Evening Express

Gig at the Brig organisers would like to see new group continue event

Gig at the Brig hogmanay celebrations in Ellon.

Organisers of a popular Hogmanay show have said they will happily help a new committee take over.

As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, the current committee of Gig at the Brig in Ellon have drawn the curtains on its annual spectacle.

The group of eight have said they wouldn’t be able to top the 2017 gig and decided to end it on a high note.

Scottish bagpipe-rockers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were on hand to see revellers on the town’s Market Street welcoming in 2018.

Ellon Events organiser Wayne Baber said he would love to see it continue.

He said: “The committee have decided to go out on a high with the last event.

“However, if anyone wanted to take it on we would happily help them.

“I personally would love to see it continue. If a new committee was to start up and do more events, if they wanted our help we would help them get started.

“All the contacts the committee have in the music industry we would hand over too.

“Gig at the Brig was as big as it was going to get.

“We were limited for the amount of tickets that we could sell and if we were to go after a bigger name then we would have to charge around £50 a ticket and I don’t think people would pay that.”

Starting back in 2013, names like Terry McDermott and Big Country have performed at the event.

A capacity crowd of 2,700 people packed Market Street to see the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and a firework display to ring in this New Year.

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

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

Organisers announced the decision to call it a day via social media.

In its post the group said it had seen 25 acts perform, 10,000 people entertained, 30,000 drinks consumed and £300,000 spent.

Volunteers who helped over the years were also thanked by the committee.

Wayne added that each of the events were successful in their own way.

He said: “The past few years have been fantastic to be involved with.

“Each year we felt like we had been more successful.

“It was like we were in the Olympics and had aimed for the bronze, silver and gold each year and delivered that.

“I liked every year in its own way, you are speaking to the likes of Terry McDermott in a recording studio in Los Angeles or the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and wondering if they’ll agree to come play at a gig in Ellon, but we did it.”

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