Full details of the Street Party line-up and other events have been announced for Edinburgh's 23rd Hogmanay which takes place with fireworks and a concert on New Year's Eve, Thursday 31st December 2015 in West Princes Street Gardens.
Already confirmed are Biffy Clyro who will headline the sold out 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.
Maxïmo Park said, "Where better to spend New Year's Eve than the Home of Hogmanay?! Edinburgh is a spectacular city at the best of times, but it undoubtedly outdoes itself at the turn of the year. The Street Party will be a double celebration for our band as it's ten years since our debut album came out, which guarantees a party mood."
The new Castle Stage features performances from RuRa, Peatbog Faeries, and a special 25th anniversary performance from 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.
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 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.
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 9.00pm to 1.00am but the party starts from 7.00pm 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.
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.
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).
Councillor Richard Lewis, Festivals and Events Champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations continue to be the envy of the world and once again we’re going to be THE city to be in to bring in the bells. The countdown to this New Year will have a distinctly Scottish feel with scores of home-grown musical talent and the striking Old Town featuring as the setting for the new ‘Old Town Ceilidh’, where revellers will be tested to perform the longest Strip the Willow dance in the world.
"As part of the event’s new-look layout, the bigger arena will help revellers to sample this year’s abundance of live entertainment. From the Torchlight Procession straight through to the Street Party’s fireworks on the hour every hour and the Loony Dook on 1 January, the 2015/16 three day event will be spectacular."
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