Less than 50 days to big Hogmanay bash

Rollin Drones will join headliners Deacon Blue in less than 50 days
Rollin Drones will join headliners Deacon Blue in less than 50 days

It’s now less than 50 days until Open Air in the Square (OAITS) comes to Stonehaven, with Deacon Blue headlining the party.

And last week, Glasgow-based bagpipe-pop outfit the Rollin Drones won the 2015 OAITS battle of the bands competition.

The Drones collected an impressive 659 votes to claim a spot in the Hogmanay festival line-up.

They’ll play alongside SUPA & Da Kryptonites, a hip-hop group who describe themselves as “vibrant kaleidoscopic genre generals with down to earth grooves”, contemporary folk group Lorraine and the Borderlands, and five-piece indie rock band the Supernatuals.

Of course, the main event is Deacon Blue. Lead singer Ricky Ross said: “We’re really looking forward to playing in Stonehaven, it’s a place that I know quite well, but this is the first time ever we’ll have played a gig there.

“What makes it very special is that if the weather’s okay, the fact that people get together and music’s involved.

“One of the things that was involved with Scottish Hogmanay when I was young was that music was tasking place in people’s houses and so on...

“In a sense we’re keeping that tradition alive - we’re just doing it all together in a big space.

Ricky added: “It’ll be a great way to round off this year.”

The Stonehaven event - which is run by a volunteer committee - can attract up to 5,000 revellers and boasts entertainment for the whole family throughout the day.

On Friday, November 13, 1000 tickets were made available through Ticketmaster.

For full details of the Hogmanay event, and tickets see their website, visit: www.oaits.org.