Winners of Edinburgh's Hogmanay Hog the Stage competition announced
Lemonhaze and Crystal to open for Paolo Nutini at his Hogmanay concerts
After over 400 submissions, 10,000 votes and a panel of judges, two bands have been victorious in staving off the competition to win the chance to open for Paolo Nutini at his Edinburgh's Hogmanay performances. Paisley band Lemonhaze and Glasgow-based Crystal have been announced as the two winners of the Hog the Stage competition, run in partnership with Forth 1 and The List. As two of Scotland's best up-and-coming bands, they'll now get the chance to play in front of thousands of revellers during Edinburgh's world-famous Hogmanay celebrations.
Indie rockers Lemonhaze will play the sold-out Concert in the Gardens on 31 Dec, along with The Vegan Leather, Lightning Seeds and Paolo Nutini while grunge/blues influenced Crystal will open Nutini's Night Afore Concert on 30 Dec, with The Vegan Leather and Frightened Rabbit.
In response to their win, Lemonhaze said: 'We are sincerely grateful for all those votes we received and to be selected to perform at such a prestigious event alongside Paolo - another Paisley lad. We thank everyone who voted to make this happen.' Crystal similarly noted: 'We are ecstatic and overwhelmed to be able to support Paolo. It was amazing even to be shortlisted among such a talented group of musicians.'
From the submissions, eight bands were chosen by the panel of judges, which included Paolo Nutini, and then put to a public vote. The other shortlisted acts were electro pop outfit BooHooHoo, singer/songwriter Lizabett Russo, rock trio Miracle Glass Company, brotherly duo Saint PHNX, modern folk band Sinderins, and folk and blues band Will & The Wild Horse.
Penny Dougherty, Director of Unique Events, who produce Edinburgh's Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: 'We're delighted to reveal Lemonhaze and Crystal as our Hog the Stage competition winners. We'd like to thank all the bands that entered, they are a testament to the health and diversity of the Scottish music scene. The public have chosen two very worthy winners who will now take the next big step in their career with each of them opening one of Paolo Nutini's Edinburgh's Hogmanay performances.'
Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a three day long festival with a varied programme of events, both free and ticketed. Though the Concert in the Gardens on 31 Dec is sold out, tickets for the Street Party are still available and limited tickets remain for The Night Afore Concert on 30 Dec.