Big Country sign up for Gig at the Brig

New Year may be some way off but plans for Ellon’s Gig at the Brig 2016 are well under way.

Friday, 27th February 2015, 12:47 pm
Organisers of Gig at the Brig 2016 cant hide their delight at lining up Big Country.

Organisers have this week unveiled their headline act for Hogmanay - Scots rock band Big Country.

The group, famed for their guitar-driven, folk rock sound, had a string of hits in the 1980s - including Fields of Fire, Wonderland and Chance - but disappeared from the scene following the death of founding member Stuart Adamson in 2001.

However, the band reformed in 2007 and many of their UK peformances this year have sold out.

Organisers of Gig at the Brig 2016 cant hide their delight at lining up Big Country.

The Ellon appearance will be an additional date on the Best of Big Country 2015 tour.

Ellon Events, who are again organising the J M Taylor-sponsored Hogmanay event, are thrilled to have lined them up.

A spokesman said: “We are absolutely delighted that Big Country are headlining our event this year.

“Big Country are a sensational band that deliver a fantastic live stage performance.

“The financial backing offered by J M Taylor is an indication of how the event has grown since the initial Gig at the Brig in 2013.”

Jim Taylor, of Blackburn-based J M Taylor, said Gig at the Brig is going from strength to strength.

He added: “It is great to see an event like this thriving in the town and we are excited that such a prominent Scottish band has been secured in only the third year of Gig at the Brig.

“We see the sponsorship of the event as most worthwhile as the publicity that it gets is impressive and growing.

“It is also important to support something local with such big aspirations.”

This will be the third Gig at the Brig with organisers hailing it as one of the best places in the North-east to celebrate Hogmanay.

The licensed event attracts around 3000 people of all ages, and feedback from our 2014 event was fantastic.

The Gig takes place in Market Street with the Auld Brig, now lit up permanently, providing an impressive backdrop for the New Year celebrations.

On the night there will be a professional fireworks display at midnight while the local Royal British Legion pipe band will entertain with a set of traditional Scottish music.

Further acts will be announced in the coming months and tickets for the Hogmanay spectacular are expected to sell quickly.

Tickets are on sale online at or