Edinburgh's Hogmanay delivers spectacular start to 2012

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Initial reports on Sunday 1st January suggest that Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party has been a major success and retained its prestigious, world-wide reputation as the home of Hogmanay.

According to the City of Edinburgh Council and Unique Events, the producers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, an estimated 80,000 revellers celebrated the New Year at the Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and The Keilidh, where party-goers from far and wide enjoyed top class music and entertainment across seven stages.

Scottish rockers Primal Scream, Bombay Bicycle Club and Sons & Daughters wowed the crowds at the sell-out Concert in the Gardens.

Leading Scottish and international artists also entertained revellers on five stages along the length of Princes Street. Among the highlights were The Vaccines, Friendly Fires, DJ Mark Ronson and, on the new Scott Monument Stage, Peatbog Faeries and Capercaillie.

The Keilidh saw around 2,750 revellers enjoying Scottish roots artists including Hugh McDiarmid's Haircut and Ceilidhdonia as well as fun on the Edinburgh Wheel and Carousel.

At midnight, the fireworks provided a breathtaking spectacle to welcome in 2012 with the longest display in the 19-year history of the event.

Edinburgh's Festivals and Events Champion, Councillor Steve Cardownie, said: "Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations have long been the envy of cities across the globe and this year it became official: this is THE best place to see in the New Year. With one of the best ever artist line-ups and an absolutely phenomenal fireworks display, tonight has been a truly fantastic event, bringing together 80,000 revellers from all over the world to bring in the bells in the heart of Scotland's Capital."

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is produced for the City of Edinburgh Council by Unique Events. The City of Edinburgh Council would like to thank the following for their support & commitment to Edinburgh's Hogmanay:, EventScotland,  Scotland's Winter Festivals, The Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Scottish Enterprise.

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