The Human League to headline Stonehaven’s Hogmanay party

The Human League will play in Stonehaven at Hogmanay
The Human League will play in Stonehaven at Hogmanay

Open Air in the Square have announced that pop legends The Human League are set to headline Stonehaven’s Hogmanay party this year.

Following on from last year with Simple Minds Top Scots folk band The Peatbog Faeries have already been signed for the popular Market Square gig.

On Tuesday it was also revealed that the organisers are working hard to have at least one other top act join the bill for December 31.

OAITS chairman David Lawman said: “I think this news has been worth waiting for and we are aiming to add to the line-up to set up a great mix of music for all tastes and all age groups. This is another scoop for the little town that likes to think big and I would like to personally thank our dedicated band of volunteers who have had many sleepless nights trying to follow on from last year’s major success.”

He added however that because of soaring production costs they would again be looking for financial grants, support and sponsorship from local and national bodies.

The Human League were number one in the UK in 1981 with “Don’t You Want Me?”, which was also number one in America. Other international hits include “Love Action”, “Open Your Heart”, “Mirror Man”, “Fascination”, “The Lebanon”, “Human” and “Tell Me When”.

Originally an avant-garde all-male synthesizer-based group The Human League evolved into a commercially successful synthpop band under Philip Oakey’s leadership. Since 1987 the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey and long-serving female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley (both of whom joined the group in 1980) with various additional musicians.

The Human League last played a Scottish Hogmanay at the huge Millennium celebrations in Glasgow where, by coincidence, The Peatbog Faeries were also on the bill.

The Peatbog Faeries from the Isle of Skye band are Peter Morrison (pipes & whistles); Ross Couper (fiddles); Tom Salter (guitars); Graeme Stafford (keyboards); Innes Hutton (bass & percussion) and Stu Haikney (drums). In 2012 they were a nominee for “Best Live Act” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having already twice won “Live Act of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

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