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  • 20 October 2014

    Watch Tiree Wave Classic 2014 Highlights

     

    The pro competition at this years wave classic saw a new and unique knockout format - THE QUICKENING!
    Check out some of the best action we have seen here in many years!
    Tiree Wave Classic 2014 is funded by Argyll &Bute Council and supported by EventScotland the BWA, Puravida Boardriders, Wild Diamond, Tiree Lodge Hotel, Calmac Ferries and the community of Tiree

    The pro competition at this years wave classic saw a new and unique knockout format - THE QUICKENING!

    Check out some of the best action Tiree Wave Classic has seen here in many years.

    Tiree Wave Classic 2014 is funded by Argyll &Bute Council and supported by EventScotland the BWA, Puravida Boardriders, Wild Diamond, Tiree Lodge Hotel, Calmac Ferries and the community of Tiree.

    Watch now >>

     

    Category: International Events

  • 17 October 2014

    Enchanted Forest Surpasses All Box Office Expectations

    Organisers of The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland’s multi-award winning sound and light show and recently crowned Scotland’s Best Cultural Event, confirmed today that ticket sales for their thirteenth show have already surpassed last year’s record breaking box office figures and that they are now on target to extend a warm Highland welcome to more than 45,000 visitors this year.

    The event attracted a record breaking 40,000 visitors last year and this year the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that organises the event extended capacity, adding on an extra night to help accommodate the growing demand.

     Organisers are now encouraging members of the public, specifically those planning to attend in the final week of the show, that there are only several hundred tickets remaining for this year’s show and they should buy their tickets now or they risk having to wait until 2015 to see the event. 

     Graham Brown, chairman of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company which runs The Enchanted Forest, commented:

     “The demand for tickets at box office this year has been unprecedented. Sales are up significantly on the previous year, and the speed at which they have been selling has really taken everyone by surprise. Our box office team have been working day and night to fulfil demand which has been at levels three times higher than we would normally expect. We are fast running out of available tickets so, to avoid disappointment, we’d advise anyone who has left it to the very last minute to book not to take it for granted and to book now.

     “Every year we have a lot of people who travel significant distances to attend the event without purchasing their tickets in advance, and we’re keen to ensure that everyone has a positive trip to Pitlochry and that they get to see the show.”

     The event attracts visitors from all over the UK and, indeed, the world and the positive economic benefit to the local area this year is estimated to exceed £2million for the first time in the show’s history. Just last week, the event won a trio of trophies at the Scottish Event Awards, taking home the title of Best Cultural Event for an impressive third time. It has also been recently shostlisted for a covered Scottish Thistle Award for Best Event and Best Outdoor Experience, although will have to wait until November to find out its fate.

     The 2014 show elemental has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, and specially composed and recorded music, and sound effects by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales. Together they have created a dazzling and engaging show which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event and appropriately marks the Year of Homecoming Scotland.

    The event runs until Sunday 26th October. For further information about the Enchanted Forest visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk  

    Category: National Events

  • 16 October 2014

    Stirling announces line up for Hogmanay 2014 Celebrations

     

    Organisers of Stirling’s award-winning Hogmanay celebrations announce the line-up for this year’s event
    Stirling’s Hogmanay – 31 December – will be headlined by iconic band the Waterboys.
    The line-up also features celtic rockers Skerryvore, singer/songwriter JJ Gilmour and his band, and the Dundee band Model Aeroplanes.
    Stirling’s Hogmanay is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
    Scotland boasts a wide variety of Hogmanay celebrations, from large scale events such as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which attracts over 80,000 international visitors each year, to smaller, regional gatherings such as Stirling’s Hogmanay. 
    Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Scotland is world-renowned for its spectacular Hogmanay celebrations and the close of what has been an eventful and historic year for us will be no exception.
    “Scotland’s winter festivals: St Andrew’s Day, Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night – are perfect opportunities to highlight all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our warm and friendly welcome. 
    “So once again we are proudly encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us to see out this incredible year in style at one of our Hogmanay events – including, of course, at the iconic Stirling Castle.” 
    Stirling’s Hogmanay was named ‘Best Large Event’ at the 2013 Scottish Event Awards and was a finalist again in 2014. The event has risen in stature over the past few years, establishing itself as one of Scotland’s ‘must visit’ events.  
    Taking place on Stirling Castle’s Esplanade, revellers get to ring in the New Year in the shadow of the iconic castle with one of the UK’s biggest midnight fireworks displays.  
    Stirling’s Hogmanay will be the Waterboys only UK live date in 2014 and comes just ahead of their new album ‘Modern Blues’, which is being released in January 2015. 
    Tickets are on sale now via the website www.stirlinghogmanay.com and at venues across Stirling.
    The event will be hosted by Steve McKenna formerly of Real Radio and Heart Radio Scotland.  
    Mark Pauley of Zisys Events said: “We have put together a very strong line-up this year which should appeal to the whole family.  We’re really looking forward to a fantastic night of live music, dancing, fireworks and celebration.”
    Headline band the Waterboys were formed 30 years ago by Mike Scott and became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic albums including A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon.  After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, the band created their million-selling Fisherman’s Blues album, on which Scott’s original and unusual song-writing was merged with older music – country, trad, blues and gospel – to electrifying effect.  
    Also on the bill is internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter JJ Gilmour who will be appearing with his band.  JJ made his recording debut in 1989 with The Silencers, one of Scotland’s top bands who enjoyed huge success throughout Europe.  After his time with The Silencers came to an end, JJ went on to have a successful solo career launched by his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sunnyside P.A.L.’.
    The award-winning Skerryvore return to Stirling’s Hogmanay on the back of the release of their fifth album ‘Chasing the Sun’.  
    Since then, he has released a further two albums and is working on a fourth.
    Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins said: “2014 has been a fabulous and unforgettable year which has seen Stirling stage some of the country’s largest events and celebrations.  We look forward to once again welcoming revellers from across the country and beyond to celebrate the New Year in our fair city.”
    Tickets are on sale now priced at £27.50 for an adult and £10 for children (15 years and under) and are available online or at venues across Stirling.
    Stirling’s Hogmanay is also sponsored by restaurant Frankie & Bennies.
    For more information and announcements visit www.stirlinghogmanay.com

    Stirling’s Hogmanay – 31 December – will be headlined by iconic band the Waterboys.

    The line-up also features celtic rockers Skerryvore, singer/songwriter JJ Gilmour and his band, and the Dundee band Model Aeroplanes.

    Stirling’s Hogmanay is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.Scotland boasts a wide variety of Hogmanay celebrations, from large scale events such as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which attracts over 80,000 international visitors each year, to smaller, regional gatherings such as Stirling’s Hogmanay. 

    Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Scotland is world-renowned for its spectacular Hogmanay celebrations and the close of what has been an eventful and historic year for us will be no exception.

    “Scotland’s winter festivals: St Andrew’s Day, Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night – are perfect opportunities to highlight all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our warm and friendly welcome. 

    “So once again we are proudly encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us to see out this incredible year in style at one of our Hogmanay events – including, of course, at the iconic Stirling Castle.” 

    Stirling’s Hogmanay was named ‘Best Large Event’ at the 2013 Scottish Event Awards and was a finalist again in 2014. The event has risen in stature over the past few years, establishing itself as one of Scotland’s ‘must visit’ events.  

    Taking place on Stirling Castle’s Esplanade, revellers get to ring in the New Year in the shadow of the iconic castle with one of the UK’s biggest midnight fireworks displays.  

    Stirling’s Hogmanay will be the Waterboys' only UK live date in 2014 and comes just ahead of their new album ‘Modern Blues’, which is being released in January 2015. 

    Tickets are on sale now via the website www.stirlinghogmanay.com and at venues across Stirling.

    The event will be hosted by Steve McKenna formerly of Real Radio and Heart Radio Scotland.  

    Mark Pauley of Zisys Events said: “We have put together a very strong line-up this year which should appeal to the whole family.  We’re really looking forward to a fantastic night of live music, dancing, fireworks and celebration.”

    Headline band the Waterboys were formed 30 years ago by Mike Scott and became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic albums including A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon. After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, the band created their million-selling Fisherman’s Blues album, on which Scott’s original and unusual song-writing was merged with older music – country, trad, blues and gospel – to electrifying effect. Also on the bill is internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter JJ Gilmour who will be appearing with his band.  JJ made his recording debut in 1989 with The Silencers, one of Scotland’s top bands who enjoyed huge success throughout Europe.  After his time with The Silencers came to an end, JJ went on to have a successful solo career launched by his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sunnyside P.A.L.’.

    The award-winning Skerryvore return to Stirling’s Hogmanay on the back of the release of their fifth album ‘Chasing the Sun’. Since then, he has released a further two albums and is working on a fourth.Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins said: “2014 has been a fabulous and unforgettable year which has seen Stirling stage some of the country’s largest events and celebrations.  We look forward to once again welcoming revellers from across the country and beyond to celebrate the New Year in our fair city.”

    Tickets are on sale now priced at £27.50 for an adult and £10 for children (15 years and under) and are available online or at venues across Stirling.

    Stirling’s Hogmanay is also sponsored by restaurant Frankie & Bennies.For more information and announcements visit www.stirlinghogmanay.com

    Category: Winter Festivals News

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