Festival set to be a three-day extravaganza

ARBROATH will be the blues centre of Scotland during the last weekend in August when some 30 bands will take part in the seventh Bell Rock Blues Festival.

And for the first time, the festival will extend over three days. It will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 26, 27 and 28.

Participating venues are the Anchor Bar, Bowlers, Burns Bar, Coast, Commercial Inn, Fisherman’s Inn, Foundry Bar, Lorne Bar, Millgate Bar, Pageant Bar, St Thomas Bar, Station Bar and West Port Bar.

Despite the recession the organisers have decided that there will be no admission charges, so music lovers will be able to attend at any of the 13 venues without having to pay an entry fee.

Organiser Sandra Nicoll revealed that the Bell Rock Blues Festival has gained worldwide acclaim. “We have had requests from bands in Italy, France, Spain, Finland and the United States asking if they can take part, but unfortunately, we do not have the money to bring them over.

“However, we have two new venues this year, the Fisherman’s Inn and the West Port Bar, so we are able to spread our wings a little.

“And this year it will not be just blues music on offer, as we have introduced an element of different styles to suit everyone.”

She concluded: “The dates of August 26, 27 and 28 should be entered in your diary to ensure you do not miss this marvellous opportunity to see and hear some wonderful bands. And the best thing of all is that there are no admission fees!”

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