Edinburgh's Hogmanay Welcomes 2013 And Celebrates 20 Fabulous Years With Music, Dancing, Fireworks And Spectacular Street Theatre

The City of Edinburgh Council and Unique Events today announced the full programme of events for the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival which runs for three days from Sunday 30 December 2012 to Tuesday 1 January 2013. In addition to Scottish favourites Simple Minds headlining Concert in the Gardens, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrates 20 years with a new-look Street Party, a brand new route for the Torchlight Procession and the fullest programme of events for years on 1 January including an exciting series of activities across the Old Town: Your Lucky Day.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay launches on Sunday 30 December with a new route for the popular Torchlight Procession. Over 7,000 torchbearers led by massed pipes and drums and the Up Helly Aa’ Vikings from Shetland, together with an anticipated audience of over 25,000, will process from outside the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, over North Bridge and up onto Calton Hill for the stunning Son et Lumière show and fireworks finale. The Torchlight Procession is supported by EventScotland.

Also on Sunday 30 December, acclaimed artists Walker & Bromwich will launch their brand new installation in the Hawthornden Court at the National Museum of Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, their spectacular interpretation of The Goddess Fortuna will be open to the public until Tuesday 1 January 2013.

On Monday 31 December, Concert in the Gardens will be headlined by Simple Minds, one of the most successful Scottish bands of all time, and will feature a special guest appearance from top Scottish indie band, The View. Local Edinburgh band, Bwani Junction, will kick off the event. While tickets for the Enclosure are already almost sold out, there are still Gardens tickets available.

The World Famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party is once again expected to welcome up to 80,000 party goers from Scotland, the rest of the UK and around the world.

For the first time revellers will all be dancing to the same beat! Unique Events are creating the world’s biggest open air nightclub and, with screens and speaker systems along the length of Princes Street, will present REW1ND3R: The Biggest Party – In Years.

The big hits and floor fillers from 60 years of pop music, from 1953 to 2013, each year selected at random by our Wheel of Fortune, will be broadcast in sound and vision from the DJ stage at the top of The Mound overlooking the Street Party. The defining and iconic moments through the years, mixed with film and video material, will all be part of the REW1ND3R experience.

The show is being compiled and created by DJ Swiss along with VJ’s Buttercup and Pixels in what is believed to be a UK first.

The Street Party once again offers a sparkling line up of live bands. The Waverley Stage returns to Waverley Bridge and will be headlined by top five album act and Mercury Prize nominees The Maccabees who will be joined by special guests Reverend and the Maker and by The OK Social Club. The Scottish stage will relocate to Frederick Street and this year will be headlined by Admiral Fallow who will be joined by special guests Lau and Shooglenifty. For those who want for something a little more traditional, partygoers at the perennially popular Keilidh on Mound Precinct will be birling through the bells to The Brechin City Rollers, Hugh Macdiarmid’s Haircut and Ceildhdonia.


With these five live stages and countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay once again offers an exhilarating and eclectic mix of live entertainment which will climax with the singing of the world’s largest Auld Lang Syne and the spectacular Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. It is anticipated that the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party could be seen by a billion people in 150 countries around the world.

Revellers can already purchase tickets for all the events in one of three ways: Online at www.edinburghshogmanay.com; by calling Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455 or by calling into the Hogmanay Box Office at The Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

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