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Press Release   •  Apr 28, 2017 15:22 BST

Bonfest, one of twelve events to be supported by the EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, is set to return to Angus this weekend, 28-30 April.

The annual rock music festival has been awarded £12,500 in funding from EventScotland’s National Programme Fund to support event delivery and help develop Scotland’s varied and boundary-pushing events portfolio.

Held in Kirriemuir, and organised by not-for profit community group DD8 Music, the rock extravanganza celebrates the life and music of Bon Scott, the legendary frontman of AC/DC who hails from the Angus town.

With a packed programme of local artists and performance by some of the best international AC/DC tribute bands, the 2017 festival is set to welcome its biggest name yet as original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd plays alongside Hayseed Dixie.

From gold panning and design, to music and food and drink, twelve events are taking place over the coming months, each receiving a share of the £140,000 Round-34 event fund.

Next month sees the return of the Dundee Design Festival (24 - 29 May), a five day celebration of world-class design. Now in its second year the event has been awarded £20,000 by the programme.

The National Programme Fund is designed to specifically support the strategic development of events which occur outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities and generating media profile for Scotland.

Building upon existing event activities, extending marketing reach and enhancing the on-site food and drink offer are just some of the ways national programme funds are often put to use.

Neil Christison, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Executive, said:

“Funding delivered through the National Programme is crucial in encouraging people to travel around Scotland and contributes greatly to the economies of several local authority areas with every funding round. Additionally, it helps to promote a positive image of Scotland to audiences domestically and in neighbouring markets, which is invaluable to the visitor economy.

“These EventScotland awards will allow each event to create an even more attractive proposition to potential attendees, and we look forward to working with event organisers to realise the shared vision for their development.”

Graham Galloway of Bonfest, said

We are very lucky that we are once again this year being supported by EventScotland’s National Funding Programme. The funding award has been crucial in helping us grow our festival, and will ensure that this year’s Bonfest is our biggest and best yet.”

For more information about Bonfest visit:

https://bonfest.com/

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