“We have a fantastic flying lineup at this year’s Scottish International Airshow” said event manager Doug Maclean. “We have already announced international acts from Norway and Holland. We have the latest RAF Typhoon fighter, thunderous Chinook helicopter and the world renowned Red Arrows will close the flying on Saturday 3rd September. This is made possible by the generous support of South Ayrshire Council, EventScotland, UTC and Virgin Media. Glasgow Prestwick airport is going to be the busy base for many of these aircraft over the weekend and the airport is a vital partner in the running of the Airshow. Our Flying Display Director will be watching and guiding the Airshow from the open topped Ayrshire Post bus on the promenade. He gets the best view in town” said Doug.
“The Scottish International Airshow is already the biggest family event in Scotland. Today we are announcing that a further range of sponsors have made it possible to turn the airshow into a 2 day festival which will now see us include music, comedy and fine dining.”
“Spirit Aerosystems have been a major sponsor since we re-started the Scottish Airshow in 2014” said Doug. “This year their great support allows us to place the large “Spirit” marquee in prime position overlooking Ayr beach and the full International Airshow. On Saturday we will turn the Spirit marquee into a fine dining and corporate entertainment venue which will host our VIPs. Staff and managers from companies across Scotland will have the chance buy tickets and to join them. This is a really important development for the Airshow as we continue to grow year on year. Having the huge Spirit marquee allows us to offer seats and tables to companies where they can watch the whole day in comfort and have fantastic facilities and some excellent musical entertainment. The revenue from this goes straight into the Airshow and helps us bring the best aerobatic displays to Ayrshire.”
On the Friday evening the Spirit marquee also turns into a music and dining experience. The world renowned keyboard player Jim Prime will be hosting the Friday music night where our paying guests will be able to watch aerobatic teams, World War 2 fighters and bombers and the amazing Aerosparx night time flying firework display. The beach will be lit up by a huge fireworks display just before 9 pm and our guests will then be entertained by the brilliant melodies of the Swingcats trio to finish the night at 10pm.”
Purvis Marquees are providing a range of huge marquees across the Low Green site close to Ayr beach. That allows our new sponsor Caledonian MacBrayne to present the Calmac Culture comedy and music venue.“
“Friday 2nd will see Kim Wheeler music present some of Scotland’s best emerging musical talent. The hugely popular tribute band Non Jovi will be bringing down the curtain at 10pm.
On Saturday we will have music in the day and feature the winners of a special Anthem for the Airshow music competition where the winning act will get a recording session and play their song live to our amazing Scottish International Airshow audience.
“From 7pm on Saturday the Calmac stage we will have an evening of laughter brought to you by Side Splitter Comedy Club and hosted by the hilarious Billy Kirkwood. The night will feature a great line up of comedians with John Gavin, Graham Mackie, Julia Sutherland, Jamie Dalgleish and a host of new talent. Many will be coming to us after 3 weeks at the Edinburgh Festival. Fosters are another new sponsor this year and they will be helping our catering company with a great range of drinks to suit all tastes through the weekend” said Mr Maclean.
“Over the Airshow weekend we will have our own dedicated Airshow radio run by West FM – the Radio Station of the Scottish International Airshow. West FM will have their own DJs and presenters on the Low Green and thanks to some very smart technology houses adjoining the Low Green and members of the public will be able to listen to the live Airshow commentary on the dedicated radio station.”
The Scottish International Airshow takes place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September. We expect big crowds to return to this year’s Airshow and another sponsor, Glenmavis Traffic Management have been working hard with Ayrshire Roads Alliance and Police Scotland to develop even better plans for handling the thousands of cars which will arrive and depart each day. The prosperity brought to Scotland and Ayrshire by the Scottish International Airshow is now measured in many millions of pounds each day. Without the invaluable support of al our sponsors the Airshow could not happen. This year we are looking forward to a whole festival weekend of fun.“
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish International Airshow, through our National Events Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the Airshow with its spectacular aerobatic displays and additional entertainment on offer, is sure to draw impressive crowds.”
The Scottish International Airshow is free to attend but tickets for the music and dining can be bought online. Car parking, comfort seating, and the best viewing areas can be reserved by buying tickets in advance at www.tsia.scot