An early night for Hogmanay celebrators at Georges Square
With such a busy year to look forward to in Scotland in 2014 with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Independence referendum, 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the second Year of Homecoming and the Ryder Cup you would think that Glaswegians would have something to celebrate. Well that’s not what the Glasgow Council thinks!
Revellers will be turned away from Georges Square from 10pm – despite extra funding being made available for Hogmanay events this year to help kick-start what tourism leaders are billing as Scotland’s “remarkable year.”
In previous years revellers have partied away the night with headlining performances with the likes of Snow Patrol, Deacon Blue, The View, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald and The Human League.
This year’s event will be more of a daytime event with ceilidh dancing and live traditional music. The council believes that the priority should be on trying to extend the festive period by holding the Christmas light switch on in mid-November. By focusing more resources and cash on extending the festive period the council believes that the public will receive better value for money.
The Council has also said that they have made these changes due to public feedback and that there is more of a demand by the public for the switch-on than there was for a Hogmanay party. More than 25,000 people have already applied for the 12,000 tickets. It is thought the event was costing £34-a-head to stage.
The traditional Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh seem very much unchanged this year apart from there being some trams to deliver the revellers to and from the event. Mercury Prize nominees Django Django are to headline the Waverley Stage at this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay and the Pet Shop Boys are to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the gardens. More than 80,000 revellers are expected to descend on the 21st birthday of the annual event. Although there were only four detained last year – all for “minor disorder” there will be almost 500 stewards and security guards at the event. Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have praised the good-nature of the crowd who descended on the city centre each year.
Stonehaven historic fireballs ceremony
Sell-out Hogmanay party, headlined by super group Simple Minds in Stonehaven.
All 5500 tickets for the Open Air venue were snapped up within hours of going on sale however, the police have raised concern that the town may be over swamped by over 20,000 revellers with and without tickets for the event.
The police’s biggest concern is anticipation of gate crashers descending on the Square however, Jim Kerr and his team have reassured the police that they will be providing their own additional security for the event.
The Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “2014 will be a landmark year for Scotland. We’ll welcome the world to a host of major events including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup and Homecoming 2014. Stonehaven, with its famous Fireball ceremony is a ‘must visit’ destination for Hogmanay and to have one of the world’s most famous rock bands join these celebrations is fantastic. I’m sure the thousands of revellers will have a New Year they’ll never forget.”
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