Dundee Gears up for a Hogmanay to Remember
Published on 11 November 2019
The organisers of Dundee’s New Year city centre celebrations are to focus on Hogmanay only.
It was hoped that “It’s Happening!” Dundee Hogmanay 2019, a not-for-profit event, would be a two-night event, with Squeeze due to perform on Monday 30 December. However, due to disappointing ticket sales for Monday 30 December, the organisers have decided to switch focus to Tuesday 31 December only.
As planned, a full, family-focused day of free entertainment and music will take place in City Square on Tuesday 31 December, followed by an outdoor concert featuring Eddi Reader, headliner Kyle Falconer, rock pipe band Gleadhraich and Sinderins.
Anyone who has bought a ticket for Monday 30 December, or a two-day ticket, will be notified and refunded appropriately. Tickets for Monday 30 December can also be transferred to Hogmanay, with a refund of the difference.
Organised by Dundee-based GMC Ventures Ltd and Edinburgh promoter Michael Ward of EH6 Festival, the celebrations have received support through Scotland’s Winter Festivals.
Jill Gibson from GMC Ventures said, “We’re delighted by the interest in Hogmanay and with the sales to date. There’s also been huge interest in the family activities during the day, with a staggering 1400 free tickets reserved already and lots of news of what’s on offer being unveiled later this month.
“However, with the real buzz around Hogmanay rather than the Monday evening, we’ve decided that’s where our efforts should lie.
“As a ‘not for profit event’ and the first one we as a company have organised, we’re ambitious yet realistic. This was never about making money and all about giving Dundee a Hogmanay to remember so this decision allows us to concentrate on that key date, with something for everyone. We also want to maximise any money raised for our chosen charities by minimising losses on the event as a whole. We’re encouraging everyone to get involved, and support the event, allowing Dundee to see the year out in style. Naturally, we are sorry to disappoint those who had bought tickets for Squeeze and hope to get them back to the city at a later date.”
Any profits from the event will be split between three charities – Dundee Women’s Aid, Art Angel and Wellbeing Works.
Tay FM and Tay 2 are proud to be Official Partners for “It’s Happening!” Dundee Hogmanay 2019.
It is hoped that the event will attract audiences from outwith Dundee, with return buses available to Perth, St Andrews, Kirkcaldy, Brechin, Forfar and Arbroath.
Tickets for Hogmanay cost £32.50. For £68, a VIP upgrade offers exclusive access to The Italian Grill, buffet, private bar and Prosecco.