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Annual Hogmanay celebrations Red Hot Highland Fling returns to Inverness with line-up announcements for 2019 featuring Skipinnish, Torridon, and Dorec-a-belle alongside comedian Craig Hill

By Kyle Walker

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INVERNESS’S annual Hogmanay hootenanny has its lineup for 2019, as party preparations step up a gear.

The Red Hot Highland Fling markets itself as Scotland’s biggest free New Year celebrations.

And for this year’s shindig – returning to the Northern Meeting Park once more this New Year’s Eve – they’ve secured the services of trad-rockers Skipinnish as headliners once more.

The band will be performing their final gig of 2019 at the Fling, taking the middle slot of the evening to bring their year of 20th anniversary celebrations to a close.

The band will be no strangers to Highland Hogmanay revellers – the group headlined the festivities at the end of 2017.

And last weekend saw the band play their energetic sets and songs to more than 4000 people under a big top tent at Bught Park as part of this year’s Live in the City concert series.

Opening the night’s entertainment will be folk quintet Dorec-a-belle. Fronted by Liza Mulholland, the band last played the Inverness Hogmanay event in 2013.

And the final band of the evening playing through the bells will be local folk-rockers Torridon, capping off a 2019 that for them has already seen the release of a new single Lighthouse and performances at festivals across Scotland.

Returning to host the event once more and keep things moving at a brisk pace will be long-standing Fling compere Craig Hill.

The event will kick off at 8pm and will once again be free and open to everybody. For more information, go to www.invernessfestivals.com

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