BLOODY SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL REVEALS ASTONISHING INCREASE IN TICKET SALES AS THE 2018 FESTIVAL CLOSES 17% UP ON LAST YEAR’S (BESTSELLING) FIGURES
Bloody Scotland proudly announces ANOTHER STELLAR YEAR IN TERMS OF TICKET SALES. Audience numbers grew by 17% reaching 9985 compared to 8474 in 2017.
Widely described as ‘one of the friendliest festivals around’ and praised for giving traditional festivals a contemporary twist, highlights of Bloody Scotland this year were a Gala Reception at the magnificent Church of the Holy Rude; Liam McIlvanney winning the McIlvanney Prize named after his father; a torchlight procession for over 500 people led by Liam, Val McDermid and Denise Mina; a jumping performance by The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast hosted by Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste with guests Val, Denise, Chris Brookmyre, Abir Mukherjee and Stuart Neville, which was the hot ticket on Saturday night; the perennially popular Scotland v England football match (won 6-3 by England); Ashley Jensen (who stars as Agatha Raisin) and Sophie Kennedy Clark (from The Cry) who brought a spot of TV glamour to the weekend and the Crime at the Coo cabaret which sold out the first day tickets went on sale.
Other events which were completely sold out ranged from the Gala Opening (500 capacity) to Val McDermid and Denise Mina, Two Lives Lived in Death (Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd) and Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny (all 700 capacity), The Quiz (300 capacity) and The Reykjavik Connections with Ragnar Jonasson, Lilja Sigurdardottir and Simon Cox.
Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4 broadcast live from the Festival on Saturday morning with crime writer Doug Johnstone flying the flag for Bloody Scotland and BBC TV Reporting Scotland filmed all day on Friday with a report going out on Friday night and on Saturday Ann Cleeves enthused on the Graham Norton Show, BBC Radio 2 about what she describes as ‘the most fun, engaging and brilliant festival.’ Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to run stories about the Festival since Alexander McCall Smith launched the programme in June.
Next year the Bloody Scotland Festival will run from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 September. Bob McDevitt will stay on as Director in 2019 supported by PR & Marketing team Fiona Brownlee and Tim Donald and digital supremo, Laura Jones (aka Publisher of 404 Ink), who is also on the board along with Jenny Brown, Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, Abir Mukherjee and Catriona Reynolds.
Bob McDevitt, Festival Director said:
‘The sun shone and the stars came out for another record-breaking Bloody Scotland. I’ve once again been overwhelmed by the tremendous good humour and bonhomie exuded by crime writers and readers. We brought nations together, discussed different genres, drank some gin, sung a few songs and even before the festival was over people were booking hotels and looking forward to next.’