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  • 30 October 2014

    FULL LINE-UP FOR EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY ANNOUNCED INCLUDES 2014 MERCURY WINNERS YOUNG FATHERS

     

    Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today announced a top line-up for the greatest New Year party on the planet – the world famous Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens and the Keilidh. Now in its 22nd year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced by Unique Events for the benefit of the City of Edinburgh Council, welcomes revellers from all over the world to the capital city for three days over the Hogmanay period.
    The Waverley Stage at the Street Party sees a strong, all-Scottish line-up this year with a headline performance from Scotland’s festival-favourites Twin Atlantic who have just released their second album, Great Divide. They will be joined by the winners of this year’s Mercury Prize, Edinburgh’s own alternative hip hop group Young Fathers and Indie Rock band The Twilight Sad, who have also just released their new album to critical acclaim.
    Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic said “Very excited and honoured to be partying with the people of Edinburgh and the thousands who travel from all over to celebrate another year of survival of mankind on our beautiful planet earth. It will be one hell of a way to bring in the New Year. Music, good people and a lifetime long memorable setting. See you there party people. “
    Alloysious Massaquoi from Young Fathers said “If there's any time to play Edinburgh, then this is the best time - at the climax of the year, when emotions are high... and so are the people.”
    James Graham for The Twilight Sad added “I've been to the Edinburgh Hogmanay party twice before to see my friends’ bands play the street party and I've always had a great time. So to be asked to play this year was amazing. It's been a big year for us, we can't think of a better way to see in the New Year and to play one last time in 2014 in Scotland.’
    Audiences at the Scottish Stage will enjoy performances from Scotland’s chanteuse extraordinaire singer-songwriter Eddi Reader with special guests the internationally touring, Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Breabach and the Scottish piping phenomenon Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson. At the
    ever-popular Keilidh Stage revellers will be birling through the bells to The Smashers (featuring members of Rura), Hugh MacDiarmid’s Haircut and The Jimi Shandrix Experience.
    Breabach said "After spending Hogmanay 2014 on the other side of the world at the Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, it feels amazing to be taking in 2015 back on home soil. We've always wanted to play a part of Edinburgh's legendary New Year celebrations and we can guarantee that once the double pipes and step dance get going we'll help the night go off with a blast!"
    Joining headliner Lily Allen on the Concert in the Gardens stage will be special guests, 5 x Brit nominated, Grammy award winning dance/R&B superstars Soul II Soul, who celebrate 25 years of chart topping success this year, and to get the party started internationally acclaimed Björn Again the Australian ABBA show.
    Lily Allen comes to Edinburgh on the back of high profile dates in the USA before embarking on the UK leg of her world tour, which closes with the special Edinburgh’s Hogmanay show. Lily Allen said ‘I’ve always wanted to spend Hogmanay in Scotland so the fact that I get to do it this year but performing onstage in front of a whole load of people up for the best time makes it extra special.”
    Fresh from a summer playing Festivals around the country, including Parklife Weekender, LoveBox and T in the Park, Jazzie B from Soul II Soul commented “Looking forward to celebrating Hogmanay and seeing in 2015 in Edinburgh!”
    With five live stages and countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay once again offers an exhilarating and eclectic mix of live entertainment which will climax with the singing of the world’s largest Auld Lang Syne and the spectacular Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.
    Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festival and Events Champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh is the greatest place on earth to bring in the bells, and this year’s line-up has something for everyone. It is especially great that so many Scottish acts will take to the stage, including Edinburgh’s own Young Fathers. Local residents planning to celebrate New Year on their doorstep can snap up an early bird discount on tickets, but be quick – the discount will only apply until 28 November.”
    Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “Scotland has been central stage this year and we’re going to see it out with the best party on the planet. With a stellar Scottish line-up at the Street Party and the best party line-up at the Concert in the Gardens we’ve had in years.”
    Tickets for all events at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are on sale – full details can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com. The early bird ticket offer for Edinburgh Residents will close on Friday 28 November. Until then, anyone living in an EH postcode can buy their Street Party ticket for the
    reduced price of £16 plus booking fee. The full programme for all three days of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival will be announced in November.

    Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today announced a top line-up for the greatest New Year party on the planet – the world famous Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens and the Keilidh. Now in its 22nd year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced by Unique Events for the benefit of the City of Edinburgh Council, welcomes revellers from all over the world to the capital city for three days over the Hogmanay period.

    The Waverley Stage at the Street Party sees a strong, all-Scottish line-up this year with a headline performance from Scotland’s festival-favourites Twin Atlantic who have just released their second album, Great Divide. They will be joined by the winners of this year’s Mercury Prize, Edinburgh’s own alternative hip hop group Young Fathers and Indie Rock band The Twilight Sad, who have also just released their new album to critical acclaim.

    Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic said “Very excited and honoured to be partying with the people of Edinburgh and the thousands who travel from all over to celebrate another year of survival of mankind on our beautiful planet earth. It will be one hell of a way to bring in the New Year. Music, good people and a lifetime long memorable setting. See you there party people.

    “Alloysious Massaquoi from Young Fathers said “If there's any time to play Edinburgh, then this is the best time - at the climax of the year, when emotions are high... and so are the people.”

    James Graham for The Twilight Sad added “I've been to the Edinburgh Hogmanay party twice before to see my friends’ bands play the street party and I've always had a great time. So to be asked to play this year was amazing. It's been a big year for us, we can't think of a better way to see in the New Year and to play one last time in 2014 in Scotland.

    ’Audiences at the Scottish Stage will enjoy performances from Scotland’s chanteuse extraordinaire singer-songwriter Eddi Reader with special guests the internationally touring, Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Breabach and the Scottish piping phenomenon Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson. At theever-popular Keilidh Stage revellers will be birling through the bells to The Smashers (featuring members of Rura), Hugh MacDiarmid’s Haircut and The Jimi Shandrix Experience.

    Breabach said "After spending Hogmanay 2014 on the other side of the world at the Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, it feels amazing to be taking in 2015 back on home soil. We've always wanted to play a part of Edinburgh's legendary New Year celebrations and we can guarantee that once the double pipes and step dance get going we'll help the night go off with a blast!"

    Joining headliner Lily Allen on the Concert in the Gardens stage will be special guests, 5 x Brit nominated, Grammy award winning dance/R&B superstars Soul II Soul, who celebrate 25 years of chart topping success this year, and to get the party started internationally acclaimed Björn Again the Australian ABBA show.

    Lily Allen comes to Edinburgh on the back of high profile dates in the USA before embarking on the UK leg of her world tour, which closes with the special Edinburgh’s Hogmanay show.

    Lily Allen said ‘I’ve always wanted to spend Hogmanay in Scotland so the fact that I get to do it this year but performing onstage in front of a whole load of people up for the best time makes it extra special.”Fresh from a summer playing Festivals around the country, including Parklife Weekender, LoveBox and T in the Park, Jazzie B from Soul II Soul commented “Looking forward to celebrating Hogmanay and seeing in 2015 in Edinburgh!”

    With five live stages and countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay once again offers an exhilarating and eclectic mix of live entertainment which will climax with the singing of the world’s largest Auld Lang Syne and the spectacular Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

    Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festival and Events Champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh is the greatest place on earth to bring in the bells, and this year’s line-up has something for everyone. It is especially great that so many Scottish acts will take to the stage, including Edinburgh’s own Young Fathers. Local residents planning to celebrate New Year on their doorstep can snap up an early bird discount on tickets, but be quick – the discount will only apply until 28 November.

    ”Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “Scotland has been central stage this year and we’re going to see it out with the best party on the planet. With a stellar Scottish line-up at the Street Party and the best party line-up at the Concert in the Gardens we’ve had in years.”

    Tickets for all events at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are on sale – full details can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com. The early bird ticket offer for Edinburgh Residents will close on Friday 28 November. Until then, anyone living in an EH postcode can buy their Street Party ticket for thereduced price of £16 plus booking fee. The full programme for all three days of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival will be announced in November.

    Category: Winter Festivals News

  • 30 October 2014

    Ticket details announced for star-studded BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 in Glasgow

    Tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 will go on sale on Friday 31 October at 9am. The star-studded event, now in its 61st year, will take place in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro on Sunday 14 December, following a memorable Commonwealth Games in the city in the summer. This hugely anticipated evening features almost three hours of celebration in the arena, looking back at the incredible year of sport and the athletes who made the events so special.

    2014 has been another fantastic sporting year, with Scotland at the heart of both the outstanding Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, where Europe’s golfers excelled in their win over the USA. Golf was also in the limelight at The Open in Hoylake which kept fans on the edge of their seats. Huge sporting moments came during a spectacular Winter Olympics in Sochi and a brilliant World Cup in Brazil full of stunning goals. The Women’s Rugby World Cup in France saw England win the tournament for the first time in 20 years. There has been a nail-biting battle for the Drivers’ Championship in Formula 1, while Wimbledon once again delivered epic drama and rugby union’s Six Nations was decided on the final weekend in dramatic fashion.

    Hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan, the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD.

    Gary Lineker said: “We had such a fantastic time in Glasgow over the summer at the Commonwealth Games and can’t wait to be back to celebrate, not only the Games, but also the many other sporting achievements that have taken place over the year. It’s the perfect way to end what has been an outstanding year in sport and we know that Scotland can certainly host a great celebration.” 

    The event will include seven awards, which will be presented and received by some of the biggest names in sport, both past and present. There will also be live music from internationally renowned acts before and during the live broadcast. These acts will be announced at a later date.

    Tickets are priced at £45, £55 and £60 and will be subject to a 10% service charge with a limit of four per person. Children under 16 (minimum age 10 years) must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.thessehydro.com, by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 395 4000 or in person from the main box office in the SECC. The ticket office is open Monday to Saturday 9am–6pm.

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Today’s announcement that tickets to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 are about to go on sale shows that the countdown to the city’s hosting of this prestigious awards ceremony is really gathering pace. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 is a fitting finale to what has been a phenomenal year for Glasgow following the city’s delivery of the best ever Commonwealth Games. Glasgow’s global profile has never been greater and the people of Glasgow have been at the heart of that success.”

    Last year, the coveted trophy was won by Andy Murray following his historic Wimbledon triumph. This year’s winner will join a long list of sporting greats who have claimed the trophy before, including; Bobby Moore, Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Daley Thompson, Dame Mary Peters, Torvill and Dean, Liz McColgan, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Jackie Stewart, David Beckham, Dame Kelly Homes, Andrew Flintoff, Sir Chris Hoy, Jonathan Edwards, Paula Radcliffe, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ian Black, Zara Phillips and the first winner, Sir Christopher Chataway in 1954.

    Full information is available at bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

    Category: International Events

  • 29 October 2014

    Nine Days of Wonder – Headline Acts Revealed for Big Burns Supper 2015

    From The Undertones, Hue and Cry and Skerryvore to the monster devilry of Red Bastard – Big Burns Supper 2015 will be a riot of entertainment wrapped round the Bard’s birthday.

    Next year the festival grows from three days to nine – 23-31 January - and the organisers have just unveiled the first of their headline acts – more announcements will follow.

    Big Burns Supper 2015 – part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals (a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government), will also welcome fabulous music from Hue and Cry, The Vaselines and Skerryvore plus comedy from Craig Hill.

    The distinctive Scottish flavour of BBS will be complimented by a strong international line up, extending from music to physical theatre there will be, Living Room with Manu Delago to Red Bastard from the USA.

    Once again the Spiegeltent – a fabulous mirrored tent – will be one of the main venues and among those performing there will be Angela Darcy in Peter Arnott and Corra Bisset’s celebrated show Janis Joplin: Full Tilt.

    Graham Main, Festival Director, said: “We are taking Big Burns Supper to a whole new level in 2015 with nine days of entertainment – 100 shows and around 50 venues – plus a huge Burns Night Carnival through the streets of Dumfries.

    “The headline acts we are announcing today show just how diverse the festival is becoming with music, performance and comedy from celebrated Scottish and international acts.

    “As ever our programme reflects the spirit of Rabbie Burns and his zest for life and for arts and entertainments of just about every kind.”

    Hue and Cry’s Pat Kane said: “No Scottish musician worth their salt, no matter the genre, can be anything other than a huge fan of Robert Burns. He combined huge artistry as a lyricist and poet, with an interest in both love and politics, that would shame the most out-there rock’n’roller.

    “We are humbled and proud to be part of the Big Burns Supper - and with our full band on stage, we’ll be pulling out all the stops in our performance. As the bard himself would say, our gig will be a place 'where wit may sparkle all its rays, uncurst with caution’s fears - and pleasure, basking in the blaze, rejoice for endless years’. And that’ll be BEFORE the encore!”

    Undertones singer Paul McLoone said: "The band  are looking forward to the show at the  Big Burns Supper in January. The festival has become quite a prestigious and admired event on the international arts calendar. The Speigeltent is a magical venue, we'll have to put on an even better show than usual to keep the audience focused on the stage and not the beautiful venue that will surround them.”

    Big Burns Supper is designed to offer audiences a mix of highly regarded and well-known performers with emerging artists and shows created by the Dumfries and Galloway community.

    It also has proven appeal to audiences of all tastes and ages – attracting visitors from across Scotland and increasingly from elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

    Next year Big Burns Supper will celebrate the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 and the UNESCO Year of Light through the Burns Night Carnival which is supported by Holywood Trust and Awards for All.

    Year of Food and Drink Scotland will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a series of exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland's outstanding natural larder.

    The festival is made possible by support from many organisations including Creative Scotland, 8020 and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Beacon Event Programme and is part of Scotland's Winter Festivals, a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

    Category: National Events

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