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2014 Hogmanay Homecoming

Scotland is well known as the ‘home of Hogmanay’ and its New Year celebrations are among the most high profile in the world. Underlining our long involvement with these prestigious events, we played a key role in the 2013/14 Homecoming Hogmanay celebrations by providing lighting equipment to locations around Scotland. The success of this work highlights our expertise at delivering high-value, multi-site projects to tight deadlines.

Service Type: Events
Sector: Local Authority Via Awarded Party
Completion: 1/1/2014
Location: Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverness
Client: Unique Events
Equipment list:
  • Robe Moving Heads-
 12 MMX
 6 MMX Blades
 18 Pointe
 24 LED Beam 100
 30 Cityskape 48s
  • 16 Sunstrips
  • 10 Zap Lighting Superbigs
  • 10 Zap Lighting Mini Bigs
  • 28 Studio Due City Colour LEDS
  • 12 Studio Due Easy Colours
  • A variety of lighting desks including: ETC Gio, ETC Ion, Avolites Titan Mobile, Chamsys MQ100 (each site had back-up consoles).
The Project
The Hogmanay celebrations that took place around Scotland in 2013/14 were some of the most spectacular ever seen. With a theme based around the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, they were not only enjoyed by people around the country, but were also beamed across the world by television. We supplied lighting equipment to the three key celebration locations: Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness.
In the capital, we supplied equipment to every one of the numerous Hogmanay stages that provide entertainment to the world-famous Street Party. Our main focus was, however, on ‘The Keilidh’ and ‘Rewinder’ stages, where revelers danced through the night. We also lit up the National Monument – the location for the traditional Torchlight Procession, which launches the 3-day celebrations (for which we also supplied lighting and production support).
A major part of the Hogmanay celebrations were the ‘Homecoming Hogmanay’ events, which took place at 20:14 on the night of the 31st of December in various places around Scotland. We supplied the “Super Big” lights needed to bring this spectacular vision to life in Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness, creating ‘Saltires in the Sky’ across the country.
Why did Black Light win the project?
We won this project because of our proven track record working with the client in the past. 

Key project steps
Working to a brief provided by Unique Events, we sourced and demo’d products for the client and then used our experienced crew to deliver each specific lighting project to the required high standard. We worked with various other service providers (such as Paragon Power Services and Warehouse Sound Services) where necessary.
Key challenges
The key challenges that our team overcame in this project included tight deadlines and the logistical challenge of getting significant amounts of kit to multiple locations at a busy time of the year. At all of the locations, our team also had to deal with the challenge of working in and around some of Scotland’s most important historic monuments.
Client Feedback
“Thanks for all your hard work in ensuring Homecoming Hogmanay elements all went as planned, please pass on my thanks to all your team – we were very happy with the event.”

Sharon Burgess, Unique Events Ltd 

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