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FEATURE – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2013/14

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013/14

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2013/14 events

Every year at Hogmanay, the eyes of the world look to Edinburgh for an example of how to bring the new year in with a bang. This year will be no exception, as the stroke of midnight will see another spectacular firework display light up the Edinburgh skies whilst thousands party on the street below.

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. 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.

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. 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 Precinct.

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 buses

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.

Blogmanay

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

#Blogmanay ‘Photo Frames’ will be placed in key locations around the city, encouraging people to post images and win spectacular Edinburgh’s Hogmanay prizes. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will once again bring travel bloggers from across the globe to experience the city’s Hogmanay celebrations and New Year in Scotland.

Hooray for Hollyrood / EH Filmhouse Season

In a homage to Scotland, the Edinburgh Filmhouse will be showing some great films. Details and timings to be confirmed but films included in the screenings are: Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Local Hero, Brigadoon, The Brothers, The Illusionist, Sunshine on Leith and Whisky Galore!

Key dates / events

Monday 30th December

  • The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Carnival 11am – 11pm, Market Street
  • EH Filmhouse Season

Tuesday 31st December

Further Street Party information:

The Waverley Stage will see a headline performance from festival favourites and Edinburgh’s very own Mercury Prize nominees Django Django,whose first self-titled album has been shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year.

Django Django will be joined on the Waverley Stage by the UK’s hottest new act, Glasgow synth-pop outfit Chvrches, whose debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, raced straight into the top 10 in the week since its release, and by guitar-blasting perennial party favourites The Rezillos.The Scottish Stage features stalwart of Fife’s Mercury Nominated King Creosote, plus special guests the Shetland collective Fiddlers’ Bid and Treacherous Orchestra.

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 Precinct.

  • Street Party Fireworks 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.
  • Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral Those seeking music of a more classical kind are also catered for, with a Candlelit Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral at 7.30pm on the 31st. It will be a celebration of music performed by St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Harris, with the St Giles’ Camerata, leader Angus Ramsay, are joined by a stunning array of young soloists. Tickets are on sale now.
  • The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Carnival 11am – 12.30am, Market Street
  • EH Filmhouse Season

Wednesday 1st January 2014

  • Loony Dook If you wish to start the New Year with something different, you could always take a dip in the January waters of the Forth, at the famous Loony Dook in South Queensferry. Or, like us, watch them from one of the many vantage points then retire somewhere cosy for a New Year pick-me-up!
  • New Year’s Day TriathlonThe Tricentre and Edinburgh Triathletes welcome you to the New Year’s Day Triathlon. Building on its successful re-launch last year, the event is shaping up to be even bigger than ever before and an amazing start to the year of sport in Scotland. Entries open now.
  • EH Filmhouse Season
  • The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Carnival 11am – 11pm, Markret Street
  • Scot:Lands  - A new event is Scot:Lands. Starting from midday at Home:Lands at the National Museum of Scotland, visitors collect their first postcard which directs them to their first landfall somewhere in the Old Town:  it could be Lau:Land with a programme created and presented by Scotland’s award winning, internationally touring contemporary folk band, Lau; Lobster:Land where Kenny Anderson is joined by well-known friends and collaborators to trace the shoreline of his musical homeland – the mystical East Neuk of Fife; High:Land programmed by the legendary Ceilidh Place in Ullapool or  Heid:Land with the Pathhead Music Collective who will recreate the wee town of Pathhead itself – a ceilidh in the village hall, a session in the pub and even tasty pies.
  • Shet:Land will bring Mareel, Scotland’s farthest-flung arts venue and the home of Shetland Arts, to Edinburgh with a rich island offering of music, film and food;   Shadow:Land showcases Cora Bissett’s collaboration of writers, musicians and artists in a re-imagined, bespoke production of her award-winning Whatever Gets You Through The Night. Within this, self-contained pieces from some of Scotland’s best song writing and playwriting talent will be interwoven into vignettes of story, song and physical theatre.
  • In NewFOUND:Land visitors can experience a candle-lit musical performance which treats ‘sound and silence as equals’; they will be transported to a languorous and dreamlike place in the company of the Edinburgh collective FOUND, who have assembled some of Scotland’s most enigmatic musicians; with Wander:Land Dundee’s innovative, independent, contemporary dance company, Smallpetitklein, will create their most adventurous dance performance to date to live music by Philip Glass and Widor; and finally Nether:Land where visitors will receive “a very Edinburgh welcome” as they descend into a land of custom, ritual and reflection as tales are told – in Old Edinburgh where there is always another threshold to cross.
  • End of the Festival At the end of the afternoon, and their journey, audiences will be invited back to Home:Land to find out whether they’ve won the real Journey of a Lifetime round Scotland in 2014. The prize will include Michelin Restaurants, luxury hotels, trips to islands, VIP access to festivals – and their own driver – bespoke and personalised to the value of £2014.00.
  • One for the Road – Afterwards from 6pm, visitors will be welcome to join us and many of the participating artists in the Grassmarket for One for the Road. Marking the end of the three day festival there will be free live music, craic and a dram or two into the evening. Venues will include Biddy Mulligans, Black Bull, Beehive Inn and The Fiddlers Arms.

The Loony Dook

Further information

Full details of all events can be found on the Edinburgh Hogmanay website and the Edinburgh’s Christmas website. You can follow Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on twitter @Edhogmanay and via their Facebook page.

Revellers can 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.

You can read our feature on Edinburgh’s Christmas.


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