Published: 18/09/2017 14:30 - Updated: 18/09/2017 14:15

Inverness Hogmanay line-up announced

Written byGregor White

Craig Hill
Comedian Craig Hill will host this year's Red Hot Fling Hogmanay celebrations in Inverness.
The bands for Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay concert - The Red Hot Highland Fling - have been announced.


Opening the show in Inverness's Northern Meeting Park Arena will be Hò-rò; who were winners of the “Danny Kyle award” at Celtic Connections.

Hò-rò have quickly become one of the most popular new bands on the European music festival scene and will come to Inverness after successful tours to Germany, France and Belgium.

They were recently in the news for all the wrong reasons after they lost all their equipment when their van went up in flames due to an arson attack in Glasgow.

Thanks to the generosity of fellow performers, however, the band have been able to borrow everything they need to complete their autumn tour and to make what will be their debut appearance at The Red Hot Highland Fling. 

Hò-rò will be followed on stage by two former winners of the prestigious “Scottish Traditional Music Live Band of the Year Award”.

Skipinnish have been given the honour of headlining the show in the prestigious middle slot; a tradition unique to the Inverness Hogmanay Show which enables as many youngsters as possible to see the headline act at this family-friendly show.

The band have played a string of headline appearances at some of Britain’s biggest music festivals in 2017; and their unique mix of traditional and contemporary music has firmly established them one of the most popular live bands to be found in Scotland today. 

Closing the show - and making sure that the music pauses just in time for the spectacular midnight fireworks display - will be Skerryvore.

A firm favourite with the Inverness crowd Skerryvore are one of the few bands in the world that organises its own annual music festival, Oban Live, which now attracts over 10,000 visitors a year.

This year’s show will see the band's newest member, Scott Wood, make his debut at The Red Hot Highland Fling.

Scott, who plays pipes and whistles, has replaced founder member Martin Gillespie who,  in common with many pipers, developed ‘focal hand dystonia,’ a neurological condition which affects the hands, causing involuntary contractions, spasms and often discomfort.

The show will be hosted by comedian Craig Hill.

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