Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today invited revellers to join the 21st birthday celebrations of the World Famous Street Party and Concert in the Gardens when they announced the full programme of events for this year. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will run from Monday 30 December to Wednesday 1 January 2014, and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.
The three day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival, produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, will kick off with the popular Torchlight Procession on Monday 30 December which is supported by EventScotland. With a new start time of 7.00pm, and a new start location on George IV Bridge, this event is expected to attract over 7,500 torchbearers and 20,000 participants who will join the procession winding through the city centre to the finale. During the Son et Lumière finale Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will launch ‘Scotland’s Hogmanay’ – the celebration of 2014, Scotland’s Big Year – with the viewing preview of the ‘2014 Moment’ which will be seen around Scotland at 8.14pm on Hogmanay night. This year access to Calton Hill will be exclusively available for torchbearers and their accompanying friends and family.
The flagship Concert in the Gardens on Tuesday 31 December will be headlined by Pet Shop Boys with special guests The 1975 and Edinburgh’s own Nina Nesbitt. and will be opened by The 10:04’s. Tickets for The Enclosure have already sold out; there are limited tickets available for The Gardens. The world famous Street Party offers an uniquely Scottish line up across three stages with performances from Django Django, Chvrches, The Rezillos and William Douglas on the Waverley Stage; King Creosote, Treacherous Orchestra and Fiddlers’ Bid on the Scottish Stage in Frederick Street.
Following its success last year, REWINDER returns playing from the Mound Stage. In an ambitious development it will showcase Scotland’s impact on the modern world in an exclusive multimedia mix of irresistible floor filling tunes. Revellers along the length of Princes Street will dance to the same beat in the world’s largest outdoor nightclub as DJ Swiss and VJs Buttercup and Pixels bring the face of Scotland to life and the music from the last 50 years to the eight screens along the length of the Street Party.
The Keilidh, the UK’s largest New Year outdoor dance event, once again presents the best in traditional
Scottish music from Hugh McDiarmid’s Haircut, The Black Rose Ceilidh Band and Box Fizz in Mound
The spectacular midnight fireworks rising from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill will be set to music and,
together with the displays in Stirling and Inverness, will contain the 2014 bespoke sequence to celebrate
Scotland’s Hogmanay and Homecoming Scotland. Free bus transport home throughout the city will be
available for revellers at the Street Party, supported by Lothian Buses and Diageo, the world’s leading
premium drinks company. Countdown fireworks will lift from Edinburgh Castle at 9.00pm, 10.00pm and
Pete Irvine, Director of Unique Events, who have created, produced and managed Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
since its inception said “Scotland’s big year starts here! As anticipation and excitement builds for the
biggest event year that Scotland has ever seen, we’re ready to start it off. With Pet Shop Boys playing the
last, and a UK exclusive, date on their world tour and a really strong Scottish line up for the Street Party,
we’ve already got the fastest selling tickets for years. The Rewinder will remind us how Scotland has
always and truly rocked the planet.”
On Wednesday 1 January Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presents Scot:Lands – a journey around nine
atmospheric venues – both well-known and less discovered - in Edinburgh’s Old Town, each curated and
customised by notable artists and arts organisations from all over Scotland. A cultural feast of free events
on the first day of 2014, Scot:Lands is supported by The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo
Fund and seeks to bring Scotland to the Capital City on the first day of the big year in a way that has both
a geographical and metaphorical resonance. Each venue will have a distinctive and bespoke atmosphere
that relates to the artists and their work and the places that have inspired them.
Also on New Year’s Day revellers can work off the excess of the night afore with a dip in the River Forth in the annual Homecoming Scotland Loony Dook. Starting with a Dookers Parade through South Queensferry featuring pipers and a host of entertainment the brave, or daft, Loony Dookers will take the chilly plunge for charity under the world renowned Forth Bridge. For those not brave enough to get their feet wet, there are plenty of vantage points to watch the action and spectators are welcomed. The Loony Dook is funded by Homecoming Scotland and supported by Scotmid.
The award winning #Blogmanay was conceived in 2012 as a means of using travel bloggers and a high-impact social media campaign to showcase the unique experience of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, whilst using the festival as a gateway to explore and discover the delights of visiting Scotland, the ‘Home of Hogmanay’ in winter. This year #Blogmanay is back and even bigger encouraging locals, visitors and attractions across the city from 22 November to 5 January to create a huge bank of live digital content – blogs, reviews, videos, photographs and tweets, highlighting Edinburgh & Scotland as a premier winter destination.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay showcases Scotland on the international stage every year; appearing on global news channels, and capturing the imagination of the world at the midnight moment. Once again we are supporting the spectacular Torchlight Procession on December 30th, which signals the start of three days of celebrations.
“This year Hogmanay will be the event that signals the start of Homecoming Scotland, and there couldn’t be a more fitting way to kick off a year where Scotland will welcome the world. With the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and a packed programme throughout Homecoming, Scotland really is the place to
be next year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the home of Hogmanay, which makes this event in the capital so special every year.”
Revellers can purchase tickets for all the events in one of three ways: by calling Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455; online at www.edinburghshogmanay.com; or by calling into the Hogmanay Box Office at The Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.