Indie band Ash to headline at MoFest...

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Northern Irish indie rock band Ash will be headlining this year’s Montrose Music Festival.

The group - fronted by Tim Wheeler - will take to the stage at Montrose Town Hall on Friday, May 22, as part of their forthcoming album tour to celebrate their first album in eight years.

The trio will not only be kick-starting the three-day weekend of music in the town, the concert will also kick off their UK tour.

Ash’s vocalist and guitarist, Tim, said: “We’re really pleased to be back on the road doing a few shows this year, and are really looking forward to kicking it off with a night in Montrose as part of its music festival.”

The Montrose Music Festival, or MoFest, as it is affectionately known, has 210 free gigs in 26 local venues lined-up for music fans from May 22 to 24.

MoFest’s chairman, David Paton, said: “Now in its eighth year, the Montrose Music Festival is going from strength to strength.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ash to the line-up and have the band headline our weekend of music.

“We established the festival to make live music more accessible and year on year it’s developing and attracting more music fans as well as bands eager to take part.

“This year, we’ve had more than 350 band applications which we’ve had to whittle down to around 100 bands, which will put on 210 free gigs over the weekend.

“It’s shaping up to be great MoFest!”

Ash’s concert at Montrose Town Hall, which is for over-16s only, is the only ticketed event of MoFest’s May weekend.

Tickets are priced from £20 and are on sale from 10am on Friday (March 27) on the Ticketline website or by ‘phoning 0844 888 9991.

They will also be on sale from the Fairways Suite at the Links Hotel between 10am and noon this Saturday (March 28) where cash or card payments will be accepted.

Following on from the hugely successful Montrose gig from three-chord rock legends Status Quo, who headlined last year’s festival, MoFest and LCC Live have teamed up again to bring ska pioneers Madness to the town with an outdoor concert on the East Links on Sunday, July 5.