Thursday - Fringe
The Monsterfest Fringe was created in 2019 to give local artists the opportunity to share the stage with headline acts who themselves had played the festival on their way up before hitting chart success.
Mason Hill is one such act. After gracing the Monsterfest stage in 2018, they went on to record a debut album that burst into the top twenty national charts as well as making number one on the UK Rock charts. Not a bad achievement for five young lads from Glasgow.
To trace the Mason Hill story to its origin, Scott Taylor and James Bird met at school in Glasgow. At the age of 14, Bird was already an accomplished, award-winning, gifted guitar prodigy, who’d shared a stage with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), a personal hero, he also toured across the UK and secured endorsements from leading music brands. The teenage Taylor already harboured dreams of fronting a rock ’n’ roll band, and the pair’s friendship and shared aspirations led them to form a band. In 2013 the pair formed Mason Hill, adding drummer Craig McFetridge, bassist Matthew Ward and guitarist Marc Montgomery in due course. Five diverse, colourful characters, the members of the group were instantly bonded by a shared, singular vision for their band: Taylor relinquished long-held plans to become an Olympic swimmer in order to focus on music, while Ward withdrew from a degree course at the University of Glasgow, where he’d been studying microbiology/virology. For these ambitious young men, Mason Hill was and is priority number one.
Mason Hill is Scott Taylor (Lead Vocals), James Bird (Lead Guitar), Marc Montgomery (Guitar), Matthew Ward (Bass) and Craig McFetridge (Drums)
Look out for some great local acts taking up the guest slots on the Fringe.
Friday + Saturday
While some great new bands were happening around the UK including the Highlands, the team at Monsterfest realised there wasn’t a platform to showcase this talent in the north of Scotland. In 2018 they realised that vision with the first festival featuring a mixture of bands established, new and hungry, upcoming local acts as well as bands featuring former members of groups like Journey, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Motley Crue.
This year will see the festival not only change its date to the Halloween weekend, a much more suitable date for a festival that takes its name from a monster (Nessie), but even bigger still, they are moving to a new home, Eden Court. The One Touch Theatre will be transformed into a rock n’ roll arena before the invasion of guitar driven bands and music fans that boast record collections from Fleetwood Mac to Meat Loaf to Metallica!
With its fourth festival, Monsterfest will continue to have an eclectic mix of bands with influences that reach as far as Franz Ferdinand to Black Sabbath as well as some very unique performances prepared especially for the festival. Over 40 years ago Thin Lizzy played a legendary concert at the Ice Rink in Inverness which will be celebrated with a special performance featuring Marco Mendoza who played bass with the band for 20 years.
With some local legends like Iain McLaughlin & the Outsiders and Lional playing alongside headliners GUN who were constantly in the charts during the 1990’s including their smash hit and MTV Award winning version of ‘Word Up’, there is something for everyone at the festival.
With a look to some shining lights of the future including Bad Actress, Mason Hill, Forgetting the Future and The Hot Damn to name a few, this year’s festival is shaping up to be another memorable event.
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