Edinburgh's Hogmanay - full 3-day programme revealed
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has revealed the full lineup for the three-day festival of new year fun and celebration.
Having already detailed events on the 31st of December itself, including top acts such as Lily Allen, Soul II Soul, Young Fathers and Twin Atlantic, organisers today presented more information on the days either side of Hogmanay, plus one more exciting piece of news about the big night.
The immensely popular Torchlight Procession (Tuesday 30 December) has been a complete sell-out in recent few years, and is expected to attract over 30,000 participants and 8,000 torchbearers for 2014's event.
The procession winds through the city centre from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill and this year access to Calton Hill will be exclusively available for torchbearers and their accompanying friends and family. Commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I, a contribution from the sale of torches will be donated to veterans support charity, Erskine.
Adding to the already stellar line-up for Hogmanay itself, will be the world's biggest ever Hot Dub Time Machine, a time-travelling dance party which will see 75,000 revellers singing and dancing their way from 1954 to 2015, with a great song from each year played at the party's centre on the Mound and relayed to giant screens along Princes Street!
Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said:
The Street Party boasts the world’s biggest open air dance floor and this year we really are going to party, including at The Concert – we should say Party – in the Gardens. On the other stages we’ve got the perfect Scottish line-up and this reverberates the next day at SCOT.LANDS where 100 artists across 11 venues will be part of what is probably Scotland’s biggest free festival. And it’s still only the first day of the year.
New Year’s Day 2015 will witness Scot:Lands – a collection of incredible new worlds hidden in 11 beautiful buildings and outdoor spaces in the city’s Old Town.
Created and curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists, arts organisations and musicians, Scot:Lands gives audiences the chance to discover the very best in music, art and theatre – all for free.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival is a perfect example of how we can promote all that is best about Scotland. Part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, the capital’s wonderful celebrations are screened across the globe and its iconic images demonstrate the year-round cultural vitality of Edinburgh, both as tourist destination and as the world’s leading festival city.
As we approach the close of what has been an eventful and historic year for Scotland, the 2014 Hogmanay Festival will be no exception, and once again we proudly encourage Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us to see out this incredible year in style.
For an extra 'invigorating' New Year's Day experience, revellers can travel the short journey to South Queensferry for the annual Loony Dook - a dip in the cold waters of the River Forth, under the iconic Forth Bridge - spectators are welcome too though if you don't fancy getting wet!
And finally, the award-winning #Blogmanay is back from 23 November to 5 January, encouraging locals, visitors and attractions across the city to use social media platforms to create a huge bank of live digital content – blogs, reviews, videos, photographs and tweets, highlighting Edinburgh & Scotland as a premier winter destination.
This year guest bloggers will be joining #Blogmanay from across Europe, North America, China and Australia to bring the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world.
Find out more about Edinburgh's Hogmanay, including links to view the full programme and book your tickets.
Image: Torchlight Procession, Son et Lumière, (credit Grant Richie/Edinburgh's Hogmanay)