Edinburgh's Hogmanay - full New Year's Eve line-up revealed!
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has announced its full line-up for 2014's closing party, with fans of pop, rock, dance, disco, hip hop and traditional Scottish music all catered for.
Headliner Lily Allen, whose appearance was announced in August, will be joined on the Concert in the Gardens bill by British dance/soul legends Soul II Soul, celebrating their 25th year of musical success, and Björn Again, Australia's fabulous tribute to Sweden's all-conquering mega group, Abba.
Lily Allen said:
I’ve always wanted to spend Hogmanay in Scotland so the fact that I get to do it this year but performing onstage in front of a whole load of people up for the best time makes it extra special. I can’t wait!
There's more great music to be had at the multiple musical gathering points to be found across the Hogmanay Street Party, including the Waverley Stage, the Keilidh Stage and the Scottish Stage.
At the latter, fans of traditional music are sure to enjoy singer-songwriter Eddie Reader, fast-rising folk stars Breabach and piping phenomenon Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson.
Members of Breabach said:
After spending Hogmanay 2014 on the other side of the world at the Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, it feels amazing to be taking in 2015 back on home soil. We've always wanted to play a part of Edinburgh's legendary New Year celebrations and we can guarantee that once the double pipes and step dance get going we'll help the night go off with a blast!
On the Keilidh stage meanwhile, there'll be fun and energy galore as The Smashers (featuring members of Rura), Hugh MacDiarmid’s Haircut and The Jimi Shandrix Experience help partygoers birl away the last of the old year and see in the new one.
And at the Waverley Stage, Mercury Award winners Young Fathers will perform their signature brand of alternative hip hop, alongside acclaimed Glasgow indie rockers The Twilight Sad and headliners Twin Atlantic, who lead an all-Scottish roster on this stage.
Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic said:
Very excited and honoured to be partying with the people of Edinburgh and the thousands who travel from all over to celebrate another year of survival of mankind on our beautiful planet earth.
Alloysious Massaquoi from Young Fathers said:
If there's any time to play Edinburgh, then this is the best time - at the climax of the year, when emotions are high... and so are the people.
Hogmanay 2014 features five live stages and will have countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, before the stunning main display at midnight and the world’s largest singing of Auld Lang Syne.
Tickets for all events at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are now on sale - and the full programme of events for all three days of the festival will be announced later in November.