Red Hot Highland Fling 2019
A bumper crowd of over 10,000 is expected to gather in Northern Meeting Park Arena for the finale of this year’s Inverness Winter Festival as the Red Hot Highland Fling returns to make Inverness one of the most popular places to be at Hogmanay.
The four and a half hour show will be hosted by Comedian Craig Hill who arrives in the Highlands ready to celebrate the end of a very successful 2019 which featured two sell out tours.
Opening the show will be Dorec-a-belle, the popular Highland based 4 piece all female group with their unique sound of four-part vocal harmonies combined with acoustic guitar, sax, accordion and cello.
Headlining the show in the traditional family friendly middle slot at the Red Hot Highland Fling are Skipinnish, a band riding an ever-growing wave of popularity towards the very top of the music scene in Scotland. With a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion led tune sets, Skipinnish encompass the very best of contemporary Celtic Music.
Making their long awaited debut at the show and given the task of ensuring that the everybody will be dancing their way into 2020 will be Highland Folk rockers Torridon, a band who have built up a great reputation for rocking venues and festivals throughout Scotland and Europe.
Once again children of all ages are welcome to experience Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay show which has been family friendly since it was first staged 10 years ago.
Those attending the Hogmanay event are advised that the Infirmary Bridge (footbridge) on the River Ness will be closed to all from 11:30pm on Tuesday 31st December until to 1am Wednesday 1st January in the interests of public safety. In order to prevent any overcrowding developing in the early part of the evening access to the bridge will be limited and pedestrians heading to the show are asked to use Ness Bridge whenever possible.
The Arena will open at 20:00 and the show will run from 20:30 – 00:30 with a short break at midnight for a spectacular fireworks display and a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Throughout the night the Inverness Highland Games Committee will be running a Thrifty50 Cash draw to raise funds in support of the Red Hot Highland Fling which should ensure that somebody has a very enjoyable start to the New Year.
Drivers are asked to use city centre car parks on the night as only Disabled Parking (for Blue Badge Holders) will be available at the site on the night. Spectators are reminded that there will be a bar and hot food available at the event and it is not permitted to bring food or drink on to the site. Security searches will be taking place on the night prior to admission.