Sadly, this year’s Bonfest, the International Bon Scott Rock Festival, was canceled due to the Coronavirus. However, we're not letting that stop us from rocking! On Saturday 2nd May we live streamed the greatest hits of previous Bonfest's, alongside some band interviews, messages from fans, and some VERY special guests!
A recording of the stream can still be viewed here:
We also put out a second live stream on Tuesday 5th May to celebrate the 42nd birthday of the legendary Powerage album. That can be viewed here:
Bonfest is run every year by the DD8 Music charity, and all profits from the festival go back into the work the charity carries out in the town year-round. From their recording studio base, DD8 Music runs a variety of music and media-based sessions every week for the young people of Kirriemuir. All sessions are free to ensure there are no barriers for people taking part, and instruments and technology can be loaned to young people who are beginners. Over the past 14 years, DD8 Music has supported 100's of young local musicians to reach their highest potential.
You can hear more about the work of the charity in this video.
The cancellation of Bonfest is not just sad news for the fans from all over the world who travel to Kirriemuir for the festival every year, it is also a big financial problem for DD8 Music, who rely on profits from the festival to pay their staff, cover rent and bills and buy new equipment for the young participants. So during Virtual Bonfest we are asking if you can help support the work DD8 Music does by donating to this Crowdfunding campaign. We are aware these are tough times for everyone, but anything you can afford to donate will make a difference to help support the work of DD8 Music and protect the future of Bonfest.