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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2007, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Travis to headline Hogmanay party
Fran Healey
The band has twice won Album of the Year at the Brit Awards
Travis are to headline this year's Hogmanay celebrations in Aberdeen, it has been announced.

Event organisers confirmed that the popular Glasgow band will take centre stage for the 31 December date at the Castlegate.

Thousands of revellers are expected to be attracted to the city centre to bring in the New Year.

The free celebrations are organised and funded by Aberdeen City Council and staged by Northsound Radio.

Entry to the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Barriers will be erected around the arena, and the number of people being admitted will be closely monitored.

Attracting musicians of the calibre of Travis makes this by far and away the most exciting free Hogmanay event in Scotland
Councillor Kevin Stewart

Wristbands which permit entry will be issued and will need to be returned on exit.

The evening's entertainment will begin on the Castlegate stage at 2100 GMT, with gates open from 1900 GMT.

There will be also be a big screen displaying all the on-stage action.

Councillor Kevin Stewart, deputy leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming one of Scotland's greatest bands to Aberdeen.

"Attracting musicians of the calibre of Travis makes this by far and away the most exciting free Hogmanay event in Scotland, and our thanks go to Northsound for being able to secure such an impressive band for the city."

Northsound Radio's external affairs executive Charlotte McIntosh said: "We are absolutely thrilled we have been able to bring Travis to Aberdeen for Hogmanay and we're delighted to be working alongside the city council once again on what promises to be another fantastic night."

Travis, fronted by vocalist Fran Healy, have twice been awarded British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards.

Their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name, was released in May.

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