Bonfest – Bringing the World to Kirriemuir


Bonfest 2017 marks the 11th anniversary of the rock music festival in honour of AC/DC’S Bon Scott. The festival takes place over three days in Bon’s hometown of Kirriemuir over the weekend of April 28th to 30th. AC/DC are still one of the biggest bands on the planet. The band were able to sell out stadiums in minutes and they’re still massively popular around the world.

The festival brings together folks from all over the world to revel in Bon’s greatest creations. For me, as an active member of the community in Kirriemuir it is paramount that our international music festival is a success. Kirriemuir, as a small town, relies on the revenue that events such as Bonfest bring to the local economy throughout the year. The community and businesses work together and come up with ideas and ways to entice people into local restaurants, bars, hotels, attractions and shops within the town. The visitors have major stops to visit such as the Bon Scott statue and the Bon Scott plaque. Along with this, as a community, we get together and show visitors other attractions in the town and surrounding areas, showcasing that a stay in Kirriemuir is far from dull and each visitor can be kept busy and possibly look to extend their stay by a couple of extra days, creating more financial benefit to the area.

This year’s festival sees one of the strongest line ups yet, with some genuine AC/DC royalty headlining. The legend that is Phil Rudd joins Stinger from Germany and Italy playing on Friday 28th April. Live/Wire play on the 29th and AC/DC UK on the 30th. Even more special guests have yet to be announced. All this can be enjoyed during three whole days of free live gigs in local bars and pubs throughout Kirriemuir.

Bonfest kickstarts the summer for business in Kirriemuir and boosts morale for the local community and business owners. It allows the local community to join together during the event planning stages to broadcast their ideas and hopes for the festival. Kirriemuir can only accommodate a fraction of the visitors that come to expect from this large event, so this is also a great opportunity for businesses in the surrounding areas in Dundee and Angus to benefit. There will always be a need and demand for extra accommodation and restaurants while Bonfest continues to be a success. The local businesses are looking forward to this year’s annual event and hosting the fans of AC/DC and Bon Scott from all over the world.