Hogmanay 2015/16 - great acts, new stages and a world record attempt!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has announced details of its full lineup for the three-day New Year celebration this December, with major acts including rockers Maxïmo Park, Edinburgh favourites Shooglenifty and acclaimed funk and soul DJ Craig Charles


Following the recent news of Biffy Clyro's Concert in the Gardens return, the organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Unique Events, have now revealed details of the rest of the event, which is expected to draw around 150,000 partygoers to the city centre. 

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: 

Today we announce the strongest line-up we’ve ever had at the Street Party and with a big Scottish presence. Each stage offers decidedly different music and the whole party will get down (and up) to a funk and soul classic soundtrack from Craig Charles on the Frederick Party Stage, broadcast on seven screens.
This year we go full Hogmanay circle, back to the Royal Mile for the new “Old Town Ceilidh” – stages, screens, bars, fireworks and dancin’ in the street around the Cathedral in an unforgettable Scottish experience. We’ll be encouraging everybody to help us break the world record for the biggest outdoor dance which we set on 30 December 2000.
So, join us at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and release your party animal.


Celebrations start on Wednesday 30 December with the Torchlight Procession, as 10,000 torchbearers make their way across the city, creating a river of fire for the tens of thousands lining the streets, and up to Calton Hill for a spectacular Son et Lumière finalé.

The following evening comes Hogmanay itself and the legendary Street Party, with six stages across the city centre (in addition to the sold out Concert in the Gardens) offering a fantastic musical selection for all tastes, including: 

  • The Waverley Stage featuring Maxïmo Park, Slaves and White
  • The new Castle Stage featuring ShoogleniftyPeatbog Faeries and Rura
  • The Frederick Stage featuring DJ Craig Charles, DJ Simon Hodge, and VJs Buttercup & Pixels
  • The Mound Stage featuring Guilty Pleasures cabaret performers
  • The Old Town Ceilidh with two stages featuring Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, Whisky Kiss, Ceilidhdonia and Sporran Again

The Old Town Ceilidh sees the always-popular Keilidh renamed and rehomed with an even bigger outdoor arena for revellers to whoop and whirl the night away. There will also be a chance for participants to take part in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest outdoor dance - a fifteen year old record already held by Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Meanwhile, music and visuals from the events taking place at Frederick Stage will be relayed across the Street Party on screens throughout the arena and along the length of Princes Street, meaning fans will never be far from something to dance to. 

Earlier in the evening there also will be the chance to enjoy the annual Candlelit Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral from 6pm This festive celebration of Baroque music in truly atmospheric surroundings will this year feature Vivaldi’s sparkling setting of the Gloria, together with two of J.S.Bach’s magnificent vocal works, the Magnificat in D and his virtuosic cantata for solo soprano, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

At midnight comes the iconic Hogmanay fireworks display to wave goodbye to the old year and hello to 2016 as the fun continues on the streets below. And when it's time to go, the free Hogmanay NightBus service supported by Lothian Buses and Diageo whisks thousands home to their beds (or their after-parties), all part of the the Join the Pact global responsible drinking initiative from Johnnie Walker to combat drinking and driving.

Those feeling active on New Year's Day will have plenty to entertain them too, with the Stoats Looney Dook encouraging 1250 Dookers to dress up, parade through the nearby town of Queensferry and then plunge into the icy waters of the River Forth! 


Back in the city centre meanwhile will be Scot:Lands, offering a chance to enjoy superb music, art and theatre in a free cultural treasure hunt across Edinburgh's Old Town. From beautiful buildings to lovely outdoor spaces, participants can enjoy a programme curated by some of Scotland's best artists and arts organisations - full details on the Scot:Lands programme will be available in November. 

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: 

We are the home of Hogmanay and there is nowhere in the world that celebrates New Year like the Scots. As the bells strike midnight the eyes of the world turn to Edinburgh and Scotland and I warmly invite people from near and far to visit and join the celebrations.
 Attracting over 150,000 visitors - and with many thousands more watching from home - Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a key event within Scotland’s Winter Festivals and our world leading programme of festivals.
As well as benefitting our economy, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay promotes Scotland as an all year round visitor destination and marks the start of 2016, our Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Ticket information:

Concert in the Gardens: SOLD OUT
Street Party and Old Town Ceilidh: on sale now
Torchlight Procession Torches and Loony Dook places: on sale now 

More information on Hogmanay, including booking and programme links.


Top (clockwise from top left): Waverley Stage (Lloyd Smith), Release your Party Animal (Festivals Edinburgh), The Loony Dook (Chris Watt), Hogmanay Street Party (Chris Watt)

Middle (l-r): Torchlight Procession (Festivals Edinburgh), Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (Festivals Edinburgh), The Keilidh 2014/15 (Festivals Edinburgh)

Bottom (l-r): The Scot:Lands events wheel; 2015 Scot:Lands events, including cinema, spoken word, ceilidh dancing and live music (all images, Festivals Edinburgh)

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