This year’s Montrose Music Festival has smashed attendance records following a bumper weekend.
Jools Holland and his band got the party started before 72 bands performed 120 gigs across 26 town venues.
After a soaraway 2015 success which saw 12,000 music fans pour into the town, MoFest organisers said they believed last weekend’s influx was even bigger.
Vice-chair Anne Jenkins said: “We run a survey each year which is open for two weeks after the festival.
“We get a lot of our information from that but the attendance figure we are going for this year is in excess of 15,000.
“As an overview, it was another fantastic year.
“We were really happy with how it went.
“The High Street was mobbed on Saturday and Sunday and the new venues were fantastic.
“The Pavilion Cafe had a great buzz about it and the Holy Ghosts and Revolutionnaires at the Town Hall was packed.
“We’re now onto planning for year 10 and we’ve got something pretty special in mind.”
— Dame Anne Begg (@annebegg) May 27, 2016
Montrose Music Festival had 594 bands apply to play this year from as far afield as Canada and Ethiopia.
New bands that have never played the festival before went through a listening group process where a panel of 10-plus music fans listened and scored their music.
The highest scoring bands were then asked to play.
The ninth MoFest still has a big headline date to come, with Canadian rocker Bryan Adams due to grace the East Links open air stage on Sunday August 7.
This is the rocker’s only outdoor show in Scotland following the release of his latest studio album, Get Up, in October.
Adams rose to fame in North America with his album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless which included hits such as Run to You, Heaven and Summer of ‘69.
He has to date sold more than 100 million records worldwide including (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which spent 16 consecutive weeks at number 1 in the UK in 1991.
Adams will be the latest name in a lengthening line-up of famous musicians that have been signed up to play the festival following previous appearances from Ash, Status Quo and Madness.