Town rocks into the New Year

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The fourth annual Gig at the Brig was hailed as a success by organisers despite a fall in numbers.

Those who did attend enjoyed lively performances from local band Uniform, Celtic rockers Gleadhraich, Scottish band Emerald Sunday and top tribute act Abbamania.

Crowds danced and sang their way into 2017 and were also treated to a fantastic firework display to mark the New Year.

Speaking to the Times organiser Wayne Baber of Ellon Events said: “It went very well, so far the feedback we have received has been really good.

“People have said that there was a family-friendly atmosphere, a great mix of music and that there really was something for everyone.”

Wayne added: “We were disappointed in the numbers of those that attended as it was well down on previous years which is a pity.

“There are a few reasons why people decided not to go - they look for bigger bands, better weather and want tickets to be cheaper.

“However those that were there have no complaints and have been really positive, they are already asking if we are going to host another event next year.”

Wayne revealed the positive feedback hasn’t just come from the public, but the bands that performed on the night.

He explained: “All of the bands said we had a well run and organised event and that is something that we aim to achieve, we want the bands to feel we are doing the best that we can for them.”

When asked what the future holds for Gig at the Brig Wayne said: “We will reflect on what has happened, collect feedback and think about it, we don’t want to go forward with something if we don’t think the public will support it.

“We are always looking for what people want as we want to keep them happy but we also want to try and make it clear that big names cost a lot and our ticket prices would reflect that.”

Wayne added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to those that support us, lots of people buy their tickets through thick and thin as they feel that they should support local events.

“Afterall it is the members of the public that buy their tickets that keep us going.”