End of the road for popular North-east gig after best Hogmanay event yet

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers perform.

A popular North-east Hogmanay event is to stop after its best-ever gig.

Organisers of the Gig at the Brig in Ellon have decided to go out on a high after the 2017 event.

The well-attended bash has been running since 2013 and took place in Ellon’s Market Street.

It sold out for the first time in a spectacle headlined by Scottish bag-rockers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Previous years have seen the likes of Abbamania and North-east singer Terry McDermott perform.

A team of eight volunteers helped put the extravaganza.

Announcing its decision to stop via social media the group said it had seen 25 acts, 10,000 entertained, 30,000 drinks consumed and £300,000 spent.

Ellon Events organiser Wayne Baber thanked everyone who had helped make the event what it was.

He told the Evening Express: “This seems like a natural time to stop if there ever was going to be one.

“We have had the best time organising this and everything has come together.

“As a registered charity we are financially sound with all our bills paid so we want to stop here.

“We see no point in risking potentially £60,000 or more to go ahead for another year. It is a big challenge to put on the event and it got bigger and bigger. We said we would keep going to make it better and better and when you don’t see it getting any better it is time to stop.”

A capacity crowd of 2,700 people packed Market Street on Hogmanay to bring in the New Year with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

As well as the array of fantastic live music on offer, the crowd also got to enjoy an impressive fireworks display to see in the start of 2018.

More than double the amount of tickets were sold for 2017 than the previous year that was headlined by Abbamania.

It was the first time the event sold out with the final 100 tickets snapped up on Boxing Day, a week before the event.

Wayne said hundreds of people have helped over the years.

He added: “There is such a long list of people that we would like to thank that it would turn into an Oscar speech.

“However, I would like to thank the current committee for all their help.

“We have roughly around 12 to 14 volunteers who have helped over the five years as people have dipped in and out.

“Each year has been put on with a general group of eight volunteers.

“We have had hundreds of people help over the years as the likes of the bar staff were all volunteers who gave up their time to help us.”