entitled “Made In California” was released in 2013.