Paolo Nutini headlines bumper Hogmanay programme
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has revealed its programme of epic new year celebrations, with Scottish star Paulo Nutini set to headline the famous Concert in the Gardens.
Update 15:00, 30 September - tickets for the Concert in the Gardens have sold out in record time, sorry if you missed out. There's still loads more Hogmanay fun to enjoy though, so read on!
As the 'Home of Hogmanay', Edinburgh attracts sell-out crowds to the 3-day party, and Paolo is sure to pull in the fans with his multi-platinum-selling music. He said:
When they offered us the gig, I was made up, as it was 10 years ago that we had shown up at the castle, lined up to play alongside the Pet Shop Boys and unfortunately it was a washout... forcing the powers that be to cancel.
Although he was able to play a small set at 2008's Hogmanay, Paulo and his band had a date in Glasgow's George Square later that night, and he added that he is delighted to get a chance to be here again:
...this was the only one that over the years I hoped that we would get another shot at. Edinburgh is electric at that time of year and I'm glad we get a chance to be a part of it. Let's dance ladies and gentlemen.
Hogmanay Night - Saturday 31 December
Also playing at stages across the Street Party arena on 31 December are a range of great acts from different parts of the musical spectrum, with indie legends The Charlatans headlining the Waverley Stage while DJs and dancers from Guilty Pleasures perform on the Frederick Stage.
Jazz is covered over at the Mound Stage with the likes of James Brown is Annie and Brass Gumbo featuring, and for more traditional Scottish music, the Castle Stage will rock to the sounds of Salsa Celtica and others.
Fresh from also chatting with Ian Rankin at August's Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess said:
Nowhere in the world sees in the New Year like Scotland. I've been to Edinburgh before for Hogmanay and it's always brilliant. Looking forward to another big night.
Alongside all the bands and musicians out on the street stages, there's also the record-breaking Old Town Ceilidh, and the beautiful Candlelit Concert within the magnificent surrounding's of St Giles' Cathedral.
And not forgetting the fireworks on offer at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and most spectacularly of all at midnight, as the city welcomes in 2017 - a year in which three of Edinburgh's Festivals, the International Festival, Film Festival and Fringe, will celebrate their 70th anniversaries.
Friday 30 December
Before the party night that is Hogmanay itself, there's also the massively popular Torchlight Procession which sees tens of thousands of participants making their way through the city streets, bearing flaming torches and creating an awe-inspiring river of fire.
Starting in Edinburgh's Old Town, the Procession will wind its way down the Mound, and along Princes Street to Calton Hill, at the top of which torchbearers will gather to witness a fireworks finale visible from across the city.
Sunday 1 January (2017!)
After the revelry of the night before has died down at last, there's time for one more day of new year celebration with great events to get 2017 underway.
1250 brave folk will take part in the Stoats Loony Dook, as a fancy dress parade culminates in a dip in the freezing water of the River Forth, right under the shadow of the famous Forth Bridges.
Back in town, Scot:Lands offers a chance to have an adventure through music, art and theatre across a series of hidden venues. Full details of the Scot:Lands lineup will be revealed in November.
And to round it all off, there's The Final Fling closing ceilidh, which will take place at 5.30pm at the National Museum of Scotland on Sunday 1 January and mark the end of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay for another year.
Penny Dougherty, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said:
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay’s place alongside the New Year celebrations of the world’s leading cities proves that Edinburgh continues to punch above its weight and that Scotland is the Home of Hogmanay. As the world’s leading festival city and on the back of two sell-out years, we are looking forward to another exhilarating three days of Hogmanay celebrations.
We are delighted to have Paolo Nutini headline our Festival and as we take to the streets with a diverse programme of events we offer a truly Scottish experience, proving once again that Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is THE place to welcome 2017.
Tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens and the rest of the 3-day programme will go on general sale from Friday 30 September. Tickets for the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party are already on sale.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay takes place from Friday 30 December 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017. Find out more about the Festival, including programme and ticket booking details on our festival page
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