A Hogmanay event has organised buses to run from across the North-east for the first time.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – one of the most-famous pipe bands in the world – will take to Ellon’s Gig at the Brig stage this year, extending their sell-out Scottish tour for 2017 to finish on Hogmanay in the North-east.
The Chilli Pipers will be supported by Silver City Soul Revue in what is expected to be the biggest Gig at the Brig yet.
And now organisers have confirmed First Aberdeen will provide a bus service for the first time, operating three separate routes on the night.
A service will run from Aberdeen to Ellon via Bridge of Don and Balmedie. Another service will operate from Peterhead, going in past Boddam and Hatton before coming into Ellon.
A third service will run between Blackburn and Ellon, taking in Kintore, Inverurie and Oldmeldrum.
The seats need to be pre-booked and will cost £20 per person.
Ellon Events chairman Steven Dempster said: “Our objective this year was to be bigger, better and more accessible.
“Obviously transport is a major part of making the gig accessible to more people.
“We have talked for a few years about adding a transport partner, this year we prioritised this and we are very pleased to have a company of First Bus’ stature on board.”
Organisers of the event were left disappointed last year by lower-than-expected numbers at the Hogmanay celebrations, with around 1,200 revellers turning out to see tribute act Abbamania.
A First Aberdeen spokesman said: “First Aberdeen is very pleased to be the transport partner for Gig at the Brig 2017.
“This is a fantastic annual event and we’re looking forward to providing transport for fans to and from the venue.
“Gig at the Brig is going from strength to strength and with fans being able to book their coach transport well in advance, we’re sure this will add to a great experience for local music lovers.”