PUT Saturday, December 12, in your diary right now if you want to be part of the Big Indy Night In, which may be possibly the biggest and best online event for independence yet organised.

Just days after the All Under One Banner Assembly part one – part two is on Sunday, don’t forget – broke all records for participants in an online indy event, Voices for Scotland has announced what it calls the “indy event of the year as we bow out of 2020 with a bang”.

The Big Indy Night In features a host of stars from across arts and politics who will come together for a night of music, comedy, poetry, literature and chat.

Hosted by Elaine C Smith and featuring the likes of the inimitable Janey Godley, singers Eddi Reader and Dougie MacLean, poet Jackie Kay, actor Alex Norton (alias DCI Matt Burke of Taggart) and broadcaster and journalist Stuart Cosgrove, Voices for Scotland say they are bringing together Scotland’s best talents for an indy festival like no other.

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Also in the line up are National columnists Lesley Riddoch and Pat Kane, best-selling author Val McDermid, and Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue fame.

As well as McDermid, the literary world is represented by award-winning writers Arusa Qureshi and James Robertson, with writers Kirstin Innes and Sara Sheridan also taking part, as is Falkirk’s own Alan Bissett.

Multi-talented musician and producer Joseph Malik will be featured, as will Carla J. Easton whose latest album Weirdo was recently released and follows her 2018 album Impossible Stuff, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2019.

Smith said: “We’re all snibbed in and can’t get together as we’d like to, so we’re bringing the party to you. We’ve got a great line-up for you from across arts and politics and it’s going to be a brilliant night.

“We’ve got a mixture of some old pals and new faces and this really is the biggest indy event we’ve seen … it’s just a shame we’re not doing this in the Barrowlands, maybe next year.”

Voices for Scotland campaign organiser Allan Whyte said: “This has been a tough year for everyone so we wanted to end it with a massive celebration for indy. We’re so delighted to have such a stellar line-up, it’s going to be great.

“Our Voices campaign has always brought people together to talk about what matters to them and how we create a better, independent Scotland. This festival is all about having fun and giving people the chance to get together, connect with old pals and watch and listen to some of Scotland’s best talent.”

Tickets are available from voicesforscotland.scot and are priced at £8 (early bird) and £10 standard price.