Playing 4 Cities in 1 Night
Scottish superstars Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall will be transported by helicopter to play a stripped back set in 4 cities in one night.
Aircraft and flight services provided by Andrew and Yvonne Devlin of Curtis Moore Group, and all airports have agreed to wave their landing fees.
Even when Amy Macdonald’s not visibly around, she’s busy. The Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician is being asked to represent her country at flagship events, performing to vast audiences at European festivals or scratching an ever-itchy writing urge. Macdonald might have enjoyed a decade’s success in the music industry, here, there and everywhere, but she’s still in her twenties.
As perhaps the biggest young female Scottish artist in the world – not to mention a huge football fan – Macdonald was asked to raise the curtain on two sports events that brought the planet to Scotland. In 2014 she was asked to perform at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games then at the opening of the Ryder Cup.
Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007 – and sold three million copies worldwide. Her hugely successful fourth album, Under Stars was released in 2017. Under Stars is 29-years-young Amy Macdonald reaching in, reaching up and reaching out. Her famously rich voice is richer, more powerful still. Her renowned way with a melody is stronger, bolder, more impactful. Partnering with new collaborators has given her the power to dig even deeper. Allying herself with likeminded musical souls close to home has freed her to fly even higher.
Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; ‘Drastic Fantastic’, ‘Tiger Suit’ and ‘Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon’ in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist.
Tunstall has toured the world many times over. She has become a festival favourite, from Glastonbury to Belladrum (and back again). She outsold every other female artist in the UK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit 'Suddenly I See’, and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows ('Suddenly I See', used in the iconic opening scene of Meryl Streep flick 'The Devil Wears Prada').
As well as putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming album, 2018 has already seen KT being awarded the Inspirational Artist gong at Music Week's Women In Music Awards as well as having been invited to take on the role as the first ever female Grand Marshal (following the likes of Sir Sean Connery) to lead April’s annual New York Tartan Week Parade along Sixth Avenue. She will spend the summer touring with The Pretenders, Simple Minds, and Barenaked Ladies on the lead up to the much- anticipated release of her 6th studio album this Autumn.
Other Performers and Appearances
Performing in Aberdeen
Nevis Ensemble (40 piece orchestra)
Amy MacDonald & KT Tunstall opening the event before heading to Dundee
Evening hosted by Roddy Hart
Performing in Glasgow
performing Songs of Frightened Rabbit with special guests
The Twilight Sad
Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood solo)
Plus very special guests
Evening hosted by Vic Galloway
Performing in Dundee
Hunter & the Bear
Withered Hand (solo-acoustic)
Amy MacDonald & KT Tunstall opening the event before heading to Glasgow
Evening hosted by Ewen Cameron
Performing in Edinburgh
Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie!)
Amy MacDonald & KT Tunstall close the event after completing the 4 event challenge
Evening hosted by Fred Macaulay
Josh Littlejohn MBE
This year legendary Scottish writer, author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh will be performing a bedtime story. The story will be performed live in Edinburgh, and live-streamed to each of the other cities.
Internationally acclaimed Scottish writer Irvine Welsh shot to prominence with his first novel Trainspotting, and hasn’t looked back since. His most recent work Dead Men’s Trousers was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller and he currently divides his time between Miami, LA and Edinburgh. As an ambassador for international street papers he is honored to be taking part in this event in his home city.
Bedtime Story Glasgow
Darren 'Loki' McGarvey
Bedtime Story Aberdeen
Thank You Dinner on March 13th, EICC, Edinburgh
Born in 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. From the age of 10, Malala has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education.
In October 2012, the then 15-year-old Malala was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends.
Following the attack, Malala was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital, and by March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school.
Now studying at the University of Oxford, Malala continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Since the attack, she has become internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education.
Malala's bravery and unwavering dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. She became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award in 2014, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was also named one of 'The 100 Most Influential People in the World' in 2013 by TIME magazine. She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Conscience, the International Children’s Peace Prize, the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award, the Premi Internacional Catalunya Award of Catalonia, the Simone de Beauvior Prize, The Oklahoma City Reflections of Hope Award and has been honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award 2013. She is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala, which has been published in over 27 territories.
Following the outpouring of support that Malala received throughout her ordeal, she set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world.