VIP guests announced for Edinburgh's Queen's Baton Relay concert

Guest athletes and Haka dancers have been announced to take part in Edinburgh’s evening celebrations on Saturday 14 June to mark the first day of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Scotland.

  • Nicola Adams won the first ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold Medal at the London 2012 Games
  • Alex Arthur MBE - nicknamed "Amazing" Alex Arthur - is a former British, Commonwealth, European Boxing Union (EBU) and WBO super featherweight champion from Edinburgh
  • Eilidh Childs led the 400m hurdles for Team GB won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi when representing Scotland and made the final at the European Championships in Barcelona
  • An unofficial record for the biggest ‘Haka’ dance is hoped to be broken at the concert, when performers from Edinburgh’s Dancebase studios will encourage thousands of people to join in a dance celebration of Scotland’s ‘second team’ New Zealand 

 

On Sunday (8 June), Scottish artists were announced to lead the line-up on Saturday 14 June when crowds will gather at the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens for an evening celebration of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Featuring a mix of music and dance entertainment, and special guest appearances from sporting stars in association with Glasgow 2014 and Team Scotland, the concert will offer families the perfect opportunity to cheer on the baton at the climax of its relay route around the capital.

The concert will feature award-winning contemporary folk bank Rura and will be presented by cult comedian, writer and ‘Still Game’ actor Sanjeev Kohli. Other acts include alternative Scottish hip-hop group Stanley Odd, harpist and star of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ Anna McLuckie, and the Love Music Community Choir.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton is scheduled to arrive in Scotland on the morning of Saturday 14 June in Coldstream before being welcomed to Edinburgh at Heriot-Watt University. The baton will travel throughout Edinburgh, spending the day at various locations and attractions in the city including Meadowbank Stadium and the Royal Commonwealth Pool, which will host the Glasgow 2014 diving competition, before reaching the Ross Bandstand for the Edinburgh Evening Celebrations.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh’s Evening Celebrations will be the culmination to a day of festivities for the pending arrival of the baton and will bring together some of the brightest and best music acts from the capital.

"It will also offer the chance to cheer on some of Team Scotland’s sporting stars ahead of their Commonwealth Games competitions. What better way to celebrate the day of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Edinburgh than a concert in the heart of the city against the spectacular backdrop of Princes Street Gardens and the Castle.”

Performer, Anna McLuckie said; “I'm very excited to play my part in Edinburgh’s build up to the Commonwealth Games, I feel so lucky that it's all happening on my doorstep! It's going to be a great night."

Sanjeev Kohli said: "The arrival of the baton feels like the official start of an absolutely mammoth year for Scotland. We've all been waiting for the party to start, and this event is the equivalent of the cling film finally being taken off the buffet. And I DO NOT want to miss that."

Edinburgh’s Evening Celebrations will take place at the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens on Saturday 14 June between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are free and still available to book. Reservations can be made through the Usher Hall box office, either online at www.usherhall.co.uk (external link), or in person.

About the VIPs

Eilidh Childs

Eilidh was born in Perth on the 20th February 1987 and from an early age became involved in track & field. Encouraged by her sister Iona to go with her to their local athletics club Pitreavie, Eilidh has raced through the 400m hurdles ranks to break Sinead Dudgeon’s 11 year old Scottish record.

Eilidh was a part time PE teacher until early 2011 where she took time out to focus on getting herself onto Team GB for the Olympic games, a task she achieved!

In 2009 Eilidh was runner up in the European Under 23 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania. Eilidh was then part of the GB Squad who flew out to Berlin for the World Championships where she made the semi finals. 2010 was another successful year for Eilidh when she won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi when representing Scotland and she also made the final at the European Championships in Barcelona.

2011 saw Eilidh make the semi-finals at the World Championships in South Korea in what was a solid season in preparation for the Olympic year of 2012. Olympic year saw Eilidh win her opening SEVEN outings as well as running three Olympic ‘A’ Standards within a ten day period. Having finished runner up at the Olympic Trials her spot on Team GB was booked!

A semi final performance was achieved at London and the experience will stand Eilidh in great stead for a home Commonwealth Games in 2014.

An rare Indoor season over 400m in 2013 saw Eilidh win the UK Championships, bring home a silver medal from the European Indoors as well as a gold from the 4x400m relay. The outdoor season saw Eilidh continue her fine form by breaking her own Scottish Record twice in the early season.

The World Championships in Moscow brought more success for Eilidh. Strong runs in the heats and semi-final saw Eilidh make her first World Championship Final and she wasn’t settling for that. A strong run from lane 8 saw Eilidh come home in 5th place and the first Commonwealth Athlete which bodes well for 2014.

Following the individual event, Eilidh went on to lead out the 4x400m relay squad and came home with a well deserved bronze medal to sign off on what was a fantastic season.

It is now the long hard winter where every session counts in the preparation for another indoor season before the outdoor events including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams won the first ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold Medal at the London 2012 Games.

Nicola is Great Britain’s most decorated female boxer. She started boxing at the age of twelve and had her first bout a year later. In 2007, she was the first ever English female to earn a medal in a major tournament when she won silver in the European Championships. She followed this up a year later, becoming the first English woman to earn a medal in the AIBA Women’s World Championships in China – again she won the silver medal, but only narrowly beaten by the Polish World Number One.

Injury threatened to rule out any further success as Nicola was side-lined for much of 2009 with a debilitating back injury. However, showing characteristic drive and determination, she slowly recovered from this, and was selected to be part of the first ever Women’s GB Boxing squad in March 2010 – with the aim of training towards London 2012.

From then, Nicola continued to go from strength-to-strength, showing remarkable talent in the ring. In September 2010, she won her second Silver Medal at the World Championships. In October 2011, she became European Champion, and in doing so, won Great Britain’s first ever Women’s Gold at a major Championship.

Nicola qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games by winning her third World Championship Silver Medal. She faced the same opponent, China’s Ren Cancan, in the Olympic Final, but this time was not to be denied. Nicola turned the tables on Cancan to become Olympic Champion, and win the first ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold Medal.

Alex Arthur MBE

Alex Arthur MBE (born 26 June 1978), nicknamed "Amazing" Alex Arthur, is a retired professional boxer from Edinburgh in Scotland.

Arthur is a former British, Commonwealth, European Boxing Union (EBU) and WBO super featherweight champion

On 26 June 2013, on his 35th birthday, Arthur officially retired from boxing, his last fight was at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh on 14 April 2012.

Line-up announcements

Presenter/MC - Sanjeev Kohli (external link) - Sanjeev Kohli is a Scottish Asian comedian, writer and actor. He is most famous for his roles on television and radio, as Navid Harrid in the cult sitcom Still Game and as Norrie in BBC Four's Bob Servant Independent.

Rura (external link)- One of the finest Scottish acts to emerge in recent times, Rura, simply haven’t looked back since bursting on to the folk scene in 2010. Announced as winners of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival 2011 and as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the powerhouse five-piece line-up of Rura has already performed across the UK, Europe and most recently in the U.S.A. Combining highland pipes, whistles, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and vocals, their powerful, energetic performances breathe new life into traditional music and showcase Scotland’s emerging talent in new contemporary folk songs and instrumentals. Best Up & Coming Act 2011′ MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 Award nominee.

Stanley Odd (external link) - Whether you get off on words, beats, tunes or all of the above, Edinburgh six-piece Stanley Odd deliver the full deluxe package. Alternative Scottish hip-hop with heart, mind, wit, grit, conscience and superb live musicianship, Stanley Odd’s sound is reaching well beyond the rapidly burgeoning subculture from which it emerged, borne on an escalating grapevine buzz that’s set to ramp up several notches further, with the release of their second album Reject.

Anna McLuckie (external link) - Anna McLuckie is a sixth form pupil at Broughton High School who came to prominence when performing on the BBC’s The Voice and her interpretation of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ has generated almost 7.5 million views on You Tube. Anna, who has been playing the harp since she was nine, has been offered a place to study at the prestigious Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Love Music Community Choir (external link) - Scotland’s most ambitious and visionary community singing project. This choir is for anyone and everyone, reflecting the breadth and diversity of the city of Edinburgh. Fun, accessibility and quality is at the core of the LMCC and their interaction and participation with the audience creates incredible performances. Conducted by Stephen Deazley 

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