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The 2012 PR campaign further amplified the brand’s ‘modern tradition’ platform, celebrating the craftsmanship and heritage of the Knockdhu Distillery in Huntly alongside the contemporary spirit of the brand. Collaborating with Penicuik-born illustrator Peter Arkle, now based in New York, a series of beautifully designed packs was created, celebrating each of the newly developed expressions of the whisky.
Peter spent several days at Knockdu, immersed in all things anCnoc, before returning to New York to create a suite of illustrations with humour and a modern twist. anCnoc’s minimal black and white packaging provided an ideal showcase for Peter’s bold, monochromatic illustration style, resulting in a portfolio of highly imaginative, modern and distinctive designs. This wonderful partnership story provided the perfect fodder for our associated media campaign which secured high visibility for the brand. A fourteen-minute film, shot in Scotland and New York and with an original score, charts Peter’s creative journey. (See www.anCnoc.com)
A PR and marketing strategy was developed that combined the agency’s strong music PR experience with fresh, innovative thinking. This included an effective launch campaign to generate high levels of awareness of the diverse line up; grass roots engagement of Scottish and UK music journalists; high profile media partnerships to secure high profile branded coverage; a new ‘Wickersnapper’ competition to find budding photographers to join the festival team, and daily management of Facebook and twitter to build a following and speak directly to music fans. In addition Burt Greener worked with partner funders to further support the ambitious UK-wide marketing activity. The results: ticket sales for Wickerman have risen across both years, with 2013 achieving the first Wickerman ticket sell out in history! Research shows that there has been a broadening of the audience, a rise in media coverage and a substantial growth in social media presence.
BRUzil: Road to 2034
With Scotland once again failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, the nation’s favourite soft drink hatched a plan. This revolutionary idea encouraged Brazilians and Scots to ‘mix it up’ for the sake of Scotland’s footballing gene pool. What better than a dash of Brazilian DNA to create a world-beating Scotland side for the future!
Burt Greener’s task was simple: to make this the most talked about football campaign of the summer, at a time when discussion of the global game was already at saturation point in the media. Our PR strategy aimed to have impact from the start. We kicked off with a daring ‘spoof’ press conference, which turned from serious sports announcement to fun ‘BRUzilian’ carnival led by Scotland hero Archie Gemmill – to the surprise of 30 assembled reporters and photographers. The story was splashed across news and sports pages in the days that followed, with one tabloid journalist securing a trip to Rio with the IRN-BRU team to witness a range of PR stunts unfold in the Brazilian capital, resulting in a series of major media spreads for the brand. Campaign fame was built through further news, sports and broadcast media placement.
Row to the Pole
In 2010 Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky signed up for its most ambitious sponsorship initiative to date. This global first would see Jock and his five man crew battle the polar elements in a specially adapted ice boat, ‘The Old Pulteney’, with their trip highlighting the impact of global warming in the region.
Burt Greener was tasked with devising and managing the sponsorship strategy, and delivering a creative and broad-reaching tactical campaign to appeal to a range of target markets, from whisky aficionados to budding adventurers. This included a media launch, a spectacular boat unveiling on the ice rink at London’s Natural History Museum, and a unique competition for one winner to secure a coveted place on the expedition team – named Old Pulteney ‘Pole Position’. As entries flooded in for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we managed a series of heats before revealing a winner at the London Boat Show in 2011.
Unveiling the story of Hugh Tennent
2010 was Tennent’s Lager’s 125th anniversary year, and the nation’s favourite pint wanted to celebrate the roots of the brand with a reinterpretation of the remarkable tale of its founder, the bold Hugh Tennent, whose epic adventures brought lager to Scotland…
Our response took Tennent’s into new PR territory. A teaser campaign saw a new ‘H’ logo (for Hugh of course!) cropping up in mysterious places around Scotland, driven by social media and online buzz; we then gathered 100 of Scotland’s most influential journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and tweeters to Glasgow’s Grosvenor Cinema for a very modern ‘premiere’ with a Victorian twist – complete with top hats, penny farthings and perfectly chilled Tennent’s in specially designed ‘H’ glasses.
Campaign longevity was secured with an array of media features re-telling the great story of Tennent’s through the ages – with a special briefing for Glasgow’s taxi drivers to ensure that the whole city was talking about the man of the moment, Hugh Tennent.
nairn’s Natural Woman: The Big Dunk
In 2010 nairn’s tasked Burt Greener with raising the profile of its range of oat biscuits, highlighting the health benefits and great taste to a largely female audience. The UK-wide campaign had to reflect the ‘natural’ aspect of the biscuits – at the very core of the nairn’s brand – plus bring a fresh level of talkability to the product story.
Our response was to devise nairn’s Natural Woman, a campaign encouraging women across the country to try out a range of natural and healthy options across diet, beauty and exercise. Teaming up with female health and wellbeing ambassadors, nairn’s offered women a range of opportunities to sample naturally healthy activities, such as the nairn’s ‘natural spa’ retreat which welcomed 30 competition winners. We worked closely with Kate Rew, founder of the UK Outdoor Swimming Society, to organise the nairn’s Natural Woman ‘Big Dunk’. This outdoor plunge to celebrate the first day of Spring saw over 50 women (and some brave men!) ‘dunking’ into the freezing waters of Scotland’s Firth of Forth. A high profile broadcast on Sky News was secured, plus fun picture-led coverage hitting a wide range of digital and print media. Download the full press release
Working with a panel of credible judges including Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the Herald newspaper group, we selected 20 of Glasgow’s most distinctively stylish people, all of whom had a special memory or experience to tell of the centre – with 1 space left over for a public vote.
From established celebrities such as Kirsty Wark to under-the-radar style-setters such as Niall Walker of the Arches and popster Manda Rin, a beautiful portrait photograph of each ‘icon’ was taken in a different area of Princes Square for a resulting photography exhibition.
A 21st birthday party was the final part of the celebration, hosted by Janice Forsyth and with a performance from rising indie stars Pearl and the Puppets, all in honour of Princes Square and its 21 icons.
A host of Scottish celebrities and designers will be uniting against breast cancer to collaborate on an exciting initiative at next month’s Edinburgh Fashion Week (EFW), supporting their partner charity, Walk the Walk. A collection of one-of-a-kind bras, that have been exclusively designed and signed by iconic Scots and fashion brands, will be stylishly showcased and auctioned to the highest bidder in a striking fundraising extravaganza.
The much anticipated fashion show, organised by Essential Edinburgh to raise funds for EFW charity partner, Walk The Walk, organisers of The MoonWalk Scotland, will take place on The Mound from 6.30pm on Saturday 5th March.
A selection of the bras will be unveiled in Jenners famous windows in Edinburgh from the 24th February, before being showcased by models at the fashion show. They will then be auctioned live on the night by Forth One DJ Mark Martin.
Scotland’s battle-weary Black Friday shoppers will enjoy some unexpected refreshment today…in the form of two city centre changing rooms with a difference!
Scotland’s fastest growing lager Carling has teamed up with Scottish men’s clothing retailer Xile to secretly transform two ordinary looking changing rooms in their busy Glasgow and Edinburgh stores into Carling’s first ever Black Friday bars…perfectly formed for just one customer!
Hundreds of Xile shoppers will get more than they bargain for when they pull back the curtains of these select changing rooms to discover a custom-made Carling bar inside – complete with friendly bartender, chilled pint of Carling and bar snacks. Knowing that a refreshing lager could be on the minds of Xile customers on this most strenuous shopping day of the year, the ‘closet’ transformation is only hinted at on the door of each changing room with a message from Carling: ‘Refresh Your Black Friday?’
The two secret bars are preparing to serve over 800 complimentary pints of Carling to shoppers over 18 throughout the day in Xile’s Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.
Much loved maritime malt Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky made a spectacular mixology debut this month after scooping a medal at the prestigious Drinks International Cocktail Challenge.
Old Pulteney’s winning cocktail, Midnight Tide, was created using Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur and received a coveted bronze award in the After Dinner category.
Midnight Tide marks a significant milestone for the award-winning whisky, which developed the single malt cocktail to showcase Stroma’s versatility to drinkers. Inspired by the windswept Caithness isle that Stroma is named after and its dangerous currents, the cocktail perfectly enhances Stroma’s blend of award winning highland whiskies and robust and rugged undertones, which are symbolic of the island itself.
Now in its 22nd year, the world famous competition pits global spirits and liqueur brands’ best cocktails against each other to find the Cocktail Challenge Champion. Brands are invited to submit recipes created by leading bartenders for blind tasting by a panel of industry experts.
One of Scotland’s pioneering architecture firms has developed a design manifesto for the country’s burgeoning food and drink industry, aiming to bring the benefits of good design and architecture to manufacturing businesses.
As the food and drink industry takes centre stage for Scotland’s 2015 ‘Year of Food and Drink’, TAP (Taylor Architecture Practice) – run by father and son team David and Neil Taylor – is playing a key role in modernising the food production process in factories across Scotland, with their team of specialists whose technical expertise and design vision delivers buildings of distinction.
With clients including Stranraer based Caledonian Cheese Company and Loch Fyne Oysters already under their belt, the benefits of TAP’s approach are becoming evident, both for their clients and for the practice.
TAP’s recent renovation of the Castle MacLellan Foods production plant in Kirkcudbright saw a dull, poorly designed factory transformed into a practical, modern and beautiful industrial space, giving owners the extra capacity they required, achieving an immediate productivity increase of 18 per cent, with the team also noting a boost in staff morale.
This success has been followed with further commissions, with TAP announcing today their appointment to a £4.5m re-design of a Scottish salmon distribution centre in Larkhall near Glasgow for DFDS logistics.
Leading shopping and dining destination, Princes Square, will bring a splash of colour to Glasgow on Saturday 10th October when it hosts ‘Fall Into Colour’, a fashion and beauty event which will introduce shoppers to the art of colour matching, provide beauty tutorials and celebrate the arrival of the new season collections.
The free event will give shoppers the chance to seek expert advice from Numba Pinkerton of Style Me Flawless on what personal shades and styles to wear this autumn / winter, as well as meet professionals from luxury beauty boutique Space NK who will help solve beauty dilemmas and will show shoppers how to achieve the perfect ‘smoky eye’.
There will be drop in appointments for shoppers on the day, plus a selection of pre-booked appointments for those applying via a social media competition, launching on 2nd October.
The one to one sessions with Image Consultant and former model Numba will help shoppers identify their colour group and how to style the seasons’ key pieces to suit them, proving that the darker months don’t have to mean a darker wardrobe.
Following a bumper year of business, the UK’s largest high-end service production company has announced it is changing from Location Scotland, a name it’s had since launching in 2006, to LS Productions.
The change comes at a time when demand for its production services is increasingly requested outside of Scotland. Until now, the Edinburgh based business has focused mainly on global shoots located in Scotland, but this is changing, particularly as the team has travelled extensively around the world to promote their services to the creative industries.
So far 2015 has been an exceptional year for the company as energies have been focused on developing its in-house location library, skilled team and network of clients. LS productions will now be able to shoot anywhere a client wishes – whether that’s in the UK, the East Coast of the USA or elsewhere. It has established itself as the UK’s largest high-end service production company for moving image and stills shoots, with a new office base in London and a UK-wide operation already launched.
Check out their new website here http://lsproductions.com/
The remarkable heritage of International Beverage’s blended Scotch whisky Catto’s has been captured in a striking new bottle and packaging design, set for release next month. The award-winning whisky has delved deep into the history of its founder James Catto, an ambitious businessman and pioneer of blending who was one of the first to ship whisky around the world when Catto’s was established in Aberdeen in 1861.
The dynamic and elegant new bottle design has a contemporary aesthetic whilst retaining core whisky cues. The label shape takes inspiration from a boat’s bow and the bottle features a ‘ripple effect’, as though a boat is cutting a path through the waves on the ocean. The design reflects the story of the ocean liners that would have taken Catto’s Blended Scotch whisky to all the corners of the world.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky has added its second peated whisky to an already multi award-winning range, the exceptional Old Pulteney 1989. This outstanding single malt will be released to the UK in September with global markets to follow at a retail price of £135 per bottle.
To give the new vintage its peaty, smoky character, the whisky is matured in hand-selected American oak ex-bourbon barrels, which previously held heavily peated malt. Each distinctive bottle is natural in colour, non chill-filtered at 46% and is the embodiment of Pulteney Distillery’s exceptional craftsmanship. On the palate it is peaty to start with a heavy, spicy underpinning. With notes of vanilla, coconut and oranges this indulgent single malt has a long-lasting finish.
The eye-catching detail and design of Old Pulteney 1989 reflects the high quality of the whisky and the brand’s rich maritime heritage.
Carling, Scotland’s fastest growing standard lager, teamed up with Radio Clyde’s legendary Superscoreboard team last month, to bring a new ‘Shirt Amnesty’ campaign to Scotland. Over 400 lucky football fans were given the chance to exchange their old club strips for new ones and a further 80 were invited to appear on a special live radio broadcast.
To get fans ready for the new season ahead, Carling’s Shirt Amnesty Crew hit the road with Superscoreboard’s very own ‘man in the van’ Gordon Duncan cropping up at three locations in and around Glasgow, The Brazen Head, Firhill Stadium and Stumps Bar, on the 25th and 26th of August encouraging fans to swap their strips free of charge for a brand new one courtesy of Carling. Hundreds of supporters queued to make the swap and receive custom prints via the van’s on-board printer, allowing them to add their own name, or that of a favourite player plus number.
To round up Carling’s Shirt Amnesty week, 80 supporters won an exclusive competition to visit the Superscoreboard studios on the 27th August at its Radio Clyde HQ and take part in a live show. The winners were invited to swap their football shirts at the event, enjoy a pint of Carling at a specially created studio bar and glean some footie wisdom from the experts.
One of the country’s best loved rock and soul voices, the legendary Lulu, is set to perform a special charity gig this July at Wickerman, Scotland’s hottest summer music festival.
In addition to an evening appearance on the main Summerisle Stage on Friday 24th July, Lulu will also perform an intimate acoustic set that afternoon to raise funds for Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.
Festival revelers will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Lulu at the performance and take part in a Q & A with the iconic singer afterwards. The charity gig will take place at 5pm on Friday in Pianoman Tent– a new Festival feature for 2015. The limited gig spaces will be on a first come, first served basis and donations will be encouraged on the door to help fund the vital work that Maggie’s Centres carry out for cancer patients and their families throughout the UK.
The Wickerman Festival has today revealed that the Phoenix Tent, an exciting new contemporary music stage, will debut at Scotland’s hottest summer party this July. Hosted in partnership with ‘Drowned in Sound’, one of the UK’s leading music websites, its line-up will feature a series of super talented new and established artists from the UK and beyond.
On Friday, New York indie pop group The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will play the new stage and set the scene for an amazing Festival weekend. Saturday’s bill will be topped by the BMX Bandits who promise to stir up the crowds with their 1960s-influenced guitar pop.
Joining them will be SLUG and collaborative duo Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells. Another award winning act set to grace the stage, is this year’s recently announced SAY winner Kathryn Joseph who promises to mesmerize the crowds with her unique enigmatic sound.
Storming the stage on Saturday will be The Coral’s former guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones and Manchester’s bad boys of rock Alias Kid, who count Shaun Ryder and Tom Meighan of Kasabian amongst their growing list of fans.
Exciting new additions to the main Summerisle Stage line-up include internationally acclaimed Niger group Tal National, Young Kato and popular Scottish act RM Hubbert.
Molson Coors Beer Pioneers is an exciting new competition for Scottish bar staff, run in association with Scottish Licensed Trade News, which aims to showcase and reward great beer ideas in the on-trade.
Molson Coors believes the industry has a lot to celebrate and shout about, so is inviting the nation’s bar staff to share the ways in which they support and promote beer in their venues to make their customers’ beer experience the best it can possibly be.
Molson Coors can provide the beer – with draft brands such as Carling and Coors Light and craft favourites such as Doom Bar and Shandon Stout – but what Molson Coors is looking for is your ideas to make the most of them.
Molson Coors is inviting ambitious, innovative beer operators to share their plans for making the most of their beer range in outlet – whether it’s by offering a new serve, developing food pairing menus, hosting events, implementing great staff training or devising clever marketing ideas.
Entering the competition couldn’t be easier. Simply email a summary of your idea (200 words max), along with your name, phone number, age and the name of the pub/bar where you work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries must be submitted by 30th June
For the winner there’s a money-can’t-buy trip in store, for them and two of their fellow bar staff – a three night long weekend break in Cork in Ireland, this September.
Brides-to-be and their guests seeking fashion inspiration for an upcoming wedding are in for a treat as Glasgow’s Princes Square hosts its first ever Wedding Day on Saturday 16th May.
The free event, to be held in the courtyard area of the centre, will provide the perfect one-stop shop for those looking for a less traditional, more modern take on wedding wear, with tips on outfits, accessories, hair and gifts.
Taking centre stage on the day will be a one of a kind, couture Vivienne Westwood gown, which will be flown in to Glasgow especially for the event, giving a nod to high end luxury.
And with such a variety of stores in Princes Square, also on display will be a selection of bridesmaid dresses and wedding guest outfits from retailers including French Connection, Vivienne Westwood and Joules.
Stylists will be on hand with their top tips, and visitors can browse the range of jewellery, accessories and gifts on offer from retailers including Dower & Hall, Arran Aromatics, Le Creuset, Shearer Candles, Illuminati and Radley.
Crowning off the day will be hair advice from top Sassoon stylists, with hair demonstrations and complementary consultations for visitors.
Leading chauffeur drive company, Little’s, has given the green light to hybrid technology with the announcement today (12 May) that five new luxurious eco-friendly Lexus cars will be joining its fleet.
The investment is one of the most significant in recent times for the family-run firm and is part of Little’s commitment to creating an environmentally sustainable business.
Combining the latest green technology with Little’s immaculately presented burgundy livery, while also being fitted with the highest specification of interior, the five Lexus GS 300h saloons will join Little’s Scottish fleet operating from its base in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Not only will the full hybrid vehicles help the business strengthen its own green credentials, it is also an indication of Little’s ongoing commitment to the highest levels of service for its clients. Business travel is the largest generator of carbon emissions for many major companies and has become a top sustainability priority, so the availability of a high-end hybrid chauffeur service is of real benefit in fulfilling corporate sustainability targets.
Those craving a taste of the tropics can leave their passports at home, as a slice of island life comes to Glasgow’s Princes Square with the official launch of Caribbean restaurant, Sugar Dumplin on Friday 24th April.
Making a splash on the Scottish foodie scene, Sugar Dumplin promises to bring an exciting new dining experience to the city’s premier shopping and dining destination, with its rum shack style restaurant.
Combining the laid back cool of Caribbean culture with the tastiest of full flavoured food such as Bajan swordfish and salt codfish cakes, fried plantain chips and jerk seasoned calamari, it’s set to provide the perfect ‘hot-spot’ for those wishing to kick back and relax while soaking up the live reggae and Soca music.
In recent weeks, restaurant owner Norris Panton has been on the road in his street-food truck, giving people across Glasgow the chance to sample his food – favourites have included spicy jerk chicken and sticky BBQ ribs – and he is delighted by the reception he’s received.
The Wickerman Festival has today revealed that reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff will join the Festival’s main stage bill. Other stellar acts set to play the Summerisle Stage and Scooter Tent include iconic garage rockers The Sonics, the genre defying Neneh Cherry, British electronic / hip hop group Stereo MCs, psychedelic rocker Julian Cope and rap pioneers The Sugarhill Gang.
The Saints, Pere Ubu, TV Smith (The Adverts) , Hector Bizerk, This is the Kit, The Amphetameanies, The Ramonas, Ela Orleans, Esperanza and Halfrican have also been announced, leaving music fans in no doubt that Wickerman will be one of Scotland’s hottest summer parties.
On Saturday, Jamaican reggae sensation Jimmy Cliff is poised to get the Wicker crowds jamming with a show-stopping main stage performance. The two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is best known for his chart topping hits such as ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ’You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘Ska All Over The world’, ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ from the film Cool Runnings, fans can expect a captivating tour of his much-loved back catalogue, which spans nearly 50 years.
Joining him will be pop rebel Neneh Cherry whose career has upended gender and genre conventions for over thirty years. With a string of hits, including ‘Buffalo Stance’, ‘Woman’ and ‘7 Seconds’ under her belt, the Brit Award winner enjoyed a huge renaissance last year with a new album and sold out UK tour. Wicker fans can expect a captivating mix of jazzy pop, vintage hip-hop and electronic music from the edgy star.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky, in partnership with the Sunday Express, is again set to launch its prestigious amateur photography competition, ‘Wish You Were Here’.
Now in its 10th year, and in honour of its nautical heritage, the team at Old Pulteney are on the hunt for the perfect shot of the British seaside and are challenging Sunday Express readers to rekindle the great legacy of the traditional ‘Wish You Were Here’ postcard.
Attracting over 1000 entrants last year, the competition consistently uncovers some of the most talented amateur photographers in the country whose images have been praised for their quality, creativity and ingenuity.
One lucky winner will be treated to a VIP trip for two to the Pulteney Distillery in Wick and given the unique opportunity to fill a bottle of their very own Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky. The winner can also look forward to a £2500 cash prize and a newspaper spread featuring their winning photograph.
Glasgow has joined the likes of New York, Tokyo, Stockholm and Moscow with the launch today (2 April) of Baltic Ice Bar Glasgow – Scotland’s first uber cool ice bar!
Constructed entirely of solid and sculpted ice, the 20 person capacity Baltic Ice Bar Glasgow at Snow Factor Braehead is sponsored by Coors Light – the world’s most refreshing beer.
Snug in cosy jackets provided by the bar, patrons will be able to book 45 minute slots to experience the interior of Baltic where the temperature is minus 5C and the walls, bar top and even the glasses are made of ice.
Open 7 days and with entry prices starting from £13, patrons can choose from the Baltic Basic and Baltic VIP drinks packages, enjoying a refreshing Coors Light, a shot or even a beer cocktail – all chilled to perfection!
The ice-quisite venue, built by Snow Factor’s own team is the latest addition to the £32 million Snow Factor development. Scotland’s only indoor real snow facility already offers alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-climbing, sledging and even an ice-luge run for snow-sport enthusiasts of all ages and ability.
Glasgow’s leading shopping and dining destination, Princes Square, has announced that it will host a magical day of Cinderella celebrations on Saturday 28th March to mark the cinema release of the much-anticipated fairy tale classic.
As a treat for all would-be Princesses and Prince Charmings, Princes Square’s very own stylish ‘Fairy Godmother’ will appear in five different centre locations throughout the day to give shoppers the chance to win an array of Princes Square goodies.
Between 10am and 3pm, shoppers who spot the Fairy Godmother when she appears and answer her Cinderella-themed question correctly will win one of 50 Princes Square gift bags, containing a selection of goodies from boutique retailers including Radley, Kimble’s, Arran Aromatics and Shearer Candles.
One overall lucky winner will secure a sparkling pair of Kurt Geiger shoes – similar to those worn by Cinderella actress Lily James at the film’s Hollywood premiere – following a shoe fitting and glass of champagne at designer store Kurt Geiger.
For younger visitors, Princes Square will also be hosting three enchanting readings of Cinderella in partnership with Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug team. The Sessions will take place in the centre’s courtyard at 10am, 11am and 12noon, served up with delicious sparkling cupcakes.
Wickerman, Scotland’s sizzling summer music festival, is turning up the heat with the addition of three of music’s most iconic names to its 2015 line-up. The hugely popular pop-rock band Squeeze, Scottish superstar Lulu and seminal punk performance poet Hugh Cornwell will be taking centre stage alongside recently announced headliners The Waterboys and Tom Odell.
On Friday, Squeeze will co-headline the main Summerisle Stage in what is set to be a truly unforgettable performance. Defined by the songwriting partnership of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbook, once dubbed the ‘the new Lennon and McCartney’, the influential group exploded on to the late 70s music scene with their album ‘Cool for Cats’.
On Saturday, Scottish singing legend Lulu will storm the main stage to entertain fans and celebrate an incredible 50 years in the music business. In what will surely be a show stopping performance, fans can look forward to a rousing tour of her glittering back catalogue, from Bond theme tunes to crowd-pleaser ‘Shout’ to more recent hits.
On Saturday, John Cooper Clarke will be headlining Wickerman’s famous Scooter Tent, which will feature a host of explosive ska and punk acts alongside some fresh new sounds. ‘The Bard of Salford’ became the leading voice of punk and youth culture in the 70s and has toured with Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, The Fall and Elvis Costello amongst others. His biting, satirical verse delivered in his signature rapid-fire performance is set to transfix the crowds.
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s hottest summer music festivals, has revealed that legendary band The Waterboys and super talented singer songwriter Tom Odell, will be headlining the main Summerisle Stage this July. Also joining the red hot line-up will be Example & DJ Wire.
On Friday 24th July, The Waterboys are poised to deliver an unforgettable performance in what will be their biggest Scottish festival appearance this year. The iconic band will perform classics from their extensive back catalogue alongside tracks from their recently released album ‘Modern Blues’. Acclaimed for their powerful live performances, the seminal band are set to be a definite hit with the UK’s friendliest festival crowd.
On Saturday, Ivor Novello and Brit Awards winning artist Tom Odell will bring his distinctive sound and spine tingling vocals to Wickerman’s main stage. His 2013 debut album, ‘Long Way Down’, shot straight to number one, featuring hits such as, ‘Can’t Pretend’, ‘Hold Me’ and the gargantuan single ‘Another Love’.
Joining them will be the chart topping Example & DJ Wire who promise to deliver an electrifying set. With 25 Top 40 hits, including club favourite ‘Change The Way You Kiss Me’, festival revellers can expect an energetic live performance.
The Wickerman Festival prides itself on offering music lovers a diverse mix of iconic acts and emerging talent and this year’s line-up will be no exception with the appointment of Synergy Concerts, one of Scotland’s leading independent promoters.
Glasgow’s leading shopping and dining destination, Princes Square, is sharing a festive toy story this December with a photography exhibition showcasing some of the most popular toys from decades gone by.
Shoppers can forget the stress of shopping for the latest gifts and gadgets and let Princes Square transport them back in time to enjoy a nostalgic exhibition featuring iconic toys that have captivated children throughout the decades. To host the festive showcase, Princes Square has partnered with the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh to celebrate vintage toys from the 1910s to the 1990s. Photography from the Museum’s own archives will be on display as well as images selected by Princes Square.
The shopping centre is presenting the photography exhibition from 1st – 24th December and with just under a month until Christmas, it’s the perfect opportunity for a festive day out for both adults and children alike.
Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky is celebrating the completion of a sustainable environmental project to increase fish populations in the Mackalea Burn, close to its distillery in Speyside. The installation of a new fish pass, sponsored by the award-winning whisky, will overcome in-river obstacles that prevent salmon and sea trout from spawning, helping to improve the biodiversity of the area.
The scheme was led by Scottish charity the Spey Foundation, in collaboration with Moray Council and Speyburn, as part of the whisky’s two year partnership with the Spey Foundation to support ongoing conservation work along the River Spey.
The Spey Foundation plays a vital role in conserving the Spey burns and surrounding wildlife and it is this commitment that makes them the perfect partner for Speyburn, which is proud to be the only distillery to use water from the Granty Burn, a tributary of the River Spey, famed for its purity and world class salmon fishing.
anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of its eagerly awaited 18 year old expression. With only 1000 cases available worldwide, this very special single malt from Knockdhu Distillery will join the brand’s award winning portfolio, which celebrates the traditional art of whisky making with a modern twist.
Matured in hand selected Spanish oak ex-sherry casks and American oak ex-bourbon casks, each 700ml bottle will retail at £70 with an ABV of 46%. On the palate, the non chill-filtered single malt is bursting with oriental spices and toasted vanilla, with a full bodied taste and a surge of honey and caramel to finish.
The team at International Beverage Holdings is celebrating scooping three prestigious accolades in one of the whisky industry’s top international guides – Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.
The global drinks company’s flagship single malt whisky brands, Old Pulteney, Balblair and anCnoc, each received an esteemed category award from leading whisky connoisseur Murray, who nosed and tasted his way through the world’s best whiskies to create his famous tasting guide.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide. Each edition contains roughly 4,500 detailed, professionally analysed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies.
The upcoming 2015 edition contains over 1000 new entries and will be available soon from the Dram Good Book Shop.
As one of the world’s biggest golfing events grips the nation this week, Glasgow’s leading shopping and dining destination, Princes Square, is encouraging visitors to get into the swing of things by entering a three day ‘Hole In One’ challenge to raise money for charity.
From Friday 26th until Sunday 28th September, in partnership with Scotland’s bestselling golf title, ‘Bunkered’ Magazine, Princes Square will transform its Courtyard area into a bespoke golf green, challenging those daring enough to try their hand at achieving a hole in one.
Budding sports enthusiasts, aged six and over, will be encouraged to perfect their stance, practise their swing and take their winning shot. If successful in scoring that coveted hole in one, they will receive (in true Scottish fashion!) a saltire flag golf head cover.
Shoppers will be met by a member of the Bunkered team upon arrival, where they will be kitted out for action and asked to donate a pound or two in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity, a fundraising body which raises vital funds to provide world class services and equipment to Yorkhill Hospital and its related service.
Visitors can take part in the ‘Hole In One’ competition from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th September from 11am until 7pm in the Courtyard of Princes Square
The latest expression from anCnoc’s collection of limited edition peated malts was unveiled in Edinburgh last night as whisky enthusiasts gathered under cover of darkness to share a midnight dram of the smoky new single malt.
anCnoc ‘Cutter’ was officially released to the global market on 1st September and as the clock chimed to greet the launch date, an intimate group of anCnoc friends and fans stayed up late at the city’s Last Word bar to enjoy a first taste and toast the arrival of this much anticipated new release.
With drinkers embracing the new collection , the ‘Cutter’ launch marks the start of a new anCnoc tradition which will see a new peated expression unveiled every year on 1st September, alongside a midnight celebration of anCnoc’s dark and mysterious side.
‘Cutter’ is the most peated of anCnoc’s single malts to date. Light gold in appearance, it has an intense, thick and oily smoke structure on the nose which reveals a sharper, more medicinal phenolic layer with a piercing burst of fruity ripe peaches and just a touch of oak. It has an ashy taste, with slight apple-core bitterness and notes of leather and spicy vanilla lingering at the back, accompanied by sharper notes of pink grapefruit and ripe orchard fruits.
JAC Vapour, the UK’s leading high quality e-cigarette brand, has kick started a new experiential campaign by unveiling its first pop up ‘vape space’ in Edinburgh, the home of the brand. The sponsorship-led initiative will form part of a new six-month campaign, The JAC Vapour Exchange, which will encourage smokers to exchange their traditional cigarettes for a healthier alternative – a high quality e-cigarette.
To help clear the air ahead of Edinburgh’s busy Festival season, the brand collaborated with Scotland’s leading arts and entertainment magazine, The List, to create a pop up e-cigarette bar at its award-nominated annual Festival Party. Nearly 2,000 guests from the arts and creative industries attended the evening event, which took place on Thursday 31st July in Summerhall, to celebrate the start of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. During the party, JAC Vapour representatives distributed the brand’s e-cigarettes to smokers and encouraged them to visit the party’s pop up vape bar to sample different e-liquid flavours and find out more from JAC Vapour’s team of experts.
As the flames of Wickerman’s iconic 40 foot statue burned brightly over a 15,000 strong crowd, organisers, artists and music fans were celebrating the 13th year of the festival being one of their ‘luckiest’ to date – near perfect weather, brilliant performances and a relaxed two days of music and entertainment. The familiar guitar intro of ‘In a Big Country’ summoned the masses to the Summerisle stage to enjoy a powerful set of classic tracks from Scottish music legends Big Country. The celebration of iconic music talent continued as The Zombies reminded the Wickerman crowd just why they were one of the standout bands of the 60s. A drizzle of rain failed to stop crowds enjoying the soaring guitar tunes of indie-favourites British Sea Power and The Feeling, purveyors of some of the catchiest, best-loved pop songs of recent times thrilled fans from the start as a rainbow made a timely appearance over the arena. Some of Wickerman’s finest moments have been when Scottish artists, past and present, take over the headline slot on the Summerisle stage – from Texas, to Primal Scream to Amy Macdonald. This year it was the turn of Glasgow’s Del Amitri and they more than lived up to expectations, as the band delivered an incredible hour and a half of classic indie-pop led by Justin Currie’s unmistakable vocals. Around the other stages, the Scooter tent served up an energetic line-up, with Cockney Rejects and The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra raising the tent roof at the end of the festival day. The line-up of rousing traditional Scottish music in the Lowland Links tent created one of the biggest parties of the day, with brilliant new talents The Amazing Snakeheads and Hector Bizerk packing out the Solus tent as the festival came to a close.
After an epic, almost eleven month long voyage around the globe as part of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, ‘Maritime Malt’ Old Pulteney is paying tribute to the remarkable sailing achievement of its crew with the limited edition release of the Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative Bottle. As the twelve-strong Clipper Race fleet returns home to St Katharine Docks in London this weekend, 12th July 2014, the first bottles of this strikingly designed new whisky will be gifted to the Old Pulteney crew as they celebrate with family and friends. The whisky has been matured in ex American bourbon and ex Spanish sherry casks and is polished gold in appearance, combining the sweetness of dried fruits with crisp green apples on the nose, accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla and white chocolate. The taste is of honey and orange zest with a rounded oaky structure and Old Pulteney’s unmistakable salty coastal note giving way to a smooth and long-lasting finish.
Renowned hand-knit designer Di Gilpin has created a series of show-stopping pieces of cashmere couture to open this year’s Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.
The exquisite collection has been hand-knitted and stitched in Scotland from the finest Inner Mongolian cashmere. The garments have been commissioned by Scots designer Graeme Black, who is creative director of luxury Chinese fashion brand Erdos 1436.
Their invitation-only runway show on Friday July 18 is a unique Scottish and Chinese cultural collaboration. It is to celebrate 200 years since the trade in cashmere between China and Scotland began.
Di Gilpin, who started her knitwear business in the 1980s while living in a rented croft on the Isle of Skye, now runs her global fashion brand from a restored outbuilding, known as a bothy, near St Andrews. She and her production manager Sheila Greenwell have recruited a team of highly skilled hand-knitters who reside within 15 miles of her studio.
A single Di Gilpin garment can take as long as two months to complete. “We pay meticulous attention to detail. We are dedicated to making the most intricate and show-stopping pieces of couture available anywhere in the world,” says Di, adding: “I love working with Graeme, whose designs are out of this world. Each of the garments has been knitted and stitched by hand. It has been an amazing challenge and it is wonderful to have created this show-stopping clothing with these superfine yarns.”
Scotland’s leading locations and production company, LS (previously Location Scotland) has announced it is to launch a New York office to facilitate the growth of its international business.
This will be the first overseas outpost for the Edinburgh-based business, which is one of the most dynamic within Scotland’s creative industries.
The US opening aims to support the rising demand for LS location and production services from international brands looking to set their photographic and film projects in Scotland. General Electric, Vanity Fair and Nautica are just some of the American companies that LS has worked with on Scottish-based campaign shoots this year so far – both for stills and moving image projects.
LS New York officially opened with a reception for the city’s creative industries at the company’s new offices on Tuesday 10th June. The launch coincided with the Scottish LS team’s arrival in the city for the prestigious LE BOOK event where the world’s most creative communities gather to showcase their respective services in fashion, beauty, design, entertainment and advertising.
Leading chauffeur drive company, Little’s, has announced a rise in its international business. New contract acquisitions in Eastern and South East Asia have resulted in the company entering new markets including Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The global business travel specialist has also reported a substantial increase in new contracts in key business travel locations across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, helping the company to exceed its growth forecasts for the year.
The financial sector has been largely driving demand in these regions. For companies with headquarters in the UK, US or Europe it can be difficult during office hours to book business travel in countries across Asia with such different time zones, a difference of ten hours ahead for example can be very restricting. Together with 24 hour international support, Little’s manages all global travel requirements, providing clients with just one point of contact, streamlining the booking process and saving valuable time.
Bob Lewis, a sailing enthusiast from Solihull, has been hailed the 2013 winner of an exciting nationwide initiative – The Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards.
Bob, who is 90 years old, was nominated by Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club for his outstanding Club Service. He was selected by a panel of judges, as the winner from the many deserving nationwide entries.
Now in its second year, the annual awards scheme was initiated by Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky to reward the outstanding passion, commitment and achievements demonstrated within Britain’s maritime communities, at both a local and national level.
Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club owes its existence to Bob, who is its Founder, First Commodore and oldest sailor. A true Maritime ambassador, he still regularly competes throughout the year and often shames younger members into sailing in the cold and wet, when staying ashore might seem a more attractive option.
Help for Heroes has joined forces with the historic Tennent Caledonian brewery for the launch today (Friday 22 November) of an official new beer for the charity – which aims to raise £500,000 to support the UK’s wounded servicemen and women.
Beer drinkers are being urged to make a difference this Christmas and throughout 2014 by picking up packs of Help for Heroes endorsed Tennent’s Original Export when it arrives in Asda stores across the UK from mid November and in other retail outlets from early 2014.
Over the next year, every penny of Tennent’s profit from this charity edition of the beer will go directly to Help for Heroes – which offers wide-ranging support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities and four Recovery Centres across the UK which will offer support for life.
Tennent’s Original Export is a premium beer brewed in Glasgow using the finest natural ingredients. It has been specially packaged for the campaign in a newly designed bottle featuring the blue Help for Heroes logo alongside the iconic red T of Tennent’s.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have announced a new national competition to find a crew member to join them for the world’s longest and most challenging global sailing event.
Old Pulteney’s Ultimate Sailing Experience will offer one lucky thrill-seeker the unique opportunity to take to the high seas on the ‘Old Pulteney’ yacht and compete in the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Competition entry will be driven by an on-pack promotion which will be rolled out throughout the UK from this month. The winner will join the 20-strong crew in June 2014, for the final leg of the Clipper Race, as they race to the finish line from New York to London, via Derry-Londonderry and Den Helder in the Netherlands.
To enter the competition, whisky enthusiasts must submit their applications by midnight on Friday 31 January and, like most of the Clipper Race crew, no prior sailing experience is required. Entry is via www.clipper-oldpulteney.com/competition using a unique code which can be found on an in-pack leaflet inside all promotional bottles of Old Pulteney 12 year old.
The ‘Old Pulteney’ Clipper Round the World Race yacht departed from London’s Tower Bridge today (Sunday 1st September) with a very special cargo on board: the first case of a brand new limited edition Old Pulteney, inspired by intrepid maritime adventure – ‘Old Pulteney Navigator’.
With the ‘maritime malt’ sponsoring one of the 12 spectacular super yachts in the 2013 / 14 Clipper Race fleet, skipper Patrick van der Zijden and his 24 strong crew toasted the yacht’s departure with a first taste of the Navigator expression on board.
Speyburn Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has today announced it will be joining forces with the Spey Foundation to support their ongoing conservation work along the River Spey. The one year partnership will fund a project that opens up the Spey burns to wildlife by overcoming in-river obstacles that prevent salmon and sea trout from spawning. The project will also include protecting and restoring the catchment’s natural features to help improve the habitat and biodiversity of the area and the river bank.
To sponsor the conservation initiative, Speyburn will launch a nationwide ‘Salmon Run’ campaign that will be driven by sign-up to Clan Speyburn – the whisky’s free online members’ community.
The 2013 / 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race left London on Sunday 1st September with the ‘Old Pulteney’, Scotland’s only entry into the year-long global voyage, taking her place amongst the 12-strong fleet in a spectacular procession.
The London Scottish Regiment piped on board Old Pulteney skipper and ‘flying Dutchman’ Patrick van der Zijden and his crew of 20 amateur sailors from all walks of life, before they set sail from Tower Bridge on the Thames.
Named after its sponsor, the Wick-produced ‘maritime malt’ whisky Old Pulteney, the striking 70-foot navy and silver yacht will make a first stop in Brest in northern France before the challenge of an Atlantic sail to Rio on the first leg of this prestigious global sailing race.
Funny Women, the UK’s leading community for female comedy, is offering festival fans a truly stylish way to enjoy this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Funny Women will be hosting the ‘Funny Women Pop Up Fringe’ at the city’s Shanghai night club in Le Monde Hotel on George Street from Thursday 15th August to Sunday 25th August, where some of the best new and established female acts from the UK’s comedy scene, including Olivia Lee, Janice Connolly as Mrs. Barbara Nice, Viv Groskop and Ria Lina, can be enjoyed in luxe surroundings with cocktails and great food.
Funny Women is offering a unique £25 day pass which gives access to up to 10 shows, as well as 10% off food and drink. Tickets for individual shows are also available from £5.
Smart phones at the ready! On Monday June 17th anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky wants whisky fans around the world to snap and Tweet a picture of how they most enjoy a dram – and in return their idea could feature on one of 10 personally illustrated bottles of anCnoc with one lucky winner cinching a trip to New York.
In a first for the brand, #youranCnoc builds on anCnoc’s long standing association with design and illustration by asking whisky drinkers around the world to share their own anCnoc moments as the creative spark for their own exclusive bottle.
It’s simple to get involved with this fast-paced, one-day Twitter event – think about how you like to drink your anCnoc, snap a picture that sums it up, and Tweet it to @anCnoc_whisky using #youranCnoc between 00.00 (GMT) on Monday June 17th and 09.00 (GMT) on Tuesday June 18th.
The 10 winning images will be chosen over the course of the next day and used to inspire bespoke illustrations by Scottish-born, New York- based illustrator – and anCnoc partner – Peter Arkle at his studio in Manhattan. His finished drawings will be speedily dispatched across the Atlantic to the anCnoc team in Scotland where the 10 unique packs will be created for winners.
The Wickerman Festival in association with Sunday Herald newspaper will be bringing one of Scotland’s hottest summer parties to Glasgow this June as it hosts its first Wicker Warm-Up gig.
Launched to bring the flavour of the Festival to the city, the Wicker Warm-Up will take place on Thursday 27th June at Broadcast on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Hosted by In:Demand Uncut DJ Jim Gellatly, the voice of new music in Scotland, the night will be headlined by Scottish indie band Finding Albert and include performances from three of Scotland’s best unsigned bands.
Wickerman favourites Finding Albert are set to deliver an electrifying live performance at the gig, playing tracks from their new album ‘Feints’ which was released in March this year. Their distinctive blend of rock and electronica has attracted comparisons to Muse and Kasabian and brought the Dumfries five piece critical acclaim.
Joining them will be three finalists from the Sunday Herald’s popular unsigned band competition, which champions new Scottish talent and offers the winning band the main stage opening slot at this year’s Festival. The three finalists, voted for by the public, will compete at the Wicker Warm-Up where the winning band will be announced. Sunday Herald Editor, Richard Walker, will also take to the stage to keep the dance floor moving with a DJ set.
Renowned as the Maritime Malt, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is delighted to launch The Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards for a second consecutive year. The awards, which received great acclaim last year, invites UK Sailing clubs to nominate inspiring individuals to uncover the nation’s sailing stars.
The annual awards scheme is specifically tailored to recognise and reward the outstanding passion, commitment and achievements within British maritime communities at both a local and national level.
Old Pulteney wants to hear about any inspirational, outstanding or unsung heroes from the UK’s sailing communities. In September thirty winners will be announced as contenders in the semi finals by our maritime judging panel. The panel will consist of Alistair Vallance, editor of Scotland’s biggest sailing magazine, Yachting Life and a panel of Old Pulteney brand representatives. In November, three semi finalist winners will each win a £1,000 cash prize for their Sailing Club, a bottle of Old Pulteney 17 Year Old and a commemorative trophy. In December the second ever Old Pulteney Maritime Hero will be selected. They will be presented with an additional £1,000 personal cash prize, a winner’s trophy and a much sought after bottle of Old Pulteney 21 Year Old, which was crowned ‘World’s Best Whisky’ in Jim Murray’s prestigious 2012 Whisky Bible.
anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled its third Limited Edition Peter Arkle release. The striking and distinctive packaging from the New York-based Scottish artist takes its inspiration from the thick, brick walls of anCnoc’s Knockdhu Distillery’s dunnage warehouses.
Internationally-acclaimed illustrator Peter Arkle said:
“I have loved working with anCnoc and am very proud of our latest limited edition. The distillery at Knock is such a great place and I had a fantastic time visiting there. This particular illustration for me really shows a complex thought in a very simple way. On one hand it’s just a drawing of the bricks that make up the walls of the distillery and the warehouses with a yellow sign stuck on. But, on the other hand, those bricks are so old and so soaked with the essences of anCnoc –absorbed over the years – that they are not just any old bricks. They are bricks with real character and history. And the sign is there to remind people that anCnoc is not something you can take for granted. One must handle something remarkable with care.”
Wickerman has revealed that disco superstars Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will be taking centre stage alongside headliners Primal Scream and Amy Macdonald.
On Friday Chic, one of the most influential acts of the Disco era, are set to deliver a show stopping performance on the main Summerisle Stage. Led by prolific producer Nile Rodgers, who features on ‘Get Lucky’ the current UK number one single by Daft Punk, the disco giants will perform a mix of classics such as ‘Everybody Dance’ and ‘Le Freak’ alongside tracks from their new album.
Supremely talented Glasgow based five piece, Admiral Fallow will join them on the bill to deliver what promises to be a rousing set of indie folk pop. The Summerisle line up will be further enhanced by electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone, East London trio Waylayers and Ally McCrae of BBC Introducing.
DJ Greg Wilson will headline the Skiddle Tent on Saturday night. Joining him in the Bass Dance Village venue is a Wickerman regular Sonny Wharton and alongside them is the 2012 saviour of the Skiddle tent Ginny K and block party extraordinaire Kid Blast among others.
Moving the party into the open air, the Vinyl Frontier Outdoor Stage is back for 2013. Funkademia DJs Good for the Soul and Dave Dunne Blast head things up on the Friday day time with Insomnia DJs playing into the early hours. Funkademia return on Saturday and will be joined by Sonny Wharton and friends from Beats of Rage who will close the stage on Saturday.
Scottish Apprentice Week 2013 celebrates the commitment of employers and the emerging talent of apprentices from all over the country. Led by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the third annual Scottish Apprentice Week gathered apprentices, employers, training providers and partners in a series of events throughout Scotland.
Tennent Caledonian and The Tennent’s Training Academy welcomed Michael Moore MP as part of his involvement with Scottish Apprenticeship Week. The Tennent’s Training Academy (TTA) is part of Tennent Caledonian’s continued commitment to and investment in the Scottish hospitality industry, and in world-class training for Scottish operators. Tennent Caledonian and the TTA are proud to be playing a part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week and the ongoing training and investment in modern apprenticeships for the industry, including the TTA Modern Apprenticeship Plus programme.
The Wickerman Festival has today, Friday 19th April, revealed that punk rock band Stiff little Fingers and new wave act The Rezillos will be headlining its legendary Scooter Tent this July.
Belfast’s Stiff Little Fingers, who headlined the very first Wickerman in 2002 will undoubtedly deliver a raucous performance in the hugely popular punk & ska tent on Friday 26th July, while on Saturday 27th Edinburgh based five piece, The Rezillos, will take to the stage to stir up the crowds. Joining them on the bill are Anti-Nowhere League, Vice Squad, Random Hand and Buster Shuffle.
Friday’s line up is completed by Random Hand, who have toured extensively sharing their ferocious ska-punk-metal style; Nick Welsh with his show ‘The Life & Times of a Ska Man’; The Kubricks, a seven-piece band from London; Scooter Tent favourites Bombskare; Davy and The Hosebeat, 2Tone ska originals Capone and the Bullets; Annan boys More From Jim and Molotov.
On Saturday, East London’s Buster Shuffle will get the Scooter Tent bouncing and they will be joined by the ever popular, ska pop act The Amphetameanies; 4ft Fingers; The Ramones all female tribute act The Ramonas; Slagerij; The Hostiles; The Negatives and Urang Matang.
In 1994, a few thousand music fans first packed their tents for an ambitious new music festival for Scotland called T in the Park…
This summer, founding partner Tennent’s Lager is joining fans in counting down to T in the Park’s 20 year milestone, packaging up the pride and passion it has for Scotland’s best music festival with the release of a striking new limited edition can.
Celebrating the enduring success and legendary spirit of the T in the Park experience, the 440ml can features a silver radial design stamped on both sides with the iconic festival logo – and a ‘Here’s to 20 Great Years!’ tribute.
The outer pack transports fans straight to an illuminated T in the Park main stage at night, bursting off the shelf with images of the artists, the audience and the spectacular fireworks that close the festival each year.
The can will be available as a limited edition for the Scottish off trade from late April in 8, 10 and 12 can packs, and a 500ml version of the can will be available exclusively on-site for fans at this year’s festival. Consumers will also have the chance to win T in the Park tickets through an on-pack promotion.
Old Pulteney’s maritime roots in the far north of Scotland have inspired a colourful new series of travel retail exclusive products celebrating three historic lighthouses.
The Old Pulteney ‘Lighthouse’ Series, set to be unveiled at the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition in Singapore this May, will feature three distinctive new expressions of the award-winning ‘maritime malt’. Packaged in boldly coloured designs that reflect the distinctive, high-quality whisky inside, the range will be rolled out to the global travel retail and duty free channel from late summer 2013.
Lighthouses situated near Old Pulteney distillery’s northerly coastal location in Wick were selected to develop the series:
- Noss Head: Packaged with a vibrant blue label and tube, the design features an image of the Noss Head lighthouse which the whisky is inspired by.
- Duncansby Head: Featuring a coral red label and tube, the eye catching packaging depicts an image of Duncansby Head lighthouse.
- Pentland Skerries: Encased in striking purple packaging, this design features images of two lighthouses of the same name.
Margaret Mary Clarke, Senior Brand Manager for Old Pulteney commented: ‘Old Pulteney’s Lighthouse Series represents a further investment in bringing distinctive, high quality products to the travel retail trade for the enjoyment of travelling consumers. The association with the great lighthouses of Scotland’s north easterly coast brings to life another aspect of Old Pulteney’s maritime heritage.’
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is delighted to partner with the Sunday Express for a seventh consecutive year to launch the annual ‘Wish You Were Here’ photography competition. The whisky, also known as the Maritime Malt, invites Sunday Express readers to help revive the tradition of the British seaside postcard by challenging amateur photographers to submit their maritime inspired photographs.
The competition, which has attracted over 3000 entries in past years, offers an incredible prize of £2500 for the winning image in addition to a trip for two to the Pulteney Distillery in Wick.
Last year’s winner, Brian Cook, scooped the prize with his stunning image entitled ‘Bay of Lairg’.
The Sunday Express and Old Pulteney are looking for creative snapshots that encapsulate Britain’s coastal landscape and the nation’s relationship with the sea – send your image to email@example.com to enter.
Beauty fans can look forward to a bumper weekend as Spa in the City – Edinburgh’s popular free beauty event – returns on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May for a sixth consecutive year.
Heading once again to St Andrew Square, the Essential Edinburgh extravaganza will feature a new ‘Fresh as a Daisy’ theme which will be accompanied by a fresh new format, with six of the city’s most prestigious beauty retailers – John Lewis, Jenners, Harvey Nichols, Boots, Debenhams and the Roxburghe Hotel – each taking over their own marquee.
The weekend will offer city centre shoppers the chance to ‘freshen up their look’ with a menu of free treatments, with brands for this year including Shu Uemura from Harvey Nichols, Liz Earle from John Lewis and Clarins which will be in the Jenners marquee. Luxurious treatments courtesy of the spa team at the city’s Roxburghe Hotel will also be available, alongside Superdrug and Lush Spa.
The event is organised and funded by Essential Edinburgh, the city’s Central Business Improvement District and aims to promote the wealth of beauty and lifestyle retailers on offer in Edinburgh city centre and encourage shoppers into the area.
The Wickerman Festival has built a reputation as one of the finest platforms for showcasing emerging Scottish talent, and this year is no different as a host of the hottest new musicians join its Solus tent line-up.
New wave rock band Vukovi will headline the tent on Friday, while Saturday’s lead act will be tech-electro trio Roman Nose. They will be joined by Fat Goth, TeKlo, Woodenbox, Siobhan Wilson, Vigo Thieves and Fake Major, as well as other rising stars.
Glasgow four-piece Vukovi will be returning to the festival with the promise of a raucous performance and a sound influenced by the likes of Skunk Anansie and Rage Against the Machine. The band’s reputation for delivering a storming live set was built on sold out shows throughout Glasgow and its alternative, experimental sound is guaranteed to be a hit with Wicker fans. Vukovi will be joined by energetic electro act Teklo, dubbed ‘One to Watch’ by the BBC, and his yet-to-be released new material is sure to wow the crowds.
On Saturday, the Solus tent will pick up the pace with masked trio Roman Nose who write, produce and direct their own tech-electro stage shows. Their bass-heavy existence and heart-crunching sound is set to have the tent jumping. Also announced for Saturday are hotly tipped act Vigo Thieves, a Wishaw band who use driven beats, explosive synthesisers and soaring emotionally charged vocals to produce epic songs which echo the likes of New Order and U2.
For more additions to the Solus tent visit www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk.
Spring has sprung and The Wickerman Festival is bursting with news as the second wave of main stage acts is announced. Headlining the festival on the Saturday will be Scottish singer songwriter Amy Macdonald. Joining her on the Summerisle stage will be The Enemy, KT Tunstall, Dexys and Bellowhead, amongst others.
Award-winning artist Amy Macdonald will take to the stage on Saturday 27th July to entertain festival goers with her first Wickerman performance. Her heartfelt sound and raw performance style promises a rousing set that will include tracks from her three critically acclaimed albums.
She will be joined on the bill by The Enemy who promise top quality, unapologetic rock’n’roll, and hits from their three UK top ten albums. Performing on Friday 26th is multi-platinum selling artist KT Tunstall. KT, who will be returning to the spotlight this summer after an 18 month break, will be performing a mix of new material from her much anticipated fourth studio album and classic hits from her back catalogue.
The full list of artists released is available on the Wickerman website – www.thewickermanfestival.com.
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved independent music festivals, has proposed a novel new initiative to help smitten music fans pop the question…festival style.
On 14th February, Wickerman played cupid by launching a nationwide competition offering twelve music-loving romantics the opportunity to propose to their partner in a new Wicker Love Lounge – a unique festival setting created especially for this year’s festival.
To win one of the twelve ‘Wicker Love Lounge’ slots, entrants must submit 100 words on how they met their partner and why they want to propose at the Wickerman Festival. Entries will be accepted from 14th February to 14th April 2013 via firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful entrants will be notified by 30th April and arrangements made to ensure that their unique Wicker proposal stands the best chance of receiving a ‘yes’! http://www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk/2013/02/13/wickerman-helps-fans-with-pitch-perfect-proposal/
anCnoc Highland single malt Scotch whisky has announced the first limited release of its 22 Years Old, the latest hand selected addition to the brand’s core range.
The whisky, which has been matured in American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks at its Knockdhu distillery, has been bottled in its most natural form – neither chill-filtered nor coloured.
Priced at a recommended retail price of £85, only 950 cases will be made available throughout 2013 in the UK, USA, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Japan and Taiwan.
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved independent music festivals, has revealed the Friday night headliner for this year’s summer festival will be seminal Scottish rock band Primal Scream. Also joining the Festival’s line-up will be critically acclaimed duo Public Service Broadcasting, who will inform, educate and entertain festival goers with their original mix of past and present.
On Friday 26th July, Bobby Gillespie and the band will take their iconic style to the stage in what will be Primal Scream’s only Scottish festival appearance this year. Debuting material from their eagerly awaited new album, their first in five years, alongside classic hits from their back catalogue, the influential group will be ‘moving on up’ to the top of the bill with what is set to be an electrifying performance.
Public Service Broadcasting will join them on the Summerisle Stage line up, showcasing their signature mix of archive samples, electronic beats and live audio visual transmissions.
Leading Scottish ale Caledonia Best has unveiled its first ever television advertising campaign set to a new recording of one of Scotland’s best-loved songs, ‘Caledonia’.
The 60-second film shows the journey of a young Scottish man through his years of changing loves, looks and lifestyles, before he finally finds contentment.
Tennent Caledonian Marketing Director Paul Condron commented:
“As we set out to create our first TV ad for Caledonia Best, we wanted to capture the role of the local pub in the social lives of so many Scots. We know our drinkers will easily relate to the highs and lows that are experienced before life feels more settled, and can identify Caledonia Best at the heart of so many special moments.”
Edinburgh-based Logan Energy Ltd, the world market leader in powering fuel cell integrated systems, has announced a new contract to install a 300 kW stationary fuel cell power plant at the 20 Fenchurch Street office development in the City of London. The installation, which will be designed, integrated and maintained by Logan Energy, will support London’s deployment of decentralized energy to develop a more sustainable, secure, cost-effective and low to zero carbon energy supply in the capital.
Known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’, the 38 storey, 690,000 square foot office building is being jointly developed by Canary Wharf Group plc and Land Securities plc and is set to open in early 2014. The Direct FuelCell® (DFC®), which will be installed in 2013, will provide electricity, high temperature heat to an absorption chiller to provide cooling, and low temperature heat for space and domestic water heating in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) configuration.
Marking the first anniversary since the launch of Tennent Caledonian’s new ale, Caledonia Best unveiled the exciting mix of projects being backed by its Seed Fund initiative, aiming to support fledgling businesses in brewing and farming throughout Scotland.
The Seed Fund has seen £58,000 generated to support innovative projects which may not have otherwise been able to happen – raised through a 5p donation in every pint sold in the first six months of the year.
The application process opened in June, and Caledonia Best has worked closely with partners from National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) and Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) to decide which of the applicants should be awarded funding.
Pictured are Paul Millar from St Andrews’ Eden Brewery which has received funding to buy machinery to enable the business to flourish, and Anna Thomson who will use her funding to produce a range of Scottish flour.
The nation has spoken! And after over 3000 entries, a nationwide tour and weeks of debate to select 36 winning comments….Scotland’s favourite pint Tennent’s Lager unveiled its much anticipated Scotland pint glass in time for St Andrew’s Day celebrations.
The ‘Scotland to a T’ campaign began this summer when Tennent’s handed its glass over to the public and asked them what makes them smile the most about Scotland – with the aim of creating a unique snapshot of the nation in words and pictures.
The resulting glass design contains a funny and moving mix of the things that people love about their home country. It shows that Scots are proud of their national treasures – from ‘The Big Yin’, the ‘squadrons of midges’ and the ‘Tartan Army’ to the famous ‘Hampden Roar’ and of course, ‘T in the Paaarrk!’.
To further celebrate, Tennent’s created an animated film inspired by and bringing to life some of the phrases on the glass, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzrHp8iAYoI.
Glasgow’s most glamorous shopping destination, Princes Square, started the festive season early with an enchanting Reindeer Parade. Children and adults alike were delighted by the magical sight of Santa and his trusty flock travelling majestically down Buchanan Street and arriving outside Princes Square where Santa switched on the sparkling Christmas lights. The ever popular event saw hundreds of shoppers gather to mark the official start of Christmas at Princes Square.
Shoppers were also dazzled by Princes Square’s stunning Christmas tree which is suspended from the ceiling in the heart of the centre and spans all three floors of the glamorous boutiques, restaurants and bars. The decadent Christmas decorations have been exclusively designed by James Glancy, whose opulent creations adorn the likes of London’s Carnaby Street and are admired throughout the festive season.
In a year that has seen Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky hailed as ‘World Whisky of the Year’, the Pulteney Distillery in Wick has unveiled a truly exceptional release for whisky lovers as 2012 draws to a close.
In celebration of the oldest Pulteney bottling to date and to reflect the quality and rarity of the whisky, every aspect of the Limited Edition 40 Year Old expression is exquisite and designed to embody the intrigue, craft and history of the ‘Maritime Malt’.
Each closure for the 40 Year Old bottle is unique, hewn by local Caithness stonemasons from a single Caithness flagstone, carefully whittled down into a series of unique pieces which were then individually polished and milled into the perfect stopper shape. A Scottish hallmarked solid silver roundel depicting the age of the whisky completes the bottle’s premium finish.
The luxurious design continues with a highest quality dark blue gloss lacquered wooden gift box, silver etched with the Old Pulteney logo and a classic herring drifter image. A hand-signed book written by whisky expert Charles MacLean, telling the fascinating tale of Old Pulteney’s history, completes the 40 Year Old’s presentation.
Global drinks business International Beverage has announced it has appointed Five Eyes AB as the exclusive Duty Free agency to represent its entire portfolio of spirits and beer in the Nordic – Baltic regional Duty Free channel.
Five Eyes AB will represent sales and marketing of the brands portfolio for the coming 2013-2014 annual tenders and the appointment will be under contract for a term of three years, effective 1st May 2013. Brands include the International Beverage single malt Scotch whiskies Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair and Speyburn; established blended Scotch whiskies Hankey Bannister and MacArthur’s, and new premium spirits such as Caorunn small batch Scottish gin.
James Bateman, Global Travel Retail Manager for International Beverage, commented: ‘It makes sense now for International Beverage to pull its resources together and focus its Nordic DF offer by having one partnership with Five Eyes AB. Since we entered the Nordic Duty Free channel in 2010, Fredrik Borin and his partners have done excellent work in launching and building notable momentum for brands such Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky. We are now at the stage where we can build on this initial momentum to bring a unified, trusted and compelling Travel Retail offer to the operators and retailers.’
Tennent’s Original Export has unveiled the winners of its postcard competition, which asked drinkers to create their own version of the lager’s award-winning billboard campaign that twinned Scottish locations with historic Tennent’s export markets.
From hundreds of Facebook entries, Tennent’s picked two winners: 22-year-old music teacher Robbie Huxtable’s imaginative ‘‘Lanzarothesay’, which paired the Spanish island of Lanzarote with Scotland’s own holiday destination Rothesay; and 26-year-old David Morgan’s ‘Monte Carluke’, an inspired twinning of the glamorous hotspot Monte Carlo with Scotland’s own Carluke.
The competition follows the launch of Tennent’s Original Export Lager earlier this year, which introduced billboards that humorously combined Scottish locations with historic Tennent’s export markets. The winning ‘Lanzarothesay’ and ‘Monte Carluke’ creations will be displayed at billboard sites across Scotland.
anCnoc Highland single malt Scotch whisky has unveiled the second in the series of Limited Edition releases from its collaboration with internationally renowned Scottish illustrator, Peter Arkle.
The partnership has seen New York-based Arkle develop an exclusive range of limited edition designs for anCnoc; each based on a unique aspect of Knockdhu Distillery, home of the single malt. anCnoc’s eagerly anticipated new edition is inspired by Arkle’s visit to the distillery’s warehouse, where the whisky is aged over decades. Arkle found this tranquil, dark space to have an enchanting atmosphere – almost magical – with “an incredible sense of time passing”. This is conveyed in his evocative black and white illustration on the bottle, showing rows of casks disappearing into the darkness.
As thousands descended on Glasgow to pay tribute to Scotland’s inspiring medal winning athletes on 14th September, Scotland’s leading brewer Tennent Caledonian turned beer into gold to celebrate…in more ways than one!
On the day of the parade, Tennent’s donated 5p to charity for every pint of Tennent’s Lager, Caledonia Best and Tennent’s Original Export sold across the whole of Scotland. The Tennent’s team has revealed it is donating all cash raised to Capability Scotland.
Tennent’s also celebrated our athletes’ achievements by producing 1000 commemorative bottles of its award winning Tennent’s Original Export, which featured a gold version of the iconic Tennent’s ‘T’ bottle and pack.
Caorunn Gin is delighted to announce that 25-year-old bartender Iain Griffiths, from Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar, has been crowned the winner of innovative global cocktail competition – Caorunn Storytellers 2012. The Grand Final saw four of the world’s best bartenders represent their countries and go head to head in a bid to win the prestigious title.
Throughout the afternoon global final, the bartenders were asked to reproduce their winning cocktail from the national heats, the cocktail being inspired by Caorunn’s Scottish heritage and five Celtic botanicals – rowan berry, coul blush apple, bog myrtle, heather and dandelion.
The judging panel were dazzled by Iain’s exceptional cocktail – ‘The Damson Chamber’. Iain took home a cash prize of £1,500, as well as being honoured with the esteemed title of Caorunn Global Storyteller 2012, with his winning drink being promoted worldwide as a signature Caorunn cocktail.
The gates of Scotland’s most historic and successful brewery were opened to First Minister the Right Honourable Alex Salmond as he joined the management team of Tennent Caledonian Breweries in celebrating the launch of a new £4 million state-of-the-art bottling line at their famous Wellpark home in Glasgow.
The First Minister was invited to officially open the new facility by Stephen Glancey, Group Chief Executive Officer of C&C Group and Steven Annand, Commercial Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian, who welcomed Mr Salmond to an extended tour of Wellpark where the business has been producing beer for Scotland and the world for over 450 years.
The new £4 million line gives Tennent Caledonian the largest and most technologically advanced beer bottling operation in Scotland, with the capacity to run 50,000 bottles per hour – for Tennent’s brands and for contract business that will now be attracted to Scotland from across the UK.
Heralding the arrival of Tennent’s Original Export back to these shores, a spectacular crate was washed up on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow, forming a mysterious presence for passers-by before its sides were lowered to reveal the hidden bar inside.
As well as offering Scots a first taste of newly-launched Tennent’s Original Export – the premium export lager which is brewed in Glasgow using the finest ingredients, true to Tennent’s earliest brews – the quirky bar is a celebration of the illustrious and little-known export history of Scotland’s pre-eminent brewer.
The crate provides a fascinating peek into the Tennent’s archive, showcasing some recently-unearthed old photographs, postcards and maps. There are some early brewing medals and awards from around the globe, including the 1890 ‘First Degree of Merit’ from Trinidad & Tobago’ and the 1891 ‘Gold Medal’ from Jamaica. Bar table tops feature century-old newspaper clippings – including a copy of the Bavarian Brewing Journal from 1892 which describes a tasting of Tennent’s on a trip up the Nile!
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved summer music and arts festivals, has revealed its hotly anticipated line-up for 2012, with monumental New York pop stars Scissor Sisters and top Scottish popsters Texas revealed as headliners for the main Summerisle Stage.
Set to be one of the hottest parties of the summer, Scissor Sisters’ unique breed of glam pop will top the bill on Friday 20th July, as the band debut material from their eagerly anticipated new album. Folk rock heroes Levellers, Britpop icons Cast, Scottish indie rockers Bis, five-piece indie pop band Dog is Dead and American songstress Jenny O will also take to the stage on the first full day of the festival.
On Saturday 21st July, Sharleen and the boys will be performing their beloved back catalogue of hits in their only Scottish festival appearance this year. They are joined on the Summerisle line up bill by very special guests, crowd-rousing Dundee rockers The View, ‘Dream Catch Me’ singer / songwriter Newton Faulkner, and Scots indie-folk outfit Kassidy.
Now in its eleventh year, the festival will once again come to a spectacular climax with the legendary Saturday night lighting of the Wickerman: followed this year by a DJ set from Mike Skinner, and a promise to keep the Wickerman party stoked into the wee small hours.
anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has today unveiled a new global campaign that is set to bring a modern twist to the traditional world of whisky – through a collaboration with internationally acclaimed Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle.
Arkle, who is now based in New York City, has developed an exclusive range of limited edition designs for anCnoc , which will be launched throughout 2012 and will be available in the UK, USA, Sweden and selected European markets.
Demonstrating Arkle’s fascination for the science and mystical nature of anCnoc’s production process, the first anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition release is based on a depiction of each of the Single Malt’s ingredients: malted barley, spring water, heat, yeast, time and ‘magic’ – which the illustrator brands ‘the secret thing which makes anCnoc anCnoc’.
The striking packaging design repeats this image, transforming it into an eye-catching and bold black ink pattern on the brand’s trademark stark white background.
The whisky inside is equally special, containing a new expression, hand selected by anCnoc Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce. Matured wholly in Spanish oak sherry barrels – a first for the brand – the resulting dram is complex and satisfying, rich in colour with amber highlights.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky has teamed up with the Sunday Express for the seventh year to celebrate its Wish You Were Here amateur photography competition. Also known as the Maritime Malt, Old Pulteney has worked in partnership with the Sunday Express since 2004 in welcoming readers to take part in the UK’s largest maritime photography competition. The challenge for budding photographers is to help revive the great British tradition of the seaside postcard through a UK wide search for the best nautical images.
Last year’s winner, Derek Bates’ stunning image entitled ‘North Gare’ was selected out of thousands of entrants from across the UK ranging from beautiful maritime sunsets to seaside snaps of seagulls.
Amateur photographers can enter here http://www.express.co.uk/web/wishyouwerehere2012
Caorunn Scottish Gin will be raising the bar internationally in 2012 with the launch of an innovative new cocktail competition – Caorunn Storytellers Global Cocktail Challenge.
With its own rich Celtic heritage, the super premium gin knows that behind every drink there is a tale to tell, so the brand is searching for the world’s best bartenders who can do just that. Caorunn is challenging budding mixologists to create a new imaginative cocktail – and crucially to tell the story behind it. The cutting edge contest will stir up a storm in five key territories in a bid to discover a truly world-class serve.
To showcase their exceptional bartending skills and creativity, entrants are being encouraged to take their inspiration from Caorunn’s own story, in which traditional handcrafted distillation techniques are married with a unique combination of five locally sourced Celtic botanicals.
Britain’s gin drinkers can pay tribute to the Queen’s Jubilee this summer by sipping on a new Caorunn cocktail – Jubilee & Tea. Created by innovative cocktail catering company, 10 Dollar Shake, to mark the already much anticipated Royal celebration of 2012, the stately cocktail will be launched at this weekend’s Scottish Wedding Show in Glasgow.
Designed to commemorate the Queen’s sixty year reign, Jubilee & Tea incorporates ingredients and flavours from around the Commonwealth – Caorunn Scottish gin, English tonic water (with Indian botanicals), Kenyan tea and kumquats from Hong Kong. A series of Jubilee & Tea serving demonstrations and sampling will run throughout the two day show to help get visitors in the mood for a regal party.
Super premium Caorunn Scottish Gin has collaborated with luxury men’s outfitter Spencer Hart to serve up some stylish drinks during a week of Los Angeles- based Oscars activity. The visit follows Spencer Hart’s hugely successful Golden Globes trip in January, where they dressed leading British actors including Orlando Bloom, Dominic West, Damian Lewis Benedict Cumberbatch and Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard for the prestigious awards.
To kick off the partnership, Caorunn sponsored Spencer Hart’s exclusive pre-Oscars party which took place on Wednesday 22nd February at The Standard hotel’s hip Hollywood hangout @Smoke&Mirrors. During the event the leaders of British film mingled with the LA acting fraternity and enjoyed Caorunn’s signature serve – a Caorunn G&T – which is distinctively served with a slice of red apple.
Caorunn also provided some of the film world’s leading men with a taste of the Scottish Highlands during the run-up to Sunday’s inaugural awards at the iconic Chateau Marmont. Nick Hart, Spencer Hart’s founder, and his team fitted British and Hollywood A-listers with bespoke suits at the legendary hotel, offering them a Caorunn tipple during the process.
Scots who proudly put the defining characteristics of their home cities into words for a new Tennent’s Lager campaign will get a first glimpse of their quotes – as they are emblazoned on pint glasses in pubs across the country.
In a first for the nation’s favourite lager, six bespoke pint glass designs have been created to celebrate the culture, pride, passion and humour of each of Scotland’s cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh – with words contributed entirely by consumers.
Glasgow’s party atmosphere, subway and cone-headed monument all feature on its glass, while Hogmanay, salt and sauce and magical streets are revealed for Edinburgh. Further north, highlights include the gleaming granite and Doric dialect of Aberdeen, while Inverness’ midnight curfew, Highland charm and fifteen minute rush hour are given a special mention. Dundee’s design references the city’s famous pies and bridge while Stirling’s legendary history, monuments and modern pubs are celebrated.
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Marking the start of the festive season, Santa’s reindeers will take a majestic stroll down Buchanan Street and welcome everyone into Princes Square on Thursday 10th November. On the same evening the enhanced interior will be lit up magically as thousands of twinkling Christmas lights are switched on. Back by popular demand, the decorations are designed exclusively by leading designer, James Glancy, whose mesmerising creations have adorned iconic locations such as London’s Carnaby Street. In the heart of the space will be the breathtaking Christmas tree, suspended from the ceiling of the Square and spanning all three floors. Download the full press release.
Scotland’s leading brewer Tennent Caledonian is celebrating an exciting new phase in its history with the launch of ‘Caledonia Best’ – a distinctive beer that is rooted in a progressive new partnership with the nation’s barley farmers.
‘Caledonia Best’ is the embodiment of a new focus on the grain at the heart of the glass, and has been created by bringing together the most experienced and the youngest master brewers into one team at Wellpark Brewery – combining centuries of brewing craft and expertise with bold new thinking around sourcing and sustainability in one high quality new pint.
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Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is today sitting on top of the world after winning one of the whisky industry’s highest accolades, World Whisky of the Year, in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible Awards.
In a class of some 1,500 whiskies, Old Pulteney 21-Years-Old scooped the top accolade, along with three other esteemed awards – Scotch Whisky of the Year, Single Malt (Multiple Casks) of the Year and Single Malt (16-21 Years) of the Year.
Already a favourite tipple for whisky drinkers in the UK, Old Pulteney has developed global appeal, and winning such a host of highly-regarded awards will be sure to secure Old Pulteney’s place as one of the top whiskies in the world.
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Whether you love Edinburgh for its festival frenzy, Glasgow for its legendary banter or Aberdeen for its granite gleam, Tennent’s is asking Scots to put into words the pride and passion they have for their city to create a limited edition set of glasses.
In a first for the brand, this new campaign from Scotland’s leading lager sees Tennent’s handing its pint glass over to the people of Scotland, asking them to log onto facebook.com/ tennentslager to comment on what the nation’s six cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness) mean to them.
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‘Woooaaa… this fizz is on fire!’ It’s the same great taste of IRN-BRU, but with the heat turned up! Scotland’s phenomenal soft drink is set to get tongues tingling this autumn with the launch of its first ever limited edition: Fiery IRN-BRU.
For just ten weeks from September, the nation’s iconic fizz has been given an injection of fire, thanks to a shot of secret fiery ingredients that give it a phenomenal kick. Fans can look forward to the IRN-BRU taste they know and love – with the excitement and intensity of some added fire! Download the full press release.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Glasgow Print Studio artist competition, Northland, named artist Christine Leathem’s lithograph Untitled as its winning submission, after a judging process with renowned artist and playwright John Byrne.
The competition put Scotland’s artists to the test over several months, calling for those working actively within the Print Studio to develop their own distinctive works inspired by the ‘black hill’ and stunning Highland scenery at Knockdhu Distillery, where anCnoc is created.
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On August 26th we were thrilled when British Arctic explorer and adventurer Jock Wishart claimed a momentous world first as he and his six-man crew completed their ambitious ‘Old Pulteney Row to the Pole’, reaching the magnetic north pole (recognised and certified in 1996) at 12.30am GMT.
The expedition, sponsored by Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, set out from Resolute Bay on Friday 29th July to conquer some of the harshest conditions on earth. The voyage was four years in the planning and has been the challenge of a lifetime for Jock and his crew, as they steered the small ‘Old Pulteney’ ice boat through the ice-strewn sea.
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2011 winners announced –
In August the Tennent’s Training Academy, Scotland’s centre for excellence in entertaining and hospitality training, announced the winners of its first ever Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards – recognising and rewarding the brightest new talent in the business. Paul Hunter, 24, from Glasgow scooped the Modern Food and Beverage Apprentice of the Year 2011 accolade with Joe McGroaty, 36, from Dumbarton winning Modern Chef Apprentice of the Year 2011.
Having opened its doors in November 2010, the £1million Tennent’s Training Academy has seen hundreds of talented and ambitious young people sign up to build their skills for an exciting career in the industry.
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Knowing how Scots love their holidays in cash-strapped times, the nation’s favourite soft drink IRN-BRU created a phenomenal holiday giveaway …and the ‘BRU-Jet’ took flight! With the help of the campaign’s super-tanned stewards Derek and Jackie, IRN-BRU gave away 100 seats on board a special holiday flight to Tenerife in October, with special winning tickets hidden on-pack in stores across the nation.
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To celebrate the start of the new SFL season, Scotland’s favourite soft drink teamed up with the world’s Scotch Pie champion, Maurice Irvine, to create a limited edition IRN-BRU pie available to purchase from Irvine’s of Beith for the first Saturday kick off. SFL Chief Executive David Longmuir was thrilled about this exciting new addition for the launch of the SFL: “IRN-BRU is renowned for giving SFL fans something a bit special, and this year is no exception. The IRN-BRU Pie is a novel way to celebrate the start of the season.”
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Edinburgh’s most glamorous free beauty event, Spa in the City was created as part of the Open for Business Campaign to support Edinburgh retailers during tram construction. In June 2011 Essential Edinburgh staged the event for a fourth year, so Spa in the City came back – bigger and better than ever, bringing the best of Edinburgh’s beauty & lifestyle retailers to St Andrew Square to showcase a range of free offers & treatments.
Top stores and brands such as Boots, Clarins, Molton Brown, Origins, Nails Inc and The Body Shop were available throughout the weekend to offer visitors the opportunity to try a selection of complimentary treatments including indulgent manicures, pampering massages and glamorous makeovers. Plans are already underway for 2012.
The 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival unveiled a fresh programme mix for its 65th year, packed with screenings, new events, collaborations and innovative film experiences for the city – the first fruits of a plan to invigorate the Festival for modern audiences.
Promising an inclusive celebration of cinema for all, a strong core of diverse new film from Britain and around the globe this year saw a broad and engaging programme that included Perfect Sense with Ewan MacGregor and the European Premiere of the Kings Of Leon’s ‘Talihina Sky’.
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In May Le Creuset at Princes Square brought summertime to Glasgow with a delectable Strawberry Tea Party event in the centre courtyard. The event officially launched Le Creuset’s new limited edition Strawberry Tea Collection created to help raise money for the stylish cookware’s official charity partner, Breast Cancer Care.
On the day, the iconic courtyard was awash with pink delights and transformed into a traditional summer tea party scene with a host of tasty cakes and delicacies for visitors to indulge in, whilst relaxing underneath the centre’s vast and ornate glass roof.
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