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Stage is set for music festival

Pipe, blues, rock, folk and swing bands will be among those playing

The first Montrose Music Festival is set to take place, featuring about 40 different bands playing 60 gigs.

The event will open on Friday evening with a concert by Scottish funk act the Average White Band, which has been sold out for the past three months.

The festival runs until Sunday night and features blues, indie, rock, folk and swing artists, along with pipe and fiddle bands and dancing.

Part of the High Street will be sealed off on Saturday for free entertainment.

'Massive buzz'

Chairwoman, Lynda Paton, said: "There's a massive buzz in the town. People in general have just felt it's time that we had some live music in the town, it's been missing for quite some time.

"We've noticed this last two or three weeks that people are dropping everything to come to this festival - not just from Montrose, but from surrounding areas and we've even heard of people travelling up from London.

"It's grown arms and legs as well. It's got a lot bigger than we intended it to be because we felt we wanted to involved the wider community, so we have something for all age groups."

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