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Posts written by Dougie Jackson

2021

02

Aug

Right, let’s get Christmas sorted!

First item on the “to-do” list – Christmas Roadshows 2021. If you’re part of a town-centre management group or a local/regional council events team and you want to bring some Christmas cheer back into your community later this year, watch the video above then give us a call on 07760 162014…but don’t leave it too […]

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02

Aug

…and we’re back!

It’s Monday, 2nd of August 2021 and we’re just about to re-open the doors at Zap! Entertainment after the 18 month COVID shutdown. The big question is, will there still be a need for this business and the service it provides? Both Jude and I think there will be…and we reckon it’s time to focus on […]

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25

Apr

Covid 19: Lockdown Easing

As we all cross our fingers and get set for lockdown easing on Monday April 26th, here’s a two minute promo-video (commissioned by SLC and Zap’s only “earner” in the past 14 months) which, we think, captures the creative, determined, optimistic attitude of hardworking Scots everywhere. Love and luck to all! 💗🤞🙏

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18

Jan

Lockdown Update

So, most of the Zap! website’s been shunted off into a virtual siding, all of our gear’s been put in storage, and the small army of freelance talent that we once employed is currently furloughed and patiently waiting for the day that we can all get back out to work again. What a gig that’ll […]

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2020

01

Dec

Tickety Boo?

COVID-19 has had an impact on all aspects of our lives. Unprecedented lockdowns, strict travel bans, and “social distancing” measures have become the norm since March of this year. Many industries that were thriving pre-pandemic are now experiencing significant revenue losses. World-wide, hundreds of thousands of companies, spread across multiple industries, are being forced to […]

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10

Nov

Not The Xmas Gigs

We’re truly sorry to tell you that – for the first time in more than a decade – Zap! Entertainment will not be rampaging all over Scotland with an army of singers, dancers, street theatre performers and chart acts for our regular Christmas Light Switch-on Extravaganzas. 🙁 Covid 19 has, of course, put paid to […]

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06

Apr

Strange days indeed…

It’s happened. Covid 19 – the flu-like virus I first heard about when I was in Guangzhou, China with Judith and Hannah 8 weeks ago – has arrived in Scotland. It’s super infectious, it’s spreading and – as of today – The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (introduced by the First Minister on 31st March) is, by Royal Assent, […]

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08

Mar

Final Pre-Covid Gig

Greenock Town Hall, March 7th, 2020. If you’d have told me, as I introduced Des Clarke on stage to host the Ardgowan Hospice Ball on a cold, wet March night in 2020, that this event was to be Zap’s last gig for more than 18 months, I don’t think I would’ve taken you seriously. Granted, […]

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2019

08

Dec

SLC’s Christmas Roadshow

The biggest, brightest and best run of roadshows we’ve ever staged in the countdown to Christmas. Check out the video above and see what made SLC’s Switch-on Shows for 2019 so special. In the words of Slade’s Noddy Holder, “Merry Christmas everybody!”

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21

Sep

Hamilton 10k Run

Almost a thousand runners laced up their trainers and took part in the second, annual Hamil-Ten 10k run, backed by town centre businesses, South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and Police Scotland. With a route beginning in the town’s Castle Street, this year’s course stretched out past Low Parks Museum, across Palace Grounds, […]

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2018

18

Jun

Classic Car Show

Saturday June 10th, 2018 saw Zap! Entertainment roar into South Lanarkshire to help produce the annual Classic Car Show with Hamilton BID Ltd. Stilt walkers, jazz bands, street theatre performers and a small army of face painters entertained the crowds whilst they enjoyed both the sunshine and the 100-plus vintage vehicles on display across the […]

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2017

22

Jul

We’re 10 years old!

Scottish production company, Zap! Entertainment Ltd is 10 years old this year. Join us, as we retrace our steps by highlighting a few of the past decade’s more memorable gigs. It’s been an interesting journey on a road with more twists and turns than a theme park rollercoaster. Check out our timeline below…

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11

Jan

SLC’s Christmas Light Switch-ons

Zap! Entertainment initially got involved with South Lanarkshire’s Christmas Lights Campaign way back in 2007 when we put our “High School Musical” song and dance show on stage at Lanark’s Festive Street Market. From that one-off gig, we’ve gone on to produce SLC’s Seasonal Switch-ons every November for more than a decade. With a programme […]

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2015

25

Sep

Comedy Festival 2015

Zap! Entertainment’s first foray into comedy promotion happened in late summer 2015 when were commissioned to produce the “Ha Ha Hamilton Comedy Festival”.   With a programme schedule that included 9 days of pub/club/coffee bar/restaurant gigs we featured: comedy and karaoke singalongs curry/comedy buffet laugh-ins kids’ comedy workshops comedy movie nights stand-up shows and open-mic contests […]

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2011

06

Aug

Jedward at The Glasgow Show 2011

There’s only one gig on our “Top Ten Events Of The Decade” timeline that gets mentioned twice and that’s The Glasgow Show. Zap! Entertainment’s long-term working relationship with Glasgow City Council on this highly successful event is documented further down the page (keep reading and you’ll discover it’s our top pick for 2009). However, due […]

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2009

30

Jun

The Glasgow Show

It began life in 2002 as a flower show attended by a few thousand people. By 2013 – its final year – The Glasgow Show had grown into something akin to Disneyland, becoming the highlight of the city’s summer events schedule and attracting more than 70,000 visitors. Held every year across “The Fair” holiday weekend, […]

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2007

18

Nov

Tartan Party On The Green 2007

When more than 61,000 people applied for only 51,000 tickets to the Scotland-Italy Euro 2008 qualifier back in November 2007, Glasgow City Council thought it might be a good idea to organise an official “overspill event” for the 10,000+ football fans that would otherwise have been left at the turnstiles. So, the world’s biggest marquee […]

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