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  • 18 April 2014

    Scotland welcomes the classic car world for bi-annual event

    Monday 28 April will see the bi-annual HERO Events, Scottish Malts Reliability Trial and Tour event kick-off from the world famous Gleneagles Hotel, the home of this year’s 2014 Ryder Cup, navigating its way clockwise around the finest roads and scenery Scotland has to offer in celebration of the Year of Homecoming.

    Amongst the sixty plus vehicles taking part are a 1934 Bentley 3 ½ Ltr Hooper Bodied Sports saloon, a Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight from 1973, several Mercedes SL “Pagodas” also from the 1960's and many other rare and interesting classic vehicles from the 1930's right up to the 1980's.

    Of the 63 cars expected, five crews are Scottish with the rest from the UK and other nationalities including Switzerland, Argentina, Ireland, Germany, USA, Italy, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

    ‘The Scottish Malts’ as the event has become affectionately known, is split into two parts – The Trial and The Tour. The Trial is a competitive event, the cars and competitors competing over ‘regularity’ sections, testing navigation and timing skills and special manoeuvrability, handling and speed tests, designed to show not just the skill of the driver, but how agile these older cars really are.  Venues for these tests will include whisky distilleries such as Glenlivet, Dalmore, Tomatin and Edradour in honour of the Year of Homecoming Whisky Month which starts in May.

    A number of private castles and stately homes across Scotland will also provide a perfect backdrop for the event.The Tour is more relaxed, whilst following the main route of The Trial; entrants in this category are encouraged to visit points of interest along the route, re-joining the event for lunches, coffees and evening meals.

    The event will have live updates on HERO’s Facebook page and twitter so you can be sure of following every twist and turn at any time.

    Furthermore, a full TV program will also be aired on Motors TV on Friday 20th June 2014 at 22:35pm.

    Please see http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/ScottishMalts/scottish_malts_2014/ 

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    Category: Motorsport

  • 16 April 2014

    WORLDS BIGGEST WEEK OF PIPING WELCOMES 150 NATIONS

    The world’s biggest week of piping and traditional music was launched today, Wednesday 16th April.  Taking place over the 11-17th August, The World Pipe Band Championships and Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival will feature over 200 events which will be enjoyed by 50,000 spectators and 8000 performers from 150 nations worldwide! 

    Tickets are expected to be snapped up in record time as music fans secure their place at concerts featuring the best in traditional music and parents plan a great family day out. 

    The events were launched at the world’s largest multitouch video wall, located in Glasgow Caledonian University.  The screen showcased the flags of the 150 countries from which music fans that will be travelling to Glasgow for the annual celebrations.

    The global appeal of piping grows year on year and Glasgow’s air links have seen more music fans come to the city to enjoy the events live.  2014 is expected to be bigger than ever as tourists remain in the dear green place following the Commonwealth Games.  The demand from overseas has also seen both events offer live streaming and “viewing parties” take place everywhere from Christchurch to Kazakhstan.

    Piping Live! is famed for its diverse concerts, which over the last 10 years of the festival, have featured some of the most innovative collaborations in traditional music. The 2014 festival will celebrate the best in the piping tradition and well as the most ground-breaking acts in diverse spaces around the city. Pop-up performances are also planned on Buchanan Street and some surprise locations around the UNESCO City of Music. The festival will also put on a series of events focusing on the link between piping and WWI, in this centenary year. 

     

    As well as hundreds of free daytime events, performances, and family activities the evening concert highlights include the Masters Solo competition featuring the best solo pipers from across the globe and the annual International Quartet Competition at the Royal Concert Hall.  The Gaels and Gracenotes concert will see Gaelic talent perform, including BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, The Mischa Macpherson Trio.  The New Music Concert is a platform for Calum MacCrimmon’s Borraig suite of compositions inspired by the lands in Skye, alongside the Rakish Paddy where four of Armagh's most talented sons will present an audio-visual extravaganza. The Art School is one of two new venues for this year and will play host to the Friday Night Folk gig featuring Paddy Keenan, Tejedor and Daimh Mor Big Band.  The infamous After Worlds Shindig annual ceilidh, headlined by Skippenish this year, is the place to be after The World Pipe Band Championships and goes onto the wee hours as everyone celebrates a great week of music.

     Says Piping Live! Festival Director Roddy MacLeod: “Last year was our 10th birthday and such a blast, but this year will be even better!  The city will be buzzing after the Commonwealth Games and we want to keep the momentum going.  Whether you are looking to listen to piobaireachd, have a party or are parents looking for a fun day out with the kids – Piping Live! has it all.  We are also proud to be part of Homecoming 2014 and our series of concerts and photo exhibition on the role of piping in WWI will be touching and insightful.”

     

    Piping Live! will be proceeded by the spectacle that is The World Pipe Band Championships which takes place on Glasgow Green. The Grade 1 qualifiers being staged on Friday 15th August with the full competition will being held on Saturday 16th August.  Over 200 pipe bands from across globe will be trying to clinch the crown from Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Belfast, who have won the last three years in a row! 

    The 25,000 who attend the annual event make The Worlds the biggest competition in any piping fan’s calendar and attracts bands and supporters from as far afield as Zimbabwe, Mexico and Brazil. The event is a great family day out with children aged 5 and under gaining free entry, a special children’s zone, Highland Dancing, and Highland Games. An International Street of Food area will be introduced, offering a wide variety of different dishes from around the world.

    Meanwhile, the popular Flavour of Scotland area is being given a boost and will be made bigger than ever, offering the very best in Scottish food and drink. This year’s theme is the “Glorious Twelfth” and will feature demonstrations and recipes highlighting the start of the Scottish Game season. The Scottish theme continues at the Worlds crafts and traders’ area, where there will be over 30 stalls promoting all things Scottish. 

    Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet and we look forward to welcoming more than 200 pipe bands from all over the world to Glasgow Green.

    “The World Pipe Band Championships have always been a family-orientated event, with plenty of entertainment for people of all ages.  Now with children aged 5 and under going free for the first time, we hope to see many new faces in 2014. The excellent choice of Scottish food, drink, arts and crafts will help ensure a great day out so get your tickets now!”

    Glasgow is proud to host the world’s biggest week of piping and Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “This summer is shaping up to be one of the most exciting, and high-profile, in Glasgow’s history. The city is buzzing and we’re firmly in the global spotlight as we prepare to welcome some of the biggest events in the world, from the Commonwealth Games to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the MTV Europe Music Awards.

     

    “We're also home to an enviable, diverse and ever-growing programme of annual major events and festivals. Piping Live! and the World Pipe Band Championships are firmly at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural calendar, offering thousands of piping fans from across the UK and overseas the chance to experience a spectacular week of superb traditional Scottish music and culture. With so much on offer, 2014 will be an unforgettable year for visitors.”

     

    Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland echo’s this sentiment saying: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and as the home of Piping we can proudly claim to host two of the world’s most significant events in Piping Live! and The World Pipe Band Championships. Piping Live! also features on the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, and through a fantastic series of concerts and events it will undoubtedly be one of the cultural highlights of the year.”

     

    Tickets for Piping Live! and The Worlds are on sale now and available by calling 0141 353 8000 or by logging onto www.peoplemakeglasgow.com/piping

    For more information, interviews and images, contact Wire Media:

    Kirsty Atkinson | kirsty@wire-media.co.uk | 0141 440 6761 | 07736 281 684

    Victoria Irvine | victoria@wire-media.co.uk | 0141 440 6761 | 

    Category: Music

  • 16 April 2014

    The Big Beach Ball to host Battle of the Bands final

     

    THE BIG BEACH BALL 2014 – SUNDAY 4TH MAY – ABERDEEN
    THE TUNNELS TO HOLD BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINAL ON APRIL 18TH / /
    TICKET EASTER EGG HUNT TO LAUNCH THIS WEEKEND // 2013 TICKET SALES BEATEN
    Aberdeen’s one-day music festival; The Big Beach Ball will host The Battle of the Bands final in the Tunnels on Friday the 18th of April. 
    After an overwhelming response of applications from all over Scotland, six finalists will be going head to head to battle it out for a slot at this year’s festival. Finalists Ladykiller Caterpillar, The Fire & I, Ricky Fraser, The Ruptured Ducklings, Shangri-La and Franklin will be competing this Friday in Tunnel two of the venue.
    All members of the crowd will be given their chance to vote for their top three acts on Friday night alongside competition judges Steve Morris (Big Beach Ball Festival Director), Ross Calder (AGP), Kyle Reid (Aberdeen Now) and Scott Maskame (Shmeet Clubnight). The winner will be announced on Friday night once all bands have performed. The top act will then win a slot performing on the Peace and Jam stage alongside other Scottish acts including Arab Strap member; Malcolm Middleton, Lost Map Records label manager The Pictish Trail and Aberdeen based band The Marionettes.
    Amanda Christie, The Big Beach Ball Festival Director said: “We’re really excited to be putting this on as an addition to the festival this year. It’s great to get local bands involved and give them a bigger platform to perform on and hopefully providing them with some more exposure.”
    Doors for the competition will open at 7pm with an after party taking place in Tunnel One from 11pm with Glasgow promoters and Big Beach Ball act; Bigfoots Tea Party presenting Berlin based DJ and producer; Move D. 
    This weekend also sees the launch of the festivals Easter Egg Hunt. From the 18th to the 20th of April, ten eggs will be hidden throughout Aberdeen. Clues to where the eggs are will be posted on The Big Beach Ball Twitter and Facebook pages. Everyone who manages to track down one of the ten eggs will need to Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of them and their prize to win a ticket to the festival on Sunday May the 4th. One person can win per egg. 
    The total ticket sales from last year are about to be beaten with 18 days to go! £45 tickets are still available to purchase online via the festivals website and in person at ii Music in Aberdeen, Grouchos in Dundee and Sound & Vision in Elgin. 

    Aberdeen’s one-day music festival; The Big Beach Ball will host The Battle of the Bands final in the Tunnels on Friday the 18th of April. 

    After an overwhelming response of applications from all over Scotland, six finalists will be going head to head to battle it out for a slot at this year’s festival. Finalists Ladykiller Caterpillar, The Fire & I, Ricky Fraser, The Ruptured Ducklings, Shangri-La and Franklin will be competing this Friday in Tunnel two of the venue.

    All members of the crowd will be given their chance to vote for their top three acts on Friday night alongside competition judges Steve Morris (Big Beach Ball Festival Director), Ross Calder (AGP), Kyle Reid (Aberdeen Now) and Scott Maskame (Shmeet Clubnight). The winner will be announced on Friday night once all bands have performed. The top act will then win a slot performing on the Peace and Jam stage alongside other Scottish acts including Arab Strap member; Malcolm Middleton, Lost Map Records label manager The Pictish Trail and Aberdeen based band The Marionettes.

    Amanda Christie, The Big Beach Ball Festival Director said: “We’re really excited to be putting this on as an addition to the festival this year. It’s great to get local bands involved and give them a bigger platform to perform on and hopefully providing them with some more exposure.”

    Doors for the competition will open at 7pm with an after party taking place in Tunnel One from 11pm with Glasgow promoters and Big Beach Ball act; Bigfoots Tea Party presenting Berlin based DJ and producer; Move D.

    This weekend also sees the launch of the festivals Easter Egg Hunt. From the 18th to the 20th of April, ten eggs will be hidden throughout Aberdeen. Clues to where the eggs are will be posted on The Big Beach Ball Twitter and Facebook pages. Everyone who manages to track down one of the ten eggs will need to Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of them and their prize to win a ticket to the festival on Sunday May the 4th. One person can win per egg. 

    The total ticket sales from last year are about to be beaten with 18 days to go! £45 tickets are still available to purchase online via the festival's website and in person at ii Music in Aberdeen, Grouchos in Dundee and Sound & Vision in Elgin. 

    Category: National Events

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