The full line-up for this year’s Hogmanay ‘Party at the Castle’ has been announced.
The event will headlined by Scottish favourites, ‘The Proclaimers’.
Craig and Charlie from the band said: “We are really looking forward to playing Stirling Castle at Hogmanay again. We have very fond memories of our last performance there and we hope that the audience has a great evening and sings along with us."
Also taking to the stage at this years event are “Bags of Rock”, a Scottish-themed rock experience fusing bagpipes, electric guitars and drums. Winners of the Scottish New Music Awards ‘Group of the Year’ and ‘Rock Recording of the Year’, the band are flying high, currently playing many high profile events throughout the country. Music mogul Simon Cowell described them as “Great ambassadors for Scotland - obviously very talented musicians”.
Completing the line-up are the hotly tipped ‘Miniature Dinosaurs’ and local all-female samba band ‘Beat That’.
The Stirling-based Miniature Dinosaurs have been making waves across the country since releasing their EP ‘Turn it On’ with The Herald calling it "a four song manifesto for pop stardom" and Tom Robinson from BBC Radio 6 declaring it ‘Outstanding oddball pop!’. Alban from the band said: “Being a son of the rock it'd be hard not to admit performing on the esplanade would be a dream gig!” and added “We are honoured to see out 2012 and be part of celebrating the dawn of a new year.”
Beat That is one of the longest-running women’s samba bands in Scotland and will open the show with their colourful mix of Afro-Brazilian rhythms. They play festivals and events all over Scotland and abroad and have led parades along the streets of Barcelona, Dublin and Stirling.
Hosting the night will be Real Radio’s Steve McKenna along with DJ Tam Coyle. Steve, who hosted last year’s show said: "This is now confirmed as the number one Hogmanay party in the world! The most beautiful of settings with the best Hogmanay party band you could wish for."
Mark Pauley from event organizers Zisys added: “We’re absolutely delighted with this year’s line-up! With such an exciting program and spectacular fireworks display what better way is there of bringing in the New Year? Tickets are selling fast and I’m certain that with this lineup we will see a capacity crowd bringing in the bells!”
Last year’s ‘Party at the Castle’ was selected as a finalist in the ‘Best Traditional Event’ category in the 2012 Scottish Event Awards. Stirling Castle itself was rated as the UK’s best loved historic attraction by Which? Members earlier this year.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said:
"Scotland is globally renowned as the home of Hogmanay and the best place in the world to see in the New Year. A major highlight of Scotland's Winter Festivals, Stirling's Hogmanay - with its fantastic line up of events - promises to be a night to remember, and a great way to see out the Year of Creative Scotland in spectacular style."