Up and coming Edinburgh band, Bwani Junction, enjoyed some rehearsal time today on top of a Lothian Bus as the countdown continues to their opening set at the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens. Their audience at the world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations will be able to take advantage of free transport home from Concert in the Gardens, The Keilidh or the Street Party.
Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have teamed up with the world’s leading premium drinks company, Diageo, and Lothian Buses to provide the free bus service, which will run from 00:20am to 04:00am on Tuesday 1 January from the city centre to a range of destinations. The band were joined by Diageo’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Lorraine Martin and Gavin Crowther from Lothian Buses to highlight the free services. Full details of the free Hogmanay buses can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com.
Bwani Junction are one of Scotland’s up and coming new talents. The Edinburgh quartet (Rory Fairweather, Dan Muir, Fergus Robson and Jack Fotheringham) are being championed by the BBC and their album ‘Fully Cocked’ was nominated for 2012 Scottish Album of the year. The band have recently recorded a session at the famous Abbey Road studios and are currently working on their new album. Bwani Junction will be opening Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens on 31 December for headliners Simple Minds and special guests The View. Tickets for the Enclosure have already sold out, Gardens tickets are still available.
Bwani Junction’s lead guitarist Dan Muir said "It's gonna be a rammy. Can't belittle the Loony Dook in Queensferry the morning after though."
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It's vital that we do what we can to help people get home safe and sound after seeing in the bells at the World’s Best Street Party. Revellers can celebrate the arrival of 2013 safe in the knowledge that they can hop on the bus home afterwards."
Pete Irvine, Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “With Bwani Junction kicking off Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and free bus transport home at the end of the night, it’s set to be a fantastic evening. Last year the Hogmanay free transport helped nearly 20,000 revellers make their way home across Edinburgh quickly and safely and we are delighted to be working with Lothian Buses again this year, and with Diageo for the first time, to provide this invaluable service to our partygoers."
This is the first time that Diageo have been involved in supporting the free service and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Lorraine Martin said the company was delighted to be involved, “Hogmanay is a major occasion for celebration worldwide, with Edinburgh now leading the way in showcasing how to have a great party and enjoy a unique experience in a fantastic environment. What we are bringing is an opportunity for revellers to have the assurance that they will have access to a safe and convenient journey home at the end of the night,” she added. “We fully endorse the responsible drinking approach and with something like 20 services leaving from eight departure points every 15, 20 and 30 minutes after midnight until 4.00am, we are expecting the free buses to be a hugely popular, useful and reassuring part of another memorable Edinburgh Hogmanay experience.”
Ian Craig, Managing Director, Lothian Buses plc, said, “Lothian Buses is delighted to support Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with our Night Buses, helping the city’s partygoers return home safely after the night’s celebrations. All at Lothian Buses would like to wish a fun-filled Hogmanay and New Year to our customers and visitors to the city.”