Discount OAITS tickets for under-18s on sale

Organisers of Stonehaven’s Hogmanay music festival are holding a special event this Saturday, where 500 tickets for under-18s will be on sale at the reduced price of £20.

And, as a bonus to adults, tickets for the popular annual party in the Market Square will be sold without a booking fee - making a possible saving of up to £6.50 a head.

The OAITS committee decided to introduce junior tickets because the show will now feature two acts that will appeal to the younger generation - former X Factor teen contestant Emily Middlemas and Edinburgh singer/songwriter Carrie Mac (see story on page 8).

A spokesperson for the volunteers behind the event said: “We always knew our two main headliners - The Human League and the Peatbog Faeries - would appeal to a slightly more mature audience so, now that we have signed two girls who have a major following from younger folk, we thought it was only fair that under-18s could join the fun for just £20.”

The bargain tickets will be on sale on Saturday from 10am at Number 44 (The Royal Hotel, Stonehaven) as part of the town’s Christmas Shopping Extravaganza and fun day. Up until now tickets have only been available for adults on the internet at £37.50 plus a £1.50 administration fee and £5 transaction charge. Both these charges will be waived on Saturday for customers turning up at the hotel reception. The Hogmanay party, which last year starred rock giants Simple Minds, will also feature Radio 106fm DJ and presenter Harry Butler. There will also be a licenced bar and food outlets.

Schoolgirl Emily was only 15 when she lost out on a spot in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s girls’ category at the live shows, despite being singled out for praise by Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah. She had flown to mentor Cheryl’s French Riviera home in Nice for the judges’ houses stage.

Edinburgh singer-songwriter Carrie Mac has just released her new single “Good Love After Bad” and has had her face on billboards all over the country.

Carrie supported X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on her tour appearing at London’s Hammersmith Appollo and the O2 stadium. She also sang along with Deacon Blue as part of the Soul Nation Choir at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and performed as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, again with the choir.