Chilli Pipers heating up town for Hogmanay

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Stonehaven is gearing up for one of Scotland’s biggest Hogmanay celebrations this year and it appears the headlining act will be attracting visitors from far and wide to appreciate what the town has to offer.

Open Air in the Square has so far sold 4,000 of their 5,000 ticket allocation and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers made a flying visit to Stonehaven last Friday to suss out the town they’ll be spicing up on December 31.

Michelle Ward who is organising the ambitious event said that everything seems to be shaping up successfully and mentioned that the production and health and safety companies taking care of the event have previously organised festivals such as T in The Park meaning there shouldn’t be anything to worry about when it comes to security, safety and planning. Despite there only being 1,000 tickets left, the organisers haven’t yet received a final figure for the maximum capacity.

Life-long member, piper and director of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers Kevin Macdonald, said: “It will be good fun, we’re all looking forward to it. We had two or three offers in for Hogmanay but decided to pick Stonehaven.

“We’ve already done Inverness, Stirling, Edinburgh etc so it’s good to visit and perform in a different part of Scotland at Hogmanay and bring the new year in.”

When questioned whether the band will be bringing a lot of following fans to heat up the town Kevin said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, we have had hundreds of people coming to us and asking where we’re performing at Hogmanay and seem to be making their plans around that, so hopefully we’ll entertain the people of Stonehaven and beyond.

“We will also hopefully bring some of our 43,000 Facebook fans to Stonehaven.

“We’ve got a really strong fan base around the world, especially in Germany. At some of our gigs we’ve had at least 100 people coming over from Germany especially to see us.”

The band has been on the go since 2002 and will celebrate its 10th birthday next month.

Nigel Don MSP said: ‘It’s fabulous that they have dropped in by Stonehaven to see us, the town at Hogmanay is bound to be a success. The fireballs bring many people to Stonehaven as they are a great spectacle, but the more the merrier - the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and other performers will build on the success that the town already is.”