SCOTTISH rock legends Simple Minds are to headline this year’s Hogmanay celebrations in the Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven - home to the world famous “fireballs” ceremony.
The 80s chart toppers are to star in the town’s popular Open Air In The Square party on 31 December.
Last year’s concert, featuring Scottish favourites the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Blazin’ Fiddles, attracted a crowd of more than 5000 revellers.
The organisers of Open Air in the Square said today that they hoped that Simple Minds will attract even more people to the seaside town at an event that will cost more than £200,000 to stage.
David Lawman, a member of the Stonehaven Festivals and Events Committee, said: “This is simply a dream come true for us. We are thrilled and delighted these music legends have agreed to come to Stonehaven for our big Hogmanay party.
“Last year when we revealed our plans, they said it couldn’t be done. But with a great deal of effort from our small but dedicated team of volunteers, we pulled it off in grand style, staging a Hogmanay party that was a complete sell-out and second only to Edinburgh.”
He added: “This year we will be bigger and better and once again help boost Stonehaven’s economy. Already two of the town’s hotels are fully booked and requests for tickets have been received from the USA and Europe and we hope to provide all age groups with a memorable night.”
A spokesman for the organisers said: “As a bonus to locals 1,000 tickets are to be released at Stonehaven’s Feein’ Market on Saturday at the reduced price of £20. After that tickets will be £30 plus booking fee.”
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