Edinburgh's Hogmanay, celebrates the incoming new year for a 23rd time, and takes place with fireworks and a concert on New Year's Eve, Thursday 31st December 2015 in West Princes Street Gardens, with satellite events including a street party, torchlight procession, Loony Dook swim in Rive Forth, candlelit concert, and more.
Biffy Clyro will headline the Concert in the Gardens with an exclusive UK appearance and will be joined by Scottish special guests Idlewild, and Honeyblood.
Joining them on The Waverley Stage will be headliners Maximo Park, with special guests, Slaves, and White. The new Castle Stage features performances from RuRa, Peatbog Faeries, and Shooglenifty.
The Frederick Stage hosts DJ sets from Craig Charles, Simon Hodge, and VJ’s Buttercup and Pixels will mix cutting-edge visuals relayed on seven screens along the length of Princes Street and throughout the Street Party arena.
The Mound Stage features the Guilty Pleasures cabaret performers featuring DJ’s, dancers, performers and audience participation.
A new event for 2016 sees the annual 'Keilidh' move into an outdoor arena on the Royal Mile to become 'The Old Town Ceilidh', with two live stages featuring the best in traditional Scottish music with performances from The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, Whiskey Kiss, Ceilidhdonia, and Sporran Again and ‘Ceilidh Makers’ will be on hand to make sure everyone knows the moves.
Revellers are able to purchase tickets for other Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, The Keilidh at the Street Party, Torchlight Procession and Concert in St Giles’ Cathedral.
Concert in the Gardens tickets have sold out, they were priced:
Enclosure Tickets are priced at £55 including booking fee
Gardens Tickets are priced at £49.50 including booking fee
n.b Tickets to Concert in the Gardens also grant access to the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party tickets are priced at £25 including booking fee. Early bird tickets for EH postcode residents are still available at £19.00 (including booking fee).
World Record attempt
Participants will also join together at 11pm to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the 'World's Longest Strip the Willow'. (The current record for the world’s biggest outdoor dance is already held by the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival.) Those wishing to participate in the record attempt should wear traditional dress – a kilt, tartan trews or a sash.
The Big Wheel, Star Flyer and St. Andrew Square Christmas Gardens will be open to revellers during the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party.
The Mound Precinct will also offer a food and drink experience, with retailers from the Edinburgh’s Christmas European Market on hand with cuisine beneath the Star Flyer and Big Wheel attractions.
There’s a new look to the Street Party with an additional stage and screens, expanded entertainment zones and dedicated ‘Food & Drink Villages’.
New Year revellers across Edinburgh and beyond will enjoy a feast of fireworks with countdown displays on the hour from 9pm, rising to the crescendo of the Midnight Moment with fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. (The Castle display is extended east this year for the Ceilidh revellers in the Royal Mile.) The fireworks are followed by the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne as old friends and new join hands across the arena to sing Burns’ universal New Year anthem.
All stages are live from 9pm to 1am but the party starts from 7pm throughout the Street Party arena.
Free Hogmanay NightBus Services will once again run throughout the capital.
On Friday 1 January 2016 the 'Stoats Loony Dook' celebrates its 30th anniversary and sees 1,250 'Dookers' in fancy dress welcome the New Year with a dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry.
On New Year’s Day, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presents Scot:Lands – incredible new worlds hidden in beautiful buildings and outdoor spaces in the city’s Old Town, where audiences can discover the very best in music, art and theatre, created and curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists, arts organisations and musicians: a festival in itself – all free.
More information will be here when available.
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